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Uttlesford Health

Building 5 Ferguson Close, Saffron Walden Community Hospital, Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HY

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Our Team

Uttlesford Health is run by GPs who work in the local area and who utilise their local knowledge to develop services to meet the specific healthcare needs of the area.

Dr Katharine Orton – Chair

Dr Katharine Orton


Katharine qualified from the University of London in 1978. She has been a GP since she started her training as a registrar in 1982 and works part time as the Senior Partner of Eden Surgeries.

Her particular interests have been in Diabetes Care, Addictions and Service Provision and she has led the GP Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Katharine joined Uttlesford Health Ltd because she feels that it is necessary for the continuation of the excellent general practice that is currently seen in Uttlesford and wanted to be counted amongst those that have tried to maintain standards of local care for the people of Uttlesford.

Finance Director

Laurence Slavin

Finance Director
Laurence Slavin is a chartered accountant and has been a partner with Ramsay Brown and Partners for more than 28 years. His practice specialises in advising and working with GPs and GP practices. Currently Laurence’s practice has more than 600 GP practices on his firm’s book and advises more than 2,500 GPs. Laurence was a specialist advisor to the former NHS Management Executive for ten years, served as an advisor to the Department of Health sitting on the Pensions Sub-committee during the negotiations over the 2004 New Contract, advised the BMA on the financial consequences of the 2014 contract changes and been a member of the working group with the Department of Health and the BMA on the issue of publication of GP’s earnings.   Since 1989 he has been writing a regular column in GP magazine and Medeconomics, advising GPs on financial and practice management. Laurence lectures regularly to GPs, practice managers and GP registrars on matters of personal and practice finance both in the UK and overseas. He has appeared as an expert witness in a number of legal civil actions involving GPs. He has written a number of books on general practice, the latest of which is, “How to manage your GP practice”. Laurence is married to a GP and has four children and a giant schnauzer named Hector..

Gary Townsend – Operations Director

Gary Townsend

Operations Director

Gary qualified as Registered Nurse in 1998 and later as a Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons) 'Community Specialist practice' from Anglia Ruskin University.

He has particular interests in minimising unnecessary attendance or admission to hospital and the delivery of care closer to where people live.

Gary was appointed as the Operations Director in March 2017 having over 20 years' NHS experience working in senior managerial roles across the health economy within Essex. Gary has significant experience in integrated project management, service improvement and operational management, which area central to him supporting the delivery of, and maintaining the highest standards of care provided for the population of Uttlesford.

Richard Boyce – Medical Director

Richard Boyce

Medical Director

Richard trained in Nottingham, graduating in 2006, and has always been passionate about General Practice.

He recently moved to Saffron Walden to be nearer family, and as he lives and uses services in the area, he has a real desire to improve the quality of primary care. Working at Gold Street Surgery Richard is a GP trainer, and is involved in providing weekly ward rounds at two local care homes

Heather McLaughlin - IT Director

Heather McLaughlin

IT Director

Heather started her IT career in the private sector of banking and insurance. After taking a career break to have children she joined the NHS as IT Manager at John Tasker House Surgery in 2003.

Her enthusiasm to use IT to improve and streamline working processes in General Practice while keeping patient care at the centre of everything, led to her joining Uttlesford Heath Ltd in 2016. She believes that Uttlesford Health are ideally placed to play a key role in sharing knowledge and providing support and services to all of their members.

Heather is also a qualified Swimming coach and spends her spare time training swimmers of all ages and abilities up to National level.

Clive Emmett

Communications and Voluntary Sector Director


Marc Davis

Pathways and Innovations Director

Mike Tee

Non-executive Director