Meet the Swindon team

APD – Liz Alden

I work as a the Swindon APD and as a TPD. In addition to this role, I have a role in the Training hub and lead on Recruitment. I also work as a locum GP in the Swindon area.

TPD – Jess White

Dr Jessica White - Training Programme Director

I am a salaried GP working in Wroughton and also have a role mentoring newly qualified GPs. I grew up near Swindon so it’s great to return to the area and work with the brilliant Swindon education team!

TPD – Tom Gamble

Dr Joanna Swallow GP Educator

I am lucky enough to have worked with the Swindon GP Education team for over 10 years and I have performed a number of roles in that time.

I am currently helping to run the ST2 and 3 teaching program. I have over 10 years’ experience as a GP in Swindon, where I have also worked as an Educational Supervisor to GP Doctors in Training. 

Away from work I enjoy outdoor activities, time with friends and family, and I have an interest in anthropology.

TPD – Kate Digby


I am a GP Partner in Gloucestershire. In addition to my Training Programme Director role, I teach at Bristol Uni. I also work with NB medical as a presenter and GP Training lead.

I am also proud to be a ‘Tough Mudder’!

TPD – Penny Milsom

I enjoy my work as a TPD and also work as a local GP Partner and Trainer.

TPD – Matthew Thomas

I’m a portfolio GP working as a salaried, locum and urgent care roles in and around Bath/Wiltshire, as well as being a TPD in Swindon. I have a special interest in clinical pharmacology and polypharmacy and have recently co-authored the BSW deprescribing guidelines for primary care.

In my spare time you can usually find me chasing around my two young children

TPD – Katie Heil

I am a salaried GP in Gloucestershire. I completed my GP training in Swindon and I am thrilled to be back with the team as a TPD.

In my spare time you’ll find me cycling, indoor rock climbing or walking my dog!

TPD fellow- Verity Westcott

I trained in the South West and now work as a GP locum and as a lecturer for Bath University.

Outside of work, I enjoy theatre and exploring the countryside. 

Near-peer fellow – Isaac Franc

Isaac is the Near-Peer Fellow with the Swindon GP training team. In this role, he strategically supports trainees, particularly those who are internationally trained, addressing both their training and non-training needs. His passion lies in teaching AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) concepts and medical statistics. Isaac collaborates with the SPEX team, the BSW Training Hub, and works at the Urgent Treatment Centre at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. Beyond this, he enjoys playing music and lives with his wife and three sons.

GP Training Programme Manager – Michala King

I manage all elements of GP training administration and am based at GWH Monday -Thursday in the Academy.

In the first instance of queries, Please refer to the website and the Severn deanery website which will answer many routine enquiries.

In addition our admin team can be contacted on

01793 604424 (internal 4424)

GP Administrator – Kim Taylor

I manage many aspects of GP education including general queries and SET events.

Kim Taylor  01793 605487,

GP Administrator – Maxine Roberts

I took on the role of GP Training Administrator in August 2022, my working days are Monday to Wednesday.  Outside of work I volunteer and take part in the local Park Runs. I am also a qualified Gymnastics and Trampoline coach, on occasions have a go at the 2 sports myself.

I can most easily be contacted via email on or on 01793 605940

GP Administrator – Helen Hicks

I support all elements of GP training administration including study leave and organising training events.

My working days are Tuesday – Thursday.

In my spare time I enjoy walks in the countryside and renovating my house!

I can be contacted via email on or on 01793 605487.