"I joined the practice in 1983 as a trainee working for Dr Kennedy. I was asked to stay after my trainee year and became a partner in 1984. I had previously trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London and embarked on a career in hospital medicine. However, with the birth of my second child and after gaining the MRCP I felt a career change was needed. I have been immersed in the joys of General Practice since then. My interest in General Medicine, particularly chest medicine, cardiology, endocrinology and therapeutics has continued into my general practice work. I have also worked for the London and Eastern Deanerys of Postgraduate General Practice since 1991, first as course organiser of the local scheme at St Albans and Hemel and then as Associate Dean responsible for all General practice training in East and North Herts. I also 'train the trainers' for London. You can see from this brief summary that my enthusiasm for General Practice extends into trying to support and encourage new doctors to become committed GPs. Outside work I have three children, two now at university, one still in a local school. My main interests are windsurfing, reading and gardening when time!"