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MOSA

Meet the MOSA team

PRESIDENT

Dr Jim Ropner

M.O. to Cheltenham College
president@mosa.org.uk

Jim qualified from University College London in 2001 with degrees in medicine and psychology. Following this he worked in hospitals ranging from Cheltenham and Gloucester to Palmerston North in New Zealand, and in 2007 gained a distinction in the membership exam of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The following year he joined the Berkeley Place Surgery in Cheltenham as a full-time partner.

Jim has a special interest in palliative care and has completed the Palliative Medicine Diploma from Cardiff University. He sits on the Gloucestershire LMC and leads for unscheduled care in this area. Jim became the medical officer for Cheltenham College in 2013 and also does one session a week in a specialist care home working with patients with dementia.

He has a wife, two young girls and a dog that keep him busy when not at work! In his spare time Jim enjoys photography (www.drjimsphotos.com), gardening and field sports.

In January 2024 Jim became president of the Association.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mrs Liz Carey

Former Lead Nurse, Charterhouse School mosa.execofficer@gmail.com

Liz qualified as a nurse in 1982 and as a midwife in 1987 at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. Whilst working in Brixton, South London, she was involved with a multidisciplinary group at King’s College  hospital developing the role of primary healthcare in the A&E department. She was also involved in developing the telephone triage systems that were introduced to the London Ambulance Service and she taught primary healthcare at Southampton University leading a team of practice nurses within a GP practice.

Liz has been a nurse practitioner for the past 24 years of which the past 10 years were in a leadership role at a
co-educational, secondary boarding school, Charterhouse School, in Godalming, Surrey. She had been involved in building and equipping a brand-new school health centre, recruiting and training clinical and support staff, and developing ongoing performance reviews.

Other significant achievements included introducing systems of standardisation within the boarding houses which involved close working with the house matrons. She also improved and developed the school’s welfare processes with housemasters and the senior leadership team.

Liz has a particular interest in the development of clinical governance and accountability for nurses within the school setting and she introduced and led clinical supervision workshops for other school nurses – and from these, local supervision groups comprising a broad blend of schools and nurses were established, helping to reduce the isolation for nurses in small school settings.

Liz left Charterhouse in 2019 but continues her clinical work with bank nursing posts in several independent schools. She has also maintained her work with the Olive Branch Consultancy teaching independent prep. and senior school nurses around the country. Elected unanimously to the post of MOSA’s hon. secretary at the 2020 AGM, Liz broke new ground as she became the first healthcare professional with a nursing qualification to hold office in the Association’s 136 years history.

With three children in their twenties, a long-suffering husband and two dogs, she enjoys keeping fit, gardening, music, dog breeding, singing and entertaining.

TREASURER

Dr Stephen Haynes

M.O. Bloxham School, Banbury Oxon

Stephen has been a GP since 1994 and school medical officer at Bloxham School since 2000. He joined MOSA Council in 2008 and was hon. programme secretary, 2015-18, in January 2018, he became president of the Association and held this post until 2024. Stephen was elected to become Treasurer of the Association in January 2024.

As a father of five he is acutely aware of the needs of adolescents, and he has become increasingly aware also of the need for communication between schools, parents, pupils and doctors.

Outside of work he spends many lonely hours on one of his six bicycles.

EducationAL Officer

Dr Rene Skule

M.O. to Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset

Rene trained at the Charing Cross & Westminster qualifying in 1989 and it was here he met his wife, Helen, who is also a GP. They have two children and numerous pets.

Having obtained MRCP he saw the light and changed to general practice. In 1994 they moved to Swaziland; private medicine and occupational health paid the bills allowing them to provide subsidised care for the locals.

He returned to the UK in 2001 joining the Quarter Jack Surgery in Wimborne, Dorset as a full-time partner. Rene is MO to Canford and Bryanston Schools and also works as a GPSI in cardiology, is a clinical director of a local travel clinic and undertakes primary care research. He is a school governor at Dumpton School, Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

Having been a MOSA member for many years, he joined Council in 2013 and became hon. programme secretary in 2018, succeeding Dr. Stephen Haynes, having shadowed the latter for the previous year. In September 2017, Rene was elected Secretary-General of the European Union for School and University Health and Medicine (EUSUHM) succeeding his MOSA Council colleague, Dr. Miriam Edelsten. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling, sailing and skiing.

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trustees

Dr Neil Arnott

Former M.O. to Sevenoaks School neil.d.arnott@gmail.com

After qualifying at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1973, Neil had a career in full time general practice for 33 years and in school medicine for 27 years being M.O. to Sevenoaks School in Kent. He retired in September 2012 from both the practice and the school and is thoroughly enjoying semi-retirement which includes several spells as a locum in New Zealand, as well as closer to home, and as an examiner for the RCGP.

His involvement with MOSA spans over 30 years and he was hon. secretary 1996-2010 following, as he says, in the illustrious footsteps of Drs. John Briscoe and Roger Harrington. He was president of the Association, 2011-13, hon. treasurer, 2013-15 and became an hon. trustee in 2018.

council members

Mrs Bev Gilbert

Former Nurse In Charge, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire bev@georgegilbert.co.uk

Bev Gilbert has been the nurse-in-charge at Wellington College for the past five years having worked at the school for over 10 years. Wellington College is a co-educational boarding school in Berkshire with 1050 pupils and Bev leads a team of 12 nurses and other healthcare professionals. The busy health centre seeks to put ‘health at the heart of College life’.

Having completed her general nurse training at St. Thomas’ Hospital, Bev moved to Guy’s to specialise in paediatric nursing. Following this, she qualified as a health visitor in Newcastle and subsequently worked in Gateshead. On return to the south of England, she spent over 10 years at Frimley Park Hospital nursing sick children and young people on the wards and in A&E. Nursing adventures have included voluntary work in Benin, West Africa and at the Street Child World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.

Bev lives with her husband in a village in Surrey and has three sons. Her favourite activities when not working include singing in a worship band, gardening, walking and spending time at the gym!

Mrs Alice Lyons

Former School Nurse, Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Alice qualified as a nurse at King’s College Hospital, London in 1986 and after working as a staff nurse there, subsequently qualified as a midwife at the Whittington Hospital, North London. Primary health care soon became her focus and interest, and she worked as a practice nurse in central London for several years.

The opportunity arose to undertake the Nurse Practitioner Diploma at the Royal College of Nursing and after qualifying she went on to complete her degree. She eventually became an examiner for candidates taking this diploma at the South Bank University and the Royal College of Nursing.

Alice then moved to Salisbury with her husband and worked as a school nurse at St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury before moving to Chafyn Grove Prep School in Salisbury where she has been for the past nine years working as a sole school nurse. She is currently on sabbatical for a year and is studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Nursing adventures include working in Australia, working as a set nurse on the film Chocolat and spending time in Calais in the refugee camp.

Alice is married to Mike who has his own architectural practice and they have four boys, two dogs and too many runner ducks! In her spare time, Alice loves keeping fit, gardening and pottery.

Fiona Parry

Lead Nurse Cheltenham College. f.parry@cheltenhamcollege.org

Fiona is lead nurse at the co-educational Cheltenham College. After qualifying from Guy’s Hospital, she spent 20 years working in, and leading, teams in critical care units in hospitals across London, in Dubai and in Cheltenham. These years embedded the value of open communication and led to a strong interest in human factors in health care.

Fiona’s school nursing developed after becoming a parent and recognising that she had a lot to learn about young people – and still does. With particular interests in forging relationships with local school nursing teams and supporting public health colleagues, she plays an active part in delivering and developing the relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum across all year groups.

On a personal level she has appreciated the support of MOSA when developing in her role as lead nurse and recognises the value of sharing best practice in order to streamline services across schools as far as possible while at the same time not having to reinvent the wheel.

Fiona is a mum to a teenage daughter and enjoys spending time reading, trying to better herself at yoga, gardening and volunteering yearly in a Romanian orphanage.

Steve Brown

SMO Rugby School

Su Xavier

suxavier@doctors.org.uk

Su has had a varied medical career in the NHS for over 20 years working in Secondary Care General Medicine and A&E before undertaking training in Public Health Medicine. During this time, she acted as Senior Medical Officer for an Independent Day & Boarding Prep School in Tunbridge Wells, with oversight of the medical centre and staff as well as acting as senior advisor to the Governing Body and member of SMT for the health and wellbeing strategy during the pandemic.

She is currently a Senior Consultant in Public Health Medicine in the NHS with over 10 years’ experience of healthcare public health.

Su is extremely interested in child & school health having undertaken lead roles for child health in Local Authority settings including Kent County Council. Su is instrumental in supporting schools to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

executive secretary

Nikki Calver

mosa.execsec@gmail.com
MOSA Executive Secretary

Roll of Honour - Honorary Life Members of MOSA

R Wilmot
R Harrington
B Pryse
H G Barnes
P F H Dawnay
A Fernandez
H I Jory
P Kaye
G E Mitchelmore
J O B Rosedale
Eleanor Schill
D W S Sheldon
J A Taylor
R G White
D G Craig
Margaret Ewart
Jean Heatley
Henrica Kellgren
D F Mungall
J C L Rawes
A J Salmon
A G S Scott-Langley
Isabel Smith
I Taylor                         

Dileas Sweetenham
A Craigen
J D O Fearnley
J M A Jepps
D V Milward
P Penny
W Rogers
D R S Saunders
J R Seel
R J C Sutton
J C L Ward                  J J C Holliday

Fellows of MOSA

Jacqueline Bande-Knops 1932 – 2012
T.W. Hoskins
RJR Moffat  1927 – 2016
J.H.D Briscoe
P.K.A McWilliam  1927 – 2015

MOSA Past Presidents

1884 Surgeon General Evatt, AMS, MD
1885 T Fuller, MD
1886-89 Sir W Savory, Bart, FRCS
1890 J Andrew, MD, FRCP
1891-95 W H Dickinson, MD, FRCP
1895-98 E Smith, MD, FRCP
1899-1900 H Marsh, FRCS
1901-04 Sir J Goodhart, MD, FRCP
1904-08 Sir T Barlow, Bart, KCVO, MD, FRCP, DSc
1908-13 C E Shelly, MA, MD, MRCP
1914-17 F E Batten, MA, MD, FRCP
1918-20 J Kerr, MA, MD, DPH
1921-23 R C Emslie, OBE, MS, FRCS
1924-27 L R Lempriere, OBE, BA, MB, BCh
1928-29 E H T Nash, MRCP, DPH
1930-32 G E Friend, MA, MRCS, LRCP
1933-34 J A H Brincker, MA, MB, DPH, FIC
1935 W G Willoughby, MD, DPH
1936-37 J Lambert, OBE, MA, MD, DPH
1938-39 E H R Harries, MD, FRCP, DPH
1940-41 W G Willoughby, MD, DPH
1942-43 E A Gates, OBE, MD, MRCP
1944-45 W H Bradley, MA, DM, FRCP, JP
1946-47 R E Smith, MB, BCh, FRCP
1948-49 G O Barber, MB, BChir
1950-51 A C M Billington, MD
1952-53 J E A Underwood, CBE, MB, BS, DPH
1954 O R Tisdall, MA, DM
1955-56 T A A Hunter, MB, BCh, MRCP
1957-58 E W Hall, FRCS (Ed)
1959-60 G D Pirrie, BA, MB, BCh, DPH
1961-63 J Osborne, MD, MRCP
1964-66 H M Cohen, CBE, MD, DPH
1966-68 E J C Kendall, MD, MRCP
1968-70 J P Sparks, MD, MRCP
1970-72 Constance Beynon, MB, ChB, FRCS (Ed), FRCOG, DPH, JP
1972-74 I C A D P Graham, TD, MA, MB, BChir, DA
1974-77 Surgeon-Captain P de B Turtle, OBE, VRD, MA, BM, BCh, FRSH, FRCGP, DPH
1977-79 L C de R Epps, MB, BChir, MRCGP
1979-81 R J R Moffat, MRCS, LRCP, FRCGP, DObstRCOG
1981-83 Joan Ferreira, MRCS, LRCP, DHMSA
1983-85 T W Hoskins, MA, MB, BChir, DCH, DObstRCOG
1985-87 G Rankine BSc, MB, ChB
1987-89 A Fernandez, MRCS, LRCP
1989-91 J H D Briscoe, LVO, MA, MB, BChir, MRCGP, DObstRCOG
1991-93 B S Brewster, MBE, TD, MA, MB, BCh, BAO, LM, MRCGP, DObstRCOG
1993-95 A W Galbraith, MA, MB, BChir, DCH, DRCOG
1995-97 R Fawkner-Corbett, MB, BS, MRCGP, Dip.Obst (Auckland)
1997-99 G Smith, MB, ChB, MRCP
1999-01 R W E Harrington, MB, BS, FRCGP, DObstRCOG, DFRSH
2001-03 Ailsa Borthwick, MA, MB, BChir, DA
2003-05 P Kaye, MRCS LRCP MRCGP DRCOG
2005-07 P Kilvert ,BSc MB BS DCH DRCOG
2007-10 Miriam Edelsten ,MB ChB
2010-11 Rosalind Wilmot MB ChB DRCOG
2011-13 N D Arnott MB BS FRCGP DRCOG LMCC
2013-18 J J C Holliday LVO, MB BS, MRCGP, MRCS LRCP, DCH, DRCOG, DFRSH
2018-24 S Haynes