Meet the Team

Meet our dedicated, professional, and friendly team

Haxby Group Training has exceptional people enthusiastic about the work we do and the training we deliver. Find out more about our team below.

Clinical Lead/ Director

Dr Mat Fortnam

Dr Mat Fortnam is a GP Partner and Clinical Director within the team, holding the position of Director of Education and Training...

He is a current accredited GP Trainer and currently also works seven clinical sessions a week at the Calvert & Newington Surgery in Hull, where he mentors and supervises a wide range of health professionals within a multi-disciplinary team. Mat qualified as a GP in 2018 and has spent his entire medical training within the ICS, coming through the undergraduate system at Hull York Medical School, graduating in 2012 and enjoying postgraduate rotations in York and Scarborough and completed his training on the Hull GP VTS. He undertook a Future Leaders’ Fellowship with Health Education England in 2016, which enabled him to develop further understanding of the wider Primary Care system and engaged his interest in workforce and training. During this time, he worked on a piece of work analysing the implementation of Paramedics within a GP practice, which later received the poster award at the RCGP annual conference in 2018. Mat has a keen interest in the study of health inequalities and underwent a Post CCT Fellowship in the first cohort of Trailblazer GP Fellows, which has helped shaped his understanding of the relationship between socioeconomic deprivation, health inequalities and health inequity and the role Primary Care can play in addressing these as part of the wider system. Mat also sits on the local RCGP Faculty board as First 5 Representative and Honorary Secretary, whilst he also planned and delivered the first Next Generation GP series in the Humber, Coast and Vale region, linking a cohort of newly qualified GPs with a series of engaging talks from local and national Primary Care leaders.

Outside of work, Mat enjoys following his beloved Liverpool FC, keeping fit and entertaining his four-year-old daughter Georgia.

Lead Clinical Educator and Assessor

Deb Smith

Deb has a passion for training, development and supporting the staff and students around her...

to reach their full potential. She finds herself lucky to have always been able to be involved in this throughout her career in general nursing, midwifery and practise nursing. She is currently the lead assessor for the Humber Coast and Vale Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub.

At home, Deb enjoys spending time with my family and animals, walking, cycling and travelling in her motor home.  She is also an avid rugby league fan.

Head of Training

Lisa Billingham

Lisa graduated from the University of Hull in 2008 with an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology and joined Haxby Group...

as part of the initial team in the opening of three new GP surgeries in Hull in 2009. Lisa has been involved in our training work and role as a training hub from the outset and became Training Manager in 2016 with the expansion of the team and forming of Haxby Group Training Ltd. Lisa is passionate about the role and loves being able to help students, trainees, staff, practices and the wider system with any training and workforce needs.

Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with family, exploring the great outdoors and having lots of adventures with her husband and three-year-old son.

Training Hub Manager

Victoria Scorah

Victoria graduated from Humberside University in 1995 then started her career in training and development...

gaining assessor and verifier qualifications, followed by teaching qualifications PTLLS and CTLLS. Victoria furthered her career becoming Senior Trainer Assessor, based in Primary Care surgeries across various locations in Yorkshire and the Humber gaining knowledge in this sector.

Victoria became Assistant Training Manager at Haxby Group Training in 2019 and works on Training Hub projects and training courses. Victoria attends locality meetings and is the lead for apprenticeships at the Training Hub. She also leads on addressing workforce training.

Away from work Victoria enjoys running, reading and cinema.

Finance Lead

Safalta Mehta

Safalta did her Master’s in Business Administration from India and joined Haxby Group Training in 2019...

Safalta loves numbers, hence, is responsible for looking after the finances of the company and the training hub. She is also responsible for booking the training courses.

Outside work, Safalta enjoys gardening, walking, and exploring new places with her family.

Training Coordinator

Sue Walker

Sue joined Haxby in December 2019 as Training Administrator...

Sue’s role within Haxby involves preparing Induction and Placement Plans for our Registrars and Students, co-ordinating our Training Diary and maintaining records on our E-Learning platform.

Outside of work Sue enjoys socialising with family and friends and is an avid fan of musical theatre.

Commercial Lead

Rebecca Soumati

Rebecca holds a PGCE in Lifelong Learning...

from the University of Huddersfield and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education with Bournemouth University.  Rebecca’s interest and passion is in social and online learning.

Prior to moving in to the role of Commercial Lead at Haxby Group Training, Rebecca worked in the Substance Misuse Sector for over a decade, working as a Frontline Manager as well as a National Project Manager within IT/Digital Business Change.

Outside of her employment she also runs her own Illustration & Graphic Design business and you can often see her sat by a river drawing or front row at a gig.

Project Administrator

Katie Scammells

Katie graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2023...

with a BSc Hons in Sport Development with Coaching, before joining Haxby Group Training as a member of the Training Hub as Project Administrator.

During her 3rd year at university, she was Participation Officer for Team Hallam’s Sport Committee, dedicating her time and effort towards her passion of training and development. Katie’s role seeks involvement within the schemes, assisting those who wish to join or supporting them along the way. She lends an extra helping hand with projects and admin responsibilities.

Outside of work, Katie is a keen ice hockey fan, enjoys running, and loves travelling to new places.

Digital Training Developer

Dominic Kelly

Dominic is passionate about digital technology and training...

He spent the first five years of his career working within the education sector as a Web and Systems Developer. During this time, he also completed a teacher training qualification.

Dominic pursued his passion for education and technology, working within the public and private healthcare sector as an eLearning Developer and Instructional Designer.

Away from work Dominic enjoys cooking, live music and travelling around the world with his family.

ACP Teaching Fellow

Shaun Knott

Shaun is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner with a background of Specialist Paramedic.

He has been with Haxby for seven years within both clinical and training roles.  His enjoyment of training has seen the development of a number of clinical advancement courses for both Haxby staff and external practices. After a short spell with HRI in A&E he has taken a Teaching Fellowship role in further developing courses and specialist subjects and continued clinical development of staff.

Outside work Shaun enjoys all things rugby, all things outdoors- especially the garden and his two dogs.

James Lyell

James initially qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Bradford in 2010...

Quickly specialising in Neurology, James worked in the South of England before moving to Hull in 2015, working in Neurosurgery before managing the Stroke community services in East Riding.

In February 2018, after starting his Advanced Clinical Practice Masters at the University of York, James joined the Haxby Group, becoming an important part of the rapidly emerging Advanced Clinical Practitioner team in the city.

After qualifying as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, James became the first Physiotherapy ACP Partner in England, joining the Haxby Group Partnership as a Partner in April 2021. As well as as Operational lead for Advanced Practice across the Haxby Group, James is also one of the corporate directors for Haxby Group Training.  Working closely with the team, James uses his clinical knowledge, natural drive and enthusiasm to help offer the highest quality medical training for the region, launching training projects including the recently commissioned competency framework for qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner’s and Physician associates.

Associate Advisor

Dr Kevin Anderson

Dr Anderson, is a GP Partner and Director of Workforce and has been involved with primary care training hubs since their inception...

With a Masters in Health Professions education, Dr Anderson is a GP trainer and appraiser and has always had a strong passion for workforce and training. He currently chairs the Humber North Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce Development Group and is also Associate Dean with the Faculty of Wider Workforce for NHSE Workforce Training and Education in Yorkshire and the Humber. Working clinically in Hull, he has been involved in the development of multiple workforce initiatives at practice, hub and regional level. In collaboration with the hub team, he continues to advise and assist in scheme development and delivery as well as ensuring primary care has a prominent voice in key regional discussions on workforce.

He has well-established relationships with several HEIs having previously been Director of Primary Care Education for Hull and York Medical School and has been involved in developing a variety of clinical education programmes and courses. He implemented the region’s first Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in rural North Yorkshire which involved bringing a number of stakeholders together to deliver a pioneering apprenticeship-style medical student placement. Many believe LICs could be a key model for healthcare education in the future, particularly in under-doctored areas where (in other parts of the world) they have proved to be an excellent recruitment tool. He was also closely involved in the development the Hull York Medical School Physician’s Associate programme.

Dr Anderson’s roles and experience provides him with a keen understanding of the complex issues that practices and the wider primary care system face when trying to deliver effective training and mentoring alongside safe clinical care.

Away from work Kevin enjoys running, cycling, cinema and getting out and about with his wife and three children. He exercises his musical side by singing in a rock and pop covers band – now available for bookings!

Nurse Trainer/ Core Model of Supervision Lead

Sarah Goode

Sarah qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2001 and achieved an MSc - Specialist Community Public Health Nursing in 2013...

Sarah has 20+ years of experience in the NHS and was a Nursing Officer with the British Army serving two tours of active service in Iraq. Sarah was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2022 in recognition of her commitment to learning, leadership and excellence in patient care. Now working as Lead Clinician for Quality, Standards & Compliance at Haxby Group, Sarah provides leadership across aspects of quality improvement, safeguarding and other clinical compliance needs for Haxby Group. Sarah is an active member of the Wellbeing Team.

Sarah also holds the position of Primary Care Educator & Core Model of Supervision Lead, Primary Care School, Humber & North Yorkshire, NHSE – Yorkshire.

When not working, Sarah enjoys pottering around the garden with her animals, travelling, and time with those she loves.

Marketing & Design Manager

Grace Scott

Grace joined Haxby Group as a Receptionist in 2015 before joining the training team in 2016...

working alongside Lisa and Deb establishing links with local practices and developing and delivering training courses. Grace now looks after all things marketing and design for HGT, having recently completed an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing and is often working on new graphics, social media and training course materials. She is also a Trainer for our admin based courses, her favourite being medical terminology.

Grace also runs her own small business outside of work and can often be found in her home studio busy making. She loves spending time with family and friends, gardening and exploring the great outdoors – and nothing quite beats a good cup of tea!

Additional Clinical Trainers

Louise Cooke – Nurse Trainer

Marissa Blurton – Nurse Trainer

Lisa Hessey – Nurse Trainer

Lucy McGann – ACP Trainer

Nicola Beadle – ACP Trainer

Jacqui Krebs – Nurse Trainer

Kelly Ellerker – HCA Trainer

Shelley Kinera – GPA Trainer

Georgia McGlinchy – HCA Trainer

Sarah Rankeillor – HCA Trainer

Additional Leadership Trainers

Prof. Mike Holmes – GP Partner/ Chief Executive Medical Officer

Karen Phillips – General Manager

Megan Cooper – Head of HR

Louise Goodwin – HR Manager

Helen Raine – Head of Nursing

Gwen Johnson – Head of Finance

Jonathan Thorpe – Technical Manager

The Haxby Group Family

Our training support and courses also draw on the experience of our wider Haxby Group Team. Our management teams are involved in development and delivery of Leadership and Management training, and our clinical teams support various programmes and training development. For more information about Haxby Group visit