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Rylla Baker Director of Operations and Organisational Development

Rylla qualified as a nurse at Kings College Hospital in 1980 and became a practice manager in 1988. In 1990, she joined the Hurley Clinic, working as practice manager for 13 years before training at the Kings Fund and moving to Lewisham PCT as a Commissioner of Primary Care Services. For the next 11 years, Rylla worked as a commissioner in south-east London and more recently in north-east London before joining the Hurley Group in December 2014. Her current role is to ensure the smooth running of the operational teams across primary and urgent/scheduled care and to ensure that both Hurley patients and staff receive the best service and support possible.

Gary Beard Associate Director of Operations

Following a career in banking, Gary made an active decision to join the NHS in 2006, working as Practice Manager with a large high achieving GP practice in Surrey. Having gained a wealth of experience working at the coal face of primary care, Gary progressed his NHS career by taking up the post of Locality Manager with Lambeth Primary Care Trust and quickly progressed to Head of GP Contracts, managing all GP practice contracts in Greenwich borough for NHS South East London Cluster. More recently, Gary has worked as Assistant Head of Primary Care for NHS England, leading a team of commissioners and contract managers covering GP and Pharmacy contracts across the six Clinical Commissioning Group areas in South East London. Gary was delighted to take up the opportunity to return to the provider side of primary care, starting with Hurley Group as Associate Director of Operations (Primary Care) in July 2017. Gary’s role is to ensure the delivery of exceptional quality primary care services for the patients registered with Hurley Group practices, as well as maintaining and developing relationships with partner organisations across the healthcare system.

Jo Betterton Associate Director for Organisational Development

Jo qualified as a nurse and social worker and worked with Dr Clare Gerada setting up a shared care substance misuse services at Hurley Clinic. Before joining the Hurley Group in 2010, she worked with the RCGP setting up and running the National Substance Misuse Management Training programme. Her role within the Hurley Group is to promote the Group’s Nurturing Talent programme and support both on-site teams and the HR Department to ensure that Hurley patients and staff receive the best service and support.


Stephen Binks Associate Director of Finance

Stephen has worked for the Hurley since November 1998, and on and off within the Health Service since 1985. Stephen’s first job at the Hurley was managing reception as Patient Services Manager – this was a great position to understand what patients experience when they walk into the surgery and how we can improve their journey. He loves working in the NHS, the challenges that it brings and the daily demands – “we cannot change the past, but reflect, learn and improve the future!”


Sharon Fernandez Associate Director of Operations

Sharon qualified as a nurse at Hammersmith Hospital in 1985 and has experience of working in specialist Renal/Transplant services . In 2000 she became the Lead Nurse at NHS Direct and then the Lead Nurse for Clinical Governance at NHS Direct across SE London. In 2005 Sharon moved to Community Service at Lewisham PCT as the lead nurse and then in to commissioning before becoming  Deputy Head of Primary Care at NHS England. Sharon is committed to nursing and wider health and social care , and holds a strong conviction that the quality of service design, innovation, delivery and monitoring is an integral part of the NHS experience. For many years she has worked alongside clinicians in primary care, secondary care and public health settings, and within these partnerships cost effective redesigned services have achieved improved outcomes for patients.

Mark Ashworth, DM, MRCP, FRCGP Associate GP - Research

Mark qualified from Southampton University in 1979 and started working in general practice and tropical medicine before becoming a Partner at the Hurley Clinic in 1987. He was a GP Trainer between 1992 and 2011 and in 2007 was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London with research interests in quality indicators, health inequalities, mental health and ethnicity, In 2004, he gained his doctorate with a thesis on prescribing change. Mark has been the Medical Director for the Group since 2006 with overall responsibility for clinical governance responsibility. Mark is an avid cyclist and coast path walker when not working.