Our team

Phil Yates, Chair

PY photo on backgroundDr Phil Yates has been a General Practitioner for 30 years. He was Chairman of two Primary Care Groups before becoming Professional Executive Committee Chairman of South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust. He worked as National Clinical Advisor to the Modernisation Agency and has had a particular interest in renal medicine.

Dr Yates is a Director of ‘GP Care’, a primary care based organisation that seeks to remodel care across the primary / secondary care interface. He is on the Executive of the National Association of Primary Care, a governor of Primary Care Commissioning, cofounder of NHS Collaborate and Chair of the SW Clinical Senate.


David Halpin, Vice Chair

phProfessor David Halpin is currently a Consultant Physician and Honorary Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Member of the British Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society & American Thoracic Society. David leads a busy clinical department, continues research in respiratory medicine and has published widely. He lectures frequently around the world on COPD and asthma. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Initiative on Obstructive Lung Diseases (GOLD) and of the GOLD Science Committee. Until recently he was an Associate Editor of Thorax.

Professor David Halpin trained at Oxford and St Thomas Hospital Medical School: completing a D.Phil. in the Department of Human Anatomy, Oxford, before finishing his clinical training at St Thomas. He completed his postgraduate training in respiratory medicine at the Brompton Hospital. He was the Chairman and Clinical Expert for the COPD Guideline Development Group of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK.  He was Respiratory Clinical Lead for the NHS in the South West 2010-2015.


Ellie Devine, Manager

Ellie Devine SW SenateEllie has worked in the South West for a number of years most recently as a Transformation Programme Manager for the South West Commissioning Support Unit. Previously Ellie worked as a Planned Care and Cancer Services Commissioner for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire PCTs. Ellie joined the NHS in 2005 from the charity sector as an NHS Graduate Management Scheme trainee in London. Following the training scheme Ellie worked as an operational manager at St George’s Hospital Trust, London.


Sarah Redka, Senate Support Officer

Sarah joined the NHS in 2008, firstly with the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Network (ASWCS) for Bristol PCT before transition to NHS England and the SW Senate. Prior to this, Sarah worked as Event Manager within the private sector.

Senate Administrator

Currently recruiting to this post.