Who We Are

The Hicks Group Patients Forum

(Covering the Charles Hicks and Roman Gate Surgeries)

Huntingdon & Godmanchester

Cambridgeshire, UK

Who we are

            Sandra Ferrelly

                          Chairman of the Patients Group

   Lay Director - Hunts Health

   Local Commissioning Group

   A widow with three children.   


I owe my life a number of times over to the NHS but am very aware of where it is not perfect.


After 40+ years of working within the NHS to improve services I just can’t give up on doing that.....

    Roger Merritt



      I live in Godmanchester and 

      joined the Patients Group in


I am a member of the Communications Group and am interested in peer support for people with Type 2 diabetes.

   Pat Fox


I live in Great Stukeley and 

joined the Patients Group in

2009 when it started.

My husband, Martyn, and I have been involved in many of the fundraising events.


            Linda Crow

I’ve recently joined the PF to support and get the best out of our local surgery for patients particularly in the light of

changing needs and reduced resources.  Now retired, I spent 29yrs in the NHS and hope my experience may be of some benefit.

            Maggie Gillett

                    I have lived in Godmanchester

                          for 30 years and this Practice has been my Surgery throughout this time.  I recently joined the Patients Group to support the surgery and help and assist in fund raising..

               Martyn Fox

      Vice Chairman   


                              Retired to be Carer for my wife

      who has Multiple Sclerosis. 


I joined the HPC MS Therapy Centre with my wife and became a Trustee soon after and eventually became Vice Chairman and then Chairman for a year.


My wife, Pat, and I have been members of the Patients Group from the beginning.

Maggie Middlemiss



I worked for the NHS and Community Services on a part-time basis for eight years, and am now retired.    

For thirty years I was a member of a GP's family.

I believe that patients and GPs should work together to improve services and to promote health & improved quality of care. It is important that we ensure that the patients have the opportunity to make themselves heard.

   Elish Millard

After 40 years working in the voluntary sector in health and social care (special interest in the elderly and mental health),

I wanted to do something when I retired  so I joined the group when it started.

I sit on a number of committees at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. I also do the

yearly ward checks at Papworth and Hinchingbrooke. With so many changes in health and social care and the hospitals at the moment, I find it beneficial to have some knowledge of what is being proposed’.

Peter Wilson

          I have always tried to get involved in

                        the local community and to give some-

                        thing back.  I helped run a church youth

                        club, I've been a Special Constable,

School Governor, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and a member of the local GP patients forum.  All of the above whilst working full-time, and helping my wife with our daughters.  I am now retired but find that I have less spare time.

           Chris Sykes

                    I was born and bred in

                          Yorkshire and for the last 23

                           years, prior to retirement, was

                           General  Manager and Company Secretary for a group of textile companies based in West Yorkshire.  I have now emigrated to Hartford and wishing to help and serve the local community.

Sitha! Tha can tek t'man oot'n Yorkshire but tha can't tek t'Yorkshire oot'n man.

             John Thackray


My wife and I live in Godmanchester and are active in the Town.

I have been with this Practice for

some 70+ years and  am very keen to support its work.

I am also  on the Hinchingbrooke Patient Experience Group. This Group is active in helping to seek the Patients needs at the Hospital.

             Merle Bailey

   Treasuret.Communications, Events


   I have a working background 

   that  has been concerned with the

   welfare of people, both as a

   Personnel Officer and working for

Consultants in the NHS. I owe a lot to the NHS & the medical profession who have played a huge part in caring for members of my family suffering from severe/terminal illness. I want to give something back and help to improve things..   I am proud to say that our medical staff do an excellent job under very difficult circumstances, but they need our help to give us the service that we want and I am very happy to do all that I can towards that end.

   Marie-Ann Sykes


Qualifying in Cambridgeshire in 1974, I worked in the NHS and abroad as a nurse. I also ran and owned 2 Residential

Homes.  After gaining a degree from Leeds University I then practised as an OH Specialist Practitioner in the private and public sectors.  Now retired, I have joined the PF to help improve and develop GP Services.


                  Brian Bird

     Having been a satisfied

        customer of this practice for

        over 20 years, I finally

        decided that as a senior

        patient (in age) who is now,

        through age, making greater

use of the services that I should find out a bit more

about the operation, and problems, of the practice

and perhaps make some sort of contribution to

its success.

                    Pat Jones