LMC Officers

Dr Goke Aiyegbayo


I obtained my primary medical qualification at the CMUL, Lagos, Nigeria in 1997, and completed GP training on the NVTS  in 2008. I have worked as a GP principal at a lovely GP practice in the Washington area of Sunderland since 2009. I joined the LMC in 2010, becoming Chairman in 2015.


I have lived in the North East for the past 16 years and still working on getting an authentic North East accent


I am happily married with 2 Children.

Dr Gerry McBride

Vice Chairman

Having qualified in Dublin in 1982, I joined the Northumberland GP Training Scheme in 1983 – 1986, when I became a GP Partner. I was a GP Trainer from 1991-2012, and Senior Medical Tutor, Newcastle University from 2002-2015.


I became an LMC Member in 2010 and was elected LMC Vice-Chair in 2016.

Dr Roger Ford

Honorary Secretary

Born and bred in South Shields I went to Medical School at Manchester University. My first medical job was in 1979 in Sunderland General Hospital, and I became a GP partner in the city in 1983. I was a GP trainer for 20 years. 


Other past roles include Chairman of Sunderland RCGP, a PCG Chairman, and a GP member of Sunderland PCT executive board. I also worked as an adviser to the NHS Ombudsman and was an appointed GMC adviser. 


I have been a member of Sunderland LMC since 1983 and am a previous Chairman. I have been Honorary Secretary of the LMC for 15 years. 


I am currently Chairman of the North East & Cumbria Regional LMC and the GPC representative for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear. Both are elected positions.


I’m married to a retired Physiotherapist and have three daughters who all work as local Pharmacists.

Maxine Allan


I joined the LMC in 2002 and my role has evolved since then.


I have responsibility for managing the business and financial affairs of the organisation and am the first point of contact for the GPs and general practices that we represent.


I am also the Administrator for Gateshead & South Tyneside LMC, Newcastle & North Tyneside LMC and the North East & North Cumbria Regional LMC, which means I have good overview of what’s happening across the patch.