Committee Members

Dr Peter Smith (Chair & Trustee)

Dr Peter Smith MBChB DCH DRCOG MRCGP  was for over 30 years a GP partner at Haxby Group Practice near York where his medical interests lay in Paediatrics and teaching of Medical Students. He was an examiner both for the British Diploma of Child Health and for Hull York Medical School. He was also a GP trainer and actively involved in the York GP training scheme. He trained over 35 GP trainees in his career as a trainer. The practice also founded three surgeries in Hull as part of a government initiative to provide medical services for patients in areas of deprivation. He was Medical Director of this initiative. 

In 2012 he visited Eastern Uganda as a Medical Volunteer and found busy clinics without any medical records. As a result of lack of information and demographic awareness patient care was clearly compromised. Along with Bass Stewart, owner of ONYX ICT Ltd, he developed the electronic medical record system and co-founded EMR4DW. 

He has visited Uganda on seven further occasions and there are now five established record systems in operation in that country. He has also travelled to Nicaragua and trained staff at the clinic at Salinas. 

Bass Stewart

Bass Stewart is the owner of Onyx ICT ltd, a software development & IT support company with bases in North Yorkshire & Lancashire.

Graduatiing from The London School of Economics, Bass has worked in the IT sector since 1991, first of all selling complex Systems to UK blue chips and then starting Onyx with his brother in 1996. Onyx now advises SoHo/SME businesses on all matters relating to IT but specialises in the development of custom software solutions, but also acts as a strategy consultant, and procures, configures, maintains & supports office server and network Systems.

As a co-founder of EMR4DW with Dr Peter Smith, Bass brings essential strategy and development expertise. He considers this his most important work to date.

Dr Bill Tams

Dr Bill Tams retired in 2012 after 36 years in the NHS. Bill has an MBChB from Dundee University Medical School and worked in York District Hospital before entering General Practice in York in 1980. A family doctor and senior partner in practice he is particularly committed to the speciality of Primary Care Medicine. Bill became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1981 with the qualification MRCGP and became a trainer in primary care soon after, teaching post graduates, and in later years, medical students. He gained a post graduate certificate in continuing medical education (PGCME) in 2004 from Leeds University.

 He was prescribing lead for the practice which involved analysing practice prescribing and responding to external assessment. He was also an appraiser of doctor’s performance and an external assessor of hospital departments for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Senior partner responsibilities included managing a practice of 8 Doctors, 25 staff and 15,000 patients whilst working to deadlines to ensure the practice achieved Government financial, and NHS clinical targets.

Bill became involved as an enthusiastic supporter of the initial clinic in Eastern Uganda at Bumwalukani which he first visited, with his wife Gail in 2013. Fundraising later to develop the software and provide hardware for the clinic, he took computers and other relevant equipment out to Uganda. He has since taken medication, dressings and training aids to the clinic on subsequent visits.

As Clinical Advisor to EMR4DW his role is responding to enquiries about EMR4DW, supporting new project clinics, updating the software and promoting EMR4DW as widely as possible.


Dr Elizabeth Fowler

Dr Elizabeth Fowler graduated with an MbChB from Aberdeen in 1981 and then worked at York District Hospital before joining a General Practice in York. She worked 'part time' as a GP till 2012 alongside raising her family of 3 children. The practice was on the leading edge in adopting computerised records and in time becoming 'paperless'.

Elizabeth enjoyed the holistic care of all patients in Practice but had a Special Clinical  Interest in Women's and Children's Health. Other roles Elizabeth took on were Medical student teaching and GP appraisals.

Elizabeth has been fully involved in local community life - volunteering as a school governor for 15 + years, playing saxophone and clarinet in 2 local bands and more recently becoming an independent member then vice-chair of North Yorkshire adoption panel.

Elizabeth has had the opportunity to be involved with health care in Kenya and Ghana and is enthusiastic about the difference Electronic Medical Records can make in clinics both  for individual care and follow up and also to look at disease patterns in communities. Elizabeth is hoping to help support clinics as they adopt the System.

Graham Millar (Treasurer & Trustee)

Graham Millar FCA spent most of his career in the branded food industry. In general management he had successive jobs as MD of Rowntree’s business in South Africa, of Nestle Rowntree in the UK and then Nestlé’s UK Food business. Toward the end of his career, he took on the role of Group Finance Director of Nestle in UK and Ireland where he played a key part in restructuring the overall business.

Graham has, throughout his career, had a strong commitment to and involvement in the community and since his retirement has been able to indulge this interest. He is Chairman of St Leonard’s Hospice and of a governance committee at the University of York. He is heavily involved with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, where he is a trustee of both and Chairman of the JRHT Board. He works extensively with York Minster and in addition he is a member of the Guild of Merchant Taylors in York and its Master in 2011/12. He is a member of York Civic Trust and was its Chairman for a number of years.

His leisure interests include sport (doing and viewing), walking, reading and theatre.

Gail Tams (Trustee)

Gail has over 25 years’ experience in the non-profit and voluntary sector working in the field of family support. She has served as an independent member on both the North Yorkshire and the York Adoption Panels. Gail is currently Independent Chair of an Advisory Board for a York Children’s Centre and a trustee on the York Children’s Trust and the York Dispensary Trust.

Gail has visited the clinic in Bumwalukani Uganda, with her husband Bill who was working there as a doctor. During her time there, she helped set up some health clubs in primary schools, gave motivational training to local volunteers and took part in outreach work.

Given her background and experience, Gail’s primary area of interest lies with the health and well-being of children and their carers. She firmly believes that small measures can make a difference and has witnessed at first-hand how the provision of a simple computer System can impact on people’s lives and communities in a positive way. By providing continuity of care for individuals and the ability to identify localised outbreaks of illness we can giving people something we take so much for granted in our world.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith spent most of her working life as a manager in the NHS but also has teaching experience in adult education. In the NHS she worked as a Chief Executive in a Primary Care Group and held senior posts in Workforce Development and Education.

Helen has visited Uganda on three occasions, the second helping to install the medical records System and train staff, as well as initiating a project to set up health clubs in local schools.

Margaret Millar

Margaret has been involved in education in York for over thirty years, she was a primary school teacher and also worked for ten years with children with special needs, both mental and physical.  She has been a school governor for fifteen years and is also a  member of the Education Committee of the York Civic Trust.

Margaret has been actively involved in charity fundraising for many years working with cancer charities and the Wilberforce Trust.  In 2010 she trained as a bereavement support worker and is based at St Leonard’s Hospice.

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