Core Network Team

Caroline Gamlin, Chair
Caroline undertook vocational training to become a GP and worked in Tanzania for a year before completing her specialist training in Public Health. She has worked in Somerset, both as a Consultant in Public Health and as DPH since 1999. In April 2013 Caroline took up the post of Medical Director for the BNSSSG Area Team of NHS England. Since the NHS England realignment in January 2015 Caroline has been appointed Medical Director to the NHS England South, South West. Caroline leads the Clinical Networks and Senate for the South West on behalf of NHS England and is the responsible officer for the NHS South, South West overseeing appraisal, revalidation and performance of GPs and other independent contractors.

Sunita Berry, Associate Director (out on secondment)
Sunita has worked in Networks since 2002, developing first the cardiac and then the stroke network across Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. She believes passionately that through developing coalitions and consensus it is possible to deliver broad health care gains for populations, and that networks are ideal vehicles for delivering large-scale change. A neuroscientist by training, she has previously worked for the BBC making documentaries on science and health issues.

Tariq White, Interim Associate Director
Tariq is a qualified nurse and spent from 2001-2013 working in the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services Network. In 2013 Tariq took up the post of Associate Director for Clinical Strategy across the BNSSSG Area Team and when NHS England realigned in January 2015 he became Associate Director for Transformation on Outcomes for NHS England South, South West. Since January 2017, Tariq has been interim Associate Director for the Clinical Networks and Senates in the South West and believes they have a large part to play in system transformation and improving care pathways for patients.

Rebecca Vermeer, PA to Caroline Gamlin, Medical Director
Rebecca joined the NHS on a temporary assignment in November 2012 in Public Health for Somerset PCT. In April 2013 she transferred to the South West Clinical Network and Medical Directorate in NHS England, being formally appointed in July 2013. In a previous life, Rebecca was a Secondary School English Teacher for 10 years, which she enjoyed very much and where her core people and project management skills were formed. In June 2015, she had the opportunity to act up into a Quality Improvement Lead post supporting the SEND agenda, and in November 2015 was appointed to a secondment as Project Manager for the Mental Health Network, with a focus on CYP MH. In September 2016, she returned to her substantive post.

Charlotte Cooper, PA to Tariq White, Associate Director
Charlotte joined the NHS after finishing university in 2015, focussing on improving the health and wellbeing of others. She worked as a Smokefree Practitioner for North Bristol NHS Trust, supporting staff, patients and visitors to adopt a healthier lifestyle. In 2017 she joined the clinical network as PA to Associate Director and senior admin to the Mental Health and Dementia Network.