Woodlands Patient Participation Group Members

Sharon Leonard - Practice Manager

My name is Sharon Leonard and I am the Practice Manager at Woodlands Family Medical Centre. I came into post at Woodlands on 1st October 2013, following the retirement of Sue Browne. My employment background is purely NHS Primary Care (General Practice), apart from a two year post at a private hospital, working as Primary Care Manager, liaising with GP's and Practice Managers all over the North East.
I have spent over 20 years in Practice Management and over 10 years working in the Primary Care Trust, so I have extensive knowledge and experience of General Practice.
I'm very proactive in the practice, so please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can help with.

Brenda Brackenbury - Deputy Manager

I am Deputy Practice Manager for Woodlands Family Medical Centre. I first came to Woodlands through a placement on behalf of a 'Women's Skills Course' in May 1990. I had previously been 'at home' looking after my children but with various part-time jobs.

After completing the placement of 8 weeks, I was offered a permanent post for which I, obviously, accepted. I started as a receptionist and then progressed to 'other roles' within the Practice and eventually was offered the role of Deputy Practice Manager.

Michelle Marshall - Deputy Manager

I have recently been given the role of Deputy Practice Manager which I job share with Brenda Brackenbury.  I started my employment with Woodlands Family Medical Centre in January 2003 on a fixed term contract as a Medical Summariser, but in July 2003 I was offered permanent employment as part of the administration team.  I then progressed to Administration Supervisor before progressing to my current role.  Prior to working at Woodlands Family Medical Centre I worked for a surgery in Middlesbrough and before that as a Dental Nurse.

Doug - PPG Chairperson

’m a born and bred Stocktonian, in fact this practice delivered me many many years ago. I attended Oxbridge infants, Holy Trinity junior and Stockton Grammar.

I worked in my chosen career for over 35 years, unfortunately in 2006 I was diagnosed with a serious health problem so when the opportunity of early retirement came along in 2008 I readily accepted.

In October 2011 I was fortunate enough to join the Woodlands Patient Participation Group when it was created. I had to resign in March 2014, due to personal reasons not connected to WPPG, but was fortunate to be able to return in October 2014. I‘m positive I can bring something to this group and assist it in its aims of not only maintaining but hopefully improving the already high standards of service offered at Woodlands FMC. douglandin2012@btinternet.com

Elizabeth - PPG Member

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees and I have been a patient at this doctors' practice all my life.

I started my working life in the offices of Ashmore Benson Pease then, on graduating I spent many years Teaching.
Now retired I still go into school voluntarily, I teach singing privately and conduct The Sydenham Singers mixed voice choir.

I am pleased to be a member of the PPG as I believe we can help to maintain the high standard of care on offer at woodlands.

Mike - PPG Member

I was born and brought up in the East Midlands, I am married, I have a son who has blessed us with a beautiful daughter in law and a wonderful grandson. Resident in Stockton for the last 10 years, which is when I register with Woodland FMC(2002). I have spent 20 years in education followed by a further 20 years working for the North East Ambulance Service.

I have retired from active service as a paramedic, I now work part time delivering training courses in emergency care ranging from; first aid at work for members of the public to training medics wishing to embark on a career in the ambulance service or progressing to working in the Off Shore Environment.

Anne - PPG Member

I have been a registered Woodlands patient since 1963.

I have been a volunteer for over forty years. But since I retired I have been able to concentrate most of my time to volunteering in the Community.

I just like people and if I can help them it gives me satisfaction to m

Ian - PPG Member

I am a carer for an adult with autism and severe learning difficulties and had a number of years experience working in the local community and nationally to improve provision for severely handicapped people.

I am interested in trying to improve health care for severely handicapped people and their carer's.

Also I would like to see a more person centred approach to healthcare.

I have been a registered Woodlands patient since 2002. I am a local translator and as such can assist the WPPG in reaching out to its Asian patients.



Jennifer - PPG Member

I originate from Stockton on Tees but have lived in various locations in the UK and abroad. After my marriage in the early 70's I was a full-time house wife for many years whilst the children were at school but later worked part-time as an Occupational Therapy Aide at a Residential Home in Surrey for people with mental disorders and Down syndrome. 

I have two grown up children and two grandchildren. I enjoy singing and playing the Ukulele. I have been involved in various organisations in a voluntary capacity over many years and I hope to make a contribution as a member of Woodlands Patient Participation Group in order to enhance the patients experience of our Medical Centre.


Dr Garg - PPG Clinical Representative)

I am pleased to be associated with the WPPG, my role is that of Clinical Representative.

Upcoming Events

WPPG meeting at 1.30pm 22/07/2019 (3 days to go)
Woodlands Patient Participation Group will be meeting on Monday July 22nd at 1.30pm.