Martin Ashley (56-65) recently stood down as DVP for Bedfordshire. We’d like to thank him for all his hard work and enthusiasm during his time in the role. Over the years, he helped organise a number of memorable events in and around Bedford which many of you will remember.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Jason Reddy (79-84) has agreed to take over. Although Jason has travelled the world, he describes himself very much as a “Bedford Boy”.
His parents (both Durban-born doctors of the South-African /Indian diaspora) worked in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria where Jason was born on their ‘working travels’ in 1966. The family moved to Bedford in 1979, where Jason attended Bedford School. Jason was fully involved with School life and, in his final year, represented both the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI hockey, with many of his team mates remaining his closest friends to this day.
Jason has a distinguished medical career. Qualifying from UCH/MIDDLESEX medical school in 1990, he then went on to do his GP training in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes (on The Oxford GP training scheme) before taking up a GP post in Buckingham in 1994. However, the travel bug had it’s grip and he decided to join P&O/Princess Cruise lines later in 1994 as a Ship’s Doctor.
His initial plan was to be at sea for 1 year, however he stayed for 8, coming ashore in 2001 after getting married to his wife Cathy in Canada.
Following a number of local medical appointments, he was appointed Deputy Medical Director for NHS Bedfordshire in June 2009. In Oct 2010 Jason was awarded the MRCGP (Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners) by iMAP. Following receipt of his full GP trainer status, which he gained in 2014, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP for services to General Practice).
More recently, after considering the various career progression options open to him, Jason came to the conclusion that he wanted to work in core General Practice and serve the local community that he has been part of for the past 38 years. This coincided with the opportunity to take up Partnership with Dr John Rochford at Sharnbrook HC in 2013.
Jason is an avid sportsman, having played Hockey for England Schools and Rugby to a high level. However, injury meant he had to divert his skills to Umpiring Hockey at International Level and now he continues to strongly support his beloved Everton FC and, of course, holds a Twickenham Debenture! He was also the Aquatic Centre Doctor at the 2012 London Olympic Games and continued his sporting links as a ‘Professional Driver’ for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England!
Thank you to Jason for taking on this role. Please keep an eye out for local DVP events in Bedfordshire, which we hope that you will support.