Gordon O'Connor PPG Chair
On Monday 12 December 2011 at a meeting held at the surgery of the newly formed Patients Participation Group I was elected Chairperson, a position I was delighted to accept.
I am Gordon James O'Connor born in Dudley. I attended St Mary's infants and Junior at Hurst Hill, Sedgley and then Manor Secondary Modern, Coseley. I joined the armed forces in 1963, serving in the UK, Malaysia and Germany. I married Patricia in 1969 at St Francis Church on The Priory.
Following a career in the forces I served in the West Midlands Police until 1999. I then became the Site Manager at St Marks Primary School, Pensnett in 2009.
Deirdre Haddock - PPG Co-Chair
Hello my name is Deirdre Haddock. I am married to Michael and we have three grown-up children and one grandson. I have been with the practice for many years, moving with them from various sites to the current Steppingstones practice.
Jean Beard - PPG Secretary
My name is Jean Beard and I have been a patient at this practice for 60 years. I have spent my working life in the Medical profession. I have worked in General Practice for a Consultant Psychiatrist, 10 years for a Consultant Radiologist, managed the X-Ray department at the Guest Hospital, 16 years managing a large Health Centre and became one of the first GP Fundholding Managers in the Country. In 1992 I joined Drs Welch, Khan and Spiers to prepare the practice for their application to be a Fundholding Practice, I stayed for five years.
I am married with 3 sons, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. I am also the secretary of Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company and for one day a week I volunteer for Dudley Cancer Support.