About the FPA

The Faculty of Physician Associates provides professional support to physician associates across the UK. Members of the faculty are part of a professional membership body campaigning for progress and change in the profession, advising government, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues. The FPA reviews and sets standards for:

  • the education and training of physician associates
  • physician associate national certification and recertification examinations.

The faculty provides support to both qualified and student physician associates in their education, training and professional development, giving members access to a benefits package that includes a CPD diary, publications, library resources, and discounts on professional development courses and events.

The FPA oversees and administers the running of the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) and is campaigning to achieve statutory registration of the profession.

For information on how to become a member of the FPA, visit our membership pages.

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Kate Straughton

Kate Straughton, President

Term: August 2019 - August 2022

Kate is a qualified PA, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2009 and completing her MsC in 2017 from the University of Worcester. She has over ten years experience including working in acute medicine and neurosurgery. She has been working in PA education since 2014, with a focus on work-based learning and clinical placements. Kate is currently the placement lead for the University of Birmingham PA course, and also oversees the MsC ‘top up’ for PAs who wish to carry out some further research.

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Michelle Chapman

Michelle Chapman, vice-president

Term: August 2019 - August 2022

Michelle graduated from St. Georges, University of London’s PA programme in 2014 and initially began working within elderly care medicine at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust. She has since gone on to specialise in acute medicine. Michelle is also the Lead PA for KSS School of PAs, an HEE funded programme that was developed to support and provide advice to PAs, PA students, the new university programmes and employers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Michelle has also been appointed as the HEE KSS PA Ambassador, a role that was established in May 2019.

Mikaela Carey, secretary

Mikaela Carey, secretary

Term: October 2018 - October 2022

Mikaela completed her physician associate training at St George’s, University of London in September 2017. Upon successfully completing her National exams she obtained her first position as a PA working in urology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She will soon be seconded to a position in mental health at Springfield University Hospital. This position also includes a Health Education England PA ambassador role. She runs an independent clinic in urodynamics and has a telephone clinic for intravesical Botox. She is currently training in flexible cystoscopy and robotic assisting in theatre. She was previously the FPA board national student representative.

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Jamie Saunders

Jamie Saunders, qualified PA

Term: August 2019 - August 2023

Jamie undertook his physician associate training in Essex, graduating and sitting his national exam in September 2017. His first position as a PA was working in clinical haematology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently on a three year training rotation in haematology, devised locally by the consultants of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Jamie was also elected to both the communications and education committees at the British Society for Haematology, representing PAs working in haematology and providing guidance and advice in relation to the society’s activities. He also lectures, predominantly on haematology, at several PA schools across the country and is currently completing his postgraduate certificate in medical education at Newcastle University.

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Alex Chase

Alexandra Chase, qualified PA

Term: August 2019 - August 2023

Alexandra trained as a PA at the University of Birmingham and graduated in 2010. She is currently working in general practice previously worked in Acute Medicine at University Hospital Birmingham, and cardiology at Heart of England NHS Trust. Alexandra is also a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and has been a part of the PA faculty there since 2015. Alexandra has an interest in assessment and is also a member of the Physician Associate National Exam (PANE) board. 

Amy Donaldson-Perrott

Amy Donaldson-Perrott, qualified PA

Term: November 2021 – November 2025

Amy qualified from St. George's, University of London in 2010 and worked in emergency medicine until 2015. She has worked in several primary care practices and continues to locum across various sites in London. She started teaching at St George's in 2014 and is now a senior lecturer running two clinical modules on the masters in physician associate studies. She has a keen interest in equality and diversity and plans to be involved in widening the diversity of PAs in the UK.

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Pauline Weir

Pauline Weir, qualified PA

Term: November 2021 – November 2025

Pauline graduated as a PA from St George's medical school in 2016. Prior to this she was a diabetes dietitian for over 10 years.​ She has worked as a PA in primary care in Essex for the last 4 years. Pauline has also been working with Health Education England as a PA ambassador since 2018 - this has given her protected time to promote the role of the PA and to try to increase job opportunities for PAs both in primary and secondary care.

Alana Hart

Alana Hart, national student representative

Alana is currently a second-year student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. After a degree in Biomedical Science, including a placement year as a research and development scientist developing drug tests and taking them to trials with drug rehabilitation clients, she decided that patient-centred care was her preferred career route. Alana’s goals as national student representative are to increase networking opportunities between students and qualified physician associates and to increase the awareness and education about physician associates to ensure students have valuable learning experiences during their placements. Alana hopes to continue to be involved in the development of PAs.

Jade Moore

Jade Moore, senior examiner

Jade qualified as a PA in 2010 and has based her career in primary care since this time. She is now an associate professor of medical education at Anglia Ruskin’s School of Medicine, where she directs the PA programme. Jade has a special interest in assessments, in particular, standard setting, and oversees the PA national examination as the senior examiner.


Dr Cathryn Edwards

Dr Cathryn Edwards OBE MA (Oxon) D.Phil FRCP – RCP registrar

Dr Cathryn Edwards is a consultant at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, having trained in gastroenterology at Oxford. Prior to a career in medicine she read Modern History at The Queen’s College. Her D.Phil studies into mucins in the defunctioned colorectum was supported by an MRC fellowship. Her clinical interests are IBD, the microscopic colitidies, anorexia nervosa and upper GI cancer. She established an early bespoke IBD database at Torbay and set up a DNA library as a research resource. Some of her roles nationally have been the National IBD Standards Group the IBD National Audit Steering Committee and the National IBD Registry at its inception.

She is Associate Editor for BMJ_Open gastroenterology and previous editorial roles have been for Frontline gastroenterology as the IBD associate editor and as the medical editor for CCUK’s Patient Magazine 2011. She was the first woman secretary of the BSG 2011-15, co-founding a Network to support women in gastroenterology (SWiG). She was the BSG president 2016-2018 and focused on developing the society as a membership organisation She led a review of all of the BSG’s internal functions including organisational structure, finance and IT further developed the governance infrastructure of the BSG charity. She worked widely with external stakeholders and raised the society’s profile nationally and leading the BSG’s response to COVID-19 Feb- June 2020. Over the last 5 years she has promoted mentorship as a desirable membership benefit, setting a pilot mentoring scheme for female senior trainees before launching this as a Society wide benefit. Cathryn was visiting lecturer at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town 2015 - 2016. Her roles there were endoscopy training, mentorship and specialty IBD practice. She has been recently offered the position of visiting professor UCT (July 2021) Her non-clinical role in the health care sector is as a Trustee of Rowcroft Hospice, Torquay where she held the role of chair of the board between 2016 and 2019. In March 2021 she was appointed to the role of registrar at the Royal College of Physicians. 

FPA - About FPA - Our Board - Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster, Executive Director, RCP Membership Support and Global Engagement (MSGE)

Matthew is director of the Membership Support and Global Engagement (MSGE) directorate. He is responsible for supporting the membership (including the FPA), professional and global aspects of the RCP, working with the registrar. Matthew has built his career at the RCP over 15+ years, having previously held roles including head of international and director of membership. 

Board meetings also have Stakeholder representation from:

  • Patient Carers Network
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • PA Schools Council
  • Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of General Practitioners

Meet the FPA team

  • Pia Sykes
  • Madison Monk

For more information on the governance and workings of the Faculty, please read the Standing Orders document.