The Doctors in Distress Trustees

Amandip Sidhu


Amandip Sidhu


Amandip started Doctors in Distress after his brother Jagdip, a consultant cardiologist, sadly took his own life.

The tragic event highlighted the issues the medical profession has around mental health and why it needs to change. Whilst running his own business at the same time, Amandip has built the charity from nothing to where we are today.

darren Cockburn

Interim Chair

Darren Cockburn


Darren Cockburn is senior strategy and finance executive. His experience over the last 30 years spans working in large media companies and technology start-ups, as well as consulting and banking. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of one of the divisions of the BBC, where he ran property, safety and security alongside leading major savings and transformation projects.

Darren is also an experienced Non-Executive Director having served on the boards of several technology companies as well as on the oversight committee of an investment fund.

Prior to the BBC, Darren worked as Controller of Corporate Development at Channel 4, where he was in charge of corporate venturing, and at the Walt Disney Internet Group as Director of Strategy and Business Development, Europe.

Fiorella Massey

Stephen Cohen

Stephen has been working as a non-executive director for the last 9 years after an international executive career in asset management. He is a member of Council at the Health & Care Professions Council and a Commissioner at the Gambling Commission, where he also chairs the 4th National Lottery License Committee. In addition, he is Chair of Audit for two London listed companies and an adviser to the Chair of Trustees at Denville Hall. In the past he was also Chair of the Beacon Fellowship for many years.

Subodh Dave

Professor Subodh Dave

Subodh is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. He is the Dean of Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He is passionate about co-production and patient involvement in Quality Improvement as well as in teaching where he has been the architect for the award-winning programme of volunteer-patient teachers in Derby and developed mentoring programmes for International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

A keen runner, he has run several marathons to raise money for mental health charities. He ran the Berlin marathon in under 3 hours and has recently cycled across the length of UK in 10 days raising funds for Doctors in Distress and raising awareness about mental illness and suicides in medics.

Dr Ananta Dave

Dr Ananta Dave

Dr Ananta Dave is Chief Medical Officer at the Black Country Integrated Care Board. She is also the Presidential Lead for retention and wellbeing at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych). She has been elected as a member of the UK Parliament Health & Social Care Committee’s expert panel.

She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to travel to the United States and study the topic of preventing doctor suicides. The importance of looking after staff wellbeing and providing non-stigmatising sensitive easily accessible mental healthcare for doctors and health professionals is a cause close to Dr Dave’s heart, after seeing the needless suffering and loss of life due to mental illness and losing friends and colleagues to suicide.

She is passionate about helping develop a leadership culture which promotes equality, inclusivity and wellbeing of the workforce. Dr Dave has had a life-long interest in teaching and training and is involved in this at undergraduate (Lincoln Medical School) and postgraduate level.

darren Cockburn

Dr Ali Esmaeili

Dr Ali Esmaeili is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with 16 years of surgical experience in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Driven by a passion for integrity, transparency, and the highest safety standards, he ensures that patients are well-informed and assured in their treatment.

Aside from his clinical work, Dr Esmaeili has made significant contributions to plastic surgery through teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge. As a UCL lecturer since 2014, he has been instrumental in shaping the education of surgical students, particularly in human anatomy. Dr Esmaeili’s innovative approach to teaching includes incorporating drawing, sculpturing, and tailoring into the curriculum to provide a comprehensive understanding of the aesthetic and artful aspects of human facial anatomy.

Dr Esmaeili’s commitment to excellence and his genuine belief in the transformative power of reconstructive and plastic surgery is at the core of his practice.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul

Chaand Nagpaul

Dr Chaand Nagpaul is a GP partner who has worked in his practice in North London for over three decades.
He has also dedicated his professional life representing and supporting doctors having been elected onto the BMA GPs committee in 1996 and later becoming its chair. He was the first ethnic minority chair of the BMA Council from 2017 to 2022, during which time he led the medical profession through the challenges of the Covid pandemic in dialogue with the government and in the media.

He is passionate about the need to support doctors well-being, and was previous chair of the BMA’s well-being support network. He has long advocated for racial equality in medicine; he chairs the BMA’s Forum for Racial and Ethnic Equality and is a board member of the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

He has been awarded the CBE for services to primary care, a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health.

His main antidote to hard work is his love of music, particularly enjoying live jazz.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul

Jonathan Osborn

Bio coming soon.
Nishma Shah

Nishma Shah

Nishma is a General Practitioner with 11 years of experience in Primary Care. She is the Medical Director and Responsible Officer for a small designated body, The Hurley Group. Her lead areas include clinical governance and performance management of clinical staff employed by the Hurley Group.

In addition to this, Nishma is also a trained appraiser for GPs in North Central London.

Hurley group have experience of “turnaround” where GP practices are closed down with short notice and Hurley Group is often asked to parachute in to provide primary care services. This often involves supporting role for staff, clinical and non-clinical who have been working at the practice.

Nishma is a keen runner, cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, having completed Paris, Snowdonia and Everest Marathons in the past and London to Paris cycle ride for charity.

Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry

Anna worked in TV as a reporter and presenter for 9 years on a variety of news and lifestyle programmes.

In her mid thirties Anna was a barrister based in Nottingham for 16 years with a largely defence practise.

In 2010 Anna was elected as a Member of Parliament for Broxtowe, a post she held for 10 years. During this time she held the position of the first woman MP Defence Minister, Business Minister and Minister for Public Health.

Anna left the Conservative Party in 2019 and went on to lead Change UK which disbanded in early 2020.

Anna has two daughters from her first marriage and lives in north Leicestershire with her partner Neil.