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Meet the Governing Panel

Panel members backgrounds include NHS, private & voluntary sector directors, executives, managers; and registered members of the occupations on HPA. They handle serious complaints about the fitness to practice of registrants.


The Panel also leads on policy and procedure regarding governance of HPA's registrants and organisational use of the system. It also helps define the expected standards and acts as a steering group for HPA in general.

Grant de Jongh

Chief Executive

Grant is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive of HPA. He was a senior member in local government, serving as Vice Chairman of his local council and Deputy Mayor of the town he lives in.

He has several years experience in governance of large-scale private & voluntary sector ambulance services for the NHS. He was project lead on establishing the NHS' first governance framework for private and voluntary sector ambulance services. Setting up an inter-Trust working group to help co-ordinate the safe resourcing of private and voluntary sector ambulance resources. 

He qualified as an IHCD Technician in 2008 and through compelling personal reasons commissioned the development of HPA.

Stephanie Prior

Legal Compliance Lead

Stephanie is a senior partner at Osbornes Law, an award winning solicitors and lawyers firm recognised in the Times Best Law Firm Guide 2019. Stephanie heads up the Medical Negligence and Child Abuse Department  handling a mixture of complex clinical negligence work and is a former Registered General Nurse.

A member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel, the AvMA Referral Panel, has chaired the AvMA Medicine for Lawyers conference. A member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, has a Diploma in Forensic Medical Science and is the Legal Editor of and contributes quarterly to Medicine Science and the Law.

Stephanie has lectured at Barts, the Forensic Medicine Post Graduate Students, is an appointed examiner for the Diploma in Forensic Medical Science and the MSc in Forensic Science. A member of British Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences.

Prof Andy Newton


Andy is Chairman of the HPA Panel and until recently was Chairman of the College of Paramedics as well as the Chief Clinical Officer for South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. He has extensive experience in the ambulance service sector.  He was appointed in September 2005 as the first Consultant Paramedic in the country. He has key roles in the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and many other groups and has spent the last five years developing educational programmes for paramedics including the critical care paramedic and paramedic practitioner programmes.

Dr Indra Jones

Professional Development Lead

Indra is a former university principal lecturer and teaching fellow with substantial experience in nursing and paramedic education as well as multidisciplinary post graduate developments.

She was awarded a university teaching fellowship followed by a national teaching fellowship by the higher education academy for excellence in learning and teaching. 

Building on her main background of Primary Health Care nursing and clinical teaching, she played a key role in the early developments of paramedic and nursing programmes from certificate to graduate levels which involved working with individuals from a variety of abilities and backgrounds.

Her extensive expertise and research is in reflective practice learning methods which has culminated in a number of international publications. 

Alan Howson

Vice Chairman

Alan has worked in the ambulance sector for over 25 years, established and ran the IHCD (and NHS predecessor) ambulance training programmes both in the UK and overseas. A well known and respected figure in the sector Alan managed the successful petition for the registration of Paramedics, working closely with the CPSM (now the HCPC) and key stakeholders in the sector to establish the first register of Paramedics.

Dr Meng Aw-Yong