BGS announces Dr Deb Gompertz as next Deputy Honorary Secretary

08 September 2023

The BGS is delighted to announce that Dr Deb Gompertz will be its next Deputy Honorary Secretary.

Based in Somerset, Dr Deb Gompertz is a Complex Care/Frailty GP with 16 years’ experience as a partner in general practice. She currently works in a Primary Care Network across acute, community and voluntary sectors, supporting older people with complex needs.
Her past experience also includes working in A&E as an Acute Care GP. She joined the BGS as a member of the BGS GeriGPs group and is active in the BGS Community and Primary Care Group as its lead for anticipatory care. She has recently collaborated with the RCGP to establish a framework for GPs with an extended role in frailty and complex care.
Dr Gompertz will officially succeed the current Deputy Honorary Secretary, Dr Ruth Law, at the BGS AGM on 17 November. Dr Law will in turn succeed Professor Anne Hendry as Honorary Secretary. Dr Gompertz will become Honorary Secretary in November 2025.
The BGS Deputy Honorary Secretary supports the Honorary Secretary in overseeing the BGS’s policy and communications work. The Honorary Secretary is one of the BGS’s most senior roles, serving as a member of the BGS Trustee Board and chairing the Policy and Communications Committee.
Dr Gompertz received the most votes from BGS members in an election held in July and August 2023.

Speaking of her appointment, Dr Gompertz said:

I am honoured to have been elected to the post of Deputy Honorary Secretary. I look forward to working with the next Honorary Secretary, Dr Ruth Law, over the next two years as I learn the ropes, and to collaborating with BGS members and staff to achieve better care for older people.

I have found my ‘tribe’ within the BGS and it will be a privilege to influence healthcare for older people while supporting peers from secondary and primary care backgrounds.”