Our Practice Team


Dr Richard Russell

GP Partner, Deputy Medical DirectorBSc, MB ChB, MRCGP

Following the completion of my Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science at St Andrews University, I went on to study Medicine at the University of Manchester. I then worked in Stockport and Lancaster before moving to Australia where I spent 2 years working in mainly emergency and rural medicine. I returned to England and moved back to Manchester where I worked in an emergency care rotation. I joined The James Cochrane Practice as a Locum GP for a period of 6 months, before joining the practice as a Partner in 2007.

Dr Richard Russell, GP Partner, Deputy Medical Director

Dr John Wood


After studying Medicine at Manchester University, I graduated in 1998 with initial ambitions of working as either an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, or an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I spent several years working in a variety of hospitals across the North-West including 2 ½ years of Surgical training in Blackpool. It is from this experience that I realised my love of patient contact in an out-patient setting and decided to pursue General Practice. I commenced my GP training in Lancaster and qualified in 2005. I then worked as a GP Locum across the South Lakes area before joining The James Cochrane Practice as a Partner in May 2007.

Dr John Wood, GP Partner

Dr Paul Atkinson


I was born and raised in North Cumbria, and went on to study Medicine at Manchester University, qualifying in 2005. Whilst training, I worked in A&E, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Palliative Care and General Medicine. I moved back up to the South Lakes where I completed my GP training in 2012, before joining The James Cochrane practice as a Partner later that year. My areas of particular medical interest include the care of older people and Dementia.

Dr Paul Atkinson, GP Partner

Dr Ed Clarke

GP PartnerMBChB, DCH

I was born and raised in Liverpool before studying medicine at Leeds University, where I qualified in 1999. Since then I have trained in Yorkshire and Merseyside before becoming a GP in Liverpool in 2003. There, I co-ordinated the management of lung problems. I moved to Cumbria in late 2017 when I joined the James Cochrane Practice as a partner.

Dr Ed Clarke, GP Partner

Dr Simon Jones

Salaried GPMBBS (Hons), MRCGP, DTMH, DipOccMed

After qualifying from Newcastle University in 2000 I did my GP training in the North East of England. I then worked as a locum GP and gained a diploma in Tropical Medicine. Since then I have worked in South Sudan with MSF, Guatemala, New Zealand, and on expeditions around the world. My wife and I moved to Kendal in 2012 because of our passion for rock climbing and cycling. I worked as a GP at Westmorland General Hospital for eighteen months before joining the James Cochrane Practice. I have a particular interest in Palliative Care, Travel Medicine and Emergency Care.

Dr Simon Jones, Salaried GP

Dr Joanne Richardson

Salaried GPMBBS, MRCGP, Diploma in Reproductive and Sexual Health

I previously worked at Appleby Medical Practice as a Salaried GP for 1 year, after doing my GP training in Newcastle. I enjoy climbing, fell running and cycling, and sometimes I cycle the 15 miles to work! My areas of special interest include Muscular Skeletal (joint injections) and Sexual Health.

Dr Joanne Richardson, Salaried GP

Dr Emily Bayne

Salaried GP

Profile coming soon

Dr Emily Bayne, Salaried GP

Dr Kathryn Boniface

Salaried GP

I completed my training at Southampton University. I was a GP Partner at 2 practices in Oxfordshire, before I moved to Birmingham, where I worked as a Salaried GP at Birmingham University for 14 years. I then worked at a Practice near Tamworth for 5 years. I moved up to the Lake District 3 years ago where I initially started working at Goodly Dale Practice in Windermere, I then joined The James Cochrane Practice in 2018. In my spare time I love walking with my 2 border collies and singing in a choir, I also love sailing in our GP14 dinghy and reading.

Dr Kathryn Boniface, Salaried GP

Dr Ariane Domingo

Salaried GP

Profile coming soon…

Dr Ariane Domingo, Salaried GP

Dr Paula Cherry

Salaried GP

Originally from Bolton, I trained in Manchester, qualifying in 2003, and completed my GP training in Salford in 2011. I’ve worked all around Manchester, and initially undertook surgical training, including some time working in surgical departments at both Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. However, as time went on I felt that perhaps a career in General Practice would be better. I have recently relocated with my family to Cumbria from Manchester, having reached a point in my life where I craved a good view; and given that we often spent much of the Summer travelling up to go walking, camping or festivalling, it made good sense.

Dr Paula Cherry, Salaried GP

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