Gilles is a Birmingham GP and GP appraiser, with a particular interest in health and health care inequalities and mental health. He is a member of the Adoption and Impact Reference Panel of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
He graduated as a medical doctor in the Netherlands where he trained in the programme for hospital and community medicine in remote and under-resourced areas in developing countries (“Tropical Doctor”). This prepared him to work in hospitals, community care and public health in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. As a student and junior doctor he worked part-time in freelance Dutch language journalism on West and Southern African and US politics, higher education and development. He was also a trustee of WEMOS, a global health advocacy NGO and the Johannes Wier Foundation for Health and Human Rights.
He holds a Master of Science, Community Health in Developing Countries of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Before moving to England, he worked as a public health specialist and epidemiologist for The Hague City Health (GGD Den Haag) in the Netherlands.
Gilles was a member of the Health Inequalities Standing Group of the RCGP and a Trustee of Medact, a UK international health policy and advocacy charity. He has represented Dutch and British non-governmental organisations at trade and health-related meetings of UN organisations and other international events.
His current interests include global aspects of commercialisation of health care including use of NHS and other health care data and access to medicines, pharmaceutical R&D, intellectual property rights and global justice. He is the external examiner for the University of Leeds Intercalated BSc in International Health. Gilles is married to a GP and they have 3 children.