Our Core Team

Medical Role Players have been providing our Communication Skills (OSCE) patient actors for many years now. Joanne and Byron have always been a pleasure to work with and are very reliable and prompt in responding to my emails. The actors have always been very professional, punctual and friendly and have done a tremendous job of roleplaying, providing a very real experience for our candidates. I would not hesitate in recommending Medical Role Players! 

Sophie Donovan -  Deputy Head of Examinations

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists


Byron McGuinness (Joint Managing Director)

Byron is our main client contact. As well as booking role players and assisting with the design of sessions, he advises on the content of scenarios from the patient's perspective.


Byron also leads communication skills training events for clinicians such as GP trainees, Health Care Scientists and dentists on behalf of Health Education England, University of Manchester and others.

With 25 years' experience in medical education, as well as being the former Deputy Lead for Clinical Consultation Skills teaching at Manchester Medical School, Byron has the knowledge and insight to assist new and established clients with all requirements for a successful event.


Joanne McGuinness

(Joint Managing / Finance Director)

Joanne is primarily the finance director of Medical Role Players, dealing with all invoices, payments and administrative duties.


She also has responsibility for particular client contracts and works closely with all our police forces, where she is the main contact for this work.

Joanne has a background in event management and finance. She has many years' experience in customer-focused roles. 


Ian Townsend (Manager)

Ian co-manages the work we do with the GMC. As well as booking role players, he attends scenario writing sessions with clinicians and GMC staff and leads the role playing team at assessments, ensuring quality control,

Ian has written various forum theatre scenarios and other communication scripts for clients such as NHSBT and UCLan University.


With a background in theatre, Ian is an award-winning playwright, director and producer.

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Mark Jones


Mark co-manages our work with the GMC. As well as booking role players, He ensures all relevant information is sent out, and leads the role playing teams at assessments, ensuring quality control.


Mark also manages the team of role players at GP Recruitment for Health Education  East of England, 


An experienced role player, actor, director and producer, Mark is currently writing his first novel.