Royal College of GPs announces new chair

Author: Jo Carlowe

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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced its new chair-elect.

Professor Martin Marshall will succeed Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard in November 2019 for a three-year term.

The two other candidates in the election, independently conducted by UK Engage, were Professor Simon Gregory and Professor Kamila Hawthorne.

Martin Marshall is a GP in Newham, East London, and professor of healthcare improvement at University College London.

He has been the College's vice chair for external affairs since 2016 and in previous roles has experience of working in government and the charity sector.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Marshall said: "I am honoured and humbled to be elected as the next chair of the RCGP and will do everything I can to represent the views of frontline GPs across the UK.

“I have a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, and to patient care, and our professional voice is central at this time of great change.

"I would like to thank my fellow candidates, Simon and Kamila, for running such a dignified campaign, and the members of council who have put their trust and confidence in me.

"I would also like to pay tribute to our current chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard, who will leave such a strong legacy for me to build on.”

Unlike other Medical Royal Colleges, the RCGP has a chair and a president. The chair of council is the leader of the College and sets its strategic direction and policy.

The president is the “constitutional” head of the College. The two-year post is currently held by Professor Mayur Lakhani who will be succeeded by Professor Amanda Howe, also in November 2019.


Image courtesy of Royal College of General Practioners

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