Note from the President

Dear candidate,

As we prepare to enter our 90th year in 2019, the focus of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) on championing girls’ and women’s healthcare around the world has never been more important.

Recent economic and political change, as well as ever-increasing demands on healthcare, have driven a need for transformational change across health and social care. It is essential that issues around the quality and safety of women’s healthcare remain at the forefront and rise even higher up the external agenda.

We have achieved so much since our inception in 1929, from significantly raising standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology, to successfully championing national and international healthcare policy issues such as abortion reform in the Republic of Ireland.

As the RCOG looks ahead to the decades to come, we have a far-reaching and ambitious vision to drive major improvements in health and healthcare across the female life-cycle, through the reproductive and childbearing era to the post-reproductive care. And we remain strongly committed to advancing and enhancing the quality of training and standards - be it continuing professional development and examinations, supporting research or providing independent advice.

Now we need an exceptional new Chief Executive, working hand in hand with myself and our extensive network of staff and some 16,000 members around the globe, to translate our vision into reality over the months and years to come.

We are looking for a highly talented individual of significant calibre and accomplishment, with proven leadership experience, an empathetic approach, political nous and agility, and an ability to lobby on behalf of the College, to further increase our external profile and influence.

Our new Chief Executive will play a pivotal role in setting the tone of the organisation and passionately advocating for the rights of girls and women in the UK and around the world. They will oversee our relocation from our much-loved home since 1960 in Regents Park to our exciting new location in London Bridge, which will contribute to supporting our ambitions for the future, including international recognition as a global centre for women’s health.

Thriving in an environment of complexity and an ever-changing external landscape, our next Chief Executive will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and the overall performance of the College. They will play a leading role in engaging with key stakeholders across the spectrum - from patients and practitioners, to regulators, Government and international stakeholders.

This is an incredible job and I do hope you will consider joining us for this exciting next chapter in our evolution, shaping the future of a thriving institution at such a significant time.

With very best wishes,

Professor Lesley Regan