The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a registered charity (no. 213280). It was granted a ‘Royal’ title in 1938 and the Royal Charter was awarded on 21 March 1947. The College is governed by the Royal Charter which guide the governance, management and business arrangements of the College.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the financial, legal and business operations of the RCOG as a charitable business and gives authority to the Chief Executive and the executive team to manage the day-to-day affairs of the College. The Board comprises 11 trustees, including six O&G trustees and five lay trustees. The Board of Trustees meets five times a year.
- President: Lesley Regan;
- Senior Vice President, Strategic Development: Mary Ann Lumsden;
- Vice President: Eddie Morris;
- RCOG Fellow: David Farquharson;
- RCOG Member: Daghni Rajasingam;
- RCOG Council Representative: Felicity Ashworth;
- Lay Trustee: Patrick Finch;
- Lay Trustee: Roy Martin;
- Lay Trustee: Kate Mathers;
- Lay Trustee: Linda Nash;
- Lay Trustee: Eric Thomas.
RCOG Council is responsible for furthering the College's mission and for setting its long-term priorities and goals. Council establishes and oversees the clinical, educational, professional, academic and ethical activities of the College. It is chaired by the President and meets 6 times a year. RCOG Council comprises:
- Six RCOG Officers;
- 33 elected regional Fellows and Members;
- The Chair and Vice Chair of the Trainees’ Committee;
- Chair of the Academic Board (co-opted member);
- Women's Voices Lead and the Chair of the RCOG Women’s Network;
- President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare;
- Specialty Doctor Lead (co-opted member).
Council elects six Officers who each serve for a maximum of three years:
President - Lesley Regan
Professor Lesley Regan became the 30th President of the RCOG in September 2016. She is only the second woman to hold that office and the first in 64 years. She is Vice-Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. Her principal clinical and research interest is in recurrent miscarriage. At Imperial she is Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, Director of the Women’s Health Research Centre and co-director of the UK pregnancy Baby Bio Bank (BBB).
In her first 18 months as President, Professor Regan has focussed on facilitating greater collaboration between the obstetric and midwifery community, to ensure the best possible delivery of the maternity strategy in England. She has also focused on improving access and training for sexual and reproductive healthcare across the UK and across the globe.
Professor Regan was Vice-President for Strategic Development at the RCOG from January 2014 to September 2016. In this role, she expanded the external affairs remit of the College in order to increase the influence and profile of the RCOG, and ensure the College is the first port of call for policy-makers, professionals, the press and the public. Lesley also introduced International Women’s Day events, so far hosting events on issues including abortion care, domestic violence and maternal mental health. Additionally, Lesley established the RCOG’s new Centre for Global Women’s Health, enabling the College to use its expertise in education and clinical quality to improve women’s health care around the world in a more strategic way. Lastly, she secured new funding streams to undertake transformational projects including the Leading Safe Choices programme, which is helping to raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania.
Professor Regan supports the rights of girls and women across the world to access safe, high-quality healthcare and believes a human rights approach to women’s health care is essential.
The President is responsible for:
- Board (chair);
- Council (chair);
- Officers (chair);
- Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (member);
- Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (Council member);
- External relations;
- Government relations;
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development - Mary Ann Lumsden
Mary Ann Lumsden is a Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Clinical Lead of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She served as the Fellows’ Representative for Scotland on the RCOG Council from 2013 to 2016, and chairs the National Guidelines Alliance Consortium Board.
Professor Lumsden has a significant clinical interest in menstrual disorders, particularly uterine fibroids, and runs a weekly menopause clinic where she treats complex issues in patients. She Chaired the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Menopause: Diagnosis and Treatment, which was published in November 2015. She has carried out extensive research into surgical and radiological treatment of menstrual disorders, the mechanism of hot flushing and menopausal experience in South Asian women.
Outside of the RCOG, she was President of the International Menopause Society 2016-18 and a member of the Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The Senior Vice President, Strategic Development is responsible for:
- Finance & General Purposes Committee (chair);
- Advocacy programme, including International Women’s Day;
- Commercial development;
- Corporate partnerships;
- Environmental sustainability;
- Ethics Committee;
- Finances – long-term;
- Journals and ePublishing;
- Strategic development.
Vice President, Clinical Quality - Edward Morris
Mr Edward Morris is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He has worked with the RCOG for the past decade; serving on the Council as the Fellows’ Representative for the East of England and as a member of the Clinical Quality Board. Mr Morris is also a former chairman of the British Menopause Society (BMS). His main clinical interests include urogynaecology and laparoscopic gynaecological surgery, as well as minimal access surgery, endometriosis and the menopause. He is also a specialist in hysteroscopic and prolapse surgeries and in advance management of the menopause, including sexual problems.
The Vice President, Clinical Quality is responsible for:
- Clinical Quality Board (chair);
- Academic Board (attends);
- DH, NHS England, NHS Improvement and CQC quality/safety initiatives;
- Global quality initiatives;
- Green-top Guidelines;
- Invited reviews;
- Lindsay Stewart Centre;
- National Guideline Alliance and Consortium Board;
- NHSLA links;
- Patient information group;
- Patient safety;
- Quality Improvement.
Vice President, Education - Janice Rymer
Professor Janice Rymer is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King’s College London. She has served on the RCOG’s Council for 12 years and for the last six was the International Fellows’ Representative for Australasia, the Pacific Rim and the Americas. She has also been involved in the RCOG’s education, CPD, recruitment, examinations and global health work.
She is in active clinical practice and runs a research group as well as being Dean of Student Affairs at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine. She also works for the General Medical Council assessing medical schools and postgraduate training.
Her areas of clinical interest include minimal access surgery, ovarian failure, female genital mutilation, and medical education. Her publications comprise over 140 peer-reviewed papers and 14 textbooks.
The Vice President, Education is responsible for:
- Education Board (chair);
- Curriculum development;
- Exams and assessment;
- Education and training;
- GMC liaison;
- HEE/NES, etc.;
- Links with Heads of Schools, etc.;
- Lifelong learning;
- Meetings, including World Congresses;
- MTI (with Membership), AFP;
- Shape of Training;
- Workforce behaviour.
Vice President, Global Health - Hani Fawzi
Mr Hani Fawzi is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Lead of gynaecological oncological services and medical education within South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Public Health, having merged the discipline with obstetrics and gynaecology when he acquired his consultant post. Within the RCOG, he has served as the International Fellows’ Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa, a member of the Global Health Unit and chair of the Global Placements Committee which strategically oversees the training opportunities for overseas doctors in the UK, as well as the fellowships for UK trained doctors in developing countries.
Mr Fawzi has nearly two decades of specialist experience in reproductive and sexual healthcare. With a passion for training in Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care (EmONC), he initiated and conducted EmONC training for participants in several developing countries across Africa and the Middle East, and adapted training manuals to resource-poor settings. He has also been appointed as international consultant and adviser to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), World Health Organization (WHO) and several United Nations agencies.
The Vice President, Global Health is responsible for:
- Global Health Board (chair);
- Global faculty;
- Global programmes;
- International liaison;
- Leading Safe Choices programme;
- Membership Board (attends);
- Women’s rights.
Vice President, UK and Global Membership - Alison Wright
Dr Alison Wright is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She has served as the International Fellows’ Representative for South East Asia on the RCOG Council, a member of the College’s Clinical Quality Board (where she contributed to the development of Green-top Guidelines, Scientific Impact Papers and Patient Information leaflets) and a clinical member of the RCOG’s Women’s Network. Dr Wright also volunteers for charities working to support woman living with HIV.
Her clinical interests include urogynaecology, pelvic floor trauma and maternal medicine. Dr Wright has a passion for global health and has spent time volunteering in conflict zones; running workshops on urogynaecology, including fistula repair and pelvic floor surgery, as well as providing education to birth attendants on safer childbirth.
The Vice President, UK and Global Membership is responsible for:
- Membership Board (chair);
- Associate and Affiliate membership;
- College Tutors;
- Consultant job plan approvals;
- Fellows and Members worldwide;
- Fitness to practise;
- Global Health Board (attends);
- Information governance;
- International Representative Committees;
- Labour ward leads;
- Membership benefits, communications, customer relations;
- MTI (with Education);
- NHS provider liaison, including consultant contracts;
- Recruitment/advisory appointment panels;
- Specialist societies;
- Women’s Network.
The College is home to 205 members of staff who are split into the following directorates:
The College offers a friendly working environment in which staff are committed to the mission of the organisation. Colleagues work together within teams and collaboratively across directorates to support improvements in women’s health across the world. The CEO leads a team of Executive Directors who between them provide leadership to all parts of the College, directing the strategic and medium term goals of their directorates.
The Chief Executive plays a critical role in setting the tone of the organisation, above all demonstrating a commitment to women’s health as well as an ability to engage and work with different stakeholders, both internally and externally. The Chief Executive is a conduit between the President, Council, Officers and Board of Trustees and the directorates within the organisation, ensuring a continuity to the College’s core activities, but also a flexibility to changing priorities.