RCGP reveals candidates for college president

Five senior GPs are in the running to replace Dr Terry Kemple as president of the RCGP later this year.

RCGP headquarters at Euston Square in London (Photo: RCGP)
RCGP headquarters at Euston Square in London (Photo: RCGP)

Elections take place in May for the ceremonial position, as well as for seats on the college council and for chairs of the college's associates in training (AiT) and First5 committees.

The new president will take office when Dr Kemple's two-year term end in November.

The candidates for the position are:

  • Professor Rodger Charlton, West Midlands GP and undergraduate GP curriculum lead at Leicester Medical School
  • Dr John Chisholm, RCGP Health and Work Lead and BMA council member;
  • Professor Roger Jones, Editor of the British Journal of General Practice and emeritus professor in general practice at King’s College London;
  • Professor Mayur Lakhani, Leicestershire GP who was RCGP chair between 2004-2007 and is immediate past chair of the National Council for Palliative Care;
  • Dr Paul Myres, former RCGP Wales chair and chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales.

Voting will also take place for six nationally-elected council seats. The candidates for the three-year positions are: Dr Stuart Blake, Dr John Cosgrove, Professor Clare Gerada, Dr Robert Hampton, Dr Martyn Hewett, Dr Chandra Kanneganti, Professor Mayur Lakhani and Dr Jonathan Leach.

Standing for AiT chair are Dr Sophie Langfield and Dr Oliver Prescott. Meanwhile, Dr Jodie Blackadder-Coward, Dr Rachael Marchant, Dr Jenny Moss-Langfield and Dr Dilsher Singh are standing for chair of the First5 committee. These roles will be voted for by AiT and First5 college members respectively.

Elections

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has thrown their hat in the ring to stand for college office. All of our candidates for each of these elections are respected GPs or GP trainees with a wide variety of experience and different perspectives. Good luck to you all.

‘Getting involved in the college should be encouraged at every stage of a GP’s career - my own involvement began as a trainee rep on council many years ago when I wanted to be sure that the views of trainees were being heard, and I’ve never looked back. I’m delighted that we’ll be running elections for those whose career is just beginning, right through to those who have decades of experience of general practice.

‘I am so pleased that council comprises such a diverse, energetic group of GPs who are all determined to make our profession and working lives the best they can be.

‘All members and fellows in good standing have a vote, and I’d strongly urge them to use it when the ballots open on 1 May. It’s essential that our college remains democratic and representative of our fantastic frontline GPs who go that extra mile every day on behalf of patients.’

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