The role was created by the RCGP governing council in September and will focus on the college’s member experience activity, liaison with the college faculties and leadership of the RCGP’s international strategy.
It means the college now has three vice chairs – Professor Kamila Hawthorne is vice chair (professional development) and Professor Martin Marshall is vice chair (external affairs).
Dr Holmes beat off competition from three other candidates, Dr Susi Caesar, Dr Sunil Gupta, and Professor Chantal Simon, to win the election.
Dr Holmes is a GP in York and Hull where he has been a partner at the Haxby Group since 2002. He is also chair of Nimbuscare Ltd, an alliance of practices in York delivering care to 130,000 patients through the Primary Care Home model.
He has previously been chair of the college’s Humber and The Ridings Faculty and is clinical lead for the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre’s At Scale General Practice programme and the ‘QI Ready’ component of the college’s Quality Improvement programme.
Dr Holmes said: ‘I’m delighted to be elected to be the college’s new vice chair, and I look forward to working with the rest of the officer team to ensure we are listening to and engaging with members in the most effective way possible.’
He will formally take up the role at the college’s next council meeting on 23 February 2018.