Three GPs stand to become next RCGP chair

Three GPs are in the running to become the next chair of the RCGP.

(Photo: Pete Hill)
(Photo: Pete Hill)

Professor Martin Marshall, Professor Kamila Hawthorne and Professor Simon Gregory are standing to replace Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard as chair of the RCGP council when her term ends in November.

The college chair is elected by other members of the council, who have until 12 July to cast their vote, after which the college will publicly announce the winner.

The candidates

Professor Martin Marshall is currently vice chair for external affairs at the RCGP and a GP in Newham, east London. He is also professor of healthcare improvement at University College London's department of primary care and population health. He has previously been deputy chief medical officer for England and director general in the Department of Health. He was also a non-executive director of the CQC until 2012.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne is a GP in Cardiff and associate dean of medicine and director of medical education at the University of Surrey. She is an MRCGP examiner and was vice chair for professional development at the college until November 2018. She has represented the college's South East Wales Faculty on the RCGP council since 2007.

Professor Simon Gregory is chairman of the RCGP's committee on medical ethics and a college trustee. He is deputy medical director for primary and integrated care at Health Education England and a GP in Northampton. He is also an honorary professor at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia and visiting professor in the faculty of health at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex.

The successful candidate will serve a three-year term as chair of the college. Earlier this month the RCGP announced that Professor Amanda Howe had been elected by all college members to be the next president. Professor Howe will also take on her role in November this year.

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