RCGP leadership team

Professor Mike Pringle, RCGP President

Mike Pringle is President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, having taken over from Dr Iona Heath in November 2012.

Having been a general practitioner for 30 years, Mike is now retired from practice and the University of Nottingham, where he is Emeritus Professor of General Practice. 

He has been Chair of RCGP Council from 1998-2001, Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board 2009-2012 and RCGP revalidation clinical lead 2008-2012. Mike helps to run CHEC, an innovative primary care development project, and is Strategic Director of PRIMIS+.

He holds a number of board positions with voluntary organisations including Arthritis Research UK.

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of RCGP Council

Image of Dr Maureen Baker RCGP Chair 2013-2016Dr Maureen Baker CBE, DM, FRCGP joined NHS Connecting for Health in 2007 and is now Clinical Director for Patient Safety. 

She has previously held appointments with the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Direct and the University of Nottingham. Dr Baker was Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from 1999-2009.

Her work in patient safety includes establishing a formal clinical safety management system for NHS CfH, the development of safety standards for Health IT for the NHS in England and the development of e-learning modules on patient safety for doctors in training.

She was elected as Chair of Council, RCGP, and started in November 2013.

The Chair’s duties include representing RCGP in the media. To request an interview, contact the RCGP press team.

Dr Tim Ballard, Vice Chair External Affairs

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Dr Ballard is a single handed principal in a small rural dispensing practice. He has been a trainer in Wiltshire since 1st February 1997.

His practice is very rural with an area of 400 square miles, providing all standard services. Dr Ballard is on the Family Planning list and accredited for Minor Surgery, and developed particular experience in the assessment and training of doctors in difficulty.

Dr Ballard's College responsibilities have included Appointed to the MRCGP Panel of Examiners 1996. Between 1999-2004 he was Convenor of the Simulated Surgery Group, and was elected Representative to Exam Board 1998-2001

Professor Amanda Howe, Vice Chair Professional Development

Professor Howe has been Professor of Primary Care at the Norwich Medical School since 2001, which she joined as part of the Foundation Team. She practises at the Bowthorpe Medical Centre in Norwich and was previously a GP principal in Sheffield from 1984 to 2001.

She has a strong commitment to promoting research in general practice – she chaired the RCGP Research Group for six years and was Chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care from 2007–2010.

She has played a leading role in bringing general practice into undergraduate medical education and professional development,and has research interests in primary care mental health and patient and public involvement in primary care.

Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary

As Honorary Secretary, Professor Mathers has responsibility for governance of the RCGP and leads on all College consultations, also hosting the College’s leadership and workforce portfolios.

Professor Nigel Mathers Professor and Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care at Sheffield University, Nigel Mathers qualified as MB ChB in 1979. The run-down, single person inner-city Sheffield practice he took over in 1989 has now grown to a four-partner teaching practice providing clinical placements for medical, nursing and counselling students as well as two GP Registrars.

He led the development of RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) and was appointed to the NHS Evidence Advisory Board in 2008.

He has been an expert witness to the House of Lords, and a member of the Advisory Group on Welfare Reform for the DWP. He has also been Chair of the Trent RDSU, Trent Focus and the Sheffield Health and Social Research Consortium on behalf of the NHS.

He has published many papers in academic journals acted as Editor in Chief for the European Textbook of Family Medicine (2006). His current research interests are shared decision making, care planning in long term conditions and the unmet health needs of immigrant women.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, Honorary Treasurer

As Honorary Treasurer, Dr Stokes-Lampard has responsibility for all matters related to the College Finances.  She was Treasurer of the Midland Faculty for 7 years and has served on a host of College committees over the past decade, having been the Trainee rep from 2001-2003.

She is a part time GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where she commenced in 2002, having trained in inner city Birmingham. She is a mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands and her clinical interests include Women's health and end of life care.

She is also a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Population Sciences in the University of Birmingham, her research interests span gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies. She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit until July 2012 and she now runs the MSc in Primary Care and is supervisor for Academic GP Trainees as well as being on the CLRN Board and Executive and on the Executive of SAPC.

Dr Colin Hunter, Chair RCGP Trustee Board

Dr Colin Hunter is a GP at the Skene Medical Group in Aberdeenshire and the first-ever Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board, established in 2012.

A GP for 28 years and GP trainer, he was Chairman of the College in Scotland from 1996 to 2000, during which time he implemented a significant quality improvement programme for general practice.
In 2003, he was appointed Honorary Treasurer of the RCGP, a position he held until 2012.

As well as being responsible for the overall financial strategy and annual budget process for the RCGP, he led the historic accommodation review that included the sale of the College’s former home in Knightsbridge and culminated in the move to its new landmark headquarters at 30 Euston Square in central London in October 2012.

He also chairs the Quality and Outcomes Framework Independent Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), a role he has held since 2009.

He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list in 2000 for his contribution to the development of primary care in Scotland.

Neil Hunt, Chief Executive

Neil Hunt

Neil joined the RCGP as Chief Executive in January 2011. He has significant experience of developing organisations in the charity sector and is currently leading an organisational and governance review at RCGP to ensure that general practice flourishes during this period of change.

Prior to his appointment at RCGP he was Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, where he led an impressive modernisation, developing new services, raising the public profile of the organisation, and increasing its revenue from £27m to £60m. He had notable success in lobbying government and chaired the advisory group that led to the National Dementia Strategy for England.


Jeremy Reed, Executive Director of Development and Managing Director RCGP Enterprises

Jeremy joined the RCGP in September 2012 and has a demonstrable track record of commercial delivery in the Hotel, Leisure, Business Dining and Visitor Attractions sectors in both the UK and the USA.

He was previously the CEO of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions, where he lead numerous industry wide political campaigns along with supporting the memberships 2012 Olympic Tourism strategy. This followed 12 years with English Heritage, where he was instrumental in the successful transition from a state funded organisation to a standalone charity.

His role within the College is a dual one, as both the Managing Director of the Charity’s trading arms – RCGP Enterprises Ltd and RCGP Conferences Ltd, and the Executive Director of the Charity’s membership and development functions International and Fundraising.

He is accountable for leading the generation of substantial new income streams as part of the College’s commercial strategy, while ensuring that the professional role and ethos of the Charity are promoted and members’ needs anticipated and met.


Paul Rees, Executive Director of Policy and Engagement

Paul began his career as a journalist, working at the Times, Sunday Telegraph and BBC national network news.

Having left journalism, he co-led the successful Right to Roam campaign, as Head of Communications and Marketing with the Ramblers Association.

While Head of Campaigns and Communications at the National Housing Federation, Paul led the successful campaign to end the pre-payment meter tariff charged to low income households for their gas and electricity by the 'Big Six' energy companies.

As Director of Communications at the Charities Aid Foundation, Paul ran the award-winning campaign that successfully persuaded the Chancellor to drop his proposed 'charity tax' on large donations, that would have cost the charity sector £500m per year.

In other roles, Paul has worked as Director of Communications at the Victoria Climbie and Zahid Mubarek public inquiries. He was also Head of Communications at the Home Office, and, while Director of Communications at the AUT, he co-led a successful national campaign to protect the pay and conditions of university lecturers.

This is an image of Ruth PalmerRuth Palmer, Executive Director of Postgraduate Training and Standards 

Ruth is the Executive Director overseeing all College work in relation to training, examinations, revalidation, Membership by Assessment of Performance, quality programmes and practice standards.

She also previously oversaw CPD, clinical innovation and research and programme management areas. She has led the introduction of many significant new College initiatives including the first GP curriculum, MRCGP licensing examination, eLearning products, revalidation standards and processes and trainee and revalidation ePortfolios.

Her background is all in relation to education areas at professional membership bodies, including the Royal College of Surgeons.


Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Executive Director of Planning and Resources

Dr Vaughan-Dick (PhD) has worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Valerie joined the RCGP as the Executive Director, Planning and Resources in September 2014 and her directorate covers Finance, Human Resources, IT, Facilities and Estates, Procurement and the Programmes Office.
Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues. She has been a Chair of a NHS Trust and is presently the Chair of a Housing Association.
In 2008, she was awarded the HM Treasury Government Finance Profession 'Personality of the Year' award for excellence in financial management.

RCGP Devolved Council Chairs

Dr Miles Mack, Chair RCGP Scotland

Dr Mack was born in Essex and moved to the Highlands aged 15. He qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and undertook the Highland Vocational Training Scheme. He has been a partner at Dingwall Medical Group since 1993.

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After becoming a partner he began tutoring undergraduate medical students starting a long term interest in education. He was an Associate Advisor with SCPDME with responsibility for CPD, set up the East Highland PLT scheme and a GP mentoring scheme. He was a trainer and taught on the Scottish Prospective Trainers course from 2001-2011. 

In 2001 he was asked to assist in writing a Depression Guideline for NHS. He continues to act as a GP advisor for Mental Health to NHS Highland. Dr Mack has always actively represented GP issues on committees, he was RCGP Scotland Deputy Chair (Policy) from 2013-2014, and is Chair of RCGP North of Scotland Faculty and Chairs the NHS Highland Area Medical Committee.

In 2011 he became interested in celebrating the centenary of the Dewar Report, a ground breaking document that led directly to the creation of the NHS some 30 years later. This work, with colleagues, has inspired a new direction and collaboration in developing remote and rural healthcare. Dr Mack was made a fellow of RCGP in 2009 and was awarded the RCGP Scotland Alasdair Donald Award for General Practice in 2012. He because Chair of RCGP Scotland on 15 November 2014.


Dr Paul Myres, Chair RCGP Wales

Dr Myres has been a GP near Wrexham for 27 years, he has also been a clinical assistant in Psychiatry and a trainer and a clinical tutor for undergraduates and was a founder member of the first GP research consortium in Wales called CAPRICORN.

Other roles have included working in the Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit, being a board member then Assistant Medical Director for Wrexham LHB (subsequently Betsi Cadwalladr University LHB) and also being a CME tutor and vocational training organiser.

His clinical interests are depression, chronic respiratory conditions, dyspepsia, doctor-patient interaction and more recently cardiovascular risk. In his words, he is ‘an expert in none of them and am proud to be a generalist’.

Dr Myres is currently professional lead for the Primary Medical Care Advisory Team (PMCAT), clinical lead for the Primary Care Quality Information Service (PCQIS) and the primary care lead for 1000 Lives Plus.

Dr John O'Kelly Chair RCGP Northern Ireland

Dr John O’Kelly is a partner with Aberfoyle Medical Practice, Derry, and has been a principal in General Practice for the past 18 years. He is the current Chair of the RCGPNI Quality Committee, a member of the RCGPNI Executive Committee and has represented Northern Ireland Council at the College’s UK Council.

He has a background in respiratory health, having chaired the Western Area Respiratory Group and been a member of the Northern Ireland Regional Respiratory Forum.

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