Trustee Board

The Trustee Board has two general functions:

  • To safeguard the charitable status and finances of the RCGP
  • To ensure that the business of the College is conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to deliver its charitable objectives

The main functions of the Trustee Board are set out in the College's Ordinances, Byelaws, and Trustee Board Regulations. View these on the RCGP Constitution page.

Trustee Board membership

The Trustee Board comprises 12 members, with the Chief Executive and other Senior staff in attendance as advisors. There are 8 Council Trustees (including the Chair) and 4 external (non medical) Lay Trustees. 

The Trustee Board Chair and 4 of the Council trustees are elected by Council by ballot. The remaining 3 Council Trustees are appointed ex officio, comprising the Chair of Council, the Hon. Treasurer and the Hon. Secretary. 

The 4 external Lay Trustees are sought through open public advertisement and interview. Those with the requisite skills and experience required by the Trustee Board are appointed. To ensure proper communication and accountability, the Chair of the Audit Committee also sits on the Trustee Board ex officio as an observer.

This image is of Dr Colin Hunter, Chair RCGP Trustee Board

Dr Colin Hunter, Chair of Trustees

Dr Colin Hunter is a GP at the Skene Medical Group in Aberdeenshire and the first 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.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of Council (ex officio)

Professor Stokes-Lampard was elected as Chair of Council, RCGP in July 2016, with a term of office from November 2016 - November 2019. The Chair's duties include being the political and public head of the College and representing RCGP in the media. To request an interview, contact the RCGP press team.

She was formerly RCGP Hon Treasurer (2012-2016) with responsibility for all matters related to the College Finances and resources.

She is a part time GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, since 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.

Helen is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, although seconded to RCGP during her time as Chair, her main responsibility has been running undergraduate GP teaching. 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, has run an MSc programme, been programe director for Academic GP Trainees. 

Steve MowleDr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer (ex officio)

As Honorary Treasurer, Dr Mowle has responsibility for all matters relating to the College finances. He was Vice Chair of the RCGP from 2011-13 and was the lead officer for Commissioning, GP Nursing, the RCGP Annual National Conference, Patient Partnership (name changed since then but I think that's OK) and Tthe GPC. He has also previously chaired South London Faculty Board and RCGP London.

He trained in Wales and has been a GP Partner at the Hetherington Group Practice in South London since 2000. Dr Mowle has held a number of different educational roles including GP Trainer, Programme Director and most recently Associate Dean for HEE, with lead roles around recruitment and supporting trainees in need of support. He currently works as an RCGP International Tutor in South Africa.

 This image is of Professor Nigel Mathers, RCGP Honorary Secretary

Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary (ex officio)

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 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. 

This is an image of Edward Dove, RCGP Trustee Board member

Mr Edward Dove, Lay Trustee

Edward is a former investment manager with over 30 years experience in the asset management business, managing portfolios and advising both private banking and institutional clients in the United States, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Currently active in the not for profit sector as Trustee and independent investment advisor Edward also holds a number of non executive directorships.

This is an image of RCGP Council member dr Jonathan Leach


 Dr Jonathan Leach, Council Trustee

Dr Jonathan Leach is a GP in Bromsgrove and chair of the Midlands Faculty of the RCGP. Jonathan originally pursued a military career for 25 years and worked around the world in the Army being promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2002. Posts included clinical, managerial and academic roles including Professor of General Practice and Director of GP Education as well as providing medical support for UK operations overseas. Since returning to the NHS, he has had senior executive positions including medical director and director of primary care for Worcestershire and associate medical director for NHS England. In addition to clinical work in Bromsgrove, Jonathan is now the chair of the NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference group which advises the NHS in England on the care of service personnel, their families and veterans. He is also clinical lead for 111 in the West Midlands and primary care quality lead in Worcestershire. 

Jonathan has published regularly, most recently on workforce issues within the NHS and general practice specifically and separately on urgent and emergency care. He was previously a member of the NHS England task force considering the options for urgent and emergency care nationally. He is a non-executive director for Primary Care Commissioning and has been an examiner for the MRCGP examination for over 20 years.

This is an image of RCGP trustee Board menebr Dr Paul Fredericks

Mr Paul Fredericks, Lay Trustee

Paul Fredericks MSc is a Director of Lolben Consultancy. The company provides consultancy services to not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and regulatory bodies. He specialises in governance reviews, business development, regulatory compliance, implementation of change programmes, risk management, strategic and operational planning, financial management, internal audit and income generation.

He was previously a Director of a UK wide health charity. Prior to that he was a senior public servant with specialist knowledge of the Health and Charity sectors. At the Healthcare Commission he led the development of specialist statutory regimes aimed at enhancing patient safety. Prior to that he held a range of senior posts at the Charity Commission including heading the Compliance and Enforcement function. 

He has been a lay trustee of the RCGP since 2009 and is a member of the Governance Committee and Chairs the Nominations Committee. He studied at Cass Business School, City University and has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management.

John Chisholm

Dr John Chisholm, Council Trustee

Dr John Chisholm has served on RCGP Council for over nine years, is the health and work lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners and represents the College on the Council for Work and Health. John chairs the RCGP Superannuation Trust Company Limited which has responsibility for the College staff defined benefit pension scheme and is a member of the Boards of RCGP Enterprises Ltd and RCGP Conferences Ltd. 

John is the Chair of the Men's Health Forum, a charity providing an independent and authoritative voice for male health in England and Wales, and a Board member of the Self Care Forum.

John is also the Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association, and has represented the BMA at a number of international human rights conferences. He is a member of BMA Council and the BMA Board of Directors, and is a BMA Vice President. He chaired the BMA's General Practitioners Committee and led the negotiation of the new GP contract.

John has been a member of many national professional and Governmental bodies over the last 39 years, including the General Medical Council and its Standards Committee, the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice and the Standing Medical Advisory Committee.   

Dr Christine Johnson, Council Trustee

Christine has worked as a GP partner, salaried GP for a PCT and as a locum. Her particular interests are in urgent care and transformational change, which attracted her to be part of the 111 Community Urgent Care agenda representing Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. Part of this requires an understanding of governance building on her work as Adviser to the Patient Safety Agency and primary care educator at Health Education England.

Christine has daily contact with many practices as part of her Community Sub Dean role at the University of Nottingham. This keeps her familiar with the myriad of issues affecting general practice.

David PendletonMr David Pendleton, Lay Trustee

Psychologist, organisation development consultant, researcher, writer and teacher, David is a Director of Pendleton King Ltd in Bristol. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, an Associate Fellow of Said Business School and Green Templeton College, Oxford. David founded and ran the Edgecumbe Consulting Group from 1995-2015.

Over the past thirty years, he has specialised in developing Leaders, Managers and Professionals individually and in teams. His areas of expertise in healthcare and medical education include effective communication in consultations, a subject on which he has co written five books and for which he won, jointly with Theo Schofield, Peter Havelock and Peter Tate, the 2011 Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for outstanding contributions to the literature on the theory, practice and teaching of effective healthcare communication and related skills.

He has focused lately on Leadership on which he has published (jointly with Prof Adrian Furnham of UCL) Leadership: all you need to know, published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan (second edition in press 2016).

He is best known in medical education for the eponymous Pendleton rules for giving feedback and laments how wrongly they have been interpreted for the last 25 years! He is also known for his interactive style of facilitating meetings for healthcare and other professionals.

Dr Ken MacLeanDr Ken McLean

Ken McLean has been a GP in Forth Valley, Scotland since 1980. He is an RCGP Fellow by Assessment and led on that process in Scotland. He is a partner at Carronbank Medical Practice in Denny, a practice team which has completed Quality Practice Award three times. He was the co chair of QPA for six years. 

He has been one of the RCGP (Scotland) team that has provided training in various quality improvement initiatives across Scotland. He led the group that developed the Treating Access toolkit. In the past, he started up and chaired the Falkirk Out of Hours cooperative and retains an interest in telephone consultations. He is a past Provost of the West of Scotland Faculty Board and as chair of the RCGP (Scotland) Membership Liaison Group sits on the RCGP (Scotland) Executive Board.

Simon SapperMr Simon Sapper, Lay Trustee

Simon Sapper has 30 years' experience as a senior national trade union official in the postal, telecommunications, and facilities management sectors. He has served on government and industry regulatory bodies associated with legal services, media, and local government, and was an accredited Technical Expert to the European Commission on workplace health and safety. His other areas of expertise include ethics, governance, and civil liberties. He also runs the Makes-You-Think consultancy, and tweets at @simonsapper.

Simon has a Master's degree from the London School of Economics.

Trustee Board meetings

The Trustee Board meets formally four times a year. Between meetings, the Board can consult with each other using email or teleconference.

Council and Trustee Board Meeting Dates

The Chair makes an annual report of the Board's activities to the College's Annual General Meeting each November.

Trustee Board sub Committees

The Trustee Board has delegated functions to the following sub Committees which regularly report back to it:

  • Audit Committee 
  • Investments Committee  
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Pensions Governance Committees
  • Planning and Resources Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Arm's length trading companies

The Trustee Board has oversight of the two arm's-length College trading companies, RCGP Enterprises and RCGP Conferences, both of which are separate limited companies by guarantee, with their own Board of Directors.

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