RCGP announces seven candidates for College President

Publication date: 01 May 2019

Seven candidates are standing to succeed Professor Mayur Lakhani as the next President of the Royal College of General Practitioners when he demits office after his two-year term in November.

Contesting the seat are:

  • Professor Rodger Charlton: Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care at the University of Leicester and GP partner and trainer in Solihull 
  • Dr John Chisholm: RCGP nationally-elected Council Member, Deputy Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board and Vice President of the BMA
  • Dr Sunil Gupta: RCGP Council Member, MRCGP examiner, GP trainer and GP in Essex
  • Professor Amanda Howe: Immediate past-President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia and RCGP East Anglia Faculty Provost
  • Professor Roger Jones: Editor of the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) and Emeritus Professor of General Practice at Kings College London
  • Dr Imran Rafi: former Medical Director of the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC), Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Education at St George's University of London and GP in Surrey
  • Dr Carter Singh: GP partner in Nottinghamshire, RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty Board Member, Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee member

The RCGP President is the ceremonial head of the College, but without executive powers, whereas our Chair, currently Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, leads on strategic direction and policy at the organisation.

Voting is now open (Wednesday, 1 May) and will close at noon on Friday, 31 May. All Members and Fellows in good standing – including Associates in Training - are eligible to vote in the election, which will be conducted officially and independently by the Electoral Reform Services (ERS).

The Presidential candidates' video election statements can be viewed at: www.ersvotes.com/rcgp19

Voting is also now open for six nationally-elected Council Member places, which will become vacant from November 2019. The six successful candidates will sit for three years.

This year, 19 GPs have put themselves forward.

They are Dr Kirsty Alexander, Dr Neil Bhadresha, Dr Richard Byng, Dr Kathryn Carey-Jones, Dr Hisham Haq, Dr Lucy Henshall, Dr Haider Hussain, Dr Abrar Ibrahim, Dr Chandra Kanneganti, Dr Margaret McCartney, Dr Sheila Pietersen, Dr Bashir Qureshi, Dr Imran Rafi, Dr Joanne Reeve, Dr Jonathan Serjeant, Dr Catherine Tichler, Dr Caroline Watson, Dr Jane Wilcock, & Dr Jill Wilson.

Voting has also opened today and will close at 12 noon on Friday 31 May.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP, said: "Thank you to everyone who has put themselves forward for College Office. Our candidates are all respected GPs with a wide variety of skills, experience, and knowledge that will stand them in good stead for the roles, and I wish you all the very best of luck.

"Getting involved in the College should be encouraged at every stage of a GP's career, and I'm thrilled to see so many colleagues wanting to take up what are challenging, but hugely satisfying roles.

"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, as do all Associates in Training, and I'd strongly urge them use it now that the ballot is open – and to take some time to watch the candidates'videos and read their statements.

"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."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

The item has been added to your basket.

Continue shopping

Go to basket

This item is out of stock.

Continue shopping

The item is out of stock.

Yes Continue shopping

An error occurred adding your item to the basket:

Continue shopping