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 Operating Officer 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.

Dr John Chisholm, Interim Chair of Trustees

John Chisholm

Dr John Chisholm has served on RCGP Council for over fourteen years, is Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board, 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 and Trustee of the Self Care Forum. He is also a Commissioner for the Howard League Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling.

John is 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 is a BMA Vice-President. He chaired the BMA's General Practitioners Committee and led the negotiation of the 2004 new GP contract.

John has been a member of many national professional and Governmental bodies over the last 45 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.

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of Council (ex officio)

Dr Martin MarshallProfessor Martin Marshall is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a GP in Newham, East London. He is also Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health. Previously he was Programme Director for Population Health and Primary Care at UCLPartners (2014-2019), Director of Research & Development at the Health Foundation (2007-2012), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health (2006-2007), Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester (2000-2006) and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. He has advised governments in Singapore, Egypt, Canada and New Zealand, has over 230 publications in the field of quality improvement and health service redesign and his primary academic interest is in maximising the impact of research on practice. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care. 

A co-founder and driving force of the Rethinking Medicine movement, Martin has a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, patient care and ensuring the GP voice is central in a time of great change. When he's not working he likes being outside, preferably on a mountain or a coastal path with his wife Sue and their puppy. 

Dr Jonathan Leach, Joint Honorary Secretary (observer)

Dr Jonathan Leach, Joint Honorary Secretary

Dr Jonathan Leach is a GP in Bromsgrove Worcestershire. 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 in 2008, 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 a clinical lead with responsibilities for primary care and a governing body GP for the Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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. Jonathan is a non-executive director for Primary Care Commissioning.

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer (ex officio)

Steve Mowle, Honorary

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 and Carer Partnership Group and the 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.

Professor Simon Gregory, Council Trustee


Simon is Director and Dean of Education and Quality(DEQ), Health Education England (HEE), Midlands and East and HEE SRO for Primary Care having been DEQ & Postgraduate Dean, Health Education East of England. He is also Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA) and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and the University of Pavia, Italy (teaching appointment), and a Fellow of Homerton College Cambridge.

Simon leads for HEE on Primary and Community Care, is Chair of the UK Medical Recruitment Programme Board and the GP Workforce 2020 Programme Board, is Chairman of the RCGP Committee on Medical Ethics and the University of Cambridge, East of England Military Education Committee. Simon trained as a GP in Northampton and was a GP Partner and salaried GP at King Edward Road Surgery, Northampton. His research interests are selection methodology, "value-added" in medical education and quality of education, training and care and health outcomes and performance.

Simon is also Vice-Chair of Trustees of the Astrea Multi Academy Trust. His hobbies include being a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints RFC, woodturning and reading.

Dr Margaret McCartney, Council Trustee

Dr Margaret McCartney. West Scotland Faculty

Margaret McCartney is a GP partner in Glasgow. She is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. She will take up a Chief Scientist Office Career Researcher Fellowship in late 2020 examining issues relating to evidence based medicine in practice. She has been a nationally elected council member for the last 6 years and is a member of the Ethics Committee. She has worked as senior fellow in Evidence and Values for the RCGP, ending 2020. She is a freelance writer, author, and regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 4. 

Professor Kamila Hawthorne MBE, Council Trustee

Kamila Hawthorne

Professor Kamila Hawthorne has been a GP in South Wales for 25 years, having originally qualified from Oxford University in 1984, and completed her GP training in Nottingham in 1988. She is an academic medical educator, newly appointed as Head of the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme at Swansea University. She is also a past  RCGP Vice Chair (Professional Development), a Nationally Elected Member of RCGP Council, an MRCGP Examiner and a Bevan Commissioner.

Professor Hawthorne has a real interest in the social accountability of medical schools, and believes that we should be training excellent, caring and inclusive clinicians who understand people, and the communities in which we all live. She is also believes contemporary curricula should include Leadership and Management skills, Digital and Communications Technology, and ‘One Health in a global community’. She has expertise in designing ‘community facing’ medical curricula.

Her research and clinical working interests have been in health inequalities and access to health services, (her MD was based on working with BAME groups with Type 2 diabetes in Nottingham, Manchester and Cardiff). With wide experience of general practice and running community projects in diabetes and heart disease, she has been named ‘GP of the Year’ twice for her work with BME communities and with patients and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 for services to General Practice.

Brendan Russell, Lay Trustee

Brendan Russell

Brendan is a Non Executive Director of UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) and of its subsidiaries, Bradford & Bingley plc and Northern Rock Asset Management plc. UKAR was established by the government to bring together those businesses following their nationalisation.

He was previously the Head of Corporate Finance at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he led the team responsible for the disposal programme which formed a key component of RBS’s recovery plan, as well as being accountable for strategic reviews of business units and overseeing corporate investments and joint ventures.

He joined RBS from Barclays where he was a Director in the Corporate Development function. He was previously the Head of McKinsey's Corporate Finance Centre in Europe.

Prior experience includes time in retail banking and capital markets and he served as the chief financial adviser to both the water regulator, Ofwat and the Office of Rail Regulation.

He has a degree in psychology, a post graduate qualification in law and recently completed a Masters in Middle East Studies.

Ian Jeffery, Lay Trustee

Ian Jeffery

Ian Jeffery is the former Chief Executive of Lewis Silkin, one of the UK's largest law firms and a market leader both in Employment Law and in overall legal advice to clients in the Creative Industries and Creative Economy. Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1992, became a partner in 1998 and was elected Managing Partner in 2005.  He then led Lewis Silkin for fifteen years, combining his skills and experience as an intellectual property lawyer with an MBA from London Business School. Achievements include leading the growth of the business to three times its original scale, overseeing international expansion and contributing to its national recognition as one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for, nine times in succession.

Since stepping down as Chief Executive Ian has been working on a number of venture development projects in legal services alongside a number of advisory board roles.  He remains a consultant to Lewis Silkin as part of a wider portfolio of professional interests.

Before becoming a Lay Trustee of RCGP in 2017 Ian had served five years as a lay trustee of Kings College London Students Union. 

David Pendleton, Lay Trustee

David Pendleton

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.

Simon Sapper, Lay Trustee

Simon Sapper

Simon Sapper has 30 years' experience as a senior national trade union official in the postal, telecommunications, and facilities management sectors. He has also 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.

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


Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary, (ex officio)

As joint Honorary Secretary, Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown has responsibility for governance of the RCGP and leads on College consultations and College representation.

Victoria was formerly Chair of RCGP London faculties. She is an East London GP and a board member of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Tower Hamlets where she leads on Integrated Care and Research. In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare quality improvement interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities. 

Victoria has been one of the founding members of the Health Foundation Q initiative which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. She is a trustee and board member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and sits on the NIHR Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel (PCCPI). 

Victoria is also a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest on musculoskeletal medicine and education. 

Paul Myres, Chair, Observer

Paul Myres, Chair

Paul is Chair of the Audit Committee. He was a GP in NE Wales for 30 years and had roles in education,quality improvement, governance, medical management and primary care development. He was chair of RCGP Wales for four years and is currently Chair of North Wales Faculty. He has been a member of the Patient and Carer Partnership Group and the Ethics committee. He is clinical lead for Choosing wisely Wales and chair of the Academy of Medical Royal colleges in Wales. He is closely involved with a health and educational link between Wales and Lesotho.


Trustee Board sub Committees

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

  • Audit 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 College's arms length trading companies, RCGP Enterprises, RCGP Conferences and RCGP International which are separate limited companies with their own Boards of Directors.

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