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There are 6 honorary Officers, who each serve for a maximum of 3 years. The President, for the first time, was elected in 2019 by Fellows and Members in the UK and Ireland. The 5 Vice Presidents are elected by RCOG Council.


Edward Morris 

Mr Edward Morris MD FRCOG, is a consultant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has wide and varied interests across obstetrics and gynaecology and was Clinical Director for seven years. He was part of the curriculum design team for the obstetrics and gynaecology course for Norwich Medical School which opened in 2002 and has been an active senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia since, teaching undergraduates and supervising MD and PhD higher degrees.

Mr Morris was Vice President for Clinical Quality at the RCOG from September 2016 to December 2019. In this role, he championed the value of high quality communication, leading the modernization of RCOG guidance and patient information. He promoted the use of routinely collected big data to improve care and patient safety. In this post he helped secure funding for large national quality improvement projects such as Each Baby Counts, Learn and Support.

Mr Morris leads specialist menopause and tertiary endometriosis services. He has authored over 70 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and national documents, is co-editor of the Journal Post Reproductive Health and inventor of the website Manage my Menopause.

He is globally recognised for his work in patient safety, guidelines and medical device work with the MHRA. He was the inaugural chair of the RCOG patient safety and quality committee and chairman of the British Menopause Society 2013-2015.

Responsible for:

  • Council (chair)
  • Officers (chair)
  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (member)
  • FIGO (member)
  • External relations
  • Government relations
  • Policy
  • Strategy



Senior Vice President for Global Health

Ranee Thakar

Ranee has been a consultant in O&G in the NHS for the past 17 years and is now the Lead for the urogynaecology service at her Trust. Ranee has experience across a wide range of areas within O&G including psychosexual medicine, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the prevention and management of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI).

Most recently, Ranee has worked as the International Fellows Representative for South Asia on the RCOG Council in which she has fostered improved relations and paved the way for closer and more effective collaboration. Alongside this, she is the Lead for the OASI Care Bundle project which has been developed and rolled out alongside the Royal College of Midwives.

Ranee is also currently the President of the International Urogynaecological Association and has previously served as the secretary of the British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG).

As Vice President, Ranee’s priorities will be to support the membership of the College to deliver high quality healthcare to women by honing in on recruitment, attrition, rota gaps and consultant burnout. It is also important to Ranee that the entire membership, across the world, is engaged and empowered.

Responsible for:

  • Global Health Board (chair)
  • Global Health Programmes
  • International Advocacy
  • International Stakeholders
  • Global Patient Public Involvement
  • Events
  • Global Congress
  • International Representative Committees and Liaison Groups




Vice President for Clinical Quality

Tim Draycott

Professor Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, FRCOG, is a Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol. He trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa.

Over the last 20 years Professor Draycott has led the academic department in Bristol that is now recognised as a world leading intrapartum and safety research centre. He jointly leads the PROMPT course that has been successfully implemented in more than 70 countries globally.

Tim was awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work, he has been recognised as an NHS Hero, and he was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Education by HRH the Queen.

Professor Draycott holds a number of national roles: he is the senior clinical advisor to NHS Resolution, he co-chairs initiatives by NHS Improvement, he is the director of the Tommy’s Maternity Improvement Centre in the UK and he is also Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Responsible for:

  • Clinical Quality Board (chair)
  • National Guideline Alliance and Consortium Board
  • Digital Strategy
  • Guidance suite modernisation
  • Patient Safety Strategy
  • RCOG Centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit
  • Each Baby Counts/NHS Resolution/HSIB
  • Consent
  • Modernising Patient Information



Vice President for Education

Susan Ward

Susan Ward is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Nottinghamshire, having done her training in surgery initially and then obstetrics and gynaecology in the East Midlands. She has an interest in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology as well as looking after general obstetric and gynaecological patients, and is one of the cancer surgeons in her district general hospital.

She has been heavily involved in medical education throughout her career, having been a College Tutor for 8 years, a Training Programme Director for 5 years and Head of School in charge of training for the East Midlands. The RCOG trainees’ committee awarded her the ‘Trainer of the Year’ Award in 2015 for her contribution to training. 

She has worked for many years on the DRCOG and MRCOG examinations, both writing the questions and as an examiner and was Vice-Chair of the RCOG Examination and Assessment Committee until her inauguration as Vice-President.

For the last 5 years she has represented East Midlands Fellows on RCOG Council and is now the Vice-President for Education.​

Responsible for:

  • Education Board (chair)
  • Exams and assessment
  • Curriculae (post & undergraduate)
  • Trainees committee
  • Specialty Education
  • UK Patient and Public Involvement/ Women’s Network
  • Education Event Content
  • CPD
  • Journals



Vice President for Workforce & Professionalism

Jo Mountfield

Jo is a consultant obstetrician in Southampton also working in medical education. Her specialisms include supporting women negotiating substance misuse in pregnancy and she is also Director of Education and Workforce at her hospital. This wide-ranging role has led to significant changes, including the prioritising of funding for education and other improvement initiatives that have led to recognition from national bodies and awards from organisations such as the Health Service Journal.

Jo has significant experience within the RCOG, including serving as the Workplace Behaviours Advisor, linked closely with the work she had been engaging in within her Trust and deanery as Head of school. Within this role, Jo also participated in invited reviews, focusing on workplace behaviour, and developed toolkits to better improve respect and communication.

Jo has just completed her term as the Chair of the Speciality Education Advisory Committee, beginning in June 2016, helping coordinate a full review of the previous curriculum and creation and implementation of the new curriculum. Jo has also served as an education associate for the GMC and as an Improvement advisor for NHSI.

Jo’s goals as Vice President include ensuring the workplace is as safe, secure and accommodating for clinicians as possible and that their education and development is of the highest calibre. Jo wishes to achieve this through building strong relationships with other related organisations, to develop a compassionate culture in all our services and allow obstetricians and gynaecologists to thrive and maintain the best standards of care for girls and women.

Responsible for:

  • Finance & General Purposes Committee (chair)
  • Business Development
  • RCOG Resources
  • Workforce planning
  • Maternity Transformation Programme
  • Health Education England / General Medical Council
  • Invited Reviews
  • ATSM/Senior Curriculum



Vice President for Membership

Pat O'Brien

Pat is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist working in London specialising in maternal medicine and high-risk obstetrics with particular interest in medical complications of pregnancy. Pat jointly runs a multi-disciplinary antenatal clinic involving consultants in fetal medicine, cardiology, haematology, diabetes and anaesthesia. He also lectures in the UK and globally while running courses on fetal monitoring and psychiatric problems and cardiac disorders in pregnancy, among other disciplines.

Outside of his clinical work, Pat served as Clinical Director of Women’s Health at his hospital for four years, overseeing 700 staff, earning the CEO’s award for leading Clinical Director. Pat has participated significantly in the RCOG, as a Council member since 2014 and a media spokesperson since 2008. He has been in a number of committees and groups.

Pat feels his blend of skills and expertise will help him to achieve his aims as Vice President which include improving engagement among the membership as we move into our new home and the future and moving to affect government policy change around NHS staffing levels and budgets. He is excited to build on the work of the previous set of Officers and unite with President Eddie Morris to make the College a better place for all who engage with it.

Responsible for:

  • Membership Board (chair)
  • Academic Board (attends)
  • Consultant job plan approvals
  • Member Relations & Support
  • Member Benefits
  • Specialist societies
  • Ceremonies
  • UK  Congress
  • Supporting Our Doctors