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RCOG Genomics Taskforce

Remit and membership of the RCOG's Genomics Taskforce

Aims of RCOG Genomics Taskforce

The aim of this taskforce is to promote, support and implement genomics medicine in obstetrics and gynaecology. This will be achieved through education of the RCOG membership and trainees.

Our objective is to bring genomics into mainstream medicine by developing robust and standardised women’s health genomic pathways and by maintaining the highest standards of practice.

Through the establishment of a work force with genomics knowledge, we aim to develop and foster innovation and research opportunities. This will be achieved by working closely with the Royal College of Midwives, the RCOG Women’s Network and the RCOG Ethics Committee.

Terms of reference

The Taskforce was first established in 2019. It is a multi-professional committee with service user representation. The committee will be involved in providing advice on service development, standards for clinical care, education, consent and confidentiality, delivering genomics through clinical practice and research.

  • Promote and support the education of the health professional work force in genomics.
  • Assist RCOG in the development of their academic and educational activities in relation to genomics.
  • Advise the Council and the President on all matters regarding genomics, which are within the remit of the College.
  • Report the views of the RCOG on matters relating to genomics to relevant stakeholders.
  • Promote and support the highest standards of practice in both clinical and laboratory applications of genomics in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Promote standardisation of practices
  • Provide a forum for developing a consensus view on matters related to genomics with the following organisations:
    • PHG Foundation
    • Nuffield Council of Bioethics
    • Joint Committee on Genomics in Medicine
    • Academy of Medical Sciences
    • The Royal Society
    • The Fetal Genomics Group
    • The British Society for Genetic Medicine
    • The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
    as well as other relevant stakeholders as reflected in the membership.
  • Discuss and co-ordinate advice to Government and other bodies on policy and service issues related to genomics in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Organise working groups on specific topics of particular importance.


Professor Peter Braude

Chair Genomics Taskforce

Mr Edward Morris

President RCOG

Ms Kate Brian

Women's Voices Lead

Dr Kelly Cohen

Consultant in Fetal Medicine, Leeds

Dr Melanie Davies

Chair RCOG Subspecialty training committee

Dr Peter Dixon

Geneticist, King’s College

Professor Frances Elmslie

Chair Clinical Genetics Society, Clinical Geneticist,

Professor Frances Flinter

Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Clinical Geneticist

Professor Charlie Gourley

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre

Professor Emma Crosbie

Chair RCOG Academic Board, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, Manchester

Professor Mark Kilby

RCOG nominee JCGM, Professor of Fetal Medicine, Birmingham

Ms Donna Kirwan

Clinical Genomics Midwifery Lead, Nursing and Midwifery Genomics Team NHSE/I 

Ms Michelle Lyne

RCM Genomics Lead

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Maternity Hospital Dublin

Dr Helen O’Neill

Lecturer Molecular Genetics and Reproductive Health, UCL

Dr Neil Ryan

Trainees Rep, Lecturer, University of Bristol

Alison Pope

HEE Genomics Education Programme


RCOG staff (staff attendance is to be co-opted as required):

Gary Waltham

Executive Director, Education, Quality & Projects

Dan Wolstenholme

Interim Director, Clinical Quality

Carly Edwards

Director, Education, Quality & Projects

Jenny Priest

Director, Policy

Emma Gilgunn-Jones

Director, Media & PR

Jo Davies

Head of Education Innovation

Bettina Cayetano

Head of Specialty Education & Training

Farrah Pradhan

Business Manager, Education, Quality & Projects