I am applying for the role of Vice –President, as I believe that I can make a positive contribution. I have thought carefully and sought advice before applying. I have many years of involvement within College committees and twice elected to Council. I have held positions in National and International organisation including: Member of the NAEDI [early cancer diagnosis] Committee Department of Health, Chair NHS Choices online – (Menorrhagia ), Past President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society, Member of the International Gynecological Cancer Society Educational Committee, Member of the Gynaecological Cancer Group NCRI- Chairing the Endometrial Cancer Sub-Group, Chair Gynaecological Cancer NCRAS [cancer registry] Public Health England. I am presently Chair of the FIGO Cancer Committee. Previously, I was CD for Gynaecology and Gynaecological Cancer at City Hospital, Birmingham. The diversity of the roles within these organisations all carry their own challenges, but the experience I have accrued is an I extensive resource on which I will be able to draw to fulfil the duties of Vice President.
I moved to the UK from Ireland in 1990, undertaking research in ovarian cancer. I was appointed Lecturer followed by a Senior Lecturer post at Birmingham University, and then Foundation Professor of Gynaecological Cancer Oxford. I returned to Birmingham as the Lawson-Tait Professor of Gynaecological Cancer. I am an elected Senior Research Fellow at St. Peters College Oxford, Visiting Professor to Hong Kong University, and Honorary Consultant at City and The Women’s Hospitals Birmingham. I am Editorial Board member of BJOG, Advisory editor to Maturitas, and previously board member of Gynecologic Oncology, European Journal of O&G Rep Med and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.
My clinical and academic work focuses on areas which impact directly on patient care. With a network of colleagues in the UK and New Zealand, I led a large trial in ovarian cancer which changed clinical practice in many countries. I developed a new Regional Gynaecological Cancer Centre and Network in the Thames Valley, leading the service, and Chairing the Gynaecological Cancer Network Group for many years. The expansiveness of the engagement with Trusts and NHS administration were an insight to the many excellent (and some less so) elements of the health system. As member of the DOH ‘early cancer diagnostics group’ I undertook successful research into the methods employed to educate women regarding cancer, evaluating the impact these had. These are but examples of some of my achievements.
So what would I do as a VP? A specific answer is not possible, and the roles of VPs are allocated post-election. I believe I can bring my focussed determination, my wide-ranging skills and experience to ensure success within whichever portfolio is proposed. However, though challenges are inevitable, my focus will remain clear, on the values of the RCOG its Members and Fellow throughout the world, never forgetting the singular aim of all of us in the RCOG, that of improving outcomes for women in all aspects of their health.