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External Affairs Board

Meeting dates (10:00 start)


  • Thursday 25 April
  • Thursday 10 October



Reporting mechanism

The External Affairs Board reports to Council.


  • To take responsibility for increasing the visibility and influence of the College among external audiences, including the government, media and other stakeholders
  • To develop, implement and oversee the College’s advocacy activities
  • To have strategic oversight of the College’s communications activities
  • To lead on the public impact and presentation of key College initiatives
  • To undertake horizon scanning for external events and issues that will impact the College’s work – e.g. national reports in women’s health, parliamentary activity affecting women’s health care – and to liaise with relevant College boards, committees and departments as required
  • To monitor perceptions of the College among key stakeholders and agree actions to address any concerns
  • To oversee the implementation of elements of the digital strategy relating to external (non-member) audiences
  • To guide the overall strategic direction of the College’s external affairs activities, ensuring they contribute to the College’s overall strategic goals, including: policy; public affairs; media and PR; takeholder engagement
  • To develop KPIs for the above external affairs activities, ensuring the impact of the College’s work in these areas is measured, analysed, reported and refined




  • RCOG President


  • RCOG Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
  • Trainees’ representative
  • Women’s Network representative
  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare representative
  • Royal College of Midwives representative
  • Representative from a health policy organisation/think tank
  • External media and communications expert
  • CEO
  • Executive Director, External Affairs
  • Director, Media and PR
  • Director, Policy and Public Affairs
  • Head of Patient and Public Involvement



Elsewhere on the site

2019 meeting dates
Dates for all committee meetings, exams, admission ceremonies and dinners in 2019
College governance
See full details of the RCOG’s governance structure