RCOG Council elects six Honorary Officers, who each serve for a maximum of 3 years. Information about the current RCOG Officers, including their portfolios and contact details, are below.
Professor Lesley Regan is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. She is also co-director of the UK’s Baby Bio Bank (BBB); a pregnancy tissue archive which will underpin future translational research into the major complications of pregnancy.
Professor Regan was Vice President for Strategic Development at the RCOG from January 2014 to September 2016. In this role, she expanded the external affairs remit of the College and hosted two International Women’s Day events (on domestic violence and maternal mental health respectively). She also secured new funding streams to undertake transformational projects including the Leading Safe Choices programme which is helping to raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania.
In addition, Professor Regan has published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public, and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries. Her main clinical and research interests are in recurrent miscarriage and the development of non-invasive fertility sparing therapies for uterine fibroids.
- Board (chair)
- Council (chair)
- Officers (chair)
- Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (member)
- Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (Council member)
- External relations
- Government relations
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
Mary Ann Lumsden
Mary Ann Lumsden is a Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Clinical Lead of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She served as a Fellows Representative for Scotland on the RCOG Council from 2013 to 2016, and chairs the National Guidelines Alliance Consortium Board.
Professor Lumsden has a significant clinical interest in menstrual disorders, particularly uterine fibroids, and runs a weekly menopause clinic where she treats complex issues in patients. She was Chair of the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Menopause: Diagnosis and Treatment, which was published in November 2015. She has carried out extensive research into surgical and radiological treatment of menstrual disorders, the mechanism of hot flushing and menopausal experience in South Asian women.
Outside of the RCOG, she is Treasurer and President Elect of the International Menopause Society and Vice Chair of the Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
- Finance & General Purposes Committee (chair)
- Advocacy programme, including International Women’s Day
- Commercial development
- Corporate partnerships
- Environmental sustainability
- Ethics Committee
- Finances – long-term
- Journals and ePublishing
- Strategic development
Vice President for Clinical Quality
Mr Edward Morris is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He has worked with the RCOG for the past decade; serving on the Council as a Fellows Representative for East England and as a member of the Clinical Quality Board. Mr Morris is also a former chairman of the British Menopause Society (BMS).
His main clinical interests include urogynaecology and laparoscopic gynaecological surgery, as well as minimal access surgery, endometriosis and the menopause. He is also a specialist in hysteroscopic and prolapse surgeries and in advance management of the menopause, including sexual problems.
- Clinical Quality Board (chair)
- Academic Board (attends)
- DH, NHS England, NHS Improvement and CQC quality/safety initiatives
- Global quality initiatives
- Green-top Guidelines
- Invited reviews
- Lindsay Stewart Centre
- National Guideline Alliance and Consortium Board
- NHSLA links
- Patient information group
- Patient safety
- Quality Improvement
Vice President for Education
Professor Janice Rymer is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King’s College London. She has served on the RCOG’s Council for 12 years and for the last six was the International Fellow for Australasia, the Pacific Rim and the Americas. She has also been involved in the RCOG’s education, CPD, recruitment, examinations and global health work.
She is in active clinical practice and runs a research group as well as being Dean of Student Affairs at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine. She also works for the General Medical Council assessing medical schools and postgraduate training.
Her areas of clinical interest include minimal access surgery, ovarian failure, female genital mutilation, and medical education. Her publications comprise over 140 peer-reviewed papers and 14 textbooks.
- Education Board (chair)
- Curriculum development
- Exams and assessment
- Education and training
- GMC liaison
- HEE/NES, etc.
- Links with Heads of Schools, etc.
- Lifelong learning
- Meetings, including World Congresses
- MTI (with Membership), AFP
- Shape of Training
- Workforce behaviour
Vice President for Global Health
Mr Hani Fawzi is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Lead of gynaecological oncological services and medical education within South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Public Health, having merged the discipline with obstetrics and gynaecology when he acquired his consultant post. Within the RCOG, he has served as an International Fellows Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa, a member of the Global Health Unit and chair of the Global Placements Committee which strategically oversees the training opportunities for overseas doctors in the UK, as well as the fellowships for UK trained doctors in developing countries.
Mr Fawzi has nearly two decades of specialist experience in reproductive and sexual healthcare. With a passion for training in Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care (EmONC), he initiated and conducted EmONC training for participants in several developing countries across Africa and the Middle East, and adapted training manuals to resource-poor settings. He has also been appointed as international consultant and adviser to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and several United Nations agencies.
- Global Health Board (chair)
- Global faculty
- Global programmes
- International liaison
- Leading Safe Choices programme
- Membership Board (attends)
- Women’s rights
Vice President for UK and Global Membership
Dr Alison Wright is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She has served as an International Representative for South East Asia on the RCOG Council, a member of the College’s Clinical Quality Board (where she contributed to the development of Green-top Guidelines, Scientific Impact Papers and Patient Information leaflets) and a clinical member of the RCOG’s Women’s Network. Dr Wright also volunteers for charities working to support woman living with HIV.
Her clinical interests include urogynaecology, pelvic floor trauma and maternal medicine. Dr Wright has a passion for global health and has spent time volunteering in conflict zones; running workshops on urogynaecology, including fistula repair and pelvic floor surgery, as well as providing education to birth attendants on safer childbirth.
- Membership Board (chair)
- Associate and Affiliate membership
- College Tutors
- Consultant job plan approvals
- Fellows and Members worldwide
- Fitness to practice
- Global Health Board (attends)
- Information governance
- International Representative Committees
- Labour ward leads
- Membership benefits, communications, customer relations
- MTI (with Education)
- NHS provider liaison, including consultant contracts
- Recruitment/advisory appointment panels
- Specialist societies
- Women’s Network