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New Chief Executive for the RCOG

News 23 October 2018

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is set to welcome a new Chief Executive.

The medical charity and 16,000-strong membership organisation, which works to improve health care for girls and women in the UK and around the world, is delighted to announce that Kate Lancaster will join as CEO on 1 March next year.

Kate joins the College from the NHS in Hertfordshire, where she is Director of Strategy at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, and oversees the development of clinical and organisational strategy across four hospitals.

She has over 10 years board level NHS experience, including working within large and complex healthcare organisations, spanning Director roles in a Health Board in Scotland, a national specialist Trust in England, a large Shelford group Teaching Hospital and a large NHS District General Hospital.

Kate replaces former Chief Executive Ian Wylie, who held the position at the RCOG since 2010, and interim CEO Fred Emden.

She said:  “I am delighted to be joining the College, such a prestigious and important organisation for women’s health worldwide, at such an exciting time in its history.”

RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan said: “We are delighted to appoint Kate to this crucial role, as we prepare to celebrate our 90th year and move to a new location in London Bridge.

“We are stepping up our focus on developing a women’s health strategy and Kate will be a lynchpin in driving forward major change to improve the health of girls and women everywhere.”

The RCOG works to improve women’s health care across the world. Founded in 1929, we now have over 16,000 members worldwide and work with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G.  

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For media enquiries, please contact the RCOG press office on 020 7045 6773 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk

Kate Lancaster's biography

Kate Lancaster is an experienced senior healthcare leader. Her career to date has involved working within large and complex healthcare organisations, including roles in a Health Board in Scotland, a national specialist Trust in England, a large Shelford Group Teaching Hospital and a large NHS District General Hospital.

In addition to her NHS experience she has international and academic experience through roles at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Eastern Academic Health Science Network, and Cambridge University Health Partners.

Kate Lancaster joins the College from the NHS in Hertfordshire where she held the board portfolio for Strategy and Governance. As Director of Strategy at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust which has 5,500 staff working across four hospitals including a specialist cancer centre, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Trust’s strategy.

About the RCOG

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision. For more information, visit www.rcog.org.uk