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New President of the RCOG elected

News 7 June 2019

Dr Edward Morris (Eddie) has been elected President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and will take up office in December 2019.

Dr Morris is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He has been the Vice President for Clinical Quality at the RCOG since 2016 and prior to this he was the East of England representative on Council for five years. Eddie is also a former chairman of the British Menopause Society. His main clinical interests include menopause, minimally invasive gynaecological surgery and the advanced management of endometriosis. Dr Morris is also the co-editor of the Journal ‘Post Reproductive Health’ and has authored over 70 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and national documents.


Commenting on his appointment, Dr Eddie Morris, said:

“I am honoured to be elected President of the RCOG by the Members and Fellows of our College in the UK and Ireland. I am hugely excited about the future of our College both in the UK and internationally and this year marks a momentous chapter in our history as we celebrate our 90th anniversary and prepare to move to new headquarters in London Bridge.

“I look forward to working closely with Fellows, Members and Trainees to modernise what the College does and on our ambitious plans to further transform the health of girls and women. I am confident that looking ahead to the future of the College, we will continue to build on our work to improve safety and quality in women’s healthcare, provide excellence in training and education and be powerful advocates for women and their families, both in the UK and globally.

“I will continue to work closely with the current President, Vice Presidents and our enthusiastic staff to continue their great work over the next six months before becoming President in December.”


Welcoming the appointment, RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan, said:

“I’m delighted that Eddie has been elected to lead our College and represent our profession over the next three years. His wide-ranging experience as a clinician and clinical leader will be invaluable as we cement our role as leaders in women’s health by bringing together women, policy-makers and healthcare professionals to significantly improve the health of girls and women, across their life course, through the Women’s Health Strategy.

“Eddie’s knowledge and experience will be immensely important as the College seeks to ensure the care provided to women in the UK is of the highest quality, that our workforce is fully supported and that we fulfil our dual ambitions of becoming the ‘go-to’ place for women’s health in the UK, and a global leader for women’s health and reproductive healthcare.

“Opening up the election of President to the wider membership has been a landmark moment for our prestigious College and I’m grateful to the many UK and Ireland members who voted for our new President.”




Read more about Eddie’s vision for his Presidency.

Eddie was made President-elect to the RCOG following a vote which was open to over 7,000 UK and Ireland Fellows and Members. This was the first time in its history the RCOG has extended voting in the Presidential Election to the broader UK and Ireland membership. Previously, the President was elected by voting members of the RCOG Council only.

Eddie will take up his appointment at the Admission Ceremony for new RCOG Officers on Friday 13 December 2019. New Vice Presidents will be elected in September and will also take office in December. The term of office for the RCOG President and Vice Presidents is three years.

Dr Morris will become the 31st College President since the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was founded in 1929. Find out more about the history of the RCOG.

For further information, please contact the RCOG Press Office on 020 7772 6300 or email