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RCOG release: New Board of Trustees appointed to oversee business of the College

News 3 June 2013

A new Board of Trustees overseeing the business of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) officially starts today.

Following a year-long review of governance, chaired by Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, the College Council successfully petitioned the Privy Council to update its Royal Charter to introduce a Board of Trustees. This will include lay trustees for the first time in the College’s 84 year history.

The new Board of Trustees will take over legal, financial and business responsibility for the RCOG as a charity, whilst the College’s Council will focus on professional, educational, clinical and ethical issues.

The Board will be made up of four lay trustees, two member trustees, one member of Council, RCOG President, RCOG Senior Vice President and RCOG Honorary Treasurer.

The four lay trustees are:

  • Ms Naaz Coker, NED on the National Audit Office Board and previous Chair of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Mr Roy Martin QC, practising member of the Bar in Scotland, England and Wales and previously Dean of the Faculty of Advocates
  • Ms Linda Nash, Director of Nash Bevan Associates and previously Chair of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Eric Thomas FRCOG, Vice Chancellor of Bristol University and President of Universities UK

Dr Tony Falconer, President of the RCOG, who will chair the new Board, said:

“The RCOG is very excited to have this new Board of Trustees and the lay members will bring a fresh perspective on the running of College business. They all have extensive experience of managing complex health and welfare-related organisations and we are very fortunate to be able to draw on such expertise and talent.

“I look forward to working with the new Board and through the modernised governance structure, strive towards our ultimate goal of improving women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond.”

Commenting on her new role, Linda Nash, said:

“My first interest in the NHS developed from my experience of maternity services and then a willingness to be involved in the development of maternity services in Somerset. Since then, my journey through the NHS has enabled me to successfully lead multi-million pound NHS provider organisations, taking them from turnaround to growth including acquisition.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to put back all my experience developed since those early days into improving women's health where my initial passion for healthcare and the NHS began.”

Professor Thomas added:

“The College is a crucial leader in improving women's health both nationally and internationally. For very obvious reasons, it has a special place in my life. I am delighted that I can bring my experiences outside obstetrics and gynaecology to the College and thus help the Officers and Council ensure its continuing excellence and influence.”

Mr Roy Martin QC said:

“It is an honour to have been selected to be one of the first Trustees of the Royal College. Good governance is increasingly important in modern institutions and charities, and I look forward to using my experience for the benefit of the professionals who deliver women’s healthcare and their patients throughout the world.”

Naaz Coker also said:

“I firmly believe that good governance, effective leadership and good outcomes are closely linked so I am pleased to join this new Board to help achieve successful outcomes for the RCOG.

“My personal interest is in linking maternal and child health to the prevention of NCDs. There is a huge window of opportunity for the College to lead in the discourse on spending scarce health resources wisely and building healthier foundations for life which will impact positively on maternal and child health, as well as improving morbidity and mortality in the longer term.”


For further information, please contact the RCOG Media and PR team on +44 20 7772 6300 or email