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RCOG statement: Professor Lesley Regan has been elected President of the RCOG

News 21 May 2016

Lesley ReganProfessor Lesley Regan is the first female President of the College in 64 years.

Professor Regan has been Vice President for Strategic Development at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) since January 2014. She is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. Professor Regan’s main clinical and research interests are in recurrent miscarriage and the development of non-invasive fertility sparing therapies for uterine fibroids.

As Vice-President for Strategic Development, Professor Regan has expanded the external affairs remit of the College, hosted three International Women’s Day events on child marriage, domestic violence and maternal mental health respectively, and 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. She has also published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries.

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Lesley Regan, said: “It is a great honour to be elected President of our College and I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead my colleagues over the next three years. I look forward to working with the current President during the next few months before taking on this important role in September. With the wealth of expertise available within our membership, I am confident we will 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."

Welcoming the appointment, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Dr David Richmond, said: “I am delighted that Professor Regan has been elected as the next President. Her wide-ranging experience as a clinician and clinical leader will be invaluable in the role. Throughout her whole career, Lesley has demonstrated her commitment to improving women’s healthcare in the UK and worldwide, and her knowledge and experience will be immensely valuable as the College seeks to raise standards and advocate for women’s health in a time of unprecedented funding challenges for the NHS.”

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Read more about Professor Lesley Regan’s vision for her Presidency.

Professor Regan was made President-elect to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists during Council elections on Saturday 21 May, 2016 and will take up her appointment following the Fellowship Admissions Ceremony on Friday, 23 September 2016. New Vice Presidents will be elected in July and will also take office in September. The term of office for the RCOG President and Vice Presidents is three years. 

Following an Annual General Meeting in February 2016, from 2019, all UK and Republic of Ireland Fellows and Members will be able to vote for the RCOG President; currently, this responsibility sits with voting members of Council only.

Professor Regan will become the 30th College President since the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was founded in 1929. Find out more about the history of the RCOG.

Previously the only female President in the RCOG’s 87 year history was Dr Dame Hilda Nora Lloyd (1891–1982) who was the 7th President of the College between 1949-1952.

For further information, please contact the RCOG Press Office on 020 7772 6300 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk. Out of hours the duty press officer can be reached on 07986 183167.