Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees oversee the Academy. It is responsible for all issues relating to governance including finance, audit, risk management and appointment of the Chief Executive. The Board has the ultimate legal responsibility for the Academy. It is currently chaired by Professor Andrew Eder.

Professor Andrew Eder became Chair of Trustees on 1 April 2022. As a senior healthcare professional with over three decades of distinguished achievement in academia as well as NHS and specialist practice, he has developed a valuable portfolio of transferable skills enabling him to make a genuine impact by providing high-value consultancy and volunteering support across a wide range of non-executive and charitable roles.

Professor Eder is also Emeritus Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and formerly Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at UCLH and Pro-Vice-Provost at UCL. He is a past President of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry and the Royal Society of Medicine’s Dental Section. At the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Professor Eder has been an elected Board Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the British Dental Journal and the European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry and published extensively. In recognition of his various professional, charitable and communal roles, Professor Eder has received honorary fellowships and degrees as well as awards for teaching and learning.

Miller McLean is a chartered banker and solicitor. He retired in April 2010 as Group General Counsel and Group Secretary of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. He stood down as Chairman of Adam & Company on 11th July 2017 and resigned as a Director of Adam & Company Group plc and Adam Investments Limited effective from the same date.

Throughout his career, he developed skills in governance and strategic planning at Board level. A former President and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, he received the Law Awards of Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He is a Trustee of National Museums Scotland, a member of the Court of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and a member of the Executive Committee of the David Livingstone Trust. He is a former Chairman of the Industry and Parliament Trust and of the Whitehall and Industry Group.

He is currently a member of Court of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the Executive Committee of the David Livingston Trust.

Suzanne McCarthy held several senior positions during her executive career including Immigration Services Commissioner and Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.


Suzanne is currently Chairman of the Joint Audit Panel of the Mayor’s Office of Police and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service, Chairman of the Fire Standards Board, Chairman of Depaul UK, a charity concerned with youth homelessness, and Vice Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal Service.  She is also a member of several boards including the Advertising Standards Authority, the Fundraising Regulator, where she chairs the Code of Standards Committee, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. In addition, she serves as the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority. Her previous Board appointments include the General Medical Council and the University of London. Before entering the public sector, Suzanne worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

Sarah Harkness has a background in corporate finance and investment banking, having spent fifteen years at NatWest Investment Bank and then four years as a Partner in Arthur Andersen. She has held a variety of Non-executive Director and Trustee roles in public and private companies primarily in the health and education sectors. Most recently she served as a non-executive director on the Board of NHS Improvement and as Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Audit Committee of the University of Sheffield. She is currently a lay member of the Audit Committee of the University of Birmingham and a School Governor.

Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard is the immediate past Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2016-2019) and a GP Principal in Lichfield, Staffordshire. She is Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2020-2023).

Helen has a Chair in General Practice Education at the Medical School in the University of Birmingham where she has been an Academic GP for two decades. Her academic portfolio has included a wide range of research methods, running a clinical trials unit, running a postgrad MSc programme, mentoring Drs in difficulty and leading the Community Based Medicine programme.

Helen is the Chair of Trustees of the newly formed National Academy for Social Prescribing, a charity dedicated to advancing the cause and improving the evidence base around social prescribing. She also provides advice to academic bodies and sits on several working groups including the governments ‘Tackling Loneliness Network’ and the NHSE Net Zero group.

Helen has been awarded Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and honorary degrees from St Georges University of London and University of Buckinghamshire. She has had a high media profile with over 20,000 mentions in printed media and completed over 350 broadcast media interviews.

Helen graduated from University of London and is a partner in a dynamic large inclusive GP surgery in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Professor Bernard YP Chang (Bernie) is a Consultant Ophthalmologist who specialises in oculoplastics, lacrimal and orbital surgery. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of LEEDS.

Bernie is also a Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, having been awarded this Chair from the University of Malaysia Sarawak in Jan 2011 for his overseas commitment to teaching and training.

He became the 13th President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in May 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and had been working with the College on ensuring continued care for patients while trying to protect their safety as well as that of the ophthalmologists and the multidisciplinary team managing them.

Bernie has a strong interest in research, having published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and co-authored a textbook on anterior segment reconstruction

Professor Michael Osborn studied medicine at Guys & St Thomas Hospitals, London qualifying in 1995. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2004. Currently he works as a consultant histopathologist for North West London Pathology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London were he is clinical lead. His working time is divided between post mortems, diagnostic gastrointestinal histopathology, bowel cancer screening and teaching. He runs an intercalated BSc “Humanities, Philosophy & Law” at Imperial College, London. During the COVID-19 pandemic he and colleagues at Imperial College published work relating to findings in fatal COVID-19 infection. He was elected President of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) in November 2020 having previously been on the RCPath council and having had a variety of college roles including chair of their Cellular Pathology Speciality Advisory Committee and Death Investigation Committee. He became a Professor of Practice at Imperial College in 2021.

Dr Anne de Bono is the current President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and a consultant in a large NHS Trust.

Her career path, influenced by family circumstances has included GP  partnerships  in Oxford and  Edinburgh  before flexible training for  a second career in Occupational Medicine in the East Midlands, working with  the NHS, public sector and commercial industries.

She is a recent  Chair of the NHS Health at Work Network, and a current trustee of  the Orders  St John Care Homes Trust.


Academy Officers

The Chair of Council is supported by two vice-chairs, elected by council, the Chair of the RCGP alongside a Council appointed independent Trustee. The Officers progress Academy business and determine items for Council.

Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard

Dr Edward Morris, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dr Jeanette Dickson, President, Royal College of Radiologists

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of Council, Royal College of General Practitioners

The Academy Council

The Academy Council comprises the Presidents of the member Colleges and Faculties  (plus the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Council) and four coopted council members.

Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard
Academy Chair of Council

Professor Fiona Donald, President
Royal College of Anaesthetists

Mr Matthew Garrett, Dean
Faculty of Dental Surgery

Professor Philip Taylor, Dean
Faculty of Dental Surgery of Edinburgh

Dr Katherine Henderson, President
Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Council
Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair
Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Alison Pittard, Dean
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Dr Edward Morris, President
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dr Steve Nimmo, President
Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Mr Bernard Chang, President
Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Dr Camilla Kingdon, President
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Dr Michael Osborn, President
Royal College of Pathologists

Dr Flic Gabbay, President
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

Professor Andrew Elder, President
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Mary Horgan, President
Royal College Physicians of Ireland

Professor Sir Andrew Goddard, President
Royal College of Physicians

Mr Mike McKirdy, President
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

Dr Adrian James, President
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor Maggie Rae, President
Faculty of Public Health

Dr Jeanette Dickson, President
Royal College of Radiologists

Dr Asha Kasliwal, President
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr Natasha Jones, President
Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine UK

Professor Michael Griffin, President
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professor Neil Mortenson, President
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professor Laura Viani, President
Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Coopted members and observers

Ms Ros Levenson, Chair
Academy Patient/Lay Committee

Dr Matthew Clarke, Chair
Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group

Dr Waleed Arshad Chair
Academy Staff and Associate Specialist Committee

Professor Ellen O’Sullivan, Chair
Forum of Irish Postgraduate Deans

Abraham Theron, Chair
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales

Miles Mack
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland (Scottish Academy)
Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy and the Scottish Academy

Dr Anne De Bono
Independent Clinician Trustee



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