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 human resources. The Board has the ultimate legal responsibility for the Academy. It is currently chaired by Mr Charles Winstanley.

Board of Trustees Register of Interests

Charles  became Board Chair for the Academy on 1 April 2016. A former soldier with active service in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, he later ran his own business strategy consultancy. He joined the board of an English acute Trust after treatment there following a serious motorcycle accident. He subsequently served as Chair for GMC fitness to practice panels and then became Chair of the UK’s second largest health system, NHS Lothian. During this time he was elected Chair of the Scotland Chairs. His other recent boards have included the Ministry of Defence, Scottish Government, and the Crown Office. He is a judicial member of the UK’s Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Pamela has extensive experience as health service manager. She has been a chief executive of health authority and of the institute of Health Service Management and vice-chair of a Foundation Trust. She is Independent Chair of Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board and a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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.

President, Royal College of Pathologists

Professor Caroline (Carrie) MacEwen is immediate past President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2014 – 2017) and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee .  She is Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2017–2020).

Carrie holds a Honorary Chair as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee, is Ophthalmology Specialty Adviser to the Scottish Government, and is leading the National Ophthalmology Workstream in Scotland. Carrie is also an Associate post-graduate Dean in the East of Scotland for less than full time medical post-graduate training.

Professor MacEwen has also chaired the Scottish update of Certification of Vision Impairment and a member of the UKCVI development board. She is a member of the UK Vision Strategy Leadership Group and Transition Programme Board. She shares ophthalmology clinical leadership for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) project.

Carrie was made a Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2012, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2015. She has published more than 150 papers, and written and contributed to several textbooks for both undergraduate students and qualified doctors. She is an Associate Editor of the Scientific Journal “Eye”. Carrie has been elected the next Master of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress (2017-2018)

Carrie graduated from The University of Dundee was trained in Glasgow, London and Dundee.  She runs a general ophthalmology service and a tertiary referral service for complex eye movement disorders.

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 Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Health Partnership and Chairman of Depaul UK, a charity concerned with youth homelessness. She is also a member of several boards including the Advertising Standards Authority, the Fundraising Regulator, where she chairs the Code of Standards Committee, and the Architects Registration Board. In addition, she serves as the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority. Her previous Board appointments include the General Medical Council. Before entering the public sector, Suzanne worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

Prof Seymour is a current President of the FFLM, as well as senior medico-legal adviser with the Medical Protection Society, a barrister (entering Bar in 2001, member of Gray’s Inn), an academic metabolic medicine physician, and, since 2003, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School and University of London.

Previously she was Academic Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians; an elected Councillor of that College; Fellow and past Director of Medical Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge; Foundation Director for Clinical Advice to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She was on the steering group in promoting the acceptance of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) within the Royal College of Physicians. She is a foundation Fellow of the FFLM and from 2014 to 2016 she was FFLM’s Vice President (MLA).

She has extensive past experience as an academic physician; as an examiner, and Chair of Examiners, for undergraduate medical degrees for 6 Universities, PhD/MD examiner for Oxford, Cambridge and London, PACES examiner for MRCP(UK) until 2013, for FRCPath and more recently for our MMFLM/DLM examinations.

“Professor Alan Boyd began his 30 years’ pharmaceutical career with Glaxo Group Research Ltd. From 1988 he led ICI’s cardiovascular medical research team, later becoming Director of Clinical and Medical Affairs at ICI Pharma, Canada. In 1999, after four years as Head of Medical Research for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, he became Director of Research and Development for Ark Therapeutics Ltd. In April 2005, he set up Boyd Consultants.

A graduate in Biochemistry and Medicine from the University of Birmingham, UK, Professor Boyd is also a Fellow and currently President of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.  He was previously Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Pharmaceutical Medicine at The Royal College of Physicians.

In November 2009 he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham Medical School, in recognition of his expertise in medicines development.  In October 2014, he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Professor Boyd also received the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at the 15th Annual Bionow Awards ceremony in November 2016.”


Academy Officers

The Chairman is supported by two vice-chairs, elected by council, and the Chairman of the RCGP alongside the Honorary Secretary/Treasurer. The Officers progress Academy business and determine items for Council.

Professor Carrie MacEwen

Dr Liam Brennan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians of London

Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, 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 Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners Council) and four coopted council members.

Dr Liam Brennan, President RCOA
Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Michael Escudier, Dean
Faculty of Dental Surgery

Dr Tajek Hassan, President
Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Professor Carol Seymour, President
Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice-Secretary
Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Council
Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Carl Waldmann, Dean
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Dr Lesley Regan, President
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dr Anne De Bono, President
Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Dr Michael Burdon, President
Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professor Neena Modi, President
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Dr Alan Boyd, President
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

Professor Jo Martin, President
Royal College of Pathologists

Professor Derek Bell, President
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Mary Horgan, President
Royal College Physicians of Ireland

Professor Jane Dacre, President
Royal College of Physicians of London

Professor David Galloway, President
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

Professor Wendy Burn, President
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor John Middleton, President
Faculty of Public Health

Dr Nicola Strickland, President
Royal College of Radiologists

Dr Asha Kasliwal, President
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr Paul Jackson, President
Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine UK

Mr Mike Lavelle Jones, President
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professor Derek Alderson, President
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professor John Hyland, President
Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Coopted Members

Dr Paul Myres, Chair
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales

Mr Peter Rees, Chair
Academy Patient/Lay Committee

Dr Alice Wort, Chair
Academy Trainee Doctors Group

Dr Kirstin May, Chair
Academy Staff and Associate Specialist Doctors Committee

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

Dr Suzy Lishman

Independent Clinical Trustee



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