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Chair of Council’s profile

Dr Jeanette Dickson

Jeanette Dickson was elected as Chair of Council of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in July 2023. She remains a practising consultant clinical oncologist at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Hertfordshire focusing primarily on thoracic malignancies and providing radiotherapy for patients with haematological conditions. She spent five years as clinical director at the centre.

Jeanette has a strong interest in postgraduate education, holding roles as clinical tutor and training programme director before being appointed as Head of School for Clinical Oncology for London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex in 2008. She remains an active GMC accredited clinical and educational supervisor as well as a trained consultant appraiser.

Jeanette first became involved with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) in 2010 through national recruitment and as a revalidation advisor. In 2013, she joined the officer team at the RCR as Medical Director for Professional Practice, Clinical Oncology and in 2016 became Vice President, Clinical Oncology. She served as President of the RCR from 2019 – 2022. Between July 2020 and August 2022, she was Vice Chair of the Academy with responsibility for the education portfolio.

Jeanette was lead for the lung cancer module of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) MSc in oncology, organising and delivering a comprehensive and up to date teaching programme annually between 2014 and 2022. She has been a Trustee of the Mount Vernon Postgraduate Charity since 2002. Between 2013 and 2015, she was a clinical Trustee of the Hospice of St Francis charity.

In 2020, Jeanette joined the clinical advisory group of the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC). In 2022, she acted as special advisor to the Expert Panel of the Health and Care Select Committee evaluating the Government’s commitments to cancer services in England.