Following a ballot of Academy members Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, immediate past Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has been elected as the next Chair of the Academy to succeed Professor Carrie MacEwen whose term of Office finishes in July.

Professor Stokes-Lampard is due to take up post for her three year term at the close of the Academy Council on 22 July.

Professor Stokes-Lampard said,
‘I am delighted to have been elected to the post. Carrie will be an extremely hard act to follow. Her leadership, especially in these extraordinary times has been exemplary. When we emerge from the current crisis, much will have changed – especially in healthcare. I look forward to ensuring that the medical royal colleges are central to the debate about how we can consolidate the changes that are happening to permanently improve the working lives of doctors and the quality of care for all patients.’

Professor Carrie MacEwen, current chair of the Academy said,
‘I know Helen will do a great job at the Academy, having led the RCGP so well in her term as Chair there. Now, perhaps more than ever, the united voice of the medical profession needs to be heard and I look forward to working closely with her in the coming weeks and months to ensure a smooth transition.’