RCP appoints first Lay Chair of Trustees in its 500 year history

The RCP has appointed Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE as the first lay chair of its Board of Trustees. The first in its 500-year history.

The Board of Trustees is the RCP’s governing body as a charity. Its purpose is to:

• oversee RCP strategy, define RCP policy, agree the RCP business plan and monitor the progress of RCP affairs
• ensure the proper and effective management and custody of all RCP assets as they are used to carry out our work.

It has the authority to carry out the RCP’s charitable responsibilities and includes RCP senior officers, nominees from RCP Council and lay members appointed by the Board of Trustees.

David has extensive experience of chairing governing bodies in the health and social care field, including NHS trusts, the Forensic Science Regulator, the Science Council and the sector skills council Skills for Care. He has worked for many years in the fields of medical education, medical research ethics and in the wider field of learning disability and mental health.

David is currently chair of Dementia UK, non-executive director lead for medical and clinical education and quality at Health Education England, and chair of the Public Health Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

I greatly look forward to taking up this role, and contributing to the governance of this world renowned Royal Medical College which plays such a globally-recognised leadership role in medical education and training, provides the highest quality of care to patients, and is influential in shaping the future of health and healthcare.

Professor Croisdale-Appleby OBE.

Professor Croisdale-Appleby OBE said:

'I greatly look forward to taking up this role, and contributing to the governance of this world renowned Royal Medical College which plays such a globally-recognised leadership role in medical education and training, provides the highest quality of care to patients, and is influential in shaping the future of health and healthcare.'

Professor Andrew Goddard, RCP president, said:

'I am both delighted and excited that David has agreed to take on this critical role. His wisdom and experience will be invaluable as we continue to modernise our structures and as we develop our strategy for the next five years.'

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) was founded by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII in 1518, and celebrated 500 years of caring for patients in 2018. More details about our governance can be found here.

About the Royal College of Physicians 

Everything we do at the RCP is aimed at improving patient care and reducing illness. We are patient centred and clinically led, driving improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population, both in the UK and around the world.

We have over 36,000 fellows and members worldwide. Our members work in hospitals and the community across 30 different medical specialties and range from medical students to retired doctors. The RCP is the oldest medical college in England.