Trustee board

The trustee board has two general functions: to safeguard the charitable status and finances of the RCGP, and to ensure that the business of the College is conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to deliver its charitable objectives.

The main functions of the Trustee Board are set out in the College's Ordinances, Byelaws, and Trustee Board Regulations. View these on the RCGP constitution page.

Trustee board membership

The Trustee Board comprises 12 members, with the Chief Operating Officer and other Senior staff in attendance as advisors. There are 8 Council Trustees (including the Chair) and 4 external (non medical) Lay Trustees.

The Trustee Board Chair and 4 of the Council trustees are elected by Council by ballot. The remaining 3 Council Trustees are appointed ex officio, comprising the Chair of Council, the Hon. Treasurer and the Hon. Secretary.

The 4 external Lay Trustees are sought through open public advertisement and interview. Those with the requisite skills and experience required by the Trustee Board are appointed. To ensure proper communication and accountability, the Chair of the Audit Committee also sits on the Trustee Board ex officio as an observer.

Professor Mike Holmes, Chair of Trustees

Professor Mike Holmes is the chair of the trustee board. He has been a GP Partner for over 20 years and works in a large practice caring for almost 100,000 patients across York, Hull and Scarborough. He is committed to collaborative working, system leadership and addressing health inequalities.

He chairs a GP Provider Organisation in York, bringing together all practices in the city of York caring for a population of 250,000 people and delivering services at scale in conjunction with all practices and all PCNs on a place-based footprint. He provides the General Practice voice at both Place and Primary Care Collaborative level within his ICS.

Mike has previously served as a Vice Chair (Membership and International) at the Royal College of General Practitioners (2018-21). He contributed to the College’s Health and Wellbeing offer during the pandemic and in particular the offers developed for all those working in Primary Care. He continues to Chair the national steering group for the ‘Looking after you too’ range of offers.

He holds a number of other roles; He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, a Trustee at St Leonard’s Hospice in York and is Chair of the Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician Associates in the North Yorkshire and Humber ICS.

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of Council (ex officio)

Professor Martin Marshall is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a GP in Newham, East London. He is also Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health. Previously he was Programme Director for Population Health and Primary Care at UCLPartners (2014-2019), Director of Research and Development at the Health Foundation (2007-2012), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health (2006-2007), Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester (2000-2006) and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. He has advised governments in Singapore, Egypt, Canada and New Zealand, has over 230 publications in the field of quality improvement and health service redesign and his primary academic interest is in maximising the impact of research on practice. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.

A co-founder and driving force of the Rethinking Medicine movement, Martin has a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, patient care and ensuring the GP voice is central in a time of great change. When he's not working he likes being outside, preferably on a mountain or a coastal path with his wife Sue and their puppy.

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer (ex officio)

As Honorary Treasurer, Dr Mowle has responsibility for all matters relating to the College finances. He was Vice Chair of the RCGP from 2011-13 and was the lead officer for Commissioning, GP Nursing, the RCGP Annual National Conference, Patient and Carer Partnership Group and the GPC. He has also previously chaired South London Faculty Board and RCGP London.

He trained in Wales and has been a GP Partner at the Hetherington Group Practice in South London since 2000. Dr Mowle has held a number of different educational roles including GP Trainer, Programme Director and most recently Associate Dean for HEE, with lead roles around recruitment and supporting trainees in need of support. He currently works as an RCGP International Tutor in South Africa.

Michael Mulholland, Honorary Secretary (ex officio)

Michael is a GP partner and GP trainer at Unity Health Buckinghamshire where he has worked for over 20 years.

He has had a portfolio career with an educational focus having been programme director and Associate GP dean for Buckinghamshire as part of Oxford Deanery / HEE Thames Valley. He has particular interests in the developing Quality Improvement Methodology in primary care and the development of the Multidisciplinary workforce.

This work has continued in roles with RCGP at Faculty Regional level and most recently nationally as Vice Chair Professional Development and Standards.

Professor Simon Gregory, Council Trustee

Simon is Director and Dean of Education and Quality(DEQ), Health Education England (HEE), Midlands and East and HEE SRO for Primary Care having been DEQ & Postgraduate Dean, Health Education East of England. He is also Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA) and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and the University of Pavia, Italy (teaching appointment), and a Fellow of Homerton College Cambridge.

Simon leads for HEE on Primary and Community Care, is Chair of the UK Medical Recruitment Programme Board and the GP Workforce 2020 Programme Board, is Chairman of the RCGP Committee on Medical Ethics and the University of Cambridge, East of England Military Education Committee. Simon trained as a GP in Northampton and was a GP Partner and salaried GP at King Edward Road Surgery, Northampton. His research interests are selection methodology, "value-added" in medical education and quality of education, training and care and health outcomes and performance.

Simon is also Vice-Chair of Trustees of the Astrea Multi Academy Trust. His hobbies include being a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints RFC, woodturning and reading.

Dr Margaret McCartney, Council Trustee

Margaret McCartney is a GP partner in Glasgow. She is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. She will take up a Chief Scientist Office Career Researcher Fellowship in late 2020 examining issues relating to evidence based medicine in practice. She has been a nationally elected council member for the last 6 years and is a member of the Ethics Committee. She has worked as senior fellow in Evidence and Values for the RCGP, ending 2020. She is a freelance writer, author, and regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne MBE, Council Trustee

Professor Kamila Hawthorne has been a GP in South Wales for 25 years, having originally qualified from Oxford University in 1984, and completed her GP training in Nottingham in 1988. She is an academic medical educator, newly appointed as Head of the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme at Swansea University. She is also a past RCGP Vice Chair (Professional Development), a Nationally Elected Member of RCGP Council, an MRCGP Examiner and a Bevan Commissioner.

Professor Hawthorne has a real interest in the social accountability of medical schools, and believes that we should be training excellent, caring and inclusive clinicians who understand people, and the communities in which we all live. She is also believes contemporary curricula should include Leadership and Management skills, Digital and Communications Technology, and ‘One Health in a global community’. She has expertise in designing ‘community facing’ medical curricula.

Her research and clinical working interests have been in health inequalities and access to health services, (her MD was based on working with BAME groups with Type 2 diabetes in Nottingham, Manchester and Cardiff). With wide experience of general practice and running community projects in diabetes and heart disease, she has been named ‘GP of the Year’ twice for her work with BME communities and with patients and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 for services to General Practice.

Dr Waqar Ahmed, Council Trustee

Dr Waqar Ahmed has represented the Northern Ireland Faculty Board on UK Council since 2017. He also sits on RCGP NI Council as a sessional doctors' representative. He is a committee member of the Shared Island Initiative, which supports research across the island of Ireland. Dr Ahmed has experience of working as a GP in the Northern Ireland prison service.

As well as being a GP, he works as an actor and comedian. He has taught comedy workshops to GP trainer and leadership groups across the UK for the last nine years.

Ian Jeffery, Lay Trustee

Ian Jeffery is the former Chief Executive of Lewis Silkin, one of the UK's largest law firms and a market leader both in Employment Law and in overall legal advice to clients in the Creative Industries and Creative Economy. Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1992, became a partner in 1998 and was elected Managing Partner in 2005. He then led Lewis Silkin for fifteen years, combining his skills and experience as an intellectual property lawyer with an MBA from London Business School. Achievements include leading the growth of the business to three times its original scale, overseeing international expansion and contributing to its national recognition as one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for, nine times in succession.

Since stepping down as Chief Executive Ian has been working on a number of venture development projects in legal services alongside a number of advisory board roles. He remains a consultant to Lewis Silkin as part of a wider portfolio of professional interests.

Before becoming a Lay Trustee of RCGP in 2017 Ian had served five years as a lay trustee of Kings College London Students Union.

Simon Sapper, Lay Trustee

Simon Sapper has 30 years' experience as a senior national trade union official in the postal, telecommunications, and facilities management sectors. He has also served on government and industry regulatory bodies associated with legal services, media, and local government, and was an accredited Technical Expert to the European Commission on workplace health and safety. His other areas of expertise include ethics, governance, and civil liberties.

  • Declaration of interests form including conflicts of interest (PDF file, 108 KB)

Ian Wilson, Lay Trustee

Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, and an accredited professional Pension Trustee. He has over 25 years’ experience working with global blue-chip companies including various Finance Director roles as well as leading large multi-functional business services organisations for internal customers in both private and public sectors.

Ian now focuses on Non-Executive Director and Pension Trustee roles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Department Work and Pensions and Government Actuary’s Department. He chairs the Trustee Board of a UK top 50 pension fund and is a Trustee with the Church of England Pension Board. He also has previous experience as a Non-Executive Director with the NHS and Ministry of Defence.

Ian holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is also an alumni of London Business School.

Chris Lake, Lay Trustee

Chris is Managing Director of Integrated Development Ltd, leading a network of colleagues who work with individuals, teams and whole organisations as leadership and organisation development consultants. Most of his current client work is board development, executive team coaching and whole-system OD for NHS acute, mental health and community trusts.

Chris was a member of the executive team that conceived, launched and built the NHS Leadership Academy. Whilst there, he led the design and delivery of the Academy's national programmes for NHS leaders from first line supervisors to aspiring chief executives. Two of his programmes were awarded the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice Gold Award in 2016. He also led the NHS Graduate Management Training Schemes, research and evaluation, leadership frameworks, digital learning and OD.

Previously, Chris was Senior Leadership Consultant at The King’s Fund, and Executive MBA Director at Roffey Park where he worked with organisations across public and private sectors and with international groups across Europe and the US. His prior commercial and management experience was gained in the retail sector. The focus of Chris' own MBA was leadership and organisation behaviour (especially culture change). He is an associate programme director at the London Business School. Chris is alumnus of the Columbia (New York) University advanced programme in OD and HR management and Tavistock Institute practitioner certificate in consulting and change (P3C).

Trustee board sub Committees

The trustee board has delegated functions to the following sub Committees which regularly report back to it:

  • Audit committee
  • Nominations and governance committee
  • Pensions governance committees
  • Planning and resources committee
  • Remuneration committee

Arm's length trading companies

The trustee board has oversight of the College's arms length trading companies, RCGP Enterprises, RCGP Conferences and RCGP International which are separate limited companies with their own Boards of Directors.