After sixteen years of successful fundraising at the Royal Society of Medicine, Paul Summerfield, the RSM's Development Director will be leaving in mid-August to join The Royal United Services Institute. However the Society is fortunate that he has agreed to remain closely involved with the RSM’s Medical Innovations Summits into 2019.
Paul has raised millions of pounds in his time at the RSM and contributed substantially to the success of the Society over the years and to the resourcing of our medical education programme and facilities.
In response to the announcement, Paul said: “As many of you know, I’ve really enjoyed working with the RSM’s donors, members and staff. But this is not goodbye! I am also pleased that I will continue to have a role at the RSM, leading the successful Medical Innovations programme and overseeing the two up and coming Summits in September and April 2019. Staying involved in the RSM is important to me as I remain totally committed to its development and educational role.”
Sir Simon Wessely, RSM President said: "Paul Summerfield has been simply brilliant throughout his many years at the RSM. He knows everyone and everything, and both behind the scenes and up front has worked tirelessly for the organisation. Paul is etched into the very fabric of the building, in the various educational venues, the RSM's Wall of Honour and all the various programmes his fundraising have made possible. The famous inscription to Sir Christopher Wren at St Paul’s Cathedral tells us “If you want to see his memorial, look around” and could be rewritten for Paul at the RSM."
"We are so sad to see him go, and wish him every success at RUSI. However I am delighted that Paul will not be disappearing completely and will be staying with us to continue his work on the successful and much admired Innovations Programme."
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive adds: “Paul has done so much for the RSM since 2002 and he will be greatly missed by our donors, members, council and staff alike. We wish him every success at RUSI. I am personally delighted that Paul will continue to play an important role in supporting our next two medical innovation summits.”
The RSM will be recruiting soon for Paul's replacement and more details will follow shortly.