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RSM members elect four new Council Trustees and Vice-President appointed

Members of The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) have elected four new Trustees to its Council and the Society has appointed its next Vice-President.

The new Trustees will start their three-year terms on 1 October 2022. They were elected following a ballot of RSM members, which closed on 24 June 2022 after being open for seven weeks.

The four successful candidates are:

  • Mr Ian Currie, a consultant urogynaecologist and a former Vice-President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Professor Paul O'Flynn, a consultant ENT surgeon and former President of the RSM Laryngology and Rhinology Section
  • Dr Linda Patterson, a consultant physician and former clinical Vice-President at the Royal College of Physicians
  • Professor Maggie Rae, current President of the Faculty of Public Health and President of the RSM Epidemiology and Public Health Section

The four Trustee vacancies have been created by the departure of Professor Linda Luxon, who stepped down earlier this year, and by Dr Claire Bayntun, Dr Elizabeth Haxby and Dr Stephanie Kaye-Barrett reaching the end of their terms.

Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, said: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank our four Trustees – Claire, Libby, Linda and Stephanie - for their stellar contributions to the RSM.

“I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you how challenging this period has been and we are hugely grateful for everything our Trustees have done to steer the Society through the pandemic.

“Now, as we look to further implement our exciting new strategy, it will be a great pleasure to welcome our four new Trustees in October. I am looking forward to working closely with each of you - congratulations.

“I would like to thank everybody who put themselves forward, voted in the election or took part in the process in some other way.”

Professor Kirby said: “Claire has been a knowledgeable and valued voice on Council.

“I commend her for the instrumental role she played in getting our well-renowned Covid-19 webinar series off the ground, shortly after the onset of the first UK lockdown in 2020.

“I’m delighted that, with Henrietta taking on the role of Vice-President, we have such a high-calibre replacement. Henrietta has a deep connection with the RSM and is committed to our shared vision for its future.”

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