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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College Officers

Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRCPsych  

   Dr Adrian J B James FRCPsych
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, RCPsych   Dr Adrian J B James, Registrar, RCPsych

Simon is the College President. Elected in 2014 he holds this role until 2017 and leads the RCPsych on behalf of its Members and Associates.


Adrian has been Registrar of the College since 2015.  He has responsibility for policy, public education, revalidation and membership engagement. 

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Dr Kate Lovett FRCPsych


Dr Jan Falkowski TD FRCPsych MBA

  Dr Jan Falkowski, Treasurer, RCPsych

Kate is the Dean and is the chief academic officer of the College. She is elected for the period 2016 - 2021


Jan is the Treasurer and is the principal financial officer of the College. He is elected for the period 2016 – 2021

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely MA BM BCh MSc MD FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci FKC

Simon Wessely is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London. He is a clinical liaison psychiatrist, with a particular interest in unexplained symptoms and syndromes. As Vice Dean he has overall responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry training, and is particularly committed to sharing his enthusiasm for clinical psychiatry with medical students. He also remains research active, continuing to publish on many areas of psychiatry, psychological treatments, epidemiology and military health.


Born and educated in Sheffield, he studied medical sciences and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and then finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London’s Maudsley Hospital  to train in psychiatry, where he also obtained a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. His doctoral thesis was on crime and schizophrenia. Professor Wessely has been a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital since 1991, where he set up the first NHS service for sufferers from chronic fatigue syndrome.


He became Director of the Chronic Fatigue Research Unit at King’s in 1994 and of the Gulf War Illness Research Unit in 1996, which then became the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, a unique collaboration between the IoP and the KCL Department of War Studies, in 2003. Its flagship project, a large-scale ongoing study of the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces, has had a direct impact on public policy and on forms of treatment and help for Service personnel. He is Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army in which capacity he has visited services in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a trustee of Combat Stress, the principal UK charity for veterans with mental health problems, and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) seven times to Paris to raise funds for service personnel in need.


He established the first clinical trials unit in this country dedicated to mental health, and is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2012 he was awarded the first Nature “John Maddox Prize” for Standing Up for Science, and was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.  In 2014 he was elected as the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Professor Wessely has over 750 original publications, with a particular emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, military health, population reactions to adversity, epidemiology, history and other fields.  He has co authored a text book on chronic fatigue syndrome, a history of military psychiatry and a book on randomised controlled trials, although none are best sellers.  He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals as well as writing columns for many national newspapers.

Dr Adrian J B James MB BS FRCPsych MSc

Adrian has been Registrar of the College since 2015.  In this role he has overall responsibility for policy, public education, revalidation and membership engagement.  In his role as College Registrar he is prioritising recruitment and  communicating with the public, media and system leaders  to ensure parity of esteem becomes a reality on the ground.

Adrian is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish, Devon. He is a former Medical Director of Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Founding Chair of the School of Psychiatry at the Peninsular Deanery (2006-2008).

He was the elected Chair of the South West Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2007-2011) and sat on the College Council in this capacity. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (attending the three main Party Conferences 2011-14 in this capacity).

He was Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology, working for NHS England South West (2013-2015, interim from 2012-13). He has also acted as a Reviewer and Clinical Expert for the Healthcare Commission and its successor organisation the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Outside of work, Adrian is a cyclist and occasional panto Dame. He is keen to hear from members about professional concerns and can be contacted on

Dr Kate Lovett FRCPsych

Dr Kate Lovett studied Medicine at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester. Having been awarded a Distinction in Psychiatry at finals, Kate trained as a Psychiatrist in the Northwest obtaining the MRCPsych in 1995. She completed an MSc in Clinical Psychiatry in 1997 researching the role of ovarian steroids in postnatal depression. Kate trained both full time and flexibly completing specialist training in 2001. She has worked for Devon Partnership Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry since 2001 as an inpatient and crisis consultant. She was an Associate Medical Director between 2008 and 2010 and has been in her current role as a community psychiatrist for the past 3 years.

Kate has a longstanding interest in training and education. She has been undergraduate Psychiatry lead for Peninsula Medical School and Training Programme Director for Adult Psychiatry. Kate completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Education with Distinction in 2008. She served on the Education, Training and Standards Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2010 and 2014 and on the South West Division between 2010 and 2016. Kate was appointed as CASC (Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies) examiner in 2008 and became a lead examiner in 2014. She was Head of School of Psychiatry for the Peninsula Deanery for four and a half years until 2016 when she gave up this role having been elected Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Her drive to develop systems that support compassionate care and recovery fuels her educational work and is underpinned by values of equity and fairness


Dr Jan Falkowski TD FRCPsych MBA

Dr Jan Falkowski trained at St Georges. He was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital in 1994.  He has continued to serve a busy Inner City Catchment area since then. He has held various senior management positions. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the East London Foundation NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Barts and London Medical School. He is a Training Programme Director and involved in Undergraduate Medical Education. He has held a number of Roles at the Royal College including being a Regional Advisor and Fellow on Council. His interests include Medical Education, Professionalism and Resilience. He has raced Powerboats Internationally and holds a number of World Records.


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