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


Board of Trustees

Structure, governance and management


The remit of the Board of Trustees is in Section XVIII of the bye-laws. The board has full management and control of the college (including its property and affairs) and of its administration. However, under the charter or the bye-laws, some affairs are the responsibility of the council. 

The work of the board includes:

  • everything concerning governance – including good corporate governance, use of resources, privileges of membership (on council recommendation), disciplinary issues and complaints
  • constituting faculties (on council recommendation)
  • amending, or cancelling, regulations (but not ones that other committees may deal with) 
  • using other powers set out in the regulations, including appointing officers (apart from honorary officers) and salaried staff.

Committees of the Board of Trustees

The board may delegate responsibility to its committees or the chief executive (or other senior members of staff). Any resolutions passed by those committees must be endorsed by the board.

The committees of the Board of Trustees are:

membership of the board of trustees


The membership of the Board of Trustees is:

  • President* chair: Professor Wendy Burn
  • Registrar* Dr Adrian James 
  • Dean* Dr Kate Lovett 
  • Treasurer*  Dr Jan Falkowski 
  • one division chair* (chosen from all UK/Ireland division chairs) :  Dr Louise Sell, Chair, Northwest Division
  • one UK/Ireland faculty chair* (chosen from all UK/Ireland faculty chairs): Dr Dasha Nicholls, Chair, Eating Disorders Psychiatry  Faculty
  • one college member (elected by the full college membership); Dr Gwen Adshead
  • three lay trustees (appointed):
    • Malcolm Basing
    • Anita Bharucha
    • Nigel Jones

*Holders of these offices automatically become members of the board.


Trustees meet four times a year, usually two weeks after a meeting of the council.


Trustees' training

Trustees must attend a training day held each year at the college, when their responsibilities are explained. They also receive a copy of the college’s constitution and strategic plan, policies and procedures, and a job description.

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