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

RCPsych Presidential Election results announced

Embargoed until 14 January 2014

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is pleased to announce that Professor Sir Simon Wessely has been elected as its next President.

The current President, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, remains in post until June. Professor Wessely will take office at the College’s Annual General Meeting in London on 26 June 2014.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely


"It is a great honour to be elected President of our College"

Professor Sir Simon Wessely



Professor Wessely is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trusts. He is Chair of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military healthcare and psychological medicine.

His priorities as President are to:

  • Make parity between mental and physical health a reality.
  • Improve the image of psychiatry and psychiatrists.
  • Improve recruitment into psychiatry and encourage medical students to discover the unique qualities of psychiatry.
  • Ensure excellence in education, and put high-quality training delivered by psychiatrists for psychiatrists at the heart of education.

Professor Wessely said: "It is a great honour to be elected President of our College. I am acutely conscious of the great responsibility that comes with this – not least the daunting task of continuing the achievements of my predecessors. I also wish to give my thanks to my fellow candidate, Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis, who ensured that this election proceeded in a mature and collegiate manner. I look forward to working with him and all the College officers and staff for the benefit of our profession."

Professor Bailey said: "I am delighted to announce that Professor Sir Simon Wessely is President-Elect. Simon is an extremely talented academic and a marvellous ambassador for psychiatry. The College will benefit enormously from his ability to speak out on behalf of our profession."

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Sarah Nevins
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Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
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