Dr Maria Atkins elected next Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales

9 January 2020

Dr Maria Atkins has been elected the next chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales.

In a closely fought election, Dr Atkins saw off a challenge from Dr Pritpal Singh, who finished second.  

Current chair and vice-president of the college, Professor Keith Lloyd, steps down from the role on 1 July 2020 during the College’s international conference, having served a full four-year term in office.

Speaking after the result was announced, Dr Maria Atkins, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be chosen by our members to take over as chair later this year and my commiserations go to Dr Singh.

“Going forward, I hope to continue the great work Prof Lloyd has been doing to ensure that care for our patients is improved. I’m also keen to represent our Welsh members on UK-wide College issues.” 

The position of chair is a senior post within RCPscyh in Wales. The job involves leading and representing the devolved nation externally and within the College. The position also involves chairing the Executive Committee 

Professor Keith Lloyd, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, said:

“I’m delighted that Dr Atkins has been chosen by our members in Wales to take over from me later this year.

“I know she will bring passion and commitment to the continuation of the work that I have been doing with government, partners and the Welsh Assembly to ensure that care for our patients is improved

“Maria is sure to do a great job and under her leadership the College will continue to grow, standing up and being the voice of mental health in Wales.”

Paul Rees, chief executive of the College, added:

“I would like to congratulate Dr Atkins for succeeding in a closely contested election.

“I know she will prove to be an excellent successor to our current chair Prof Keith Lloyd.

“I would also like to thank the other candidate, Dr Pritpal Singh, for his positive and enlightening contribution to the election – which engaged psychiatrists across Wales.”