About the eating disorders faculty

The Faculty of Eating Disorders works to secure the best outcome for people with eating disorders by: promoting excellent services, supporting the prevention of eating disorders and ensuring prompt treatment to achieve higher recovery rates and prevent complications, improving medical training in eating disorders, promoting quality and research, setting standards and being the voice of eating disorder psychiatry.

Executive committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Ashish Kumar 2023 (E) Chair
Dr Agnes Ayton 2023 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Samantha Scholtz 2021 (E) Financial Officer
Mrs Sheila Boniface 2023 (A) Carers Representative
Dr Helen Bould 2021 (E) Committee Member
Dr Victoria Chapman 2021 (E) Committee Member
Dr David Coyle 2021 (C) Northern Ireland
Dr David Coyle 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Arwa Elawad 2023 (C) PTC Rep
Dr Carla Figueiredo 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Robert Freudenthal 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Lauren Gavaghan 2021 (E) Committee Member
Prof. Hubertus Himmerich 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Ali Ibrahim 2021 (E) Committee Member
Dr Agnes Johnston 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Izabela Jurewicz 2021 (C) Wales
Dr Caroline Leeming 2023 (E) Committee Member
Dr Elizabeth Templeton 2023 (E) Committee Member

In 1990 a College eating disorders working group was set up to produce Council Report 14 on eating disorders services in the UK.

This group led to the development of the Eating Disorders Special Interest Group (EDSIG), which was inaugurated by the College in 1995 with Professor Gerald Russell as its first Chair.

In 2006, the Council agreed that a new College section in eating disorders should be established in place of the EDSIG, and the Eating Disorders section came into being in June 2007.

In 2014, all College sections became faculties and we became the Faculty of Eating Disorders Psychiatry.

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