Tales from the top

Sign up to attend the next President’s lecture and hear Professor Wendy Burn talk about the big challenges and even bigger life changes she experienced during three years as RCPsych President.

She will describe how her life changed beyond recognition and will highlight a selection of the major events and challenges of her Presidency.  

The online talk will be followed by a live Q&A session hosted by the current College President, Dr Adrian James, in which you’ll get to ask Wendy more about her experiences as President.

Wendy currently works part-time in a community mental health team for older people and as the National Mental Health Clinical Advisor to Health Education England. 

She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in education. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School. 

She was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2011 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2020. 

She is now Co-chair of the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project which focuses on modernising the neuroscience taught to psychiatric trainees. She’s also Chair of the Clinical group of Equally Well, a project set up to improve physical health in people with a serious mental illness. 

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