Meet the candidates running to become the next RCPsych President

19 September 2019

The race is on to succeed Professor Wendy Burn as the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Three candidates – Professor Kam Bhui, Dr Adrian James and Professor Pamela Taylor – have thrown their hats into the ring to take over from Professor Burn, next June, and become the 17th President of RCPsych.

The successful candidate – who will serve a three-year term – will be the leader of the profession and, among other things, represent you with politicians, the media and other key stakeholders.

Meet the candidates

Each candidate has written a 500-word election statement. They have also recorded a three-minute video, explaining why they would like you to vote for them.

Find out more about their vision for the College

The next edition of RCPsych Insight – out next week – will feature a four-page pull-out on the election, with a statement from each of the candidates.

Join us at our hustings event

If you want to put a question direct to the candidates, you can come along to our first ever Presidential election hustings event, which takes place on Thursday 3 October, at our London office.

There will be a £5 charge, to cover the cost of providing refreshments.

Reserve your seat now

If you can’t attend the event, you can still submit questions for consideration in advance via There will also be an online Q&A held during November, via the College website, allowing members to put questions to the candidates online.

How to vote

All College members, Fellows and specialist Associates will be eligible to vote in the Presidential election and will be contacted by the Electoral Reform Services (ERS) in December about casting their vote.

You will be able to vote for your chosen candidate between 11 December and 8 January. The winner of the election will be announced on 9 January.

The RCPsych is your College – please cast your vote to help decide who becomes the next President.


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