The Royal Society of Medicine was established in 1805 and granted a Royal Charter by His Majesty King William IV in 1834.

Further Supplemental Charters were approved in 1907 and 1999. In 2020, the Privy Council approved further changes to the Society's Charter and By-Laws. It is through this Royal Charter and the By-Laws that the RSM is governed.


The RSM Council is the governing body of the RSM. It is responsible for ensuring that the RSM has a clear strategic plan in accordance with the Royal Charter and holds the Executive Team to account.

The Council is currently made up of ten elected members and up to three appointed members. As the RSM is a registered charity, these Council members are also Trustees. Collectively they are responsible for the financial, legal and business operations of the RSM.

Council meets at least four times a year and is governed by the Charter and By-Laws. The Dean and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee also attend Council.

Terms of Office

The President’s term of office is three years and, from 1 October 2020, Trustees serve a three-year term. These terms can be extended in extremis by Special Resolution of Council.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Vice-President (2022-2025)

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Nik Patel

Professor Nik Patel

Chair of Academic Board and Trustee (2022-2025)

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Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of the RSM and leading on the strategic objectives of the organisation.

Michele Acton

Michele Acton

Chief Executive 

Mary Bishop

Professor Mary Bishop

Director of Learning

Michelle Gordon

Michelle Gordon

Director of Transformation 

Christine Yeates

Christine Yeates

Director of Engagement 

Gillian Leng - use this

Professor Gillian Leng CBE

Dean of Education 


John Armstrong

John Armstrong

General Manager

Joanna Rose

Joanna Rose

Charity Secretary and PA to President and Chief Executive

Academic board

The Academic Board is responsible for delivering the academic and learning functions of the RSM by ensuring the Education Strategy is delivered through the RSM’s network of Sections. The Board’s remit also includes improving education initiatives and programmes.

The Chairman is elected by the members of the Academic Committee and, upon election, becomes a Trustee. The Board is currently chaired by Professor Nik Patel and comprises the Presidents of Sections and ex officio members. For a full list of all members of the Academic Board, email events@rsm.ac.uk