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College Officers, Membership of the College Council & Staff.

College Structure

(Chair – President) the governing body of the College.


(Chair – President) the body governing speciality matters for the College.


(Chair – President) + Officers, College Secretary. Overarching ‘executive group’ developing strategy, liaison with major outside bodies, external affairs (GMC, DoH, other Colleges), bringing together the work of the College, financial control, requests for advice on doctors.

The College has a number of standing committees through which it carries out its work. Information on individual committees is available through the relevant sections of the website listed below.

Quality in Emergency Care Committee
Remit includes clinical guidelines, College Audits, dissemination of information – e.g. Department of Health alerts, audits and incidents.

Corporate governance
Assuring admin functions, financial governance, HR issues.

Education and Examination Committee and CPD subcommittee
(Chair – Dean) Designs, updates, stages and quality assures the examinations process. Oversees any educational research into the examinations process. curriculum, training courses, textbook, e-learning, etc.

Fellowship and Membership Committee
Reviews applications for membership and recommendations to the Council for election to membership.

International Committee
(Chair – Vice President Academic) International Federation, EuSEM, External Examinations (with the Dean).

Lay Group
Chaired by lay representative on Council consists of officers and lay reps to committees.

Committees of Professional Affairs
Advises on service design and delivery, consultant working, sustainable workforce, careers, informatics, revalidation and professional affairs.

Research and Publications Committee
Remit includes research, publications, prizes, web site, EMJ, Newsletter, conferences, College Professors, advise on placements of trainee academic posts.

Training Standards Committee
Responsible for quality control and admin of training posts and training sites, advising individuals on their training requirements for CCT, recommending of individuals to GMC for CCT, assessing the equivalence of training and experience overseas doctors and UK NCCG and making recommendations to GMC for CCT, central co-ordination of the ARCP process, managing on behalf of GMC sponsored overseas SpR trainees, developing guidelines and assessment of competency based training.



Representing trainees, assisting the College on training and education, and organising trainee conference.


Representing SAS doctors, advising the College on matters of training, education and CPD for this group. Advising on professional standards.



Regional Boards
The chairs are elected from the fellowship and membership of the region and sit on the Council. Responsible for leading EM in that area and providing advice to Trusts and Commissioners, advice to members.

National Boards for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales
Chair (elected), head(s) of training, trainee rep, NCCG rep. Responsible for leading EM in that country and providing advice to Health departments and hospitals, advice to members.


Position Name
President Dr Katherine I M Henderson
Vice President (Policy) Dr Adrian Boyle
Vice President Dr Ian Higginson
Vice President Dr Lisa Munro-Davies
Dean Mr Will Townend, MD FRCEM
Treasurer Mr Scott R Hepburn
Vice President (Membership) Dr Carole M Gavin
Chief Executive Gordon Miles
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