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Niall Dickson, Chief Executive and Registrar, GMC

Niall Dickson joined the General Medical Council as Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2010.

Niall Dickson, GMC Chief ExecutiveHe leads the Senior Management Team, which is responsible for the day to day running of the GMC. He is accountable to Council and reports directly to the Chair of Council, Professor Sir Peter Rubin.

Niall joined the GMC from The King's Fund, the leading independent think tank and development organisation, where he was Chief Executive for six years (2004-2009).

He began his career in teaching before taking up posts in national voluntary organisations involved with older people. He was Editor of Therapy Weekly for the allied health professions and then of Nursing Times.

He moved to the BBC in 1988 as Health Correspondent, became Chief Social Affairs Correspondent and then, in 1995, Social Affairs Editor, focusing mainly on Radio 4's Today programme and the Ten O'clock News on BBC 1.

Niall is a member of the Department of Health's National Quality Board and End of Life Care Implementation Advisory Board.

He is the Chairman of the Leeds Castle Foundation. His honorary awards include being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and as Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

To contact Niall, please email occe@gmc-uk.org.