Professor Sir Peter Rubin is first appointed chair of the GMC

Press Release

19 Sep 2012

Professor Sir Peter Rubin has become the first appointed chair of the General Medical Council (GMC) since the GMC was established more than 150 years ago.

I am honoured to continue as chair of the GMC at a time of great change for doctors and patients. Over the coming months we will push ahead with a major programme of reform.

Professor Sir Peter Rubin, Chair of the GMC

Sir Peter was appointed through an open application process rather than being elected by the rest of the Council. His appointment follows a competitive recruitment process overseen by a four-strong selection panel independent of the GMC and of the government.

The panel, who between them had significant experience of healthcare, regulation and corporate governance, was chaired by Dame Janet Gaymer, a former Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment of the GMC’s chair is part of significant change in the governing council of the GMC. Following advice from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), the government decided that regulatory bodies should have smaller governing bodies - from January next year the GMC’s Council will reduce in size from 24 to 12 members.

Sir Peter, who is the current chair of the GMC - a role he was elected to in 2009, said:

'I am honoured to continue as chair of the GMC at a time of great change for doctors and patients.

'The GMC plays a critical role in protecting patients and improving medical practice and education. Over the coming months we will push ahead with a major programme of reform - not least with the introduction of revalidation which we expect to start at the end of the year.’

Sir Peter studied medicine at Cambridge and the Oxford Clinical School and has spent much of his career specialising in clinical pharmacology, with research and clinical interests in safe and effective prescribing during pregnancy.

He is Professor of Therapeutics at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Physician at Nottingham University Hospitals. He was also an American Heart Association Fellow at Stanford and a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Glasgow.

Sir Peter was knighted in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to medicine.

Over the coming months he will lead the appointments process for the GMC’s other Council members. These appointments will be confirmed in November.

The new Council will start its term of office on 1 January 2013.