Council Chair

Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen was appointed as Acting Chair of Council in August 2021.

Her role as Acting Chair is to:

  • Provide leadership to the Council
  • Preside over Council meetings
  • Ensure that we are efficient and effective
  • Engage with ministers, medical profession leaders and patient groups
  • Act as our ambassador

The Acting Chair also works closely with the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team in all aspects of the role.

Carrie is a consultant ophthalmologist for NHS Tayside and Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. She served as Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, until 2020 and is Past-President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Carrie is the clinical co-lead for the ophthalmology ‘Getting It Right First Time’ programme and the Eye Care Recovery and Transformation Programme for NHS England/Improvement. She is a specialty advisor to the Scottish Chief Medical Officer and leads the Scottish Eyecare Workstream. Carrie has served on several committees in support of education, training and assessment and NHS committees regarding service re-design for general medical services. She chairs the multi-professional subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Trustee Board of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, is a trustee of the Moorfields Eye Charity and a member of the council of the University of Exeter.