New Chair of the General Medical Council

Dame Clare Marx has been appointed by the Privy Council as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC) to succeed Professor Sir Terence Stephenson in January 2019. She becomes the first woman to hold the Chair since the GMC was established 160 years ago.

Dame Clare joins a growing body of women leaders in healthcare. She is the immediate Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Elected in 2014 for three years, she was the first woman in the history of the College to hold this role. She worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for over 20 years before becoming Associate Medical director for appraisal and revalidation in 2013. Clare is also currently the Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and will demit from that role at the end of this year.

"I am delighted that Dame Clare has been appointed as the next Chair. She joins the GMC at a critical time, where an ambitious programme of work is underway. I am confident that the wealth of experience she brings from her previous roles will be invaluable to seeing this work through successfully as the GMC continues its work to protect patients by maintaining and improving standards in medical practice."

Charlie Massey

Chief executive