BMA announces candidates for deputy Council chair

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Tuesday 12 July 2022
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Candidates running for the role of deputy chair of Council at the British Medical Association have been announced.

The election of the deputy Council chair, who will support the chair in their leadership of the Association, will take place tomorrow at a BMA Council meeting.

The position will be voted on by voting members of BMA Council, which is the Association’s principal executive committee.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Dr Chrissie Clayton, a portfolio GP in Surrey, and Dr Alex Freeman, a GP in Southampton, standing as co-deputy chairs
  • Dr Emma Runswick, a junior doctor working in a community mental health team in Greater Manchester

The deputy, or deputies, will serve for an initial three-year term.

The new deputy chair(s) will replace Dr David Wrigley, a GP in Carnforth, Lancashire, who is stepping down after four years.

The deputy chair elections follow the election of Professor Philip Banfield, an obstetrician, educator and academic based in north Wales, as chair of Council at last month’s Annual Representative Meeting in Brighton.

Dr Trevor Pickersgill, a consultant neurologist from Cardiff, was also elected unopposed to the position of BMA treasurer.

Alongside Professor Banfield, Dr Pickersgill and the chair of the representative body Dr Latifa Patel, the newly-elected deputy chair(s) will complete the BMA’s chief officer team.


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