Kate Lancaster will be the new RCOG Chief Executive

Kate Lancaster is the new RCOG Chief Executive

Kate Lancaster, the Director of Strategy at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust will be the new RCOG Chief Executive. 

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is set to welcome a new Chief Executive.

The medical charity and 16,000-strong membership organisation, which works to improve health care for girls and women in the UK and around the world, is delighted to announce that Kate Lancaster will join as CEO in March next year.

Kate joins as the RCOG Chief Executive from the NHS in Hertfordshire, where she is Director of Strategy at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, and oversees the development of clinical and organisational strategy across four hospitals.

She has over 10 years board level NHS experience, including working within large and complex healthcare organisations, spanning Director roles in a Health Board in Scotland, a national specialist Trust in England, a large Shelford group Teaching Hospital and a large NHS District General Hospital.

“Kate will be a linchpin in driving forward major change to improve the health of girls and women everywhere”

In addition to her NHS experience she has international and academic experience through roles at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Eastern Academic Health Science Network, and Cambridge University Health Partners.

Kate replaces former Chief Executive Ian Wylie, who held the position at the RCOG since 2010, and interim CEO Fred Emden.


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The RCOG works to improve women’s health care across the world. Founded in 1929, we now have over 16,000 members worldwide and work with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G.

She said:  “I am delighted to be joining the College, such a prestigious and important organisation for women’s health worldwide, at such an exciting time in its history.”

RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan said: “We are delighted to appoint Kate to RCOG Chief Executive a crucial role, as we prepare to celebrate our 90th year and move to a new location in London Bridge.

“We are stepping up our focus on developing a women’s health strategy and Kate will be a linchpin in driving forward major change to improve the health of girls and women everywhere.”