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Prof Rich Withnall

Chief Executive Officer

One of the UK’s most senior medical leaders whose career has included military service across multiple continents, advising the UK Government on national medical emergencies, and serving as Honorary Surgeon to Their Majesties Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III. Prior to his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) he served as Director of Defence Healthcare, UK Ministry of Defence.

Professor Withnall will expand and build on FMLM’s successes as the healthcare sector faces both long-running and emerging challenges. “I believe passionately that excellence in medical leadership is essential to drive continuous improvement in health and healthcare and maximise positive patient outcomes, enhance care for the carers, and optimise value for money”.“We need strong medical leadership, now more than ever, to meet numerous challenges including NHS reforms, a shrinking UK medical workforce on the brink of strike action, COVID far from resolved, an ageing UK population, a cost-of-living crisis ahead of a forecasted deep and sustained economic recession, global instability influenced by the war in Ukraine, and an ever-increasing need for sustainability.”

As Director of Defence Healthcare, Professor Withnall was responsible for 88% of the Defence Medical Services workforce, more than 400 medical and dental facilities worldwide, and the delivery of military primary care, dental care, mental health, occupational health and rehabilitation services – accounting for more than 90% of DMS patient contacts - to more than 200,000 Defence People and their families.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, a Senior Founding Fellow of FMLM, and a Chartered Manager. His national and international leadership experience includes being Chair of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS)’s Futures Advisory Board; Chair of Warrior Care in the 21st Century within the INVICTUS Games; RCGP Chief Examiner, RCGP International Medical Director, GP Advisor to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, GP Specialty Advisor to the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and Convener of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Special Interest Group on Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine.

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