Professor Lesley Regan became the 30th President of the RCOG in September 2016. She is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. Her principal clinical and research interest is in recurrent miscarriage. At Imperial she is Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer, chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, Director of Women’s Health Research Centre and Co-director of the UK pregnancy Baby Bio Bank (BBB). She currently chairs the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.
As President, Professor Regan’s aspirations are to build on her work in her previous role as Vice President for Strategic Development: to increase the influence and profile of the College and ensure it is the first port of call for policy-makers, professionals, the press and the public. Her key priorities include: translating clinical data and priorities into health policy and improved clinical practice; developing their capacity to report on and influence workforce developments; improving perinatal mental healthcare provision with maternity services; ensuring safe, high-quality abortion services are sustainable into the future; and establishing their new Centre for Global Women’s Health, which will allow them to use their expertise in education and clinical quality to improve women’s healthcare around the world in a more strategic way.
Professor Regan has published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries. In 2015 she received an honorary fellowship of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was awarded a Doctorate of Science from University College London for her contributions to women’s health.