College announces candidates for positions of President and Registrar

Eight candidates will now participate in an election for the most senior officer roles at RCPCH.

The College is pleased to introduce a panel of eight candidates for the elected positions of President and Registrar. Voting opens on Wednesday 11 November 2020 and closes on Wednesday 9 December 2020. The President elect and Registrar elect will be announced on Friday 11 December. In November all eligible members will receive ballot information, allowing them to vote by post or online, from the College’s independent scrutineers, Civica.

Jo Revill, CEO of RCPCH said:

It’s encouraging to see such a strong slate of candidates for both roles. I want to pay tribute to Professor Russell Viner and Dr Mike Linney who have led the College so effectively through what has been quite a momentous period. When voting opens the College will share manifestos from each of the candidates and we will facilitate a hustings for members and engagement with children and young people. There will be multiple opportunities to hear from and engage with the candidates, please do use your vote.”

The candidates for President and Registrar are as follows:



Dr Simon Clark

Simon was born in 1969, near Heathrow. At 14, he decided he wanted to become a doctor. He studied at Southampton, graduating in 1992, the year he got married. He did 18 months in adult medicine before moving to Birmingham in 1994. There, he did six months in casualty before taking a paediatric rotation. In 1996 he worked in paediatrics in Alder Hey before taking two years out for a medical doctorate.

He was appointed clinical lecturer in neonates at Liverpool Women’s, at which point he had two children of his own. He took up a consultant post at Sheffield in 2003, after which his third child arrived. Since becoming a consultant, he has been clinical lead, head of school for paediatrics across Yorkshire and Humber, and chair of the South Yorkshire Faculty for Advanced Clinical Practice. He was Workforce Officer at RCPCH and is now Vice President for Policy.

Dr Camilla Kingdon

Camilla grew up, was educated and went to medical school in Cape Town, South Africa. She was inspired by her teachers and she benefitted hugely learning from the most amazing patients. She came to the UK and spent a year doing adult medicine before discovering paediatrics. She never looked back. She trained in London, achieving her CCT in 2000 and has been a Consultant Neonatologist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital since then.

Camilla has always been involved in postgraduate medical education, taking on roles as College Tutor, then Regional Advisor, Training Programme Director and finally Head of School for London for five years. She completed an MA in Medical Careers and particularly enjoyed supporting doctors with challenging career dilemmas. She has been RCPCH Vice President for Education and Professional Development since 2018, amongst other things organising the annual conference and co-leading the RCPCH Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work.

Dr Jane Valente

Jane is a General Paediatrician with over 30 years of widespread paediatric experience in secondary and tertiary paediatric care and academic medicine. In addition, she has expertise in child community health and child psychiatry/psychology which she believes is crucial for the health and wellbeing of children and young people. She is currently working at the Royal Manchester Children’s’ Hospital as a Paediatrician, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive.

Prior to this she held consultant posts at Great Ormond Street, where she also held several leadership posts, and Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Jane has a particular interest in complex care paediatrics and supports colleagues in other parts of the UK with some of the most difficult paediatric issues. Jane developed the paediatric education exams at Cambridge University and has been the Officer for Examinations at the RCPCH and a Senior/Overseas MRCPCH examiner. She has always felt privileged to serve as a paediatrician.

Dr David Vickers

David is a Consultant Community Paediatrician in Cambridgeshire and Medical Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. He qualified from Oxford and trained in Paediatrics in the north of England. He has been a Designated Doctor for Children’s Safeguarding. His clinical practice continues in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Palliative Care. He is part time Medical Director of a Children's Hospice and has been a Trustee of several national charities in this field.  

Nationally he has served six years as Registrar and then Treasurer of the College and is currently a College Member Trustee and Treasurer of BACCH. He is an Expert Advisor for the GMC and an External Clinical Advisor for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. He has sat on several NICE Guidelines Committees including Chairing End of Life Care for Children. David is married to a children’s nurse consultant and they have three children. 



Dr Will Carroll

Dr Will Carroll has been a paediatrician for 25 years. Will completed training in the West Midlands before working for 10 years as a general paediatric consultant in the East Midlands. Here he became lead for undergraduate teaching, College tutor, Regional Advisor, Training Programme Director and finally Head of School. He moved back to the West Midlands in 2015 to pursue his research work and has since been awarded Honorary Reader status at Keele University and an NIHR clinical research scholarship. His research interests include childhood asthma, cough and adherence.

He has been Convenor of PEDSIG (2007-2012), Head of RCPCH Theory Examinations (2012-2016) and Assistant Officer for RCPCH Examinations (2017-present). A prolific author and editor, he is passionate about education and training. He is editor or co-editor of an educational journal (Paediatrics and Child Health) and five current print books, including the award-winning ‘Sunflower book’, the Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics.

Dr Jonathan Darling

Jonathan Darling is Clinical Associate Professor in paediatrics and child health and medical education at the University of Leeds, and Honorary Consultant General Paediatrician at the Leeds Children’s Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary. He is Designated Doctor for safeguarding children for the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group.

He is Director of Student Support for the Leeds School of Medicine and was previously the lead for the Undergraduate Paediatric course, and Head of Year Four of the MBChB. He is convenor for the Paediatric Educators’ Special Interest Group (PEdSIG) of the RCPCH. He has a particular interest in paediatric education, including valuing the voice of the child in assessment. He has been external examiner and reviewer for other UK medical courses. He is co-author of the paediatric textbook, Lecture Notes: Paediatrics, and sub-editor for the MRCPCH Mastercourse.

Dr Michael McKean

Mike has been trained, mentored and worked alongside wonderful colleagues, who have supported his career to this point. After graduating in Manchester his early training in Derby and Nottingham led him to Leicester, where he completed an MD and senior training. He has been a Consultant in Respiratory Paediatrics in Newcastle since 2003 and Clinical Director for Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) since 2013.  

He helped build his respiratory department into a multi-disciplinary group as well as leading local and regional training as TPD and Associate Dean. He overhauled governance for GNCH to embed a quality improvement and learning culture. These efforts have resulted in two ‘outstanding’ CQC assessments. Mike also developed and led the GNC Research Community, as well as the GNCH Foundation – the hospital’s charity. He set up the inaugural Child Health and Wellbeing Network – the first ICS network for the north east and north Cumbria. 

Professor Steve Turner

Steve was born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1969.  He graduated from medical school in Newcastle in 1992.  As a trainee he worked in centres across North East England, New Zealand and Australia.  Since his 2003 consultant appointment in Aberdeen has balanced life as a general paediatrician, a respiratory paediatrician and clinical academic. 

He has been Scottish Officer for RCPCH since 2016. In 2017 he was given the title professor in recognition of his research activities, focussed on asthma.  Since 2018 he has led on a primary care paediatrics project.  He chairs the NHS Grampian consultant sub-committee and is regional clinical lead for child health.  He is currently on the RCPCH nominations committee and has lead roles in RCPCH Paediatrics 2040 and Winter Planning initiatives. His career to date has provided him with a great deal of experience in the essential and desirable parts of the registrar job description.