New RCPCH Treasurer appointed for January 2024 start

RCPCH is pleased to announce that Dr Alison Steele has been appointed as Treasurer to take office on 24 January 2024 when Dr Liz Marder demits on 23 of that month.
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Introducing our new Treasurer, Dr Alison Steele

Alison Steele is a Consultant General Paediatrician, specialising in Safeguarding Children. Following qualification from Southampton University she trained in the North East of England and has spent most of her professional career as a Consultant also in the North East, firstly in Gateshead and then in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has variously held posts as Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children and for Looked After Children and is a qualified Forensic Medical Examiner. Alison moved to London in 2016 and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the Tavistock Hospital and is currently working part time for a private hospital in London as a Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children.  

Alison was the RCPCH Officer for Child Protection for 5 years between 2018 and 2023. She is also currently working with the Department for Education providing health input on the social care reforms and to the rewrite of the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.  

On taking up the role, Dr Alison Steele said:  

I’m delighted to be taking on the important role of Treasurer of the RCPCH. The College has been a large part of my professional career, and I am privileged to have been given this opportunity to serve members, to ensure that the College is financially sustainable for the future and is in the best place possible to deliver for its members and children and young people. There has never been a more crucial time in healthcare to advocate for our members and the children and young people that they care for, and I am confident that the RCPCH will continue to lead the way in delivering meaningful impact and change for our profession and for children and young people’s health.

I look forward to working alongside members to deliver our shared objectives as we approach developing the next College strategy.

Our outgoing Treasurer, Dr Liz Marder said:

It has been a real privilege to serve as College Treasurer over the last five years and I want to thank all the other officers, volunteers and staff who I have worked with who have made it such a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The RCPCH is a wonderful place to build professional relationships and to collaborate with and learn from colleagues in our shared mission of supporting paediatricians and improving child health.

would encourage all members to look for opportunities to get involved in the College’s activities. I wish Alison all the best as she takes up the reins.

Chair of Trustees, Joanne Shaw said:

I firstly want to thank Liz for the enormous contribution she has made during her time as Treasurer and wish her all the best for the future. Liz has made an exceptional impact across the College, including as a Trustee and in her leadership of our climate initiative.

We are now delighted to welcome Alison as her successor, joining a strong Officer Group and Board of Trustees. I am always so impressed by the commitment shown by our members who give their time and expertise representing their colleagues in College roles. It is an act of duty which is essential to our mission and, I hope is also genuinely rewarding. I look forward to working with Alison, who I am sure will bring passion and vigour in the years ahead as we continue to make meaningful impact for paediatricians and children and young people’s health.