Our senior management team
Chief Executive and Registrar
Charlie leads our senior management team who are responsible for what we do day-to-day. The Chief Executive is also the Registrar, in which role Charlie has various functions specifically assigned in legislation.
He builds on the key reforms we’ve delivered, including:
- expanded medical education and training role
- language checks for doctors from Europe
- Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Charlie joined us from his Director General role at the Department of Health England. Before that, Charlie was Director for Ageing Society and State Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions.
He has also worked in a variety of roles across government and the wider public sector. During this time Charlie has led:
- improved funding of final salary pension schemes as Executive Director of the Pensions Regulator
- childcare and drugs reviews in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
- work on Royal Mail and the future of the Post Office network at HM Treasury.
Director of Strategy and Policy
Shaun leads our work to understand and respond to developments in the external environment. This includes leading our strategy and policy work, and our data, research and insight capabilities.
Shaun joined the GMC in December 2020, having had over 25 years’ experience in central Government, most recently as Director-General in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs leading its Europe and International work. He also worked as Director, Access to Justice in the Ministry of Justice, and prior to that, over 20 years in the Department of Health and Social Care. He was DHSC’s Director-General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, with responsibility for social care policy, relationships with local government on the health and care agenda, and the set-up of patient champion organisation Healthwatch England.
Before that he held a range of roles in health and care policy, including Director of Policy for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, heading the office of the NHS Chief Executive, and private secretary to the Secretary of State for Health.
Director of Registration and Revalidation
Una leads all aspects of our registration and revalidation work. This includes policy, implementation and operational delivery.
Una joined the Senior Management team in 2010. Before that, she was Assistant Director of Revalidation from 2007 and Head of Policy and Planning in the Fitness to Practise directorate between 2002 and 2007. Before joining us, Una worked at the Legal Services Commission for eight years.
Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards
Colin leads our regulatory duties for all stages of medical education. This includes advising doctors on professional conduct, performance and medical ethics.
Colin joined us in 2017 having previously held senior leadership roles in medical education at Lancaster Medical School, Warwick Medical School, Hull York Medical School, and North Yorkshire East Coast Foundation School.
Colin is also a registered doctor, and previously a consultant in intensive care medicine and Medical Director at Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Services.
In June 2018 Colin was awarded Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and made Honorary Professor in Medical Education at Manchester University.
General Counsel and Director of Fitness to Practise
Anthony leads all our work delivering our statutory function of ensuring doctors are fit to practise. This includes an extensive reform programme and all of our in-house legal services.
Anthony joined as an in-house solicitor in 2003. He went on to become a Principal Legal Adviser and then Assistant Director responsible for our Legal Services team in 2008. During this time he developed and expanded our first full service in-house legal team.
He took on the extra role of Employer Liaison Service Assistant Director in 2011. This led to the successful roll out of the service across the UK.
Anthony became Director of our Fitness to Practise directorate in 2013. And in 2015 he was appointed as our General Counsel. In this role, Anthony acts as senior legal adviser to our Council and the Chief Executive.
Anthony leads our programme of work to enable doctors provide safe care and is the senior management team sponsor for our BME staff network and the Scottish Government.
Before joining us, Anthony worked in public service. He worked for the then Department of Health and Social Security and the Crown Prosecution Service. Anthony is also a solicitor.
Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement
Paul Knight is an honorary Professor of Medicine at Glasgow University. He is currently seconded from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to Social Security Scotland where he has lead the development of the health and social care infrastructure related to eligibility for disability benefits and is currently Chief Medical Adviser.
He has recently stepped down from being Chair of the editorial board of Age and Aging, and of the Atlas of Variation workstream of Realistic Medicine for the Scottish Government.
He was previously the Director of Medical Education and Secondary Care Appraisal Lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Chair of the Scottish Directors of Medical Education, President of the British Geriatrics Society, President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a Non-Executive Board Member of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. He was the Associate Post Graduate Dean for Management Education in the Scotland West Region Deanery.
Director of Resources
Neil joined us as Director of Resources in 2003. Before that Neil worked in the commercial aerospace and defence sectors. He is a chartered management accountant.