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Professor David Croisdale-Appleby

Lay chair

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby was appointed as chair of the RCP Board of Trustees in June 2019.

David has extensive involvement in health and social care policy, and has held and holds a number of ministerial appointments in government departments. David has chaired many organisations in the public and charity sectors, including NHS trusts, the Science Council and the sector skills council Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy.

Currently, David is chair of Dementia UK which provides the Admiral Nurse Service for people with dementia and their carers; the non-executive director lead for medical and clinical education and quality at Health Education England, and chair of the Public Health Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) where he has led the development of a number of national guidelines in both public health and social care. He has worked for many years in the fields of medical education, medical research ethics and in the wider field of learning disability and mental health.

David’s national awards include an OBE in 2009, the Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year in 2016, and the National Charity Governance Award in 2019. An academic polymath, David holds honorary doctorates and visiting and honorary professorships at a number of UK universities in medical education and other fields, and was awarded honorary fellowships from the Academy of Medical Educators where he also a Member of Council, and from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, in which field he was chair of the regulatory organisations for forensic science practitioners. He was elected an academician and fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016.