The British Medical Association (BMA) is pleased to announce that Tom Grinyer has been appointed as its next chief executive, joining in July 2019.
Tom is currently the chief executive of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) where over the last four years he has overseen the introduction of the College’s first comprehensive strategy, seen a 10 per cent increase in membership and successfully delivered a wide-ranging governance review.
He joins the BMA with over two decades of experience of working for membership organisations. In 2000, Tom became the head of campaigns for the Public and Commercial Services Union, the union for civil servants, and went on to become their director of communications in 2004. In 2010, Tom moved to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) as director of communications and external affairs. During 2013, he was interim chief executive of the RCP and following this had his substantive role expanded to that of executive director of strategy, communications and policy, leaving in 2015 to join the RCoA as chief executive.
In accepting the post, Tom said: “I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of working for membership bodies. I have a strong background in trade union campaigning and leading medical professional bodies. The BMA represents and supports doctors, and I relish the opportunity to ensure that the BMA continues to represent its members and is a strong, campaigning organisation.”
Chair of the British Medical Association council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “I am truly delighted to welcome Tom Grinyer as our new chief executive. His senior management background with two medical royal colleges and trade union experience make him an ideal candidate. He has considerable achievements in delivering positive transformational change with a strong member focus.
“I would also like to thank Belinda Phipps, who has acted as interim chief executive for the last nine months. She left the BMA on 31 March and Jay Lippincott is providing operational support and oversight until Tom Grinyer takes up his role in July.”
Notes to editors
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