Faculty Board of Clinical Oncology

The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Oncology (CO) manages the affairs of the Faculty and is responsible for implementation of policy, as determined by the RCR Council, where it relates to the CO Faculty.


The Board comprises the Vice-President for Clinical Oncology (CO), Medical Director for Education and Training, CO, Medical Director for Professional Practice, CO, RCR President and RCR Medical Director for Membership and Business ex officio, eight elected members and not more than four co-opted members. The elected members are elected by members and Fellows on the electoral roll of the appropriate Faculty. They are elected for a fixed term of three years and must be members of the College.

Meetings in 2023

  • Thursday 19 January, 10.00am - 12.00pm (online)
  • Thursday 27 April, 10am - 12.00pm (online)
  • Thursday 21 September, 10.00am - 1.00pm (in person)

If you have any queries regarding the Board of the Faculty, please write to the Vice President, Clinical Oncology, Dr Tom Roques, via the Clinical Oncology Executive Officer at The Royal College of Radiologists.


  • Dr T Roques (Vice President, Clinical Oncology)

Ex Officio

  • Dr R Cooper (Medical Director, Education and Training, CO)
  • Dr J Elford (Medical Director, Membership and Business)
  • Dr K Halliday (President)
  • Dr N Thorp (Medical Director, Professional Practice, CO)

Elected members

  • Dr D Abdulwahid
  • Dr C Brammer
  • Dr P Gkogkou
  • Dr P Lewis
  • Dr C May
  • Dr C Scrase
  • Dr M Sen
  • Dr G Walls

Lay members

  • Mr Jones

Co-opted members

  • Dr H McCarty (Standing Northern Ireland Committee)
  • Dr O Nicholas (Standing Welsh Committee)
  • Dr F Yuille (Standing Scottish Committee)


  • Dr C Archer (Chair, Joint Specialty Committee for Medical Oncology, Royal College of Physicians)
  • Mr R McGhee (Society and College of Radiographers)
  • Dr Mott (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine)

Appointed Members

  • Dr T Charlton (ORF Co-chair)
  • Professor A Choudhury (Chair, CO Academic Committee)
  • Dr T Ajith Kumar (Editor, Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr A Taylor (Chair, CO Learning Committee)

The Faculty Board manages the affairs of the Faculty and is responsible to Council for agreeing and implementing policy relating to the Faculty. This extends to all four UK nations. The Faculty Board has three overarching purposes:

  1. To consider and approve a plan to ensure that the College’s Strategy (as approved by Council from time to time) is realised and implemented across the work of the Faculty and that policies for the Faculty are developed approved and reviewed as required;
  2. To establish and review periodically the work of subsidiary bodies to plan and discharge the work of the Faculty ensuring that each such body has a programme of work that aligns with and fulfils the agreed plan;
  3. To seek input and advice from the independent advisers to Council in respect of major projects or developments.


Terms of Reference

Faculty Plan and policies

  1. Consider and approve a plan for the Faculty that realises the College Strategy as regards all functions and activities of the Faculty.
  2. Ensure that the plan is delivered through subsidiary bodies and is reviewed as required by Council.
  3. Develop and approve policy for the Faculty/specialty and commission subsidiary bodies to undertake specific pieces of work to fulfil and implement agreed policy.
  4. Ensure that there is appropriate engagement in the development of and communication of the plan and its delivery.
  5. Ensure that there is full and appropriate engagement of the Faculty more widely and other RCR bodies and external groups in the development of policy and that views expressed are fully taken into account in making policy decisions
  6. Where a policy or matter has implications for the other Faculty, ensure that that Faculty is appropriately consulted or involved and the resultant outcome is co-ordinated and consistent across the Faculties taking account of any directions in this regard issued by Council.
  7. Where proposals or initiatives discussed by the Board would incur expenditure or future financial commitment by the College which is not within the approved budget, refer the proposal or initiative for financial appraisal and consideration under the out-of-budget expenditure procedure as agreed from time to time by Council.     
  8. If required exceptionally, to call in any matter from a subsidiary body for determination.

Subsidiary bodies

  1. Establish such subsidiary bodies as are required and that can be resourced to enable the work of the Faculty and its plan to be effectively discharged, ensuring that each such body has a clear purpose and terms of reference, that programmes of work are appropriate, agreed, delivered and reported on.
  2. Periodically review the purpose and remit of each subsidiary body.
  3. Ensure that each subsidiary body refers any proposals or initiatives that it discusses that  would incur expenditure or future financial commitment by the College not within the approved budget, for financial appraisal and consideration under the out-of-budget expenditure procedure as agreed from time to time by Council.     

New developments

  1. For any major developments or projects planned by the Faculty, seek advice and input from the advisers to Council as appropriate or as directed by Council.
  2. Where the advisers or Council so require, submit progress reports on or the outcomes of new developments or projects for review by the advisers.


  1. Regulation 20 governs the membership and chairing of the Faculty Board.


  1. The Faculty Board will meet not more than three times per year on dates to be agreed unless exceptionally required to transact urgent business.
  2. Meetings may be held by virtual means/remote attendance.
  3. Faculty Board members may be called upon to consider or determine matters electronically between meetings and are expected to contribute to such considerations or decisions as part of their duties as Faculty Board members.
  4. Faculty Board members will not speak on or behalf of the College unless authorised to do so.
  5. Faculty Board members will abide by any stated or implied confidentiality that attaches to the work of the Faculty Board during or after any period of membership.
  6. Faculty Board members will comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 as regards processing (as defined in the Act) of any personal data where it is made available to them as part of their work.

Last updated: September 2021

The minutes of meetings held over the last year are available to members and Fellows of the College. If you would like to see the minutes of earlier meetings please contact the Clinical Oncology Executive Officer.