Under the College's Royal Charter, Council is formally charged with the management of the College. It approves the College's Strategy, approves the annual budget and the annual accounts, is responsible for reviewing and managing risk and deals with major cross-College projects and activities.


Composition of Council 
The eight Honorary Officers of the College serve on Council, including the President who chairs meetings. Council also comprises five elected representatives of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology, five elected representatives of the Faculty of Clinical Oncology, and two lay members. All but the lay members also serve as trustees of the College as a registered charity. Policy for the two specialties of the College – clinical oncology and clinical radiology – is agreed by the appropriate Faculty Board.

Upcoming Council meetings:

  • 9 July 2021
  • 25 November 2021


  • Dr J Dickson (President)

Ex Officio

  • Dr R Cooper (Medical Director, Education and Training, CO)
  • Dr J Elford (Medical Director, Membership and Business)
  • Dr S Harden (Medical Director, Education and Training, CR)
  • Dr W Ramsden (Vice President, Clinical Radiology)
  • Dr H Tharmalingam (Vice-President, Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr N Thorp (Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr R Uberoi (Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Radiology)

Elected members

  • Dr A Bahl (Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr C Coyle (Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr J Gildersleve (Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr J Holemans (Clinical Radiology)
  • Dr E Loney (Clinical Radiology)
  • Dr J Miller (Clinical Radiology)
  • Dr M Rolles (Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr N Screaton (Clinical Radiology)
  • Dr S Sundar (Clinical Oncology)
  • Dr A Taylor (Clinical Radiology)

Lay members

  • Mr T Jones (Lay member)
  • Ms J Ord (Lay member)

Co-opted members

  • Dr S Hindocha (ORF Co-Chair)
  • Dr F Rathore (JRF Chair)

Overall purpose

The management of the College is vested in Council (Clause 6(1) of the Charter). Each Faculty Board manages the affairs of that Faculty and is responsible for the implementation of policy relating to that Faculty. Council ensures appropriate oversight and reporting from each Faculty Board to ensure that Council can exercise appropriate scrutiny and challenge as necessary. Council is generally not concerned with the professional policies, services and products of the Faculties/specialties but with the operation and strategic direction of the College as an organisation. Council is responsible for the interests of both College Faculties and has three overarching purposes:

(a) To ensure that the College is appropriately and effectively governed in accordance with its constitution, charitable purposes and requirements to provide public benefit as a registered Charity. The Royal College of Radiologists is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity registration number 211540) and as such is governed by trustees;

(b) To ensure that there is the necessary challenge to and scrutiny of the College’s business; and

(c) To ensure that the College embraces innovation consistent with proper governance and management of its affairs.

Terms of Reference 


1. Consider, approve and periodically review arrangements for the effective governance of the College, including but not limited to, board and committee structures, reporting and accountability arrangements, a scheme of delegation, financial and resource management (including annual budget approval), risk management, policies and procedures in respect of registering and declaring interests, investment, reserves sponsorship, expenses and equality and diversity. Council, as a whole, and as individual trustees take collective responsibility for its decisions.

2. Consider, approve and monitor the implementation and impact of a Strategy for the College and ensure that it is delivered throughout the College’s structures and functions.

3. Co-ordinate and as necessary determine matters that impact upon both Faculties of College and put in place arrangements to ensure that the requirements of both Faculties are appropriately taken into account.

4. If required, exceptionally, to call in any matter from a subsidiary body for determination by Council in the interests of good governance or minimising risk or if a subsidiary body has failed to discharge its functions fully or appropriately.

Challenge and scrutiny

5. Put in place and periodically review arrangements to ensure that there is the appropriate challenge to the work of the College as an organisation through a panel of independent advisers including, but not limited to, the development of new initiatives or projects, financial and investment management, governance and oversight.

6. Ensure that the College and Council is sufficiently informed by and can draw on the skills and experience necessary to ensure the College is and remains an effective organisation.


7. Put in place and periodically review arrangements to ensure that there is appropriate innovation within the work of the College.

8. Ensure that the College and Council are sufficiently informed/advised by drawing on appropriate skills and experience to become and continue as an innovative organisation.


9. Regulation 19 governs the membership and chairing of Council.


10. Council will meet not more than three times per year on dates to be agreed unless exceptionally required to transact urgent business.

11. Meetings may be held by virtual means/remote attendance.

12. Council 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 Council members.

13. Council members will not speak on or behalf of the College unless authorised to do so.

14. Council members will abide by any stated or implied confidentiality that attaches to the work of Council during or after any period of membership.

15. Council members will comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation as regards processing (as defined in the Regulation) of any personal data where it is made available to them as part of their work.


Approved by Council March 2020

6 Nov 2020PDF - 134.1 KB
3 July 2020PDF - 130.37 KB
6 March 2020PDF - 143.95 KB
6 Nov 2019PDF - 168.81 KB
12 July 2019PDF - 124.46 KB
12 April 2019PDF - 102.84 KB
15 March 2019PDF - 208.62 KB
9 November 2018PDF - 33.45 KB
13 July 2018PDF - 103.76 KB
16 March 2018PDF - 104.95 KB
24 November 2017PDF - 33.85 KB