Professor Wendy Burn FRCPsych
Wendy was elected President of the
College in 2017. She holds this role until 2020 and leads the
RCPsych on behalf of its members and associates.
Professor Wendy Burn became a consultant old age psychiatrist in
Leeds in 1990 and now works fulltime in a community post. Her main
clinical interest is dementia.
She has held a regional leadership role in this area from 2011
and was co-clinical Lead for dementia for Yorkshire and the Humber
Strategic Clinical Network between 2013 and 2016.
She also sits on national groups for the planning of dementia
Wendy has been heavily involved in postgraduate training since
starting as a consultant and has held many roles in education,
including setting up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and
becoming the first Head of School.
She was a senior organiser of clinical examinations at the
College, deputy convenor, regional co-ordinator for continuing
professional development and the deputy lead for national
She co-chairs the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project, aimed at
reworking the core training curriculum for psychiatry trainees.
From 2011 to 2016 Wendy was College Dean.
Dr Adrian J B James FRCPsych
Adrian has been Registrar of the College since 2015. In this
role he has overall responsibility for policy, public education,
revalidation and membership engagement. In his role as College
Registrar he is prioritising recruitment and communicating with the
public, media and system leaders to ensure parity of esteem becomes
a reality on the ground.
Adrian is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Langdon Hospital
in Dawlish, Devon. He is a former Medical Director of Devon
Partnership NHS Trust and Founding Chair of the School of
Psychiatry at the Peninsular Deanery (2006-2008).
He was the elected Chair of the South West Division of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists (2007-2011) and sat on the College Council
in this capacity. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Westminster
Parliamentary Liaison Committee of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists (attending the three main Party Conferences 2011-14
in this capacity).
He was Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dementia and
Neurology, working for NHS England South West (2013-2015, interim
from 2012-13). He has also acted as a Reviewer and Clinical Expert
for the Healthcare Commission and its successor organisation the
Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Outside of work, Adrian is a cyclist and occasional pantomime
Dame. He is keen to hear from members about professional concerns
and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Kate Lovett FRCPsych
Kate is the Dean and is the chief
academic officer of the College. She is elected for the period
Dr Kate Lovett studied Medicine at the Universities of St.
Andrews and Manchester. Having been awarded a Distinction in
Psychiatry at finals, Kate trained as a Psychiatrist in the
Northwest obtaining the MRCPsych in 1995. She completed an MSc in
Clinical Psychiatry in 1997 researching the role of ovarian
steroids in postnatal depression. Kate trained both full time and
flexibly completing specialist training in 2001. She has worked for
Devon Partnership Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General
Adult Psychiatry since 2001 as an inpatient and crisis consultant.
She was an Associate Medical Director between 2008 and 2010 and has
been in her current role as a community psychiatrist for the past 5
Kate has a longstanding interest in training and education. She
has been undergraduate Psychiatry lead for Peninsula Medical School
and Training Programme Director for Adult Psychiatry. Kate
completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Education with
Distinction in 2008. She served on the Education, Training and
Standards Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists between
2010 and 2014 and on the South West Division between 2010 and 2016.
Kate was appointed as CASC (Clinical Assessment of Skills and
Competencies) examiner in 2008 and became a lead examiner in 2014.
She was Head of School of Psychiatry for the Peninsula Deanery for
four and a half years until 2016 when she gave up this role having
been elected Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In that
role she has lead work on recruitment and retention in the mental
health workforce and been a driving force behind the #ChoosePsychiatry
campaign. Her drive to develop systems that support compassionate
care and recovery fuels her educational leadership and is
underpinned by values of equity and fairness.
Dr Jan Falkowski TD FRCPsych MBA
Jan is the Treasurer and is the principal financial officer of
the College. He is elected for the period 2016–2021
Dr Jan Falkowski trained at St Georges. He was appointed as a
Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital in 1994. He
has continued to serve a busy inner city catchment area since then.
He has held various senior management positions. He is a Consultant
Psychiatrist in the East London Foundation NHS Trust and an
Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Barts and London Medical School. He
is a Training Programme Director and involved in Undergraduate
Medical Education. He has held a number of roles at the Royal
College including being a Regional Advisor and Fellow on
His interests include medical education, professionalism and
resilience. He has raced powerboats internationally and holds a
number of world records.