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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College Officers

Professor Sir Simon Wessely FRCPsych  

   Dr Adrian J B James FRCPsych
Professor Sir Simon Wessely   Dr Adrian J B James

Simon is the College President. Elected in 2014 he holds this role until 2017 and leads the RCPsych on behalf of its Members and Associates.


Adrian has been Registrar of the College since 2015.  He has responsibility for policy, public education, revalidation and membership engagement. 

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Dr Wendy Burn FRCPsych


Professor Nick Craddock FRCPsych

Dr Wendy Burn, Dean, RCPsych   Professor Nick Craddock, Treasurer

Wendy is the Dean and is the chief academic officer of the College. She is elected for the period 2011 – 2016


Nick is the Treasurer and is the principal financial officer of the College. He is elected for the period 2011 – 2016

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely MA BM BCh MSc MD FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci FKC

Simon Wessely is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London. He is a clinical liaison psychiatrist, with a particular interest in unexplained symptoms and syndromes. As Vice Dean he has overall responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry training, and is particularly committed to sharing his enthusiasm for clinical psychiatry with medical students. He also remains research active, continuing to publish on many areas of psychiatry, psychological treatments, epidemiology and military health.


Born and educated in Sheffield, he studied medical sciences and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and then finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London’s Maudsley Hospital  to train in psychiatry, where he also obtained a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. His doctoral thesis was on crime and schizophrenia. Professor Wessely has been a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital since 1991, where he set up the first NHS service for sufferers from chronic fatigue syndrome.


He became Director of the Chronic Fatigue Research Unit at King’s in 1994 and of the Gulf War Illness Research Unit in 1996, which then became the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, a unique collaboration between the IoP and the KCL Department of War Studies, in 2003. Its flagship project, a large-scale ongoing study of the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces, has had a direct impact on public policy and on forms of treatment and help for Service personnel. He is Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army in which capacity he has visited services in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a trustee of Combat Stress, the principal UK charity for veterans with mental health problems, and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) seven times to Paris to raise funds for service personnel in need.


He established the first clinical trials unit in this country dedicated to mental health, and is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2012 he was awarded the first Nature “John Maddox Prize” for Standing Up for Science, and was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.  In 2014 he was elected as the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Professor Wessely has over 750 original publications, with a particular emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, military health, population reactions to adversity, epidemiology, history and other fields.  He has co authored a text book on chronic fatigue syndrome, a history of military psychiatry and a book on randomised controlled trials, although none are best sellers.  He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals as well as writing columns for many national newspapers.

Dr Adrian J B James MB BS FRCPsych MSc

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 panto Dame. He is keen to hear from members about professional concerns and can be contacted on

Dr Wendy Burn FRCPsych

Wendy Burn became a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in West Yorkshire in 1990 and currently works fulltime in a community post.

Her service is responsible for a large number of patients with dementia at all stages of the illness as well as elderly people with a range of psychiatric problems. She has worked closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and is a Clinical Lead for Dementia in the Yorkshire Strategic Clinical Network. In this role she is involved in a number of projects to improve the standard of care for people with dementia.    

She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in Education including College Tutor, Training Programme Director, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, Chair of Specialty Training committee and Associate Medical Director for Doctors in Training. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School.

On behalf of the College she has been an Examiner, a Senior Organiser of clinical examinations, a Deputy Convenor, Regional Coordinator for CPD and the Deputy Lead for National Recruitment.  She became College Dean in 2011.


Professor Nick Craddock FRCPsych

Nick is Professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology at Cardiff University.  His research group uses clinical and molecular genetic investigations to better understand the causes and triggers of bipolar spectrum mood disorders and psychosis.  Nick heads the Cardiff University Psychiatry Service and his clinical interests lie in the diagnosis and management of bipolar spectrum disorders.


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