Professor Dame Lesley Regan
Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Immediate Past President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Professor Dame Lesley Regan was the 30th President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), only the second woman to ever hold this role and the first in 64 years. She is currently Secretary General to the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and co-chairs the Department of Health and Social Care’s Women’s Health Taskforce with health minister Caroline Dinenage MP.
Professor Regan is also Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College London (St Mary’s Hospital), Director of the Women’s Health Research Centre and co-director of the UK’s Baby Bio Bank. She chaired the Department of Surgery & Cancer People and Culture Committee, and led the department to an Athena Swan Silver Award
Dame Lesley established the RCOG’s Centre for Global Women’s Health, enabling the College to use its expertise in education and clinical quality to improve women’s health care around the world in a more strategic way. She secured new funding streams to undertake transformational projects including the Leading Safe Choices programme, which helped to raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania. Professor Regan supports the rights of girls and women across the world to access safe, high-quality healthcare and believes a human rights approach to women’s health care is essential.
In addition, Professor Regan has published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public, and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries. Her main clinical and research interests are in recurrent miscarriage, non-invasive fertility sparing therapies for uterine fibroids and promoting a life course approach to women’s health.
Professor Regan was awarded a DBE for her services to women’s health in the 2020 New Year Honours’ List.