What makes the RMBF so effective is that the majority of our Board and our volunteers come from a medical background. This means that as an organisation we understand the unique pressures facing doctors on a day to day basis.
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund is delighted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been our Patron for more than sixty-five years.
President: Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins
Baroness Hollins is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health, University of Durham.
Sheila has worked as a consultant psychiatrist, teacher, researcher and policymaker in intellectual disability and health. As an Independent Member of the House of Lords, she speaks on mental health, disability issues and adverse childhood experiences.
Baroness Hollins has been President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, President and Chair of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association. She is currently President of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in the U.K.
Chair: Professor Michael Farthing
Michael Farthing is Honorary Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Medical School, University College London. His previous posts include Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Principal of St George’s, University of London. He graduated from the University College Hospital Medical School and undertook post-graduate training in Cambridge and London and post-doctoral research in Boston, USA.
He is an editorial board member of several international gastroenterology journals and has taken an active interest in research and publication integrity and misconduct in biomedical research. He was founding chairman of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) between 1998 and 2003 and is a member of The General Medical Council’s governing board.
His other interests include medical history and the creative and performing arts.
Chief Executive: Steve Crone
Steve Crone was appointed Chief Executive of the RMBF in 2011. Steve is an experienced CEO and has worked in the health charity sector for over 30 years including senior roles at the charities QUIT, College of Health, Asthma UK and Counsel and Care.
Steve is a Director of DocHealth, the confidential psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors, which is supported jointly by the BMA and the RMBF. He was formerly Chairman of the European Network of Quitlines and a member of the European Commission’s Help Campaign Advisory Board.
Trustee & Chair of Grants and Awards Committee: Simon Dinnick
Simon Dinnick has been a solicitor for over 30 years, having previously trained in business management with Unilever. He is currently in-house General Counsel with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS).
Throughout his career he has represented members of all three medical defence organisations. He brings lengthy experience of helping doctors who encounter professional difficulty, and of helping to lead a major law firm specialising in this area. He also has considerable experience of governance and goalsetting as well as an appreciation of the wider field of healthcare and its national framework.
He is married with two grown-up children living in London, and is a dedicated Harlequins rugby supporter.