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Medical Director to retire

Medical Director to retire

Medical Director to retire

Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Stewart Irvine has announced that he will retire as of 31 March 2022.

Chief Executive Karen Reid said:

"It is with much sadness that I write to let you know that Stewart has announced he will retire in a year's time. Stewart has had an illustrious career, contributing at a national, UK and international level to medicine and medical education, ensuring that doctors access the highest standard of education and training.  Stewart has also made a significant contribution to NES over a number of years. As well as leading the Medical Directorate with distinction, Stewart has until very recently been an inspirational leader for the whole of NES, guiding the organisation through many months of the pandemic.
"While Stewart's departure is some way off, I'm grateful to him for the advance notice. This enables us to conduct a thorough recruitment exercise to find an able successor for this demanding role."


Stewart added:

"Practicing medicine is a privilege, but one which defines who we are and what we value. I have been extremely fortunate and am very grateful for the many opportunities I have had throughout my professional career – in clinical practice, in academic medicine and in education and training.
"By 2022, it will be 40 years since I graduated from medical school, 30 years since I was first appointed as a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, 18 years since I joined NES as an associate postgraduate dean, and 10 years since I was appointed as medical director. It has been an immense pleasure to work for NES – and alongside so many talented and committed professionals whether in NES or in the many partner organisations with whom we work – I am grateful to them all. But the time has come for me to step aside, and hand on the torch."

April, 06 2021