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College of Medicine team

Dr Michael Dixon: Chairman

Dr Michael Dixon LVO, OBE, MA, FRCGP
Michael is a Devon GP and has held numerous national leadership roles including:- The first Chair of NHS Alliance (1998-2016), President of NHS Clinical Commissioners and as a leader within the GP/clinical commissioning movement.3 He is currently Chair of the College of Medicine, Clinical Champion for Social Prescription (NHS England), Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Social Prescribing Network, Chair of The Institute for Social Prescription and Medical Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is Visiting Professor at University College London and at the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Fellow Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School Exeter). More about his work here.

Amanda King: Chief Officer

Amanda manages the day to day running of the College of Medicine, with a particular focus on membership engagement, communications, events, conferences and our educational courses like the very popular Foundation Courses in Integrated Healthcare.

She spent most of her career until 2011 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as Membership Manager then latterly as Local Practice Forum Manager and a management role in their annual conference organising team as well as roles in PR and Education.

Amanda has a wealth of experience from running events, project management to delivering change in organisations.

AJ Yates

AJ is the College of Medicine’s senior admin officer, helping to support the chief officer in the day to day

running of the College. He is keen to support the aims of the College having been interested in all aspects of healthcare since joining St John Ambulance as a child – he was a volunteer at his local unit for over forty years.

AJ’s interest has broadened in recent years: he has a degree in herbal medicine from Middlesex University (which reflects a belief in the beneficial effects of patient-centred complementary medicine), a masters in medical anthropology from Brunel University (which reflects an interest in social and cultural aspects of health and illness), and has completed a PhD at The University of Westminster which used patient narratives to investigate women’s experiences of distress and their experience of using western herbal practice for distress.

AJ has previously been a member of the College of Medicine’s student strategy group, and is now a mentor for the next generation of health and social care students.