Planned changes to the membership of the GDC council take effect from today, Friday October 1. Angie Heilmann MBE joins the council as a registrant member, and Lord Toby Harris joins as chair.

The role of the council, as a collective, is to set strategic direction and scrutinise the work of the organisation. Both new members joined the September council meeting as observers and look forward to participating fully in the council meeting on October 20 and 21.

GDC chief executive and registrar, Ian Brack, said, “We welcome our new chair and council member, who both bring valuable skills and experience to the GDC as we continue to focus on delivering our statutory objectives whilst navigating the complexities of regulatory reform.”

Lord Toby Harris said, “I’m looking forward to working with the professions to ensure that our approach to regulation is proportionate and focused on our core purpose of patient safety and public confidence.”

Lord Toby Harris has shared his initial thoughts on taking office as Chair of the GDC.