There are five vacancies on the medical advisory council this year. We are delighted therefore to have seven candidates standing and links to their biographies can be found below.

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Qualified 1987, University of Glasgow (MBchB).  Worked as a General Practitioner until 2012.  Proved equivalence with the GMC in 2014 and was appointed Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Health for Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in December 2014.

Recognised by the GMC as an educator.  Lectures regularly locally, nationally and internationally:

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Liverpool
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Co-author undergraduate text book – Lectures in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health published by Springer.

Co-editor of 4 published text books:

  • Contraception, a case book from menarche to menopause
  • Managing the menopause, 21st Century Solutions
  • Ultrasound in Reproductive Practice
  • Questions and Answers for the MFSRH

Established an ultrasound theory course in collaboration with the University of Liverpool.

Guardian of the Ultrasound SSM FSRH

Established a revision course for MFSRH


  • Regular C5 delivered from the Trust

Educational/Clinical Supervisor

Current research

  • Chief investigator (UK) for Donesta Study – menopause (closed)
  • Chief investigator Levosert Pass (observational study)
  • Principal investigator Sayana Press Self Administration Study

Proposed research – Asarina (PMS)

Published research Chief investigator (UK)

  • Comparison of Jaydess and Nexplanon
  • Content – acceptability of Qlaira in comparison to a desogestrel only POP

Regularly invited to take part in advisory boards

Frequently attends local, national and international meetings

Established a series of seminars for GPs in gynaecology/sexual health in collaboration with University of Liverpool.


Consultant Gynaecologist, University College London Hospitals 

As a current member of the Medical Advisory Council, I contribute to the society as a regular attender, speaker and supporter of the BMS.

I was a member of the NICE guideline committee producing “Menopause: diagnosis and management” (November 2015) and co-Chair of the ESHRE guideline group producing guidelines on “Premature Ovarian Insufficiency” (March 2016).

Last year I took the Chair of the Clinical Studies Group on Post-Reproductive Health. I submitted two research proposals for national funding; both were prioritised by NIHR, awaiting final decision. I attend the national CSG Chairs’ group regularly to raise the profile of our specialism. I encourage and support colleagues and trainees in research and publications.

Locally, I lead the Menopause service at UCLH, with a particular interest in premature ovarian insufficiency. This includes dedicated clinics for oncology, Turner syndrome, and puberty induction (jointly with paediatrics).

I am a trainer for the BMS/FSRH Menopause certification, and regional preceptor as well as trainer for the BMS/RCOG ATSM. I lecture locally (e.g. GP study day June 2018) and nationally (e.g. annual meeting of the Medical Women’s Federation May 2018) and often handle media enquiries.


I trained at Southampton University and King’s College Hospital, London. I am a Consultant Gynaecologist and Urogynaecologist, Poole Hospital, Dorset and run one of the few specialist menopause clinics in the south of England outside London.  I am the regional Faculty trainer for menopause certification and the lead for the RCOG ATSM on Menopause.

As a Past President and founding Trustee of the BMS I have been actively involved with the BMS from its beginning. I am an Editorial Board member of Post Reproductive Health. I am also a Board Member of the International Menopause Society and associate editor of Climacteric.

As well as a long clinical experience in the management of the menopause I have many years experience of working within specialist societies and the RCOG, having also been past secretary of the British Society of Urogynaecology and Chairman of the RCOG Patient Safety Committee. I am currently the RCOG lead for Patient Safety.

I qualified from UCL in 1999, completing GP training in 2005, and now work solely as a GPwSI in Women’s Health covering both Primary and Secondary Care. My time is split between a large GP practice in Marlow and the John Radcliffe Hospital.

I have been the clinical lead for our community based contraception service for the last 8 years and have also worked in a level 2 Sexual Health Service and a Breast Unit. I also hold the DRCOG, DFSRH, BASHH Intermediate level competency and have been a Faculty Registered Trainer.

I completed my practical training for the Advanced Certificate in Menopause Management at Northwick Park Hospital and since January 2017 have been working at the menopause clinic in Oxford where I also do weekly general gynaecology and urogynaecology clinics.

I am passionate about improving healthcare for women and feel that my background in various areas of women’s health puts me in a strong position to do so. I am keen to strengthen the links between primary care and specialist services through education and support of GPs and nurses and provide much needed high quality menopause care.

Mary Ann Lumsden is Professor of Gynaecology and Medical Education and Clinical lead of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. She is also an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK where she has been in post for 25 years. She was Chairman of BMS between 2009-2011.

Her additional responsibilities include the following:

  • Senior Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with responsibility for Strategy.
  • Immediate Past President of the International Menopause Society (June 2018-May 2020).
  • She was Vice Chair of the Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group to the Medicine and Hormones Regulatory Authority (2012-2018).
  • She runs a weekly Menopause Clinic in Glasgow with a large patient load and trains for the Menopause ATSM of the RCOG with 2 successful trainees over the last 2 years and 1 due to commence in August 2018.

She has always been interested in evidence-based medicine and have considerable experience of Guideline Development and was Chair of the Guidelines Development Group for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline ‘Menopause: Investigation and Management’ that published in (2015 and was a Topic Expert on the recent rapid update of the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) Guideline the use of SPRMs in HMB due to uterine fibroids .

Her current research interests include: menopause and hormone replacement therapy, menstrual disorders and surgical treatments, and mechanisms of hot flushing. Professor Lumsden has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals such as the BMJ, Maturitas and Climacteric with over 120 peer reviewed publications and 30 + invited reviews.

Consultant Breast Surgeon, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
BSc (Hons) Physiology, University of London
MBBS, London Hospital Medical College
FRCS London (General Surgery)
MD Thesis, University of London

Knowledge of breast conditions is important for optimising post menopausal care.  More than ever, there is a need to promote integrated education across primary and secondary care given national menopause guidance requiring health professionals with an interest in menopause to counsel women about issues related to breast  health (benign and malignant).

I am seeking re-election to the BMS medical advisory council as it is uniquely placed to offer this and I have relevant cross-speciality interest, which developed whilst conducting my MD thesis into the use of HRT in symptomatic breast cancer survivors, continued with my being a principal investigator of the UK national randomised trial of HRT in women with early stage disease and planning survivorship pathways for women with breast cancer.

I continue to publish and lecture extensively on breast issues associated with menopause management and am on the editorial boards of Climacteric and Post Reproductive Health.  I aim to continue promoting practical, multi-disciplinary approaches for collaboration between breast, gynae-endocrine specialities and primary care.


01/06/2003 –          Part-time GP at Shirley Medical Practice, Solihull, West Midlands
01/03/2009 –          Author for RCGP’s e-learning for Healthcare modules
01/09/2009 –          Author for RCGP’s Essential Knowledge Updates
01/09/2009 –          Reviewer for
01/03/2012 –          Reviewer for Innovait journal (RCGP journal for GP trainees)
01/05/2013 –          Consultant Editor for Women’s Health, British Journal of Family Medicine
01/01/2016 –          Director for Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (
01/07/2016 –          I run a private Menopause Clinic at Spire Hospital, Solihull
01/01/2017 –          Menopause advisor for West Midlands Police


Panay N, Newson LR. Managing common problems in the menopause. Innovait (in press)
Co-author for the book “Menopause: the change for the better” Bloomsbury (2018)
Newson LR, Mair R. Results from the BJFM menopause survey. BJFM. Feb 2018 12-22
Newson LR, Lewis R. Premature ovarian insufficiency: why is it not being diagnosed enough in primary care? Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (667): 83
Newson LR. Menopause and cardiovascular disease. Post Repro Health 2018; 1-6
Newson LR. Menopause: Dispelling the myths surrounding HRT. Geriatric Medicine. 2017. Dec 17-19
Newson LR. Endometriosis: Ten tips for management of endometriosis in primary care. BJFM. Nov 2017
Newson LR, Gray S. Practice observed. Post Reprod Health 2017 Sep;23(3):146-148
Newson LR. Annual BMS conference moves menopause debate forward. BJFM. July 2017
Newson LR. My personal experience of the menopause. Br J Gen Pract 2017;67(656):125
Newson LR. Practical implementation tips: vaginal dryness and GSM. Guidelines in Practice. Jan 2017
Newson LR. New Year’s Resolution: time to stop denying the benefits of using HRT. BJFM. Jan 2017
Newson LR. Menopause in younger women, Menopause and work, Menopause and Making the Most of your Menopause. Patient information booklets (2017)


  • I have given numerous local and national lectures to GPs and primary care nurses on menopause and HRT.
  • I have developed the website which has been awarded a HoN (Health on the Net) code.
  • I am involved in media work about the menopause; I have given interviews for BBC and ITV News and have been on ITV, ITN Channel 5 and ITV Lorraine. I have been interviewed for Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio London with Vanessa Feltz and BBC 5 Live and various BBC stations.