Who we are

Executive Medical Director, Dr Gerrard Phillips

Dr Gerrard Phillips has been a Consultant Physician and Respiratory Physician for more than 20 years. He took up his consultant post at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, in 1994 and still works there full time in both his specialties. He has held a number of leadership roles locally in Dorset, including Associate Medical Director and lung cancer site specific group chair. 

From 2014-2017 Gerrard was the Royal College of Physicians, London Vice President for Education and Training. During this time he contributed to national policy work on “Shape of Training” and initiated and implemented the chief registrar programme. He has previously held the position of London college senior PACES examiner and oversaw the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine and the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He was also Medical Director for CPD and Revalidation, and contributed to the Pearson review of revalidation for the GMC.

Medical Director for Assessment, Dr Ken Dagg

Dr Ken Dagg completed his MBChB at the University of Glasgow in 1988 and twent on to undertake training in general medicine and respiratory medicine in the West of Scotland. He completed an MD at the University of Glasgow in 2003 following two years as a British Lung Foundation research fellow.

Ken was appointed as a consultant in respiratory medicine at University Hospital Wishaw in 2001. He was Director of Medical Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2009-2013 before taking up appointment as MRCP(UK) Associate Medical Director for Clinical Examinations and most recently Medical Director for Assessment.

International Medical Director for Assessment, Dr Donald Farquhar

Dr Donald Farquhar was a consultant at St John’s Hospital from 1990-2015 and was Clinical Director for all Medicine services there for 10 years. He was responsible for Stroke services in the hospital and also provided the regional Osteoporosis service for a population of 200000. 

He was International Assistant Dean at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 2012-2015. He has been an MRCP(UK) examiner for over 20 years, examining over 2000 PACES candidates and has worked in most international PACES centres. 

Donald has been involved in examination teaching courses in Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, Myanmar and Hong Kong and has been an external examiner for the Singapore MMed, Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, Sri Lanka MMed and the Libya Medical Board.

Associate Medical Director for Clinical Exams, Dr Stuart Hood

Dr Stuart Hood has been a Consultant Cardiologist at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde since 2000. He has been an examiner for MRCP(UK) for 15 years and was a member of the Cardiology Specialty Question Group from 2007-2012. He served as Director of Medical Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2012-2016 and was then appointed Medical Secretary of the Clinical Examining Board in 2016 before taking the role of Associate Medical Director.

He has been a member of the PACES 2020 Implementation Group and is currently chairing the PACES 2020 Training and Communication workstream.

Associate Medical Director for Written Exams, Dr Derek Waller

Dr Derek Waller is a Consultant Cardiovascular Physician at Southampton General Hospital and is a senior clinical adviser for the British National Formulary. He has held the post of Deputy Medical Director of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as well as being a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Southampton.  

He plays a key role in leading and overseeing the question writing and examination construction processes, to ensure that the standard of written examinations meet the regulatory requirements set out by the General Medical Council.