The Distinguished Speaker Series: Professor Dame Sally Davies


A joint event of Trinity Business and City Association, Trinity Medics’ Association, and Trinity Women’s Network.

An impartial voice of guidance in the world of medicine

Few positions are as exposed to unforgiving scrutiny from three different constituencies as that of the Chief Medical Officer.

Working in conjunction with a medical profession known for diversity of opinions, the Chief Medical Officer must deliver clear advice to the public on contentious issues, irrespective of a lack of unanimity of view.

The second constituency, the public, do not like being lectured on lifestyle, and messages must be delivered with tact and yet lack of ambiguity.

The third constituency is the government; as the Chief Medical Officer has no formal role in the NHS hierarchy they must work through influence rather than overt power.

The person who has been carrying out this challenging task is Dame Sally Davies. A haematologist by training, Dame Sally became a consultant and then Professor. She was then asked to help organise the NHS’s management of research, became Director General of Research and created the National Institute for Health Research. In 2010, Dame Sally became Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK Government’s Chief Medical Advisor. During her tenure the role of Chief Medical Officer has grown substantially in profile and influence.

This evening, in conversation Dame Sally will discuss how she has dealt with the challenges of the role, and her experiences in the medical world.

The conversation will be followed by a drinks reception. You are warmly invited to join us.

Please note: this event has a very limited capacity. It is anticipated that alumni will have many more opportunities to meet with Dame Sally over the coming years in her future role with the College.


6:45 pm


7:00 pm


8:00 pm

Drinks Reception

9:00 pm




30 Holborn,

Nearest underground : Chancery Lane Station