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The Council and Board

The SOM Council

The Council is the representative forum to influence and debate the issues affecting the occupational health and medicine profession. Members are:

  • SOM Regional Group Chairs
  • The SOM Education Lead - Dr Kaveh Asanati
  • The Occupational Medicine Journal Editor - Dr Steve Nimmo
  • SOM members of the Board - as per below
  • Chief Executive - Nick Pahl

The SOM Board

The Board is made up of members as authorised by the Constitution, who are trustees of the Charity. Members are:

  • The President (Chair) - Dr Will Ponsonby
  • The Immediate Past President - Air Commodore David McLoughlin
  • The President Elect - Professor Anne Harriss
  • The Honorary Secretary - Dr Tony Mawson
  • The Honorary Treasurer - Dr Sheetal Chavda
  • The Chair of the SOM Council - Dr Richard Taylor
  • 3 other Trustees - Charles Alberts, Richard Sheret, and Shaun Davis


SOM is a leading voice on occupational health and wellbeing of people at work in the UK and around the world. SOM develops policy positions on occupational health and wellbeing in the workplace, consulting with members in the process. We also regularly meet and write to ministers and pose parliamentary questions. Governments and other bodies also regularly consult SOM on policy issues relating to occupational health. Examples of policy responses are here:

We often work with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine on these responses.

SOM also works with a range of international networks and partners including the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (see, ICOH and the World Health Organization.