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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) - Professor Anne Harriss
  • The Immediate Past President - Dr Will Ponsonby
  • The President Elect - Dr Jayne Moore
  • The Honorary Secretary - Dr Rae Chang
  • The Honorary Treasurer - Dr Sheetal Chavda
  • The Chair of the SOM Council - Dr Victoria Mason
  • 3 other Trustees - Professor Neil Greenberg, Richard Sheret, and Shaun Davis

The Board has established a Diversity and Inclusion group, reporting to the Board. The Chair of the group is Dr Sheetal Chavda. The Deputy Chair is Emma Persand. Minutes of the meetings will be posted here.


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:

In 2020, SOM produced a Strategic paper on the 'Scale up of OH' services. In 2019 SOM hosted two summit meetings for OH - one on the workforce and another on the OH team and model of working.

A report on the mental health of nurses and midwives was launched in 2020, following a report on the mental health of doctors in 2018. 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. A position paper on remote working will be launched in 2020.

Recent Past Presidents

  • Dr R Cordell - 2015/6
  • Dr S Coomber - 2016/7
  • Dr P Williams - 2017/8
  • Dr D McLoughlin - 2018/9
  • Dr W Ponsonby - 2019/20

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force