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Professor Dame Lesley Regan elected as an Honorary Fellow at Girton College

L-R: Life Fellow, Dr Dorothy Thompson; The Mistress, Dr Elisabeth Kendall; Honorary Fellow, Professor Dame Lesley Regan; Praelector and Fellow, Dr Seb Falk; Vice-Mistress, Dr Hilary Marlow

It is with great pleasure that we announce the election of Professor Dame Lesley Regan, who is a leading expert on women's health, as an Honorary Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge.

"Dame Lesley Regan is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College's St Mary's Hospital Campus, and Honorary Consultant in Gynaecology at the Imperial College NHS Trust. She is also PI of the Recurrent Miscarriage Tissue Bank, co-director of the UK Pregnancy Baby Bio Bank and she chairs the Department of Metabolism, Digestion & Reproduction People and Culture Committee (Athena SWAN). 

In 2022, the UK government appointed Dame Lesley as the first ever Women's Health Ambassador for England. She is Honorary Secretary of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and Past President (2016-2019)of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, only the second woman to ever hold this role and the first in sixty-four years. She is also Chair of CHARM - the Charity for Research into Miscarriage and Chair of Wellbeing of Women (WoW), the women's health research charity."

  • Read more on Dame Lesley here.

Unfortunately, our much-anticipated 'in conversation' with Dame Lesley was thwarted by the national train strikes. Therefore the official ceremony of admission on 30 January 2024 was preceded by a shortened and improvised conversation and Q&A with the Mistress of Girton College, Dr Elisabeth Kendall, attended by students and Fellows.

You can watch the brief 'in conversation' and Q&A below:


During the ceremony, members of Girton College Chapel Choir gave a magnificent performance of Lift Thine Eyes by Felix Mendelssohn. The Mistress invited Dame Lesley to make the following pledge, witnessed by the Girton Fellowship:

“In joining the foundation of this College as an Honorary Fellow, I shall endeavour wherever possible to encourage and promote the values and vision of the College as an institution committed to inclusive excellence, and inspired by an ethic of care.”

Dame Lesley was then invited by the Praelector, Dr Seb Falk, to sign the College Register. 

Professor Dame Lesley Regan signing the College Register

The ceremony was concluded by a celebratory dinner with the Fellows of Girton College.

You can view moments from the in-conversation and ceremony below via our Flickr album:

In Conversation & Honorary Fellow Admission: Professor Dame Lesley Regan

Photographs © Girton College, University of Cambridge (UK).