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The Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Leaders Fellowship


The Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Leaders Fellowship aims to encourage women to apply for senior and leadership roles in the RCS and in surgery. The year-long programme provides women with the opportunity to be involved in College activities, become familiar with how the College operates and encourages them to apply for Council and other leadership roles. The scheme has been generously supported by Lady Estelle Wolfson (Chair of The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation). 

Miss Helen Fernandes was appointed as Council lead, and a steering group was established to design and implement the programme. The programme comprises of six days of College activity, spread across the year covering a range of meetings. The programme will be tailored to each participant’s interests. 

 Who is eligible?

  • Female surgical or dental consultants, or SAS doctors. 
  • Applications from exceptional senior trainees will also be considered. 
  • Applicants must have confirmation of Trust support to participate in this activity if selected
  • Applicants must be a member or fellow of the RCS.
  • We would particularly like to see applications from more senior members of the profession who may not previously have had opportunity to be involved in these types of leadership activities. 

Hear from our previous fellows

Nicola Fearnhead, 2015/16 Fellow

'Having concentrated on delivering excellence in clinical care and training as a consultant surgeon for the past decade, the Lady Estelle Wolfson Fellowship programme has now offered unique insight into how the Royal College of Surgeons functions, and provided an opportunity to explore how one might usefully contribute to our profession in the future.'

Kathryn Taylor, 2018-19 Fellow

'I was really pleased to be awarded the Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Leaders Fellowship but did not know what to expect. I have had an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the processes involved in various committees at the College and I intend to become more actively involved in the future. I have met some incredible and inspiring surgeons and found this a really enjoyable and rewarding experience.'

Laura Gartshore, 2018-19 Fellow

'The Lady Estelle Wolfson Leadership Fellowship has provided valuable mentorship and a (super) fast-track in my career. There’s been opportunity to attend a multitude of RCS Committee meetings, to deliver teaching at RCS Educational Courses, and to participate in the design of marketing resources. Networking with a diverse group of Fellows has offered informal support and contacts for the future. As the year draws to an end, I have been successfully appointed to a Programme Director role - a leadership opportunity that I had not dreamt of this time last year. My sincere thanks to RCS and FDS for your support. If you’re thinking about applying - stop thinking, and just go for it.'


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