Executive Dean for Life Sciences & Medicine appointed
Professor Richard Trembath has been appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, effective from 1 September 2015.
Professor Trembath has substantial academic leadership experience and joins from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) where he is currently the Vice-Principal for Health and Executive Dean of the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. In this role Professor Trembath has led a major period of change, strengthening cross faculty working, developing models of support for development of the early stages of academic careers, driving forward QMUL new Life Sciences Initiative and partnership working at scale, as an Executive and Board member of the academic health science centre, UCL Partners.
Richard returns to King’s having previously held the role of Head of Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and as the founding Director of the National Institute for Health Research Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre in association with Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, a position he held until his move to QMUL in 2011.
Of this appointment he said: ‘I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the new Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and to contribute to the broader development of King’s College London. I very much look forward to working with colleagues from across the university to further promote excellence in teaching, training and research. Importantly, I am committed to ensuring that the faculty and university is both a vibrant but above all, fulfilling place to study and work.’
Professor Trembath trained in Medicine at Guy's Hospital Medical School, undertook postgraduate studies in genetics at the Institute of Child Health in London and moved to the University of Leicester in 1992, being appointed to the Foundation Chair of Medical Genetics in Leicester in 1998, before moving to King’s in the summer of 2005. He is Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a former Senior Investigator for the National Institute of Health Research.
Professor Trembath's research interests include the identification and characterisation of genes and the molecular pathways underlying a range of human common and rare disorders. Working with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, he is the Principal investigator and Co-Director of a major population genomics programme, known as East London Genes and Health.
The Principal & President, Professor Ed Byrne said ‘I am delighted that Professor Trembath is returning to King’s and that we will have a leader of his calibre as our Executive Dean at the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. I know that in his capable hands the faculty will grow into a world leader for research and education, building upon an already impressive reputation. These are exciting times for King’s and I am pleased that Professor Richard Trembath will be at the forefront of change at our university.’
'I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to Professor Simon Howell who has ably led the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine on an interim basis, overseeing the successful establishment of the new faculty and ensuring that it is in good shape for Professor Trembath to take on.’