About Professor Wendy Burn BM, MMedSc, FRCPsych


Wendy was appointed as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and currently works part-time in a community post.

Her main clinical interest is dementia. She held Regional leadership positions in this area from 2011 and was Co-Clinical Lead for Dementia for Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Clinical Network 2013-16. In this role, she was involved in several projects to improve the standard of care for people with dementia. She sits on National Groups for the planning of dementia care.

She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in education including College Tutor, Training Programme Director, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, Chair of Specialty Training Committee and Associate Medical Director for Doctors in Training. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School. Wendy was recently conferred (July 2018) the honorary award of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Leeds for her contribution to education and training within the NHS.

On behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists she has been an examiner, a Senior Organiser of clinical examinations, a Deputy Convenor, Regional Co-ordinator for CPD and the Deputy Lead for National Recruitment. She was College Dean from 2011 to 2016. She became the Co-chair of the Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project in 2016. In 2017 she was elected as President of the College and took office in June.