About the Society

The Chester and North Wales Medical Society is one of the oldest medical societies in the country having been set up in 1883. The Society is open to all doctors in primary and secondary care working in and around Chester and North Wales. Trainee doctors are encouraged to attend the society meetings. The main ethos of the Society is to generate close working relationships and friendship between all doctors within primary and secondary care through a programme of educational talks and social events.

Each annual programme starts in September with a presidential address by the incoming president. The annual President’s Prize Evening is held each Spring where clinical cases are presented by trainees with prizes awarded for the best presentations from primary care (Austen Elliott prize) and secondary care. The President’s Prize Evening is followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Society and is open to all members. There are usually one or two academic evenings each term with invited speakers and an annual Christmas Ball and sometimes a Summer Ball.

The Society is run by a council of volunteer members who meet several times a year and who annually elect the president from the local medical community. Convention dictates that the president alternates each year between local General Practitioners and Hospital Consultants who have been active within the Society. The council also has an Academic and Social Secretary and a Treasurer as well as several ordinary members usually including the past president and the president-elect. The Society and Council are actively supported by members of the Medical Education administration team.


Council members

Our council members for 2024 are:

  • Janardhan Rao, President
  • Annabel Jones, Immediate Past President
  • Shirley Bowles, Treasurer
  • Andreas Tridimas, Secretary
  • Chris Lewis
  • Martin Sedgwick
  • David Ewins
  • Colm O’Mahony
  • Robin Davies
  • Dorothy King
  •  Evelyn Davies
  • Eleanor Borton
  • Scott Williams

Current and Past Presidents

2024Janardhan RaoConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, COCH.
2023Dr Annabel JonesGP. Boughton Health Medical Centre
2022Dr Shirley BowlesConsultant Chemical Pathologist / Director of Blood Sciences.
New Presidents now serve for a calendar year rather than September – August.
2019-20 & 2020-21.Dr Chris LewisGeneral Practitioner.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions Dr Chris Lewis, served a 2 year term: 2019-2020 and 2020-21.
2018-19Dr Martin SedgwickConsultant Physician and Cardiologist
2017-18Dr Robin DaviesGeneral Practitioner
2016-17Dr David EwinsConsultant Physician and Endocrinologist
2015-16Dr Dorothy KingGeneral Practitioner
2014-15Dr Philip MannionConsultant Microbiologist
2013-14Dr Sally ShawGeneral Practitioner
2012-13Dr Colm O’MahonyConsultant Physician in Sexual Health
2011-12Dr David MorrisGeneral Practitioner
2010-11Dr Virginia CloughConsultant Haematologist
2009-10Dr Isabelle HughesGeneral Practitioner
2008-09Dr Richard WorthConsultant Physician and Endocrinologist
2007-08Dr Elizabeth McClureGeneral Practitioner
2006Mr George FosterConsultant Surgeon
2005Dr Ian RussellGeneral Practitioner
2004Dr John WilliamsConsultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
2003Dr Paul DennittsGeneral Practitioner
2002Mr David CampbellConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
2001Mr John Davies-HumphriesConsultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
2000Dr Ian DanielsGeneral Practitioner

Past Secretaries

1991-94Dr Isabelle Hughes
1994-97Dr Rob Etherington
1997-03Dr Sally Shaw
2003-07Dr Guy Sissons
2007-10Dr Robin Davies
2010-15  Mr Janardhan Rao
2015-18Dr Stewart Leitch
2018-22Dr Jacqui Elder
2023-Dr Andreas Tridimas

Chester & North Wales Medical Society medal

”A medal for presenting to outgoing presidents, to guest speakers and prize winners was designed by Dr Colm O’Mahony in 2018.

It bears the society moto: REBUS IN ARDUIS SERVARE MENTEM AEQUAM MEMENTO, strictly translates to ‘just remember in these difficult times to keep your mind’, but interpreted by the creator and President, Dr TWE Morton in 1912 as ‘keep cool when things are going wrong’. Advice still relevant in these COVID times…”