The Executive Team

The Council is supported by around 370 staff, led by the Chief Executive and Registrar, Tom Whiting, and the other members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

The Executive Leadership Team

There are four directorates in the organisation: Regulation, Corporate Resources, Legal and Governance, and Strategy. 

The Chief Executive and the four Executive Directors form the ELT, which leads the delivery of the strategic aims set by the Council.

ELT is responsible for:

  • leading and supporting the delivery of GDC’s services and operations and improving their quality and efficiency
  • implementing the corporate strategy approved by Council
  • business planning and budgeting
  • identifying and reporting to the Council strategic risks and ensuring that ownership for each risk is allocated at the right level with clear accountability
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Photograph of Tom Whiting

Tom Whiting

Tom joined the GDC in June 2024, from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) where he was Acting Director ...

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Gurvinder Soomal

Gurvinder Soomal

Gurvinder is the Chief Operating Officer and has been with the GDC since July 2008 and has held a number of ...

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Photograph of Clare Paget

Clare Paget

Clare was appointed as the GDC’s Interim Executive Director, Legal and Governance in March 2024. She is a qualified solicitor ...

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Photograph of Theresa Thorp

Theresa Thorp

Theresa joined the GDC in September 2023 as Executive Director, Regulation. Theresa is a Solicitor-Advocate (Criminal), with over 15 years’ ...

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Stefan Czerniawski

Stefan Czerniawski

Stefan joined the GDC as the Executive Director, Strategy in October 2019 and is responsible for policy and research, communications ...