Lives of the fellows

Gwilym Hughes

b.18 January 1937 d.22 August 2016
MB BS Lond(1961) MRCS LRCP(1961) AFOM(1978) MFOM(1983) FFOM(1987) FRCP(1990) FACOEM(1991)

Gwilym Hughes was chief medical officer of British Telecom. He was born in the coal mining village of Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley of south Wales, the son of William Hughes, a colliery contractor, and Catherine Elizabeth Ann Hughes née Lloyd, a teacher. He was educated at Porth Grammar School and went on to study medicine at King’s College, University of London. He qualified in 1961.

He was a house surgeon and house physician at St Martin’s Hospital, Bath. He then went to Mount Vernon Hospital, Hillingdon, where he was a house physician in the radiotherapy department and subsequently a senior house officer and registrar in the clinical pathology department. From 1964 to 1966 he was a registrar in the clinical pathology department of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

In 1966 he became a medical adviser to Kodak Ltd, and in 1976 was promoted to senior medical adviser. In 1982 he moved to British Telecom (BT) and in 1984 he became chief medical officer of the company. On leaving BT in 1993 he developed a consulting practice with a wide range of clients, including Prudential Assurance Company.

He was a fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for more than 20 years.

Outside medicine he was interested in photography, electronics, music, literature and coastal cliff walking.

In 1962 he married Maureen Anne Day. They had two sons, William Lloyd and Rhodri Owain, and two granddaughters, Daisy and Emily.

RCP editor

[J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jan;59(1):e1 https://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2017/01000/Gwilym_Hughes,_MBBS,_FRCP,_FFOM,_FACOEM_1937_2016.20.aspx – accessed 14 September 2018]

(Volume XII, page web)

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