Revill will focus on public affairs, press and policy, now under the comms directorship, but fundraising will no longer be part of the remit. She will report to the office of chief executive Alan Bennett.
Revill is the former health and Whitehall editor of The Observer. After a spell in Whitehall, where she was comms adviser to the then home secretary Alan Johnson, she became director of media at GlaxoSmithKline.
She said: ‘As the reforms are rolled out there will be a big challenge in the NHS – to make £20bn efficiency savings by 2015. Explaining why surgeons are having time off to do training – which can lead to better surgery and save the NHS money – is really important. GPs will be doing a great deal of commissioning, so a large part is to explain how surgeons will work with them.’
The RCS has about 18,000 members, including dental surgeons, and holds professional examinations on behalf of the General Medical Council.
Bennett said: ‘The RCS has raised its profile significantly in the past few years when historically we were reluctant to do that. We want to maintain that role of being a voice to be listened to and continue to develop links with international surgery.’
London Councils will hire an interim chief comms officer until it recruits for a permanent replacement.