The Council is a deliberative body.
The main role of the Council is to consider questions of strategic direction, topic identification (following review by the Future Work Subgroup), review of ongoing work and overseeing the range and quality of outputs and activities. The Council critically reviews the work of Working Parties at key stages during the projects, so as to ultimately adopt the final outputs and reports.
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Professor David Archard (Chair from 1 May 2017)
David Archard is Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published extensively in applied ethics, moral and political philosophy, and jurisprudence. He authored Children: Rights and Childhood, widely regarded as the first book to offer a detailed philosophical examination of children’s rights. Between 2005 and 2016 he was a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and latterly its Deputy Chair. He is also currently a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, and is Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy.
Professor Simon Caney
Simon Caney is Professor in Political Theory at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College. His research interests are in contemporary political philosophy – including distributive justice and scarce resources, health and health care, and the ethical issues surrounding innovation in the life sciences. He was a member of the Council’s Working Party on Biofuels.
Dr Tara Clancy
Tara Clancy is a Consultant Registered Genetic Counsellor (GCRB 190) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine. Her main clinical and research interests are cancer genetics and ethical, legal and psychosocial issues in genetics. She is Chair of a University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee, and is on the Steering Group of the UK’s Genethics Club.
Professor Jeanette Edwards
Jeanette Edwards is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She was previously vice president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Her research interests revolve around kinship, gender and biotechnology. She was also a member of the Council’s Working Party on donor conception.
Professor Ann Gallagher
Ann Gallagher is Professor of Ethics and Care at the International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey. She has written a number of books, journal and media articles and teaching materials on healthcare ethics and has been Editor of the journal Nursing Ethics since March 2009.
Dr Andy Greenfield
Dr Andy Greenfield is a Programme Leader in Developmental Genetics at the Medical Research Council’s research unit in Harwell, and a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). His recent research has focussed on the molecular genetics of mammalian sexual development. He also has an interest in education, and is a STEMNET Ambassador.
Professor Erica Haimes
Erica Haimes is Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University and Executive Director of the PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Centre (1998-2008) where she is currently Professorial Fellow. She works at the interface of Sociology and Bioethics to investigate the ethical, cultural, economic and political challenges of developments in the life sciences. She has a been a member of several national and international ethics advisory bodies.
Professor Julian Hughes (Deputy Chair)
Julian Hughes is RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bristol. His writings and research focus on philosophical and ethical issues raised in connection with ageing and dementia. He was on the Council’s working party on dementia.
Sir Roland Jackson
Roland Jackson has interests in the history, policy and ethics of science & technology, based at the Royal Institution as a Visiting Fellow. Previously Chief Executive of the British Science Association, he was Executive Chair of Sciencewise until April 2016. He is on twitter as @Roland_Jackson.
Dr David Lawrence
David K Lawrence is Non-Executive Director at Syngenta AG, Chair of the Syngenta Science & Technology Advisory Board, and a member of the Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council. He is also a member of the UK Agri-tech Strategy Leadership Council and the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum, and has served on a number of other committees working on aspects of industrial biotechnology in the UK and internationally.
Professor Shaun Pattinson
Shaun Pattinson is Professor of Medical Law and Ethics at Durham University. He was the founding Director of the Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) research centre (2011-2014). His written scholarship spans a wide range of topics within law and bioethics, and includes a leading textbook on Medical Law and Ethics (now in its 4th edition). He is on twitter as @ShaunPattinson.
Professor Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. His research interests are in disability studies, bioethics, clinical genetics and science communications. He was formerly a member of the Council’s Working Party on genetics and human behaviour. He is on twitter as @TommyShakes.
Professor Mona Siddiqui
Mona Siddiqui, OBE, holds the chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh where she is also Assistant Principal for Religion and Society. She researches in Islamic law and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. She contributes regularly to the media as a public intellectual and chairs BBC Scotland’s Religious Advisory Committee. In 2016, she will deliver the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen.
Professor Christine Watson
Christine Watson is Professor of Cell and Cancer Biology in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge and a Vice-Principal of Newnham College. Her research is focussed on understanding the molecular genetics of normal breast development and using these insights to develop new approaches for treating breast cancer. She has an interest in science communication and the ethical implications of biological research. She is on twitter as @cjwhelix
Professor Robin A Weiss
Robin A Weiss is Emeritus Professor of Viral Oncology, University College London. His main research interests include cancers caused by viruses and infectious diseases such as HIV. He has served on a range of committees, including the DoH Ethics of Gene Therapy Committee, the Board of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, South Africa, and chairing the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
Professor Heather Widdows
Heather Widdows holds the John Ferguson Chair of Global Ethics in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham. She works on Global Ethics, Bioethics, Virtue Ethics and Feminist Theory, with a particular interest in the ethical issues which arise in the context of globalisation. She is currently on the REF Philosophy Sub-Panel and from October 2014 takes up a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on her new book, ‘Perfect Me!’, which explores ideals of beauty and perfection. She is on twitter as @ProfWiddows.
Adam Wishart is a writer and documentary maker, focussing on the ethics and policy of science and medicine. His BBC2 documentaries include, ‘The Price of Life’ about high cost cancer drugs, ’23 Week babies’ about the edge of viability, and ‘Should I Test My Genes’. ‘Monkeys, Rats and Me’, won the Grierson Award for the best Science Documentary in 2007. His book ‘ONE IN THREE: a Son’s Journey into the History and Science of Cancer’ was the runner up for the Royal Society Book Award.
Dr Paquita de Zulueta
Paquita de Zulueta has a portfolio career in medicine. She is a General Practitioner and cognitive behavioural therapist in London, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London where she is director for the applied clinical ethics (ACE) course and a member of the clinical ethics committee. She chairs the Human Values in Health Care Forum. She has published and presented widely on a range of ethical and legal issues in clinical practice.