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Professor Jonathan Montgomery (Chair)
Jonathan Montgomery is Professor of Health Care Law at the University College London (UCL). He chairs the Advisory Committee of Clinical Excellence Awards and is the author of a leading textbook on Health Care Law and numerous articles. In June 2012 he was appointed as Chair of the Health Research Authority. Read a declaration of interests statement relating to this appointment.
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.
Professor Bobbie Farsides
Bobbie Farsides is Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has been researching and teaching in the field of bioethics for over twenty years, and her research focuses on the experience of health care professionals and scientists operating in ethically contested fields of biomedicine. Bobbie also has a strong commitment to public policy work and serves on a number of committees including the Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee and the UK Donation Ethics Committee. Research ethics has been a constant interest throughout her career including practically focused work in the developing world context. She is a co-opted member of Council for the duration of the Working Party on Children and Clinical Research.
Professor Peter Furness
Peter Furness is a consultant pathologist and honorary professor of renal pathology in Leicester. He established and was the foundation Chair of Leicestershire’s clinical ethics committee and served on its research ethics committee. He was extensively involved in the debates leading up to the passage of the Human Tissue Act 2004. He was President of the Royal College of Pathologists from 2008 to 2011 and vice-Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges from 2009 to 2011.
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. Ann Chairs the Council’s Education Advisory Group.
Professor Robin Gill
Robin Gill is Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent. He was Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Medical Ethics Advisory Committee 1993-2006. He has published a number of books on theological aspects of bioethics including Christian ethics and values, health care and genetics.
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 Founding 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
Julian Hughes is a consultant in Psychiatry of Old Age in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and an honorary professor of philosophy of ageing at the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. 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 is Executive Chair of Sciencewise and Chair of the Bioscience for Society Strategy Panel for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He has a particular interest in science policy and in public involvement with research.
Professor Graeme Laurie
Graeme Laurie is Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. His research interests include the role of law in promoting and regulating science, medicine and technology. He was a member of the Council’s Working Parties on the forensic use of bioinformation and novel neurotechnologies.
David K 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 Tim Lewens
Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of the Sciences, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. He has been Co-Chair of the Cambridge Bioethics Forum since 2002. His primary research interests are the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and bioethics.
Professor Ottoline Leyser (Deputy Chair)
Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. She is a Member of the Council of the Royal Society and in 2009 was awarded a CBE for services to plant science. Ottoline was a member of the Council’s Working Party on biofuels.
Professor Anneke Lucassen
Anneke Lucassen is Professor of Clinical Genetics and Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University of Southampton Cancer Sciences Division and The Wessex Clinical Genetics Service. Her main clinical and research interests are cancer genetics, cardiogenetics and primary care genetics including social, ethical and legal aspects. She is co-chair of the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committee and cofounder of the UK Genethics Club.
Professor Martin Richards
Martin Richards is Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Until 2005 he was Director of the Centre for Family Research where he researched parent-child relationships, family life and reproductive technologies. He is Vice-Chair of the UK Biobank Ethics and Research Council. He is a co-opted member of Council for the duration of the Working Party on genomics, health records, database linkage and privacy.
Dr Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the 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.
Dr Geoff Watts
Geoff Watts spent five years in research before becoming a science and medical writer and broadcaster. He presented BBC Radio 4’s Medicine Now and, more recently, its science programme Leading Edge. He was a founder member of, and served for six years on, the Human Genetics Commission. Geoff chaired the Council’s Working Group on mitochondrial donation.
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.
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.