Past Council Members

Dates in brackets refer to the dates of Council membership. All titles and affiliations are correct at the time of membership.

Professor Jeanette Edwards (2015-2017)

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on cosmetic procedures.

Professor Jonathan Montgomery (Chair 2012-2017)

Professor of Health Care Law at University College London, and Chair of the Health Research Authority

The Revd Dr Michael Banner (2014-2016)

Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

Dr Geoff Watts (2010-2016)

Science and medical writer and broadcaster.

Professor Bobbie Farsides (2013-2015)

Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on children and clinical research.

Professor Martin Richards (2013-2015)

Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on biological and health data.

Professor Peter Furness (2013-2015)

Consultant pathologist and Honorary Professor of Renal Pathology in Leicester.

Professor Graeme Laurie (2009-2015)

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.

Professor Tim Lewens (2009-2015)

Professor of Philosophy of the Sciences, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge.

Professor Ottoline Leyser (2009-2015)

Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Anneke Lucassen (2009-2015)

Professor of Clinical Genetics and Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University of Southampton Cancer Sciences Division and The Wessex Clinical Genetics Service.

Professor Robin Gill (2009-2015)

Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent

Professor Amanda Burls (2008-2014)

Professor of Public Health, City University London.

Professor Jo Wolff (2008-2014)

Professor of Philosophy, University College London.

Dr Rhona Knight (2006-2013)

Senior Clinical Educator, University of Leicester and General Practitioner. From 2012-2013 she was a co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on donor conception.

Professor Tom Baldwin (2011-2013 and previously 2000-2006)

Professor of Philosophy, University of York. From 2011-2013 was a co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on Novel neurotechnologies: intervening in the brain.

Professor Mick Moran (2011-2013)

Co-opted member of Council while chairing the Working Party on Emerging Biotechnologies. WJM Mackenzie Professor of Government, University of Manchester

Professor Alison Murdoch (2007-2013)

Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Consultant Gynaechologist and Head of the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life.

Professor Bronwyn Parry (2007-2013)

Professor of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London.

Professor Nik Rose (2007-2013)

Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London.

Professor Ray Hill (2007-2013)

Head of Licensing and External Research for Europe at Merck, Sharp and Dohme until his retirement in May 2008, Honorary Biomedical Business Development Advisor at Imperial College London, and President Emeritus of the British Pharmacological Society

Professor Sian Harding (2007-2013)

Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at the National Heart And Lung Institute, a Division of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, member of the Central Ethical Review Committee for Animal Studies and a Designated Person for administration of the Human Tissue Act.

Professor Søren Holm (2006-2012)

Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester and part-time Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Professor Steve Brown (2009-2012)

Director of the Medical Research Council Mammalian Genetics Unit, Harwell, Oxfordshire.

Professor Hugh Perry (2006-2012)

Professor of Experimental Neuropathology, University of Southampton.

Professor Albert Weale FBA (Chair 2008-2012, member 1998-2004)

ESRC Professorial Fellow & Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at University College London. Chair of the Council’s Working Party on xenotransplantation from 1994-1996.

Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern FBA (2010-2011 and previously 2000-2006)

Former Mistress of Girton College Cambridge and William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. From 2010-2011 was a co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on Human bodies: donation for medicine and research.

Professor Joyce Tait CBE FRSE FSRA (2009-2011)

Scientific Adviser to the Innogen Centre (ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics), Edinburgh University. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on Biofuels.

Professor Christopher Hood FBA (2008-2010)

Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on Medical profiling and online medicine.

Professor Roger Brownsword (2004-2010)

Director, Centre for Technology, Ethics and Law in Society (TELOS), King’s College London, and Honorary Professor in Law, University of Sheffield.

Professor Peter Harper (2004-2010)

Research Professor in Human Genetics, Cardiff University.

Professor Tony Hope (2007-2009)

Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Oxford, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. Co-opted member of Council while chairing the Working Party on Dementia: ethical issues.

Anatole Koletsky (2006-2009)

Editor, The Times.

Professor Peter Smith CBE FMedSci (2003-2009, Deputy Chair 2006-2009)

Professor of Tropical Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Reverend Lord Harries of Pentregarth DD FKC FRSL HonFMedSci (2002-2008)

Chair of the Ethics and Law Advisory Group, HFEA and Honorary Professor of Theology, King’s College London.

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman KCB FRSE (2000-2008)

Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and England.

Lord Krebs KT FRS FMedSci (2006-2007)

Principal, Jesus College, University of Oxford. Co-opted member whilst chairing the Working Party on Public Health: ethical issues.

Lord Plant of Highfield (2004-2007)

Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy, King’s College London.

Professor Peter Lipton FMedSci (deceased 2007) (2003–2007)

Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Fellow of King’s College, University of Cambridge.

Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC FBA (2000–2007, Chair 2003-2007)

Emeritus Master of Clare College and Professor of Law, University of Cambridge and a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London.

Dr Alan Williamson FRSE (2000-2007)

Consultant on biotechnology and member of the Advisory Council to the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, USA.

Professor Margaret Brazier OBE (2004-2006 and previously 1994-1999)

School of Law, University of Manchester. From 2004-2006 was a co-opted member whilst chairing the Working Party on Critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine: ethical issues.

Professor Catherine Peckham CBE (2000 until 2006, Deputy Chair from 2003-2006)

Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health, University College London.

Professor Herbert Sewell (2000-2006)

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Immunology, University of Nottingham.

Baroness Perry of Southwark (2003-2005)

Pro-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. Co-opted member of Council whilst chairing the Working Party on the ethics of research involving animals.

Professor Martin Raff FRS (1999-2005)

Emeritus Professor of Biology, University College London.

Nick Ross (1999-2005)


Professor John Ledingham (2000-2004)

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford.

Professor Andrew Wilkie (May-Sep 2003)

Professor of Pathology, University of Oxford.

Rebecca Howard CBE (2000-2003)

Executive Director of Nursing, Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust, Alder Hey.

Professor Martin Bobrow CBE (1997–2003, Deputy Chair 1999-2003)

Department of Medical Genetics, University of Cambridge.

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy FBA (1991-2002, Chair 1998-2002)

Ethics and Policy, School of Public Policy, University College London.

Reverend Professor Duncan Forrester DD (1996-2001)

Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS (1996-2001)

Master, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.

Lady Sonia Hornby (1996-2001)

Chairman, The Kingwood Trust.

Derek Osborn CB (1996-2001)

Chairman of the European Environment Agency; Chairman of UK Roundtable on Sustainable Development.

Dr Anne McLaren DBE FRS (deceased 2007) (1991-2000)

Wellcome/CRC Institute, Cambridge.

Dr Brian Newbould (1991-2000)

Former Director of International Research Affairs, ICI Corporate Research and Technology.

Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick DBE  (deceased 2017) (1991-2000)

Former President of the Royal College of Physicians.

Baroness Onora O’Neill CBE FBA (1991-1998, Chair 1996-1998)

Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.

June Andrews (1995–1999)

Scottish Secretary, Royal College of Nursing.

Sally O’Sullivan (1995-1998)

Editor in Chief of Ideal Home, Homes and Ideas, Homes and Gardens, Country Homes and Non-executive Director of London Transport.

Professor Ingrid Allen CBE (1995-1997)

Professor Emeritus of Neuropathology, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Dr Iram Siraj-Blatchford (1995–1996)

Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Warwick.

Caroline Miles (1991-1996)

Ian Ramsey Fellow, St Cross College, Oxford, and former Chairman of Oxfordshire Health Authority.

Sir Patrick Nairne GCB MC (deceased 2013) (Chair 1991-1996)

Former Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health and Social Security and former Master, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS (1991-1996)

Regius Professor of Medicine and Founding Director, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford.

Professor Canon Gordon Dunston CBE (deceased 2004) (1991-1995)

Professor of Moral and Social Theology, King’s College, London.

Professor Sir John Gurdon FRS (1991-1995)

Professor of Zoology, and Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

Beverley Anderson (1991-1994)

Lecturer in Education, University of Warwick.

Margaret Auld (deceased 2010) (1991-1994)

Former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.

Professor Eve Johnstone (1991-1994)

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Jane Reed (1991-1994)

Director, News International Plc.

Professor Sir David Williams QC (deceased 2009) (1991-1994)

Rouse Ball Professor of English Law and Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.

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