Professor Richard Ashcroft - Honorary Member
Professor of Bioethics; School of Law; Queen Mary, University of London Richard Ashcroft has taught medical ethics and bioethics in the medical schools of Bristol, Imperial College London, and Queen Mary/Barts and the London for ten years, before his recent move to Queen Mary's School of Law. He is a member of the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and the Ethics of Research and Public Involvement Committee of the Medical Research Council.
Mrs Maureen Bannatyne - General Manager and Assistant to the Governing Body
Maureen Bannatyne has been associated with the Institute of Medical Ethics and also the Journal of Medical Ethics for over thirty years, first working with Kenneth Boyd in Edinburgh and then with Raanan Gillon on the Journal of Medical Ethics and thereafter with the Institute of Medical Ethics.
Professor Kenneth Boyd - Honorary Vice-President
Professor Kenneth Boyd teaches Medical and Biomedical Ethics in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Edinburgh. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and a former General Secretary of the Institute of Medical Ethics. He chairs the Boyd Group on the Use of Animals in Science and the Steering Committee of Gengage, the Scottish Healthcare Public Engagement Network, and is a member of the BBSRC’s Bioscience for Society Strategy Panel. He is College Cleric of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, of which he was elected a Fellow in 1997. He was editor of the Pond Report on the Teaching of Medical Ethics (1987)’, and co-editor with R Higgs and AJ Pinching of The New Dictionary of Medical Ethics (1997). He is author of numerous papers on medical ethics and humanities, including most recently ‘Genetic Models of Disease Resistance in Livestock: “What Does Our Conscience Want?”’, SCRIPT-ed (2008) 5:1; 161-167 and ‘Coleridge, Medical Research and Metaphysical Imagination’ The Coleridge Bulletin NS 33 Summer 2009:13-23.
Sir Kenneth Calman - Honorary President
Sir Kenneth Charles Calman, Chancellor of Glasgow University, is Honorary President of the Institute of Medical Ethics. Among his many previous appointments are the Cancer Research Chair of Oncology at Glasgow University where he was also Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education. He was Chief Medical Officer in Scotland from 1989-91 and then Chief Medical Officer to the Government from 1991-98. He was Vice-Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham from 1998 to 2007 and was awarded a KCB in 1996. He has a long-standing interest and involvement with medical ethics and medical humanities.
Professor Alastair Campbell - Honorary Vice-President
Chen Su Lan Centennial Professor in Medical Ethics, and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Alastair Campbell is the author of eight books in medical ethics and over 90 book chapters and journal articles. Recent books include Health as Liberation (Pilgrim Press, 1995); Medical Ethics, 4th Edition, co-authored with Grant Gillett and Gareth Jones (Oxford University Press, 2005) and The Body in Bioethics (Routledge-Cavendish, in press).
Dr Ruth Carter - Junior Doctor Observer, Joint IME Foundation Doctors Essay Competition Coordinator
Ruth trained at Edinburgh medical school, graduating in 2009. In 2005-6 she undertook an intercalated BA in medical ethics at Leeds University, graduating with a first class degree. During her final year as a medical student she was invited to attend the Institute of Medical Ethics as a student observer and has continued this as a junior doctor observer. During this time she has attended several conferences both in Scotland and London. She is currently co-ordinating the IME’s essay competition for junior doctors. Professionally, Ruth spent her foundation years as a junior doctor in the Oxford deanery working in a variety of posts through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 2011 she started a three year Acute Care Common Stem training job also based in Oxford Deanery and is currently working in the Emergency Department in Aylesbury. She hopes to progress a career in Emergency Medicine whilst maintaining a strong interest in medical ethics.
Dr Antonia Cronin - Trustee
Dr Antonia Cronin qualified in medicine from St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine in 1996. She completed her general medical training and obtained the MRCP (UK) in 1999. Her specialist training in nephrology and transplantation included posts at the Hammersmith Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, and Guy's and St Thomas'.
Dr Colin Currie - Trustee
Colin Currie is a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in geriatric medicine (Edinburgh University and NHS Lothian), with main clinical interests in orthogeriatric care and hip fracture audit. He has also been involved in developing clinical standards and inspection processes in relation to older peoples' care; and in policy development in Scotland and England, as a special adviser in Scottish and UK government. From the 1970's until 2008 he was heavily involved in the teaching of geriatric medicine - including ethical aspects - for Edinburgh medical undergraduates. Recent publications include: Currie CT, Hutchison JD. (2005). Audit, guidelines and standards: Clinical governance for hip fracture care in Scotland. Disability and Rehabilitation 27, 1099-1105; Sahota O, Currie CT. (2008) Hip fracture care: all change. Age and Ageing 37:1-2 (Editorial).
Dr Al Dowie - Honorary Member
Dr Al Dowie PhD is the Senior University Teacher in ethics and law at Glasgow University Medical School. An educator by professional background, his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh was in the social construction of ethical practice. Under the auspices of the Scottish Deans’ Medical Education Group he oversees the ethics and law outcomes for The Scottish Doctor programme, which includes strategic roles in chairing the community of practice for ethics theme leaders across the five Scottish medical schools and in the planning and delivery of their ethico-legal curricula. He is the lead author of the Association for Medical Education in Europe curriculum planning guide Ethics and Law in the Medical Curriculum. His empirical research brings qualitative methods to the domain of professional learning in clinical settings, with particular attention to the acquisition of professional identity and to the hidden curriculum as a dynamic component of this.
Professor Bobbie Farsides - Trustee
Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School Bobbie Farsides has been teaching and researching in the field for over twenty years, first at Keele University, then King's College London and now at BSMS. She was founding co-editor of the Royal Society of Medicine journal Clinical Ethics and is lead investigator for the Brighton site of LABTEC, one of the The Wellcome Trust's strategic centres in biomedical ethics. Bobbie is also involved in public policy work as a member of various committees and working groups, and has twice served as a Specialist Adviser to House of Lords committees. She is a member of the BMA Ethics Committee and the UK Donation Ethics Committee. Her research focuses on the experience of health care professionals and scientists operating in morally contested fields of medicine and she has conducted projects with a range of highly specialised teams across the country.
Dr Angela Fenwick - Honorary Member
Angela Fenwick is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Education at the University of Southampton and co-ordinates the ethics and law teaching for undergraduate medical students. Her background is in social science and she has also taught sociology applied to medicine. Angela chairs the School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee and sits on the hospital CEC. She also sits on the board of trustees for the UK Clinical Ethics Network (UKCEN). She has many years experience of medical education and in particular developing and evaluating educational programmes. Her current interests include the use of the body in medicine, the limits of individual autonomy and how we can better help medical students to engage with ethics and law.
Dr Zoe Fritz - Trustee
Zoe Fritz is a medical registrar in Acute Medicine and Intensive Care, currently working at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. She represents Junior Doctors on the Governing Body, and is helping to plan methods to keep clinicians educated and interested in medical ethics. Zoe introduced an “affirmation ceremony” at Imperial College, London to help make doctors aware of the responsibilities they were taking on, and co-wrote “affirmation of a new doctor”. She is currently undertaking research examining the effects of “Do Not Attempt Resuscitation” orders on clinical care, and is developing and evaluating an alternative approach to resuscitation and other treatment decisions. She is committed to using rigorous scientific method to assess and improve both clinical process and ethical standards.
Professor Raanan Gillon - Honorary Vice-President
Raanan Gillon, a hybrid medical doctor and philosopher, and past Chairman of the Institute of Medical Ethics Governing Body, is a retired NHS general practitioner, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at Imperial College London, and a member of the British Medical Association's Medical Ethics Committee. He was Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics for 20 years until 2001 and has published extensively in the field of medical ethics. His 1985 book Philosophical Medical Ethics has had some 13 reprints and a second edition is planned, to be co-authored with his erstwhile colleague Daniel Sokol.
Professor Sally Glen - Trustee
Sally Glen has responsibility for the academic portfolio, curriculum development, quality systems and academic standards, learning and teaching, the student learning experience, and e-learning in the University of Wolverhampton. She is Chair of the West Midland Higher Education Health Group, Co-Chair of the West Midlands Higher Education National Health Service Strategic Partnership Group, and a member of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority Stakeholder Board. Sally Glen is also an Institutional Reviewer for the QAA and was a member of the "Higher Degrees" Review Panel and HEFCE "CELT" advisory panel. She is a member of the HEFCE Widening Access and Participation Strategic Advisory Committee. Before joining the University in September 2006, Professor Glen was Deputy Director of the Institute of Health Sciences/Dean of School of Nursing and Midwifery/Professor of Education at City University. From 1996 to 2000 she was inaugural Dean/Professor of Education of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee. Previous academic appointments include: Acting Head of the School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research interests include philosophical approaches to professional education in health and social care. She has published widely in the field of health and social care education. Sally is currently on the Editorial Board of "Learning in Health and Social Care", a Non-Executive Director of City and East London Foundation Trust and chairs the Trust's Ethics Committee, Serious Untoward Incident Committee and Mental Health Act Review Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Institute of Medical Ethics and has also been a Governor at the Homerton University Hospital Trust.
Professor Roger Higgs - Treasurer
Roger Higgs has worked for over 30 years in south London as general practitioner and academic. He founded a single-handed practice that went on to be a major multidisciplinary group, and started the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at Kings College School of Medicine (now Kings College). Awarded MBE as service developer and educator, he has published in these areas as well as medicine and bioethics. His particular interests in the latter are case analysis, truth telling and narrative approaches, and books include In That Case with Alastair Campbell and the New Dictionary of Medical Ethics with Kenneth Boyd and Anthony Pinching. He also contributed to the writing of an early medical 'soap'.
Dr Carolyn Johnston - Education Project Manager and Assistant
Carolyn Johnston is a qualified solicitor. She is Adviser in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London School of Medicine and senior lecturer at Kingston University. Between 2002 and 2005 she worked at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, as Project Officer for the UK Clinical Ethics Network and is a member of three clinical ethics committees/groups. She has recently set up a Student Clinical Ethics Committee at King’s. Carolyn is particularly interested in the use of film in teaching and assessing ethics and law in the undergraduate medical curriculum. She is an Independent Assessor for the Human Tissue Authority and is a member of the KCLSM Professionalism Working Group. Carolyn has published on a variety of medical law and ethics topics and is co-author (with Penelope Bradbury) of 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law (2008, Hodder Arnold). Her particular research interests include adolescent healthcare decision making and advance decisions.
Dr Deborah Kirklin - Editor of Medical Humanities
Deborah Kirklin is a family physician in North London and a teacher at University College London. She graduated as a doctor from Oxford University in 1986 and then worked as a paediatric intern at the Massachusetts General before returning to England to complete her training in general practice. In 1998 she completed an MA in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London, and in 2005 completed a PhD in Medical Ethics at Manchester University. From 1998 to 2006 she helped establish a programme of medical humanities at University College London, and from 2000 to 2006 was the director of the UCL Centre for Medical Humanities. In June 2008 she was appointed Editor of the BMJ journal Medical Humanities. Her research interests include the legal, ethical and social implications of the new genetics, end of life care, women’s health, interpretative approaches to ethical analysis, and medical education.
Dr Wing May Kong MA, PhD, FRCP - Chair
Wing May Kong is a consultant physician in endocrinology and diabetes at Central Middlesex Hospital, London and the Vertical Theme Head for Ethics, Professionalism, Leadership and Management in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. In 2002, following a PhD in neurobiology, she completed the MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London. In 2006 Wing May Kong took over responsibility for the undergraduate curriculum in Medical Ethics and Law at Imperial College. In this role she has developed a vertical learning program that focuses integrate ethics and law learning in the early undergraduate years into everyday clinical practice. She is also actively involved in the clinical training of both undergraduates and trainee doctors. Between 2000-September 2011 she was on the editorial board of the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin, a monthly journal which reviews the evidence base for medical and surgical interventions in the UK. As a consultant endocrinologist, she has a special interest in the diabetic foot.
For more information please see: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/people/w.kong/
Dr Rhona Knight - Chair of the Education Project Steering Group
Rhona Knight is a portfolio GP based in Leicester. She is a senior clinical educator at Leicester University, and is the clinical lead in the Royal College of General Practitioners' Health for Healthcare Professionals pilot programme. As a GP she has been involved in teaching practical medical ethics for many years, including the ethics of communication and of the consultation, which are intrinsic to the daily work of medical professionals. She has an interest in making medical ethics accessible to non-specialist audiences. She is a member of the RCGP ethics committee, and is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, where she also chairs the Reaching out to Young People group, which aims to engage young people in bioethics both within and out of the curriculum.
Professor Margaret Lloyd - Chair of Grants and Bursaries
Margaret Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care and Medical Education at University College London. She qualified at St Mary’s and then had a varied career as a Lecturer in Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, occupational physician at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and then academic general practice. She has a particular interest in medical ethics and law having obtained an MA at Kings College London and LLM at Cardiff University. At UCL she led the development of the Professional Development Spine of the undergraduate medical curriculum before retiring in 2006. She continues to teach at UCL and to work as a general practitioner in north London.
Dr Elizabeth Macleod FACRRM - Honorary Member
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and teacher in Medicine Ethics and Law. Dr Elizabeth Macleod studied Law in London and Medicine at Cambridge University taking her Bachelors degree with Honors and her Masters degree in Medicine with her thesis in Medicine, Ethics and Law -1978. She was Licensed to practice Medicine at the Apothecaries of London in 1982 and took Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees with Honors at Cambridge in 1985. She practiced Emergency Medicine on the Central coast of NSW Australia for many years, until returning to the UK in 2007. While in Australia she became a Fellow of the College of Rural and Remote Medicine and also took her Masters in Law degree at UWS School of Law in 2004.
She is a Founding Member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (Royal College of Physicians of England) and has the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences. (London). Currently, she works at Homerton Hospital and the Royal London Hospital Emergency Departments. Her interest in clinical medicine is in Trauma and in Child Abuse and teaching Clinical Emergency Medicine and Medicine Ethics and Law.
Professor Vivienne Nathanson - Trustee
Vivienne Nathanson qualified at Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London, 1978 and then spent five and a half years in various hospital medical posts before joining the British Medical Association staff in 1984. She was appointed as Scottish Secretary (Chief Executive) for the BMA 1990-1995, and then as Head of Central Services and International Affairs 1995-1996. She is now Director of Professional Activities at the BMA, which encompasses all the professional areas of work of the BMA including Ethics, Science, Medical Education, Public Health, Doctors' Health, Equal Opportunities, International Affairs and Conferencing. She has a particular personal interest in public health, including public health ethics, and has written extensively on issues such as dual obligations. In 2004 Vivienne Nathanson became an Honorary Professor in the School for Health at Durham University. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by Strathclyde University. In 2008 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Maggie Rose - Junior Doctor Observer
Maggie Rose is currently a paediatric specialist trainee doctor at Chase Farm Hospital in North London. She graduated from King's College London Medical School 2007 and intercalated a BSc in Clinical Ethics and Law in 2004. She has been an observer on the Governing Body of the Institute of Medical Ethics and has co-ordinated the ethics essay competition since 2004/5.
Professor Julian Savulescu - Editor in Chief, Journal of Medical Ethics
Professor Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, which is one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust. He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics, which is one of the 10 founding Institutes within the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. In 2009 he was also awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council grant on Cognitive Science and Religious Conflict.
Professor Rosamund Scott - Trustee
Rosamund Scott is Professor of Medical Law and Ethics at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics and the School of Law, King’s College London. Her academic background is in philosophy (Australian National University, Canberra) and law (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) and includes a PhD in an area of medical ethics and law at King’s. She is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Clinical Ethics, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medical Ethics, a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Philosophy and a member of the MRC Steering Committee for the UK Stem Cell Bank. She is a former member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Her research interests are largely in the field of reproductive law and ethics and she has produced a wide range of work in this area, including two monographs (one with the aid of AHRC research leave). She has also been and remains engaged in research projects with others: currently for instance she is a member of a major new interdisciplinary initiative - LABTEC - The London and Brighton Translational Ethics Centre (funded by the Wellcome Trust, 2009-14). She is also a barrister.
Dr Julian Sheather - Honorary Member
Dr Julian Sheather (PhD) is ethics manager at the British Medical Association. His particular interests lie in mental health and mental capacity, in consent and capacity issues in relation to children and young people and in public health ethics. He is the BMA's policy lead on child protection and on health and human rights. Julian has worked in the BMA Ethics Department for seven years following a spell as a researcher in international health policy for the BMA's International Department. He is a co-author of Medical Ethics Today, the BMA's handbook on medical ethics and medical law, and is a regular contributor to the British Medical Journal and The Journal of Medical Ethics. He sits on the British Medical Journal's ethics committee, the Institute of Medical Ethics and is on the advisory board of BIOS at the LSE. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally on a range of topics in medical ethics.
The Very Revd Edward Shotter - Honorary Vice-President
Dean Emeritus of Rochester and Amulree Fellow of the Institute of Medical Ethics, Ted Shotter was Director of Studies, London Medical Group, 1963-1989; founder of the Journal of Medical Ethics, 1975; Director (and founder), Institute of Medical Ethics, 1974-1989; Dean of Rochester, 1989-2003; Chairman, University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee, 1995-2003; FRSM 1976. He was made Hon FRCP in 2007.
Dr Anne-Marie Slowther - Trustee
Anne Slowther is Associate Professor of Clinical Ethics at Warwick Medical School and an Associate Fellow of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. At Warwick she leads the teaching of medical ethics and law in the MBChB and Masters programmes. Her research interests include evaluation of clinical ethics services, ethical decision making in primary care, and consent to research in vulnerable populations. Anne qualified from Manchester University and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London and a DPhil in medical ethics at the University of Oxford. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UK Clinical Ethics Network and also a practicing GP in Coventry.
Dr Daniel Sokol - Honorary Member
Dr Daniel Sokol is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Imperial College London and a practising lawyer. He is Senior Editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal, and a columnist for the British Medical Journal. He sits on committees for the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, and the Royal College of Surgeons. He is the author of two books on medical ethics.
Professor Gordon M Stirrat - Honorary Vice President
Gordon Stirrat is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Research Fellow in Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He was Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the University of Bristol (1982-2000); Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1991-1993); and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1993-1997). During this time he was instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He served on the General Medical Council (1990-93) and was chairman of the Ethics Committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2001-2004) and of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (2007-2010). From 2008 to 2011 he spearheaded the IME’s Education Project that resulted in, among other things, the production of the Core Content of Learning for Medical Ethics and Law for UK Medical Schools.
Julie Stone - Honorary Member
Julie Stone is an independent consultant in healthcare ethics and law and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Peninsula Medical School. Current roles include Non-Executive Director of the Health Research Authority, Council Member of the General Osteopathic Council, Quality Assurance Inspection Lay Chair for the General Dental Council, and member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health Strategy. A lawyer by background, Julie was formerly Deputy Director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, where she helped develop post-Shipman regulatory reforms. She has written and advised extensively on all aspects of healthcare regulation. Her main research areas are ethics, law and regulation of integrative medicine, and books in this area include Stone, J and Matthews J. (1996) Complementary Medicine and the Law (Oxford University Press) and Stone J. (2002) An Ethical Framework for Complementary and Alternative Therapists (Routledge). Julie is a yoga teacher, and is feeding into the development of her local Health and Wellbeing Board.
Gauri Verma - Junior Doctor Observer, Joint IME Foundation Doctors Essay Competition Coordinator
Gauri undertook her medical undergraduate training at the University of Bristol. She completed a BSc in Bioethics in 2006. Her research areas to date include: Analysis of the ethical issues portrayed by the media on inequality of global health research, the effects of meditation on mental health, and development of mental health systems in the North and East of Sri Lanka. She completed an Academic Foundation Programme from University Hospitals Bristol in 2011, and intends to pursue a career in psychiatry. She had previously been a medical student observer and now continues as a junior doctor observer. Gauri's interests include global health, justice, inequalities, psychiatry, and meditation.
Revd Bryan Vernon - General Secretary
Ordained as an Anglican priest, I am the "Product champion" for Ethics Teaching and Learning in Newcastle MBBS: since 1991 I have pioneered seminar-based ethics teaching throughout the course in an accessible form as part of the integrated curriculum. I organise a six week fourth year option in Medical Law. I am also Ethics module leader in the world’s first online MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care.
I chair HealthWORKS Newcastle, a health project based in Benwell in the West End of Newcastle, am an honorary University and Hospital Chaplain and General Secretary of the Governing Body of the Institute of Medical Ethics. I am a member of the Newcastle Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee." My major interest is to engage students with attractive and stimulating medical ethics and law teaching and to build a network of medical ethics and law teachers with enthusiasm for their subject who are committed to sharing good practice..