Our people

Felicity Boardman - Research Committee

Felicity Boardman is a senior research fellow at Warwick Medical School, having joined in 2010. She is a social scientist by background with a strong interest in empirical ethics research. Felicity's research interests focus on the social and ethical dimensions of reprogenetic decision making, and more specifically, the role of experiential knowledge of disability within these decisions.

Felicity is currently in receipt of an ESRC Future Research Leaders post-doctoral fellowship, exploring the views of affected families towards population level genetic screening for the neuromuscular condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Felicity teaches both Values in Medicine (MBChB students) and leads on a range of mixed methods research courses across the University.


Professor Kenneth Boyd - Honorary Vice-President

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Professor Emeritus 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. 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 ‘Coleridge, Medical Research and Metaphysical Imagination’ The Coleridge Bulletin NS 33 Summer 2009:13-23 and (with P Hall) 'Can Clinical Guidelines Afford to Ignore Cost-Effectiveness? An Ethical Perspective' PharmacoEconomics 34 [6] 529-531

Dr Ruth Bromley - Trustee

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Ruth Bromley is the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School. She has been involved in undergraduate teaching for over fifteen years. When she is not teaching, Ruth is a GP in Wythenshawe, South Manchester and The Chair of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.


Ruth's professional qualifications include MBChB, MRCGP and a PGCE. Her areas of clinical interest include Child Health & Safeguarding. She has an MA in Ethics of Cancer & Palliative Care and retains a close interest of End of Life issues. Her dissertation looked at the limitations to patient choice in state-funded healthcare, an issue which feels more pertinent as each year passes!


Dr Ruth Bromley

Ruth Bromley is the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School. She has been involved in undergraduate teaching for over fifteen years. When she is not teaching, Ruth is a GP in Wythenshawe, South Manchester and The Chair of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

Ruth's professional qualifications include MBChB, MRCGP and a PGCE. Her areas of clinical interest include Child Health & Safeguarding. She has an MA in Ethics of Cancer & Palliative Care and retains a close interest of End of Life issues. Her dissertation looked at the limitations to patient choice in state-funded healthcare, an issue which feels more pertinent as each year passes!

Professor Alastair Campbell - Honorary Vice-President

Alastair CampbellEmeritus Director and Visiting Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Alastair Campbell is the author of nine 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, 2009). His latest book is entitled Bioethics: The Basics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013).


Dr Silvia Camporesi - Research Committee

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Silvia Camporesi is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics & Society in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (formerly, Social Science, Health & Medicine) at King's College London. Silvia has an interdisciplinary background in medical biotechnology and philosophy of medicine and works at the intersection of genetics, ethics, and society, with a special interest in sport.

Silvia has published two books: "From Bench to bedside to track & Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance” (2014, University of California Medical Humanities Press) and “Bioethics, Genetics and Sport” (with Mike McNamee, Routledge, 2018).

Before joining GHSM Silvia was at the Centre for Humanities & Health at King's College London and at the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.

Silvia is Programme Director for the MSc in Bioethics & Society at King’s College London and welcomes inquiries from prospective postgraduate students. Inquiries from prospective PhD (postgraduate research) students for projects on: emerging technologies & reproduction; ethics, medicine and sport; and projects on clinical research ethics (e.g. participation in clinical trials) are also welcome.

You can reach Silvia at: silvia.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk


Dr Michael Dunn - Research Committee

Michael Dunn is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. In this role, he also directs
undergraduate medical Michael Dunn_2015_2ethics, law and professionalism education in Oxford's Clinical School, and the Ethox Centre's graduate research training programme within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. Dr Dunn’s academic research interests span a range of issues in healthcare ethics, social care ethics, and health law. The predominant focus of his current work seeks to address ethical questions presented by the development and expansion of community-based and long-term care practice, law and policy “ both in the UK and internationally. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topic areas. Two co-edited books have recently been published, including Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (CUP, 2016), and a further book, Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd ed, co-authored with Tony Hope, will be published shortly (OUP, 2018). Dr Dunn holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and he has held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo, the University of Oslo, the University of Bradford, and the Hastings Center, New York. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Book Reviews Editor of Ethics and Social Welfare, and a member of both clinical and research ethics committees.

Dr Merryn Ekberg - Research Committee

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Dr Merryn Ekberg completed her PhD on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Medical Genetics at the University of Melbourne. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow before moving to England to work as a Senior Lecture in Bioethics at the University of Northampton. Her research explores the ethical, legal and social aspects of medical genetics, assisted reproductive technologies and stem cell science. Her most recent papers have explored the ethical and legal issues arising from surrogacy and her current work is an exploration of the ethical issues arising from embryonic stem cell research.

Dr Lucy Frith - Trustee & Chair of Research Committee

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Dr Lucy Frith is Reader in Bioethics and Social Science in the University of Liverpool's Medical School. Her research focuses on the social and ethical aspects of health-care decision-making, policy and regulation, with particular interest in empirical ethics and socio-legal approaches. She has carried out research on pregnancy and childbirth; reproductive technologies (gamete and embryo donation); research ethics (clinical trials and public involvement and cross-cultural issues in consent); and the use of evidence in practice and policy. She has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Science and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr Zoe Fritz - Research Committee

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Zoë Fritz is a Wellcome fellow in Society and Ethics, and a Consultant Physician in Acute medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. She is part of the research committee for the IME, having served as a trustee for a decade. Her research is focused on identifying areas of clinical practice that raise ethical questions and applying rigorous empirical and ethical analysis to explore the issues and find effective solutions. Her work has stretched from developing and assessing a new approach to Resuscitation decisions (www.respectprocess.org.uk); proposing changes to the law around the withdrawal of artificial nutrition in those in a persistent vegetative state; researching how clinicians make decisions to refer and admit patients to ICU; working with colleagues in the faculty of philosophy on the relationship between trust, questioning and the issue of “Too Much Medicine’; considering issues of when nondisclosure is morally permissible in a medical setting; and proposing an adapted Rawlsian as a guiding philosophy for the NHS. Her current work focuses on considering the legal, ethical and empirical consequences of communicating uncertainty in diagnosis.


Zoë Fritz is a clinical research fellow and medical registrar in acute medicine 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. Zoë 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 doctorhttp://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7327/1440. 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 - President


Raanan Gillon is a hybrid of retired GP and philosopher. He is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at Imperial College London, where he still does some teaching, mainly tutoring on the medical school's medical ethics and law course and also on the Imperial College one week intensive course in medical ethics, aimed primarily at practising doctors, which he has directed since he started it in 1983. He is past chairman and now president of the Institute of Medical Ethics and a member of the British Medical Association's Medical Ethics Committee and also of its International Committee. He was editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics for 20 years and a part-time NHS general practitioner for 28 years. He has published extensively on medical ethics and his elderly book 'Philosophical Medical Ethics' is in its 13th print, with a second edition in 'very prolonged gestation'. He was senior editor of and contributor to a massive and prize winning multi-author textbook, Principles of Health Care Ethics. In 1999 he was co-recipient with Alastair Campbell (the medical ethicist, not the political aide) of the American Hastings Center Beecher award for contributions to ethics and the life sciences. He is an enthusiastic proponent of 'the four principles approach' both for medical ethics and for ethics in general.

Phil Greenwood - Chief Executive

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Phil Greenwood joined the Institute of Medical Ethics in early 2013, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Having spent three years managing a membership organisation charity in the blood transfusion field that produced a medical journal, a regular newsletter and arranged conferences, there is a very close synergy with the work that the IME undertake.

Professor Roger Higgs - Honorary Vice-President

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 Carwyn Hooper - General Secretary

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Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London (SGUL). He is also the academic lead for medical ethics and law at SGUL. He has studied medicine, philosophy and medical education. He also has a PhD in Law. He has research interests in global health ethics, public health ethics and the use of novel e-Learning tools in the teaching and assessment of medical ethics. He is a member of St George's NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Committee. 


Prof Richard Huxtable - Research Committee

richard huxtableRichard Huxtable is Professor of Medical Ethics and Law, and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol. Qualified in law and socio-legal studies, he researches end-of-life decision-making, surgical ethics and clinical ethics, and has published widely in legal, bioethical and medical journals. His books include Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (2012, Routledge) and All That Matters: Euthanasia (2013, Hodder), as well as the co-authored/edited The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook (2010, CUP) and Ethical Judgments: Re-writing Medical Law (2016, Hart). Richard co-edits the Ethics in Clinical Practice section of BMC Medical Ethics and is a trustee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network.

View Richard's full profile - on the University of Bristol website

Dr Jonathan Ives - Grants & Awards Committee

Jon IvesJon joined the University of Bristol's Centre for Ethics in Medicine in 2016, and is Deputy Director of the Centre as well as Co-Director of postgraduate research at Bristol Medical School

Jon initially trained in Philosophy, obtaining a BA and M.Phil from the University of Birmingham between 2000-2004. In 2004 he began a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Birmingham's Medical School, graduating in 2007 and going on to spend a year as a research fellow on an NIHR funded project. In 2008 he obtained a lectureship at the University of Birmingham and worked there for 8 years before moving to Bristol.

Jon's work is located in the field of Bioethics, and covers a broad spectrum of topics and methodologies. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, trained in both Philosophical and Social Science research methods, with experience in a range of mixed-method research.  His interests, however, are focussed on normative questions around biomedicine and healthcare.

He has published widely on the theory and methodology of Empirical Bioethics, and this methodological work finds expression and application in a variety of Bioethics topics. Jon has published on, inter alia; the ethics of fathers and families; reproductive ethics, end of life ethics, research ethics, ethics and methodology in clinical trial design; the ethics of medical education; mental health. He is Section Editor (Methodology in Bioethics) for BMC Medical Ethics and Associate Editor (Methods) for Health Care Analysis, and co-editor of 'Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical perspectives' published by Cambridge University Press.

His work has been funded by, inter alia, The Wellcome Trust, ESRC, AHRC, Brocher Foundation, Brigstow Foundation.

Dr Selena Knight - Education Committee

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I graduated from King’s College London School of Medicine and am currently working as a GP Registrar in Westminster. My interest in bioethics began when I did an intercalated BSc in the subject in 2009 and since then I have been involved in regularly teaching medical students and have designed an ethics teaching programme at Imperial College. I sit as a member of the Imperial College NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committee and am very interested in exploring how healthcare professionals can be better supported in ethical decision making. I have been an internship at the World Health Organization’s Global Health Ethics Unit where I worked on projects on ethical issues faced in epidemics and when working in disasters.

As well as being a GP I work part time as an Academic Clinical Fellow researching ethical issues in resource allocation decision-marking and public health at King’s College London.

When not working I enjoy reading, playing the piano, skiing and snowboarding, and travelling to adventurous places.


Dr Richard Knox - Education Committee

 Richard Knox is a clinical associate professor in the University of Nottingham School of Medicine.

He is Co-Director of professionalism and ethics for the undergraduate programme in Nottingham, and chairs the School's Professionalism and Academic Competency Committee. Richard is deputy director of the Primary Care Education Unit (PCEU), which has oversight of all undergraduate primary care education delivered by the School. 

Dr Wing May Kong MA, PhD, FRCP - Chair


Wing May Kong is a consultant physician in endocrinology and diabetes at Central Middlesex Hospital, and Head of Ethics and Law, Undergraduate Medicine 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 on the integration of 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.

Professor Margaret Lloyd - Honorary Vice-President & Chair of Grants & Awards Committee

mLLOYD 3Margaret 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.

Emma Nottingham - Research Committee

Emma Nottingham is a doctoral researcher and tutor at Southampton Law School and will be undertaking a position as a lecturer in law at the University of Winchester from September 2015. Emma joined the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee last year and has enjoyed contributing ideas and working with other members of the medical ethics community. Emma's research interests include healthcare law, medical law and ethics, bioethics, children's rights, sexual and reproductive health and family law. In 2014, Emma convened the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference and has since helped to establish a Postgraduate Bioethics Committee.

Emma edits the blog Paediatric Bioethics www.paediatricbioethics.wordpress.com. Follow Emma on twitter @EmmaCNottingham @paediatricbiomma

The Very Revd Edward Shotter - Honorary Vice-President (29 June 1933 – 3 July 2019)

Ted was Dean Emeritus of Rochester and Amulree Fellow of the Institute of Medical Ethics, 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 and was made Hon FRCP in 2007. Ted sadly passed away on 3rd July 2019 - read a tribute to Ted by Prof Raanan Gillon here.

Dr Anne-Marie Slowther - Trustee

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Anne is Reader in Clinical Ethics at Warwick Medical School and a clinical ethicist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. At Warwick she leads the Values, Law and Ethics theme in the MBChB curriculum. Her research interests include evaluation of clinical ethics services, ethical decision making in acute and emergency care, and consent to research in vulnerable populations. She is one of a handful of clinical ethicist working in UK NHS hospitals. 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 a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the UK Clinical Ethics Network. Her clinical background is in General Practice.


Professor Gordon M Stirrat - Honorary Vice President

GMSGordon Stirrat is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and, until 2014, 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 - Trustee

Julie stoneJulie Stone is a healthcare lawyer and ethicist and has held full-time and visiting posts for thirty years, including Visiting Professor in Ethics at Peninsula Medical School (2007-2011).  Her main expertise is healthcare regulation.  As former Deputy Director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now, the Professional Standards Authority), she helped shape the post-Shipman regulatory landscape and develop the structure for medical revalidation.  Her commitment to ethics underpins academic, policy-making and health service delivery roles.  

Her current portfolio includes healthcare professional education and training, quality assurance roles and regulatory decision-making panels.  A vocal expert by experience, she is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health Strategy and known for her work on ethics and law in psychotherapy.  She has published widely on various aspects of healthcare regulation, and is an expert on professional boundaries, having led a major Department of Health funded project on ‘Clear Sexual Boundaries’.  

Julie is also passionate about health and wellbeing, championing public health, prevention and integrated care in her Non-Executive and advisory roles.  Outside academia, Julie is a highly experienced yoga teacher, who offers free community yoga classes and uses yoga to improve the health of people with mental health issues and long-term conditions.


Georgia Testa - Trustee

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Georgia Testa is the lead for medical ethics and law in Leeds Medical School.

Based in the Philosophy Department, Georgia has taught a number of different courses in Applied Ethics (Environmental Ethics, Ethics of War, and the Ethics of Life and Death). She is also the Director of Student Education for the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

From 2016-2019 she was the Chair of the IME’s Education Committee. 

Revd Bryan Vernon - Treasurer

BGVOrdained 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 am an honorary University and Hospital Chaplain and Honorary Treasurer 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.

Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt - Trustee & Chair of Education Committee



I am a Chartered HcPc registered Occupational Psychologist. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and a senior member of staff with the Sheffield Medical Education team. My research and teaching experience in Medical Education spans over a decade.

I have experience in Organisational development, managing change and training development and delivery for health professional groups. I have particular expertise in developing and assessing professionalism and ethics and law education; human factors and errors in decision making.

I am curriculum lead for the Professionalism and Patient Safety theme for the Sheffield MBChB programme for just over ten years; Ethics and Law is a part of the Professionalism and Patient Safety theme. I have had the privilege to design implement and continue to develop this theme through my leadership within Sheffield Medical Education team. My research interests are within technology enhanced learning, application of ethics, developing ethics and safety education, and improving student learning. As Deputy Faculty Director for Learning and Teaching I have Leadership and overview for the faculty's Quality and Governance processes