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David Archard was appointed Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 2017. He is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, 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.
Muhammed Afolabi is a Clinical Assistant Professor and UKRI Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has more than 12 years of experience in the clinical evaluation of vaccines for Ebola, HIV, and malaria in adult and paediatric populations across several African countries. He also has expertise in bioethics shaping conduct of clinical trials and deployment of multimedia technology for obtaining informed consent among vulnerable populations. Muhammed serves on several vaccine and immunisation committees including the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Working Group on COVID-19 vaccines.
Ruchi is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. She works for Public Health England as a Screening and Immunisation Lead for the Thames Valley region. Ruchi has a longstanding interest in bioethics. Prior to her current role, she was based at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, where she completed a DPhil at the Ethox Centre focused on ethical issues sharing infectious disease related data and samples internationally. During this time she also served as the Deputy Director of Clinical (Public Health) Teaching.
Carol Brayne CBE is a Professor of Public Health Medicine and Co-Director of Public Health at the Cambridge Public Health Interdisciplinary Research Centre in the University of Cambridge. Her research focus has been longitudinal studies focusing on brain ageing and dementia, studies that contribute to national and international policy development. She has led research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications around diagnostic testing and availability. She is a member and chair of scientific advisory boards, Royal College and Charity Committees.
Simon is a Senior Associate of Involve. He has extensive experience in the fields of public participation, accountability and transparency, scientific and technology innovation and organisational change. He has worked at the local and national level in Africa, Asia, and Europe. His current focus is on developing more effective ways for citizens to be involved in the development and application of technological innovations. Simon is a Fellow WWF UK and Programme Director for Sciencewise.
Victoria Butler-Cole QC is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers where she specialises in health and social care law including the law of mental capacity.
Melanie is a writer and researcher, across environmental history and philosophy. Her books include ‘On Extinction’, and the forthcoming ‘How To Be Animal’. She publishes and presents ideas that bring together environmental ethics, bioethics, and natural history. Melanie also works in the creative arts, and is a frequent collaborator with composer Mark Simpson. Their first opera, ‘Pleasure’, starring Lesley Garret, toured with Opera North, Royal Opera, and Aldeburgh Music in 2016.
Clare is Professor of Political Philosophy and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State; Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice; Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (with Phil Parvin, Hodder); and numerous articles and chapters on feminist and liberal political philosophy. She currently holds a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to work on a project titled Intact: The Unmodified Body.
John is Professor of Law in the Centre for Health, Law, and Society, at the University of Bristol Law School. His research combines legal analysis with approaches from moral and political theory; especially in the contexts of mental capacity law and public health ethics and law. He is a member of the ethics committees of the BMJ and the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Frances is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Genetics at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, where she was also the Caldicott Guardian for 12 years. She is an Authority member of the HFEA. She previously served on the Human Genetics Commission, and was the elected President of the Clinical Genetics Society from 2009-11. Frances was a member of the Council’s Working Party on mitochondrial replacement therapies.
Elaine is a former Consultant Psychiatrist, with extensive experience in national and international bioethics policy. Working at the Department of Health, she contributed to bioethical policy development on a wide range of issues. She led bioethical negotiations for the UK in the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the United Nations and has chaired the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Bioethics. She now has a judicial role in the First-tier Tribunal.
Anne is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She has a background in Science and Technology Studies and Medical Sociology, researching professional, patient and public encounters with innovative health technologies, including assisted conception, reproductive genetics, regenerative medicine, and genomic medicine for cancer. She has written widely on her research with colleagues from across the social and bio-sciences, focusing on how patients, researchers and clinicians craft the opportunities and risks of biomedicine.
Michael is Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England. He was a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council/Committee (2004-12), Director of Education at the Royal Society (2006-08), a member of the GM Science Review Panel (2002-04), Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures (2001-02) and Chair of EuropaBio’s External Advisory Group on Ethics (2000-01).
Bella is Chair of the ageing working group. She is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and Director of Vocal, at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Her career has spanned basic research, science writing, biomedical ethics, public engagement, patient involvement and science policy, as a practitioner, action researcher, strategic adviser and funder. She is passionate about inclusion in, and democratisation of, biomedical and health research; her Fellowship explores how public engagement with research acts as a catalyst for scientific and social change.
Selena is a General Practitioner with a portfolio career in clinical work and medical ethics including having previously worked as an Academic Clinical Fellow undertaking research in bioethics. Her current roles include working as a GP in an inner city practice, and a Quality Improvement Fellow focusing on how personalised care can improve health for those with chronic pain, and reduce health inequalities. Her clinical areas of interest are primary care, mental health and working with refugees, and academic interests focuses on clinical ethics, resource allocation, and public health ethics. Selena teaches medical ethics at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level and has been involved in a number of areas of curriculum design and delivery.
Mehrunisha is Director of Medical Ethics and Law Education at The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Her research involves an ethical analysis of the experiences of end of life care services in the UK from Muslim perspectives. She is an expert for UNESCO’s Ethics Teacher Training Programme and was awarded the 2017 National Ibn Sina Muslim News Award for health. She has an ‘Alimiyyah degree in traditional Islamic studies, which she was given under the supervision of Shaykh Akram Nadwi at Al Salam Institute in 2013.
Susan is an independent Consultant Pharmaceutical Physician working with small and medium sized companies in the pharmaceutical industry. She trained in paediatrics and neonatology in the NHS, but having an interest in clinical research she joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1998. Since then she has been involved in the clinical development of new medicines in several therapeutic areas. She was a member of the Council’s working party on Children and Clinical Research.