Keeping the UK a world leader in medical research

Officers

Chris Green MP (Chair)

Chris was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bolton West in 2015.  A former engineer with a specialisation in mass spectrometry, he has worked in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry, as well as in local politics, serving as Deputy Chair of the Manchester Federation from 2009 to 2012. Chris was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Transport Ministerial Team from January to July 2018, before which he was a member of the Work and Pensions Committee from 2017 to 2018, and of the Commons Science and Technology Committee from 2015 to 2017. He has chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Medical Research since the 2017 General Election, is Vice-Chair of the APPG for Life Sciences, and is Secretary of the APPG on Artificial Intelligence, amongst others.

Daniel Zeichner MP (Vice Chair)

Daniel was elected to Parliament in 2015 as the Labour Member for Cambridge following a career ranging from computer programming to local politics and the trade union movement. Daniel has previously served as a Shadow Transport Minister, from 2015 to 2017, and as a member of the Commons Science & Technology Committee, in 2015. He continues to serve on both the Transport Committee and the Petitions Committee. Following success in the 2017 Private Members Bill ballot, he introduced the Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill. Daniel is especially active with All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including APPGs on Data Analytics, which he chairs, Life Sciences, Mental Health, and the UK's Innovation Corridor.

The Lord Turnberg of Cheadle (Co-Secretary)    

Leslie Turnberg joined the House of Lords as a Labour peer in 2000 following a career as a consultant gastroenterologist and academic at the University of Manchester. He has held numerous leadership roles within the medical profession, including President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1992 to 1997, Vice President of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 1998 to 2004, and Chairman of the National Centre for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research, from 2004 to 2007. In Parliament, he served as a member of the Science and Technology Committee from 2001 to 2005 and the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee from 2016 to 2017. He has also been active around health legislation, serving as a member of Committees on: The Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, Draft Mental Health Bill, and Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill. Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions, his broad interests and expertise also led him to become a trustee of Ovarian Cancer Action, the Wolfson Foundation, and Action on Smoking and Health. He was formerly the scientific advisor for the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Anne Marie Morris MP (Co-Secretary)

Anne Marie entered Parliament in 2010 as the Conservative Member for Newton Abbot. Her background is in law, marketing and small business, as well as campaigning for better dementia service provision. She has served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee since February 2018, having also served on the committee from 2016 to 2017. Anne Marie was previously a member of the Work & Pensions Committee from 2012 to 2015. Following this, she became the Parliamentary Private Secretary for the former Universities & Science Minister, Jo Johnson. During this Parliament, Anne Marie is the sponsor of the Physician Associates (Regulation) Bill, a Private Members Bill that is selected by ballot. 

The Lord Willis of Knaresborough (Treasurer)

Phil Willis was elevated to the House of Lords in 2010 after having served as the Liberal Democrats’ Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough since 1997. His former career spanned head-teaching to local politics, where he led Harrogate Borough Council. He previously served as the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Secretary for Education & Skills from 2000 to 2005, and was Chair of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee from 2008 to 2009. His participation on committees has been extensive, including both the Commons and Lords Science and Technology Committees at various times, the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee from 2016 to 2017, and the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill Joint Committee in 2007. An ex-chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, he currently chairs several education-focussed organisations and is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council.

Members

The Lord Alderdice

John Alderdice is a Liberal Democrat Peer, having joined the House of Lords in 1996. He served as the Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Peers between 2010 and 2014. Before his peerage, he was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and served as the Executive Medical Director of the South and East Belfast Health and Social Services from 1993 to 1997. He has been on several parliamentary committees, including the Science and Technology Sub Committee (I) and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Committee. He is the Vice-Chair of the APPG on Cyber Security and an Officer on the APPG on Psychology.

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Ilora Finlay was raised to the peerage in 2001 following a prestigious career as a consultant in Palliative Medicine: she is a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine and won the honour of Welsh woman of the year in 1996-97. A current member of the panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees, she has frequently served on the Lords Science & technology Committee and its sub-committees, as well as serving on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill Committee and Draft Mental Health Bill Joint Committee. She has also been actively involved in health-related legislation, including bills on public smoking in Wales, in 2003; on organ donation, in 2007; on the regulation of sunbed use, in 2010; and on access to palliative care, in 2015. She presently serves on numerous All-Party Parliamentary Groups, such as those on obesity, cancer, and Parkinson’s, and is Co-Chair of the All-Party Health Group.

The Baroness Gale

Anita Gale joined the House of Lords as a Labour peer in 1999, coming from a background within the Labour Party and the trade union movement. She has served as Labour’s Shadow Spokesperson for Equalities and Women's Issues since January 2017 and previously served as an Opposition Whip in the House of Lords from 2010 to 2013, and as a member of the Select Committee on Charities from 2016 to 2017. She is also currently Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s. She has an active involvement with charitable organisations, being President of the Royal British Legion Treherbert and District Branch, Patron of the Kidney Wales Foundation, President of the National Association of Old Age Pensioners of Wales, and a patron of the charity Bees for Development.

The Rt Hon the Baroness Hayman GBE

Helene Hayman is a Crossbench Peer, having joined the House of Lords in 1996 after working in the health service for twenty years. Originally a Labour Peer, she gave up her party membership to become the first Lord Speaker of the House. She chaired an NHS hospital trust and founded the charity Maternity Alliance before serving as the chair of Cancer Research UK and the Human Tissue Authority. Her interests include global health and health services, and she is an advocate of gender equality. She was awarded a Dame Grand Cross in 2012 and continues to serve as Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of the UK Biobank. She is the Vice-Chair of the APPG on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE

Philip Hunt joined the House of Lords as a Labour Peer in 1997 following an extensive career in the NHS. Since his peerage he has worked in a number of Government and Shadow posts, including as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health from 1998 to 2003, Minister of State for the Department of Health on NHS Reform in 2007, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 2008 to 2010, Shadow Spokesperson for Health and Social Care from 2012 to 2017, and Shadow Deputy Leader from 2010 to 2017. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to healthcare and in 1996 he became the first Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. He is the Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group, and Vice Chair of the APPGs on Patient Safety and on Personalised Medicine. He was President of the Royal Society for Public Health and Chairman of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust from 2011 to 2014, and has been the President of the Health Care Supplies Association since 2010. Since January 2019, he is a board member of the General Medical Council.

The Baroness Masham of Ilton DL

Susan Masham entered the House of Lords as a crossbench peer in 1970 with a background as a three-time Paralympian, and has since been a champion of disabled people’s rights. Active around health issues for decades, she served as a member of the Lords HIV and AIDS in the UK Committee from 2010 to 2011, and the Science and Technology Sub-Committee (I) from 1998 to 1999. Currently, she is an Officer of 18 health and medicine-related All-Party Parliamentary Groups, covering topics such as patient safety, antibiotics, and heart disease. Having been involved with various charitable organisations and public bodies, such as the Red Cross and Phoenix House Drug Rehabilitation, she continues to serve as President of the Spinal Injuries Association, which she founded in 1974.

The Lord Patel KT

Narendra Patel joined the House of Lords in 1999. An eminent Consultant Obstetrician, his previous career involved periods as President of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He has served as Chair of the Lords Science & Technology Committee since June 2017, before which he frequently served as a member of the committee or its sub-committees, and has been involved in legislation on human fertilisation and affordable childcare. Most recently, during the passage through Parliament of the Data Protection Bill (now Act, 2018), he helped secure Government assurances that it would not create barriers to research. He is an Officer of several other All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including on Personalised Medicine and on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.

The Lord Rea

John Rea joined the House of Lords as a Labour Peer in 1982 following a career as a General Medical Practitioner and a lecturer in epidemiology for nearly 30 years. He has sought to raise awareness of international development and human rights from a health context. He was a Trustee of UK Health Forum (formerly National Health Forum) for almost three decades, also serving as its Honorary Secretary and President. In Parliament, he served on several Sub-Committees of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, as well as on the HIV and AIDS in the UK Committee from 2010 to 2011. He is the Co-Chair of the APPGs on Child Health and Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Vice Chair of the All-Party Food and Health Forum and of the APPG on Respiratory Health, and Officer of the APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.

The Earl of Selborne KBE FRS DL

John Palmer entered the House of Lords as a Conservative hereditary peer in 1971. Outside Parliament, he served as a councillor on Hampshire County Council from 1967 to 1974 and Managing Director of Blackmoor Estate from 1962 to 2004. Since 1990, he has frequently served on the Lords Science & Technology Committee and its sub-committees, most recently serving as Chair from 2009 to 2017. He served on the Communications Committee from 2011 to 2014 and has been a frequent member of the European Union Committee and its subcommittees. Currently, he is an Officer of All-Party Parliamentary Groups on climate change, water, and science & technology in agriculture. An active figure in extra-Parliamentary affairs, he has chaired the Foundation for Science and Technology since 2006, was Chancellor of the University of Southampton from 1996 to 2006, and served as the President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1997 to 2000.

Catherine West MP

Catherine entered Parliament in 2015 as the Labour Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, following a career in London local politics in which she served as the leader of Islington borough council from 2010 to 2013. Since 2017, she has been a member of both the Committee on Arms Export Controls and the International Trade Committee. Catherine has previously served as the Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister, from 2015 to 2017. She is active in more than 20 All-Party Parliamentary Groups that span a range of issues, from the APPG on Prevention of Plastic Waste to the APPG on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.

 

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