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Members of Council

The list below shows members’ full names, qualifications and biographies. Members were appointed following an independent appointments process.

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Professor Terence Stephenson (GMC Ref No: 2843258)

Chair of Council and registrant member, England

Professor Stephenson was formerly Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges for 2012-2014 and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009-2012.
He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit.
He has been elected an honorary Fellow of eleven colleges or academies, in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia.
Professor Stephenson was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, and a non-executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
He is an honorary consultant in paediatrics at UCL Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital London and has co-authored seven textbooks. His research has mainly been in physiology of early life and acute and chronic paediatric illness and he has published over 275 peer reviewed papers, editorials and chapters. As a researcher, he has received over £8 million in funding.

Mr Steven Burnett

Lay member, Wales

Steve Burnett is currently a Non-Executive Director at Golden Charter Ltd, a Non-Executive Director at HM Treasury Government Internal Audit Agency, Senior Independent Director at the Wales Audit Office and a Director of GMC Services International Ltd.
He has previously been the Senior Independent Director at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.
After a long career in the financial services sector, Steve retired from the position of CEO of Royal Liver Assurance in 2009. During his time as CEO the organisation addressed financial challenges whilst also modernising its product range and service approach, entering new markets and reinventing its role in the sector.
Steve is a retired actuary.

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Dr Shree Datta (GMC Ref No: 6076715)

Registrant member, England

Shree Datta is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King’s College Hospital, and is joint lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College Medical School. She specialises in Benign Gynaecology. She is a Director of Hermiston Court Limited, former Director of the British Medical Association and former Chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors’ Committee. She has also chaired the North European Junior Doctors Association.

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Lady Christine Eames

Lay member, Northern Ireland

Christine Eames holds a portfolio of non-executive positions in the public and voluntary sectors. She is a trustee of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, a committee member of Barnardo’s Northern Ireland, an advisor to the Northern Ireland Child Contact Centre and an ambassador for Home-Start UK. She is also a governor of Hunterhouse College, Belfast. She was previously World President of The Mothers’ Union and a Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland. She is a former trustee of Christian Aid, Ireland, and a former UK trustee and Northern Ireland Chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability. From 2008-10 she was Chair of the GMC’s Working Group on End of Life Care. She was awarded an OBE for services to the community in 2006.

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Professor Michael Farthing (GMC Ref No: 1570249)

Registrant member, England

Michael Farthing is Honorary Professor in the Medical School and UCL and Honorary Consultant at UCL hospitals. He is immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, but continues as Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology to the Army. He has chaired the Health and Social Care Policy Committee of Universities UK and been a member of its Health Committee (with the lead for research integrity). He is past President of the United European Gastroenterology Federation and Vice-Chair of the UK Panel for Research Integrity in Health and Biomedical Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Brighton and Sussex University Trust and the former chair of its Quality and Risk Committee. He was a GMC Council member from 2001-03 and a member of the GMC’s Education Committee until 2008.

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Professor Anthony Harnden (GMC Ref No: 2807869)

Registrant member, England

Anthony Harnden is a general practitioner with a clinical and research interest in primary care paediatrics. He has worked as a Principal in General Practice at Morland House Surgery, Wheatley Oxfordshire for 26 years. He is also a Professor of Primary Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and a Governing Body Fellow of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.
Anthony is currently a Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and Chairman of the Adolescent sub-committee. He is a specialist member of NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee for Immunisation uptake in the under 19s. He developed and is adviser for the British Medical Journal diagnostic series ‘Easily Missed?’
He was formerly the National Clinical Champion for Child Health at the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was the primary care lead for the Confidential Enquiry in Child Deaths and a Board Trustee at the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries. During the last pandemic he was a member of the Department of Health Pandemic Influenza Operational Advisory Group.
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Baroness Helene Hayman

Lay member, England 

Helene Hayman is a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council and sits as a Crossbench peer and was Lord Speaker of the House of Lords from 2006-11. Helene is an independent member of the Parliamentary and Political Service Honours Committee. In September 2014, Helene was appointed Chair of Cambridge University Health Partners. She also chairs the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank. She has had a political career, serving as an MP from 1974-9 and becoming a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 1996, initially as Opposition Spokesperson for Health and later as Minister for Roads, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She has also held a variety of roles in the public and voluntary sectors, including Chair of Cancer Research UK, the Human Tissue Authority, the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and was one of the founding members of the charity Maternity Alliance. She was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. Since leaving office, Baroness Hayman has taken an increasing interest in issues relating to health in developing countries. As part of this work she undertook a VSO Parliamentary placement in Nepal and has become a Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. She joined the Board of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in December 2013.

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Professor Deirdre Kelly (GMC Ref No: 2598565)

Registrant member, England

Deirdre Kelly is a Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist and founding Director of the Liver Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham. She is the Chair of the Implementation Group for the New Congenial Heart Disease Review. She was the Chair of the Clinician Group for the New Congenital Heart Disease Review and was previously the Chair of the Clinical Implementation Advisory Group for Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services. She was a member of the Advisory Group on Hepatitis and has previously served on a number of expert Advisory Committees and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Programme Development Group for Hepatitis B&C. She was formerly the Medical Vice-Chair, West Midlands, for the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. She has been a Commissioner on the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission. She is a former Medical Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and has been president or chair of various national and international medical organisations and medical advisor to a number of national patient organisations.

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Professor Paul Knight OBE (GMC Ref No: 2343239)

Registrant member, Scotland

Paul Knight is Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and an honorary Professor of Medicine at Glasgow University. He is the Treasurer of the Scottish Association of Medical Directors and the secondary care appraisal lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
He was previously the Director of Medical Education for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, chair of the Scottish Directors of Medical Education, President of the British Geriatrics Society, President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a Non-executive Board Member of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. He was the Associate Post Graduate Dean for Management Education in the Scotland West Region Deanery.

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Dame Suzi Leather

Lay member, England

Suzi Leather has wide-ranging experience of governance in the public and voluntary sectors, most recently as Chair of the Charity Commission from 2006-12. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Vice President of Hospiscare (Exeter, East and Mid Devon), a Trustee of South West Ministry Training Course and a Lay Chapter Canon at Exeter Cathedral. Previous roles include Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Deputy Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency, Chair of the School Food Trust, and Chair of Exeter and District Community NHS Trust, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a member of the Council and Ethics Committee of Exeter University. From October 2016 she has been chair the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

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Dame Denise Platt DBE

Lay member, England

Denise has a portfolio of interests: she is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and member of the Advisory Board of the NIHR School of Social Care Research at the LSE. She is also Patron of MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged) and a Vice Patron of Family Action. She has a background in social care and has held a number of leadership positions in the public and third sectors at national and local level including Chair of the National AIDS Trust, trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, Governor of the University of Bedfordshire (where she is an Honorary Fellow), Audit Commissioner and Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate. She was Director of Social Services in Hammersmith and Fulham and is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services.

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Miss Amerdeep Somal

Lay member, England

Amerdeep Somal is the Independent Assessor for the Financial Ombudsman Service and a Council member of Nottingham Trent University where she is also a member of the Audit Committee. She is also an Independent Public Appointments Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
Until recently Amerdeep was a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she was also a member of its Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee and Patient and Public Forum.
Amerdeep was previously a Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a member of the Audit Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust and a Board Member of Nottingham Asian Women’s Aid.