Dr Jacky Davis (Chair)

Dr Jacky Davis is a consultant radiologist specialising in paediatric and breast imaging at Whittington Hospital, where she has worked since 1982. She is a founding member of ‘Keep our NHS Public’ and Co-Chair of the NHS Consultants’ Association. She has sat on the BMA Council since 2006. Jacky lectures around the world on the NHS and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, BMJ and Open Democracy. She co-authored the book NHS SOS. The campaign to change the law on assisted dying is close to Jacky’s heart, following her brother, Kevin’s, death after suffering with terminal renal cancer. You can read more about Kevin’s story here.

Karen Sanders MA(London) RNT RGN (Deputy Chair)

Karen is a Senior Lecturer at a leading London University where she lectures in Healthcare Ethics and Law, Nursing and Research. Earlier in her career Karen worked as a registered nurse within Adult Intensive Care Units and Neurosciences Units. Karen has undertaken several roles within the Royal College of Nursing over the last 20 years including the Ethics Advisory Panel and she is presently on the London Regional Board. Karen also serves on a registered charity and several bodies within the Church of England.

Professor Philip Graham FRCP FRCPsych

Philip is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Health, London. He was a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London for over 25 years. He has acted as Dean of the Institute of Child Health, London, Co-ordinating Consultant to the World Health Organisation Child Mental Health Programme, Chair of the National Children’s Bureau and President of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His recent publications include The End of Adolescence and So Young, So Sad, So Listen.

Dr Elisabeth MacDonald FRCR MA

Dr MacDonald has spent her career working in cancer medicine in the UK as well as 2 years as a Consultant in France and 18 months in research at Stanford University California. She worked as a consultant Cancer Specialist at the teaching hospitals, Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospitals London, from 1988-2000 and retired from clinical medicine in 2006. Her book on communication in medicine, entitled “Difficult Conversations in Medicine” was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. Together with Mary Warnock she is co-author of “Easeful Death: Is there a case for assisted dying?” published by OUP in 2008. She currently teaches Communication Skills at Guys Hospital. She also continues a medico-legal practice as an “Expert Witness” in Oncology.

Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark DBE PhD RGN FRCN

Jill is Professor Nursing at the University of Southampton where she headed up a large Health Faculty and, at a national level, she has acted as Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health.  She has published widely and her academic interests focus around communication in healthcare, health promotion and interprofessional education.  Jill also contributes to policy development and change in nursing and healthcare through membership of a number of government committees, think tanks and independent review panels.

Dr Peter Townsend

Peter is currently a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, with a specialist interest in cardiac anaesthesia, in Birmingham. He recently completed a law degree, during which he developed an interest in the legislation of assisted dying. His interest in the interaction between the law, medicine and the patient continues as a part time PhD student in law at Aston University.

Dr Graham Winyard CBE FRCP FFPH

Graham is a public health physician who retired in 2007 after a career in senior posts in the NHS and Department of Health, including six years as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the NHS in England. He promoted assessing and improving the effectiveness of NHS services and played a major role in the creation of NICE. His long standing belief in the need for a change in the law on assisted dying was powerfully reinforced by his experiences nursing his late wife Sandy during her illness and death from cancer. His current interests include local politics and campaigning, music and Buddhism, while family and grandchildren remain central in his life.

Dr Sarah Wookey MRCGP

Sarah came to Banbury to train as a GP in 1984 and has been there ever since. She is treated with tolerant condescension by her practice team who are learning to talk to her loudly and concisely, a skill her children learnt years ago. Having trained GPs for 20 years, she is now interested in the health needs of marginalised people and works with Doctors of the World UK. In her spare time she provides medical backup for charity fundraising challenges. Despite working as a clinical assistant in dermatology she managed to miss her own malignant melanoma.

Paul Teed

Paul is a junior doctor working in accident and emergency medicine whilst studying for royal college membership exams. Paul enjoys travelling and has worked abroad in his current role and also within the humanitarian aid sector following a previous degree in disaster management. Passionate about end-of-life care and the campaign to legalise assisted dying, Paul believes strongly that these are crucial areas where junior healthcare professionals need much fuller training.

Dr Richard Scheffer

Richard read social science, qualified as a social worker and taught at a university in South Africa before reading medicine at the University of Cape Town. He was a consultant in palliative medicine and medical director of a hospice in the UK for 20 years until his retirement in 2007. He served as chairman of a regional Palliative Care Network and represented his area on the National Council of Palliative Care for a number of years. He was a member of the working group for the development of the Department of Health End-of-Life-Care strategy.

He has always had an interest in the promotion of palliative care in developing countries, especially in Africa, and has served on the UK Forum for Hospice and Palliative Care Worldwide, set up by Help the Hospices, and chaired the Advocacy Committee. He would like to see high quality palliative care available for all at the end of life as well as assisted dying being legally available for those who choose it.

Philip Hartropp

Before his retirement, Philip spent over 30 years as a full-time GP working near Peterborough. In 1999 to forward his interest in end-of-life care he undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine, and then, from 2001-2008, was the Cancer and Palliative Care Lead for a primary Care Trust (PCT).

Philip described his experience of working in end-of-life care as “one of the most satisfying aspects of my job, caring for patients and their families, through their final days of illness”.