Professor Ian Kennedy is Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at the School of Public Policy, University College, London. He holds degrees in law from universities in the UK and USA and is a Barrister and Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. Until December 1996, he had been Dean of the Law School at King's College London for ten years and was Director and then President of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics which he founded in 1978.
He has a long involvement in public service including membership of the Medicines Commission and the Department of Health's Expert Advisory Group on AIDS. He Chaired the Secretary of State for Health's Advisory Group on Xenotransplantation and the Minister of Agriculture's Advisory Group on Quarantine. He is Chairman of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and serves on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisory Group on Medical Ethics and the International Forum on Transplant Ethics.
The Reith Lecturer in 1980, Professor Kennedy has taught and lectured throughout the world. He is the author of texts on medical law and ethics, co-editor of the leading journal on medical law and a member of the editorial board of ten national and international journals.
Professor Sir Brian Jarman OBE is Emeritus Professor at Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital, London W2 and a member of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee to the Government. He is a locum GP at Lisson Grove Health Centre in London NW8 and was previously Head of Division, Primary Care and Population Health Sciences, at Imperial College School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
Rebecca Howard is the Executive Director of Nursing at the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust. A registered sick children's nurse with over 20 years' NHS experience, she has contributed to the development of national policy in the area of children's services, and has a special interest in paediatric intensive care.
Mavis Maclean is Director of the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy, Oxford University. Qualified in sociology and law she has researched and written about compensation for accident victims, and now works in family law and family policy, with a particular interest in the children of separated parents. She is the academic adviser to the research secretariat of the Lord Chancellor's Department and a former member of the Lord Chancellor's Legal Aid Advisory Committee.