Death Certification National Steering Group

Terms of reference

The purpose of the Death Certification National Steering Group is to:

  • Provide direction on progress of the Death Certification Programme and to take overall responsibility for key decisions on deliverables.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that planning for each strand of the programme has been thorough, risks identified and addressed, and timetables (see Project Initiation Document) for delivery are met.
  • Work with partners, as required, setting up task teams with responsibility for developing guidance and other products in support of key deliverables (see Project Initiation Document).
  • Act as ‘field experts’ giving guidance on the practical implications of proposals for the new death certification process, including piloting the proposed improvements.


Read the Death Certification steering committee minutes

News and publications

Read death certification news and publications


  • Prof. John Newton (Chair) – Regional Director of Public Health, NHS South Central
  • Sally Bye – Local Government Association
  • Dr Martin Donnelly – Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
  • Chris Dorries – HM Coroner Sheffield (Coroners’ Society)
  • Dr Alan Fletcher – Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof. Peter Furness – Royal College of Pathologists
  • Catherine Horsfield – Royal College of Pathologists
  • Mark Green – Bereavement Services Association
  • Geraldine Hughes – Local Government Association
  • Divya Patel – Communities and Local Government
  • Christine Hurst – Coroners’ Officers Association
  • Tessa Ing – Department of Health – Head of End of Life Care and Death Certification Programme
  • Debbie Kerslake – Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Debbie Large – Coroners’ Officers Association
  • James Lowell – Association of Anatomical Pathology Technologists
  • Nigel Lymn Rose – National Association of Funeral Directors
  • Clive Leverton – National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
  • Tim Morris – Chief Executive, Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management
  • John Pollard – HM Coroner South Manchester (Coroners’ Society)
  • Rick Powell – The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities
  • Daisy Shale – Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kathryn Griffin – Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dominic Smales – Ministry of Justice
  • Geraint Davies – Ministry of Justice
  • Mini Mishra – Scottish Government
  • Alan Starkey – Welsh Government
  • Glenn Taylor – Local Government Group
  • David Trembath, General Register Office
  • Lucy Vickers – Office of National Statistics
  • Dr Julia Verne – Director of the South West Public Health Observatory
  • Anne Wadey – Bereavement Advice Centre
  • Stephen White – Cremation Society of Great Britain
  • Dr Michael Wilks – Chairman, BMA Forensic Medical Committee

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