Sir David Amess, MP - Conservative (Chair)
After more than thirty years in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess joins this APPG with a wealth of experience in a range of issues, particularly in health. Sir David served on the Health Committee from 1998 until 2007 while also serving as Chair of the Conservative Party Backbench Committee for Health since 1999. He played a prominent role in the inquiry into national obesity, which led to the well-received 2004 report. He also served on multiple Backbench Business Committees from 2012 to 2015 and still serves on the Panel of Chairs as well as the Administration Committee. David has sponsored numerous successful bills, received the Dods Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime commitment to charitable work and can be found frequently chairing Public Bill Committees, Westminster Hall debates and even Committees of the whole House.
The Rt Hon. Norman Reginald Warner, Baron Warner of Brockley PC - Unaffiliated (Co-Chair)
Lord Warner has served on several Lords Select Committees including on Science and Technology. Most recently, he was appointed as independent commissioner to oversee improvements to children's services in Birmingham. He was a member of the independent Commission on the Funding of Care and Support that reported in 2011 to the Coalition government with reform proposals now incorporated in the Care Act 2014.
During his tenure as a Minister of State from 2003 to 2007, Lord Warner’s responsibilities included NHS reform and NHS research and development, including the advancement of genetics. Prior to that, as Kent’s Director of Social Services, he was heavily involved in reform of community care. Lord Warner has chaired voluntary organisations and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, as well as worked as a management consultant and adviser in the private sector. In 2011 he published a book on NHS reform entitled “A Suitable Case for Treatment” and in 2014 he co-authored a report on “Solving the NHS care and cash crisis”. In March 2015 he co-authored a report entitled “Letting Go – can devolution solve the NHS cash and care crisis?”
The Rt Hon. Philip Alexander Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath OBE - Labour (Vice-Chair)
Lord Hunt has been active within and beyond health politics. He has been Shadow Spokesperson for Health since 2012, prior to which he served five years as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health. He has served as Minister of State for the Department of Health, and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Justice. He has also served as Chairman of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the National Patient Safety Agency. Lord Hunt continues to serve as the President of the Royal Society of Public Health and the Health Care Supplies Association. He was the first Chief Executive of the NHS confederation. He served as the Director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts from its inception in 1990 as well as a Director of its predecessor, the National Association of Health Authorities.
Chi Onwurah, MP - Labour (Vice-Chair)
First elected to the House of Commons in 2010, Onwurah was Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2013, at which point she became a Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, serving until 2015. She has also served on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. Onwurah is an active campaigner for causes close to her heart, including racial equality and educational opportunity. Onwurah has said, ‘I love science and engineering and innovation, it is what I’ve been doing all my life’. After graduating as an engineer she worked in hardware and software development, product management, market development and strategy for a variety of mainly private sector companies in a range of foreign countries. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School and earned Chartered Engineering status.
Narendra Patel, Baron Patel of Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross - Crossbench (Vice-Chair)
Lord Patel joined the House of Lords in 1999 and proceeded to serve on the Science and Technology Committee (1999-2008), the Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee (1999-2005), the Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill and the Procedure Committee. He is currently Chairman of the UK Stem Cell Oversight Committee, the UK Stem Cell Network and the National Patient Safety Agency of England and Wales. He is a council member of the Medical Research Council.
Prior to his career in the House, Lord Patel studied medicine and worked for more than thirty years at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, becoming a consultant obstetrician in 1974. He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since 1988. He has since served as Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of Scotland as well as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of the UK. He is the current President of Attend, a national charity that supports and expands the roles volunteers play in creating healthy communities, and a past President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
George Philip Willis, Baron Willis of Knaresborough - Liberal Democrats (Treasurer)
Lord Willis has spent his time in both Houses of Parliament as an active authority in health and scientific affairs he has served as a member and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and then as Chair of the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee. This was followed by tenure as Chair of the Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill. Once the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee was reinstated, Lord Willis was re-elected as its Chair. Following publication of the Willis Commission Report on the future education and training of pre-registration, Lord Willis was commissioned by Health Education England in partnership with the Nursing Midwifery Council to be the Independent Chair of the Shape of Caring – a review into the education and training of nurses and care assistants. He is the current Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, President of the Association of Colleges Charitable Trust and a member of the Foundation for Science and Technology.
Helen Whately MP, Conservative
An experienced business woman, Helen followed her time at PricewaterhouseCooper and AOL-Time Warner with almost ten years in healthcare consultancy, working with NHS hospitals to improve care and efficiency. She has also advised healthcare regulators and commissioners, and worked on healthcare policy more generally. She was first elected in 2015 and returned with an increased majority in 2017. Locally, she has actively campaigned to improve health services and to join up health and social care. In parliament, she has served on the Health Select Committee from 2015 – 2017, in addition to contributing to a number of other health initiatives and groups in parliament. Since June 2017, Helen has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities. Before this, she was PPS to the Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
Victor Olufemi Adebowale, Baron Adebowale of Thornes CBE - Crossbench
Lord Adebowale is Chief Executive of the social care enterprise Turning Point and was one of the first to become a People's Peer. In 2000 he received the CBE in the New Year’s Honour List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people. He has been involved in a number of taskforce groups, advising the government on mental health, learning disabilities and the role of the voluntary sector in health affairs. He is Co-Chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health National Steering Group and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Lord Adebowale has been CEO of the Alcohol Recovery Project, as well homeless charity Centrepoint. He is a member of the National Employment Panel, the New Economics Foundation Board and the Institute for Fiscal Studies Council. He is also on the policy advisory board of the Social Market Foundation, and on the board of the National School of Government. He is a Director of Leadership in Mind, a non-exec of the health IT consultancy St Vincents and a member of the Audit Commission and has advised governments of all parties on Employment, Housing, Poverty and Public Service Reform.
Heidi Allen, MP - Conservative
Heidi Allen is an astrophysicist with an extensive background in business and a passion for science and technology. After 18 years’ experience in various industries across both the private and public sector, she has spent the last six years as managing director of her family’s manufacturing business. Having earned a degree in Astrophysics, Allen is no stranger to science and technology, and emphasises its importance to her work as the new MP for South Cambridgeshire. She is passionate about making science, manufacturing and UK business become the ‘beating heart’ of the UK’s economy.
Angela Frances Browning, Baroness Browning - Conservative
Baroness Browning entered politics having gained experience in a number of professions including nursing, management consulting and commercial transparency. Starting her political career in the House of Commons in 1992, Baroness Browning has worked in parliament for almost 25 years and earned senior positions within the Conservative Party including Vice-Chair and Deputy Chair. Prior to such appointments, she acted as Shadow Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills, Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. She ended her career in the House of Commons in 2011 as Minister for State for the Home Office. Across both Houses, Baroness Browning has contributed to a number of committees spanning many important issues, including the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill, the Draft Mental Health Bill and the Mental Capacity Act. This is in addition to work for the Procedure Committee, the Liaison Committee, Public Account Committee and currently, the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, the European Union Committee and the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee.
Baroness Browning manages to balance an active political life with her role as an NHS leadership and awareness consultant, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, Vice President of the National Autistic Society and Vice President of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Maria Caulfield, MP - Conservative
Maria Caulfield joins the APPG as a new MP after spending years on the frontline of the NHS. Between 2007 and 2011 she was a Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing on Brighton and Hove City Council. But it was a campaign to save a local hospital in the Brighton area that initiated her involvement with the Conservative Party. She worked as a registered nurse at the Royal Sussex County hospital and then the Royal Marsden hospital where she was a Research Sister leading a team in the field of breast cancer research. While the protection of local health services was a priority in her election campaign, Caulfield is also a member of the English teaching and health teams of Project Umubano, through which she delivers vaccination and health programmes to Rwandan clinics.
Jo Churchill MP, Conservative
An experienced business woman and a successful health campaigner, Jo Churchill was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2015. She is the MP for Bury St Edmunds. Jo sits on the Environmental Audit Committee as well as the Women and Equalities Committee. As a Lincolnshire County Councillor, she contributed to a number of external bodies focused on business and health, including Local Enterprise Partnership and Health and Wellbeing board. In addition to her long-standing interest in politics, her personal experience with the NHS and her academic interest in health and economic productivity helped motivate her to campaign for and speak in parliament on improved cancer outcomes. She was a champion for health long before joining the breast cancer charity Breakthrough, acting as a strong voice for better health services in the UK. She has also found time to serve as Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the finance committee at a grammar school, a governor at a BESD school and she sat on a Sure Start Board. Prior to politics, Jo worked in retail for multiple regional and global brands, eventually running two successful contracting companies.
Ilora Gillian Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff - Crossbench
Lady Llandaff is a doctor, professor of palliative medicine and active parliamentarian on health affairs. In the House of Lords, she has served on multiple Science and Technology Sub Committees and Select Committees, as well as a Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. She also chairs the Welsh Medical and Dental Academic Advisory Board and the Palliative Care Strategy Implementation Board for Wales. She is president of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Vice President of Marie Curie Cancer Care as well as a consultant for both Palliative Medicine and the Velindre Cancer Centre. Lady Finlay is a past president of the British Medical Association as well as the Royal Society of Medicine and remains a patron of both the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network in Wales and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. It was Baroness Finlay who started the Marie Curie Hospice in Wales and the independent think tank Living and Dying Well. She also initiated iWantGreatCare, a dynamic patient feedback evaluation of health services across Wales. Prior to her political career, she was a GP in Glasgow before returning to Cardiff to work full-time in care of the terminally ill.
The Rt Hon. Helene Valerie Hayman, Baroness Hayman of Dartmouth Park GBE - Crossbench
Both within and beyond her political career Lady Hayman has dedicated herself to advancing health policy. She entered the House of Lords in 1996 and in 2006 became Lord Speaker. She has contributed to a number of committees including a Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. Lady Hayman has served as Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Health, following which she was promoted to Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1999 and was made a Privy Counsellor in 2001. Hayman then left political office and served as the Chair of Cancer Research UK, just one of many positions she has held in the public and voluntary sectors. She is a past Chair of the Human Tissue Authority and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, a founding member of Maternity Alliance and a trustee of the Malaria Consortium, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Tropical Health and Education Trust. In 2014, she was appointed Chair of Cambridge University Health Partners. She has also served on the ethics committees of the Royal College of Gynaecologists, University College London and University College Hospital.
The Rt Hon. James Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern KT - Conservative
Lord Mackay gained his life peerage the same year as receiving the title of Lord Advocate. He has been an active member of the House of Lords, where he has contributed to the Draft Care and Support Bill, the Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, and the Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. This was in addition to a number of other Committees regarding Procedure, Privileges and House of Lords Offices. Beyond politics, Lord Mackay serves as Lord Clerk Register, the President of the Society of Conservative Lawyers, Vice President of the Carers Trust, Vice President of the Family Mediators’ Association and a founding member of the World Prevention Alliance. After teaching for a brief period, he was elected to the Faculty of Advocates and subsequently appointed to the Queen’s Council. In 1973 he became Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and from 1976 until 1979 served as its Dean, the leader of the Scots bar.
Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Baroness Masham of Ilton DL - Crossbench
Lady Masham has spent her life advocating for health issues generally and issues affecting those struggling with disabilities in particular. As a Paralympic Athlete for 10 years, she challenged boundaries and acted as a spokesperson for disabled people everywhere. Such dedication led in part to her life peerage and motivated her contributions to the HIV and Aids Committee in the UK as well as a Science and Technology Sub-Committee. Lady Masham served as the Chair of the Phoenix House Drug Rehabilitation and as a Board Member of the Winston Churchill Trust. She is a current Member of the North Yorkshire Family Health Authority, the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority and she was a member of the Wetherby Young Offenders Institution Board of Visitors for many years, now called Monitor of Young Offenders. She is the Founder, Chair and Life President of the Spinal Injury Association, President of the North Yorkshire British Red Cross, Voluntary Action and Dial UK, and a Board Member of the London Lighthouse HIV/AIDs organisation. Lady Masham is the Vice President of Aspire, the British Sports Association for the Disabled, Wheelpower, the Haemophilia Society, National Home Care Council and many other important organisations.
Ian McColl, Baron McColl of Dulwich, CBE - Conservative
Lord McColl has had a long and impressive career as a surgeon, professor and politician. After becoming a life peer in 1989, he served as the Opposition spokesperson for Health, the Deputy Chairman of Committees and the Deputy Speaker. As an active parliamentarian, he contributed to the HIV and AIDS Committee, the Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, the Medical Ethics Select Committee and a number of Select and Sub-Committees on Science and Technology. Beyond parliament, Lord McColl is a former head surgeon of Guy’s Hospital as well as a past Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School. He is currently the President of the Limbless Association, Leprosy Mission, St. Christopher’s Hospice, and Epsom College. He also continues to offer his services as a consultant surgeon and Vice Chairman of Mercy Ships International, the Chairman of Mercy Ships UK and a trustee of the Wolfson Foundation.
Liz McInnes MP - Labour
The newest Shadow Minister for Local Government and Communities joins this APPG with over three decades of experience working in the National Health Service. Her academic background lies in biochemistry and she was working as a senior biochemist when she won her first election. She has worked for several Foundation Trusts, served as Branch Secretary of the Pennine Acute Branch for the Unite Trades Union and she was a member of the Healthcare Science organising professional committee. She currently sits on both the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Health Committee.
Rabbi Julia Babette Sarah Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger of Primrose Hill DBE - Crossbench
Having gained her life peerage in 2004, Lady Neuberger served as a Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson from 2004 to 2007. She was then appointed as the government’s champion of volunteering and proceeded to serve on a number of Science and Technology Committees and Sub-Committees from 2007 to 2012; the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill Joint Committee in 2007; and a Sub-Committee on Social Policies and Consumer Protection from 2005 to 2008. Beyond politics, Lady Neuberger has held various positions in the public and voluntary sectors. These include Chair of the Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS; Vice President of the Patient’s Association; Chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering; Chief Executive of the King’s Fund; and Member of both the Medical Research Council and the General Medical Council. She is still a Board Member of VHI Ireland, Chair of the Review Liverpool Care Pathway and a Vice President of Dimbleby Cancer Care. Lady Neuberger has also found time to establish herself as a respected author on subjects including decision-making in the NHS, ethics in healthcare and morality in healthcare.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG - Conservative
A relatively recent addition to the House of Lords, Baroness Neville-Rolfe earned her peerage after a long and successful career in business and politics. From 1973 to 1997 she served as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She then worked at Tesco Plc from 1997 to 2013. She served as executive director on the Tesco Plc Board from 2006 and has also served on the boards of ITV, PwC and Metro AG. She served on the China-Britain Business Council as a non-executive director from 2005 to 2013 as well as the UK-India Business Council and the Carbon Trust from 2008 to 2013 in the same position. Lady Neville-Rolfe is a past Chairman of Dobbies Garden Centres Plc as well as a past President of EuroCommerce and the EU trade association. Most recently, she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation in 2014 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2015. As government spokesman in the House of Lords for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, she was responsible for the Consumer Rights Act and the Small Business, Education and Employment Act. She also represented the UK in the Competitiveness Council.
Andrew Zelig Stone, Baron Stone of Blackheath - Labour
Lord Stone was created a life peer in 1997. As well as responsibilities associated with the House of Lords, Lord Stone is a director of several non-government organisations, a retail company and actively contributes to several charities. He is a Director and Chairman of DIPEX, a charitable organisation that helps patients gain information on their condition and their options, and he acts as governor of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is Deputy Chairman of both DealGroupMedia plc and Sidicatum Carbon Capital ltd, and he remains a patron of various organisations including The Orphaid charity. Prior to his career in politics, he began work for Marks and Spencer as a trainee and retired over thirty years later from his role as a joint managing director. Lord Stone is also an active member of the APPGs on Primary Care and Public Health, Mindfulness, Skin and Drug Policy Reform.
Maggie Throup, MP - Conservative
As a new MP, Throup joins this APPG following an extensive career in medicine, business and the pharmaceutical industry. After earning her degree in Biology, she spent seven years as a biomedical scientist for the Calderdale Health Authority after which she worked in sales and marketing. She was employed as a director in the In-Vitro Diagnostics Division of a pharmaceutical company for ten years. She also has 19 years of experience as a business consultant, mainly in marketing based on quantitative and qualitative market research, and has run her own successful marketing consultancy since 1996. In addition to her professional successes, Throup has contributed to overseas development in Rwanda and held voluntary non-executive roles with Solihull-based charities, including Changes UK. She is a trustee of the Carers Centre as well as Drug Rehabilitation CIC, which she also chairs.
Alexander Trees, Baron Trees of the Ross - Crossbench
Lord Trees is a leading veterinary surgeon with experience in general practice, industry and academia. He is the current Chair of the Moredun Research Institute Board as well as the Veterinary Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ Publication Veterinary Record. He has over thirty years of teaching and research experience, including as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. He served as veterinary adviser for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa; Head of Animal Science in the Middle East and Africa, and has spent a brief period working for a veterinary pharmaceutical company. Lord Trees specialty is the study of parasites and parasitic diseases in both humans and animals and his research has produced over 170 scientific papers.
Lord Trees has held a variety of titles including President of the Association of Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers; Council member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; founding Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College; Executive Board member of the World Association for Veterinary Parasitology; and President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as well as Chair of its Science Advisory Panel.
Leslie Arnold Turnberg, Baron Turnberg of Cheadle - Labour
Lord Turnberg has been an active member of the House of Lords since earning his life peerage in 2001. He has contributed to Joint Committees on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill and the Draft Mental Health Bill; the Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill; and has served on numerous Committees on Science and Technology from 2001 to 2005. In his professional life, Lord Turnberg was named President of the Association of Physicians, the Medical Protection Society and the Royal College of Physicians, as well as the Vice President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has acted as Chairman of the UK Forum on Genetics and Insurance, and the Board of the Public Health Laboratory Service, as well as a Trustee of Weizmann UK, Ovarian Cancer Action and the Wolfson Foundation. Prior to his career in politics, Lord Turnberg was a Professor of medicine and eventually became Dean of the Medical faculty at the University of Manchester. He also provided his services as a consultant gastroenterologist at Hope Hospital and currently holds honorary fellowships from sixteen different UK and overseas colleges.
Matt Warman, MP - Conservative
Matt Warman is the newly elected Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness. In Parliament, he is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Communication and Pictfor (The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum).
Prior to entering politics, Matt worked for the Daily Telegraph from 1999 until 2015, focusing for most of the period on technology, leading coverage of Facebook, Google and Apple; covering the launch of products including iPhones, the BBC iPlayer and the Apple Watch; as well as interviewing key figures including the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web.
Philippa Whitford, MP - SNP
Philippa Whitford was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2015. She has been a doctor for more than 33 years, including 18 years as a consultant breast surgeon at Crosshouse Hospital. She has been a medical volunteer in a UN hospital in Gaza and also spent time in Southern Lebanon doing project planning for the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians. Upon returning to Scotland, she led the development of Scottish Breast Cancer standards to raise the quality of care across Scotland. Philippa is currently the Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader for Health and has made championing the core principles of the NHS one of her central mandates. She has been a strong advocate for better team work and a more open approach to reporting incidents as well as better health standards and reducing the privatisation of health services.