Board Members

Baroness Meacher – Chair

Baroness MeacherBaroness Meacher became a member of the House of Lords in 2009 and sits as a Crossbencher. In the Lords, Molly speaks primarily on health, welfare and drug policy. She also played an important role in generating support for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. She is perhaps best known for her role in leading the House of Lords to reject changes to tax credits in 2015. For her work on this, she was named ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Oldie and shared the Spectator’s prestigious ‘Peer of the Year’ award with fellow campaigner Baroness Hollis of Heigham.

Prior to entering the Lords, Molly worked in the social services and mental health fields over many years and Chaired the East London NHS Foundation Trust for nine years. She was Deputy and Acting Chair of the Police Complaints Authority and also Chaired the Security Industry Authority. She was Advisor to the Russian Government on employment policy in the 1990s.

 

 

Cameron Brown – Treasurer

Cameron Brown Dignity in Dying BoardCameron Brown is a publisher and was previously a merchant banker and director of a number of private and public companies. On becoming a Dignity in Dying Board Member Cameron said:

I have supported the aims of Dignity in Dying all my adult life and am happy to be in a position now to offer the campaign my commercial and business experience as well as my time and energy to help see through a change in the law

Declaration of interests: none
First co-opted December 2012. 

 

 

Dr Jacky Davis

Dr Jacky DavisDr 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 and the BMA Medical Ethics Committee since 2015. 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.

Declaration of interests: Chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying
Selected June 2016. First term ends June 2019.

 

Dr Richard Scheffer

Dr Richard Scheffer Board MemberRichard 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.

 Declaration of interests: Trustee of Compassion in Dying
Selected December 2013. Second term ends December 2016.

 

 

 

Philip Hartropp

Philip Hartropp Board MemberBefore 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”.

Declaration of interests: none
Re-elected May 2014. Second term ends May 2017. 

 

 

 

 

Paul Rossi

Paul Rossi Board MemberPaul is a former chief executive of Help the Hospices and deputy chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support. He has been leading not-for-profit organisations at chief executive and deputy level for more than 25 years, and is currently chief executive of the National Benevolent Institution. He has a wide range of experience as a political campaigner and has spent time as a member of various governing body boards.

Paul believes passionately that the law should change to allow assisted dying:

the current law that legitimises suicide, but which puts at risk those who assist a fully compos mentis patient from exercising that right is untenable and absurd

Declaration of interests: none
First elected May 2011. Co-opted May 2015.

 

 

Niccola Swan

Niccola has recently retired as the director at Leeds Mind but continues to have a number of voluntary mental health roles, as well as being a governor of an NHS trust and a director of Healthwatch Leeds. She has wide experience as a charity trustee. She was deputy chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Disability for two and a half years.

Previously she worked for Barclays PLC for 25 years, ending her career there in 2005 as Regional Director for the North East and also having been Diversity Director for the Barclays Group globally.

Declaration of interests: Trustee of Compassion in Dying
Selected September 2014. First term ends September 2017.

 

 

 

Jo Gibbons

jo_gibbonsJo has over 30 years experience in campaigning working across government, the voluntary, public and private sectors. Currently working in health communications at PwC, she has worked as a senior adviser for Tony Blair in Downing Street and moved with the former Prime Minister after he left office as his Director of Corporate Affairs.

Previously to that she was a Board Director at communications consultancy Edelman heading up the corporate and public affairs practice, and has also worked as a Special Adviser to Baroness Jay of Paddington and in PR roles at the FA, Labour Party, Citizens Advice Bureaux and various other organisations. Jo is also a Home-Start volunteer.

Declaration of interests: none
Elected June 2015. First term ends June 2018.

 

 

 

Jane Calvert Lee

jane-calvert-leeJane was a director of the CBI, the leading business lobbying organisation, for almost thirty years, and also a magistrate in central London. Her Board positions have included the Aga Khan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Eastman Foundation for Oral Research and Training and the University of East London. Jane will bring the experience she has gained on these very different Boards and professional experiences, to help Dignity in Dying to achieve a change in legislation.

Having seen the unnecessary suffering of those I have loved during the last painful months of their lives, and feeling utterly impotent to help, I am determined to do everything in my power to help Dignity in Dying achieve its aim of changing legislation to allow, with safeguards, assisted dying for those with a terminal illness.

Declaration of interests: none
Elected June 2015. First term ends June 2018.

 

 

 

Professor Robert Hazell

Professor Robert HazellRobert has had four careers: as a barrister; a senior civil servant in the Home Office; Director of the Nuffield Foundation; and since 1995, founder and director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, a think tank specialising in constitutional reform. In 2015 he took semi-retirement, continuing as Professor of Government and the Constitution at UCL, but having more time for other causes.

He brings to the Board his knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall, having been closely involved in constitutional reform (for which he received a CBE in 2006), and changes in the law. His interest goes beyond seeking a change in the law, to ensuring broader choices for people who are dying, supported by sound research. He has led many research projects leading to changes in policy and practice, and is a regular contributor to the media

Declaration of interests: none
Elected June 2016. First term ends June 2019.

 

Jonathan Romain

Jonathan RomainRabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue. He writes for both the national and religious press, and is often heard on the BBC. His many books include ‘Assisted Dying – Rabbinic Responses’. In 2014, he founded IfDID (Inter Faith leaders for Dignity in Dying) for clergy in favour of changing the law. He has made it clear that “there is nothing sacred about suffering, and nothing holy about agony”.

Declaration of interests: none
Elected June 2016. First term ends June 2019.