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MPS Council is the name given to MPS’s board of directors, and the majority of its members are eminent clinicians elected by the membership. The Council meets around eight times a year. Council exercises discretion in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

As the majority of Council members are healthcare professionals, members can be assured that their cases will be dealt with by experts in the field.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre (President)

BSc MBBS MD FRCP London, Edinburgh, Glasgow FHEA Honorary Fellowships: FRCPI FACP FAcad Med Ed FRCGP

Professor Dacre joined MPS Council as President on 1 October, 2018. 

The President is not a director of the board under the terms of the Companies Act, but is elected by the membership and is entitled to, and does, attend Council meetings, participating fully in the discussions. The role of the President is an active one that provides a valuable channel for engagement between members and the Council.

Professor Dacre is a Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital in north London, and formerly the director of UCL Medical School. She is leading an evaluation of the effects of gender and ethnicity on the career trajectories and performance of women doctors. She was awarded Woman of Achievement in medicine and healthcare in 2012, by Women in the City and was in the inaugural Health Service Journal list of inspirational women in healthcare in 2013.

She has served as President of the Royal College of Physicians since 2014, a role which she will step down from on 26 September 2018.

Mr Ian Eardley (Chair)

BA(Hons) MB BChir MA FRCS MChir FRCS(Urol)

Ian Eardley joined the Council as a non-executive director in November 2015, was elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2016, and appointed Chairman on 1 October, 2018.

Ian studied medicine at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and undertook urological training in St Bartholomew's Hospital, Portsmouth, Cambridge and Norwich. He was appointed to the post of Consultant Urologist at Leeds General Infirmary in 1993 where he has worked ever since, specialising in andrology, reconstruction of the urinary tract and genital surgery. 

In 2014 he was awarded the St Peter’s medal by the British Association of Urological surgeons for his contributions to the advancement of Urology. He has extensive experience in surgical education and training, and has been Chairman of the Joint Committee for Surgical training. He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010 and became Vice President of the College in July 2015.

Samantha Blackie

BSc MSc

Sam Blackie joins the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in April 2022 and submits herself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2022.

She is a corporate human resources director with over 30 years’ experience, holding a number of senior positions across the retail and financial services sectors including Group People and Corporate Affairs Director at Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life insurance and pensions company.

Sam has been a trustee of UK and Irish pension schemes, and a Council member of Aberystwyth University. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at British Friendly and a Trustee of the charity Meningitis Now. Through both her executive and non-executive career, Sam has extensive experience of the operation of governance committees such as the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Having completed her Master’s in Business Psychology at the University of South Wales, she has a particular interest in leadership development, culture and organisational change.

Dr Richard Brennan

MB BCh MICGP FRCGP LRCP&SI

Richard Brennan joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in July 2013 and was elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2014.

He is a rural general practitioner in Ballyhale and Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny. From a medical family, he is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK). He is a founding member of the South Eastern General Practice Training programme, and is an active trainer on the programme. He is a former Chairman of Council ICGP, and has represented the ICGP on The National Taskforce on Medical Staffing (Hanly Report); The Medical Education and Training Group (Buttimer Report); and The National Primary Care Steering Group. He has also been a member of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance, and was a member of the HSE Task Force on Emergency Departments. He has a keen interest in the general practice-hospital interface and the development of more integrated care for patients. He has recently completed his term as the ICGP nominee on the Irish Medical Council (2008-2013). Whilst on the council, he was also Chairman of the Medical Council’s Health Committee, a member of the Standards in Practice and the Fitness to Practice Committees.

Dr Fiona Cornish

MA MB BChir DRCOG DCH FRCGP

Fiona Cornish joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in September 2017 and submits herself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

She qualified from Cambridge and St Thomas’s, and has been a GP partner in Cambridge since 1990. She has combined clinical practice with active roles as an Out-of-Hours GP, appraiser, GP trainer, undergraduate teacher and member of the University Health and Wellbeing Committee. She is the school doctor for King’s School, Cambridge. She has been an officer in the Medical Women’s Federation for many years and was President from 2012-2014. This involved leading the strategic options of the organisation, and liaising with a wide range of doctors from Royal Colleges, the GMC, the BMA, and charitable organisations. She was on the General Practitioners’ Committee of the BMA for two years, which discussed the changes in the future of general practice resulting from the challenging circumstances.

Dr Cornish has been a trustee of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust since 2015, and is also a school governor.

Dr Damien Marmion

MBBS BSc MBA

Damien Marmion joins the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in April 2022 and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2022.

Damien is a qualified doctor with more than 30 years’ experience managing healthcare businesses and building and coaching teams in the UK, Europe and Southeast Asia. He is passionate about healthcare and in particular digital health. Damien is an advisor to a number of businesses and maintains strong international connections.

During his career he has served as Chief Executive at AXA Global Health and Max Bupa Health in India, and as Managing Director of Bupa’s UK insurance business and Hong Kong business. Damien is currently Chair of two companies, Changing Health and Altha Global Treatment.

Damien studied medicine at UCL & Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine and received his MBA from City University, London. He has particular interests in cycling, travel and food, preferably combined in one. Damien is a volunteer and fundraiser for Operation Smile.

Dr Jim McLenachan

MB ChB MRCP FRCP

Jim McLenachan joined the Council as a non-executive director in November 2015 and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2016.

He graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1980. He then trained in cardiology in Glasgow and in Boston, Massachusetts (Harvard Medical School). He took up his post as consultant cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary in 1992.

His main interest is in the treatment of angina and heart attack. He was an early adopter of coronary artery stents and contributed to the rapid national uptake of this new technology from 1992 onwards. Between 2004 and 2007, he led on the development of new heart attack treatments in Yorkshire. From 2008 until 2012, he was the National Clinical Lead for the roll-out of new heart attack treatments in England. In 2012, he was appointed chair of NHS England's Clinical Reference Group for Cardiology which advises the NHS on specialist treatments for heart disease.

He currently holds a number of posts including Clinical Director of Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Chairman of NHS England's Commissioning through Evaluation programme for the introduction and assessment of new technologies and Chairman of the National Cardiothoracic Benchmarking Collaborative.

Dr Edmund Morris

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCA

Dr Morris joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in September 2021

and submits himself for election by the membership at the next Annual General Meeting in 2022.

Ed qualified in Medicine from University College London in 1992 and trained in anaesthesia in the UK and USA before becoming a consultant in Bristol in 2002. He works in both the NHS and in private practice, and has a particular interest in anaesthesia for orthopaedic and urological surgery and medical imaging.

In addition to his clinical work, he has undertaken roles in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, medical school admissions, service management, and representation of doctors within his Trust. Since 2016 he has been a tribunal member for the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service – the independent fitness to practise arm of the UK’s General Medical Council.

Ed’s interest in medical regulation and good medical practice extends to professional sport and he is a Non-Executive Director of the Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA) and Medical Governance Advisor to the English Premier League.

Dr Gozie Offiah

BSc MB BCH BAO (NUI) LRCS & PI MD MMedSc PhD

Dr Offiah joins the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in April 2022 and submits herself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2022.

Gozie is currently a senior lecturer and Director of Curriculum of the undergraduate medical programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Clinical Lead for the National Intern Training for the Medical Intern Unit, Health Service Executive (HSE). 

She graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc in Chemistry and subsequently achieved an MB, BCh, BAO (NUI), LRCP/SI honours degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). She then trained and also obtained an MD doctorate in Surgery from RCSI.

With an increasing interest in medical education, Gozie completed and was awarded a Masters in Medical Education in 2008 at Queen’s University Belfast, and has gone on to author the RCSI’s Handbook of Clinical Surgery for Finals and facilitate Medical Protection risk prevention workshops in secondary care.

Dr Offiah is also a member of tEACH, a worldwide organisation with the aim of promoting evidence-based healthcare communication between patients, relatives and healthcare practitioners.

Dr David Roytowski

MBChB MBA MMED FC Neurosurg (SA)

David Roytowski joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in October 2019 and was elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2020.

David graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town. After several years of clinical practice in ophthalmology, urology, general surgery and neurology in South Africa and the UK, he gained an MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore. Management consulting at Monitor Group preceded specialisation as a Neurosurgeon at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Roytowski is a practicing academic neurosurgeon with a keen interest in pituitary disease, specialising in skull base and endoscopic surgeries. He is a consultant specialist at Tygerberg and Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospitals, a fellow of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa and an executive member of the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa.

Professor Meghana Pandit

MBBS FRCOG MBA

Prof Pandit joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in September 2021, and submits herself for election by the membership at the next Annual General Meeting in 2022.

Meghana trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Oxford Deanery. At present she is the Chief Medical Officer of Oxford University Hospitals, Professor of Practice at the Institute of Digital Health, Warwick University and an associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

She has held numerous other appointments both in Oxford and nationally. These include Visiting Lecturer in Urogynaecology at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Clinical Director and then Divisional Director at Milton Keynes, before joining University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) where Meghana was Chief Medical Officer from May 2012 to December 2018 and Deputy Chief Executive from 2014. She also serves as Course Director for MSc in Healthcare Operational Management at Warwick University, where she was holds the Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Management and Leadership.

As Chief Medical Officer at UHCW, Meghana led the development of clinical strategy and had responsibility for Clinical Quality, Risk, Medical Education, Research and Development, and Legal Services. She was Responsible Officer for over 500 doctors and undertook clinical, office-based Gynaecology.

As Chief Medical Officer at Oxford University Hospitals, Meghana ha responsibility for Clinical Safety and Outcomes, Medical Education, and Research and Development. She is also Responsible Officer for over 1000 doctors.

Prof Pandit also holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and the Innovating Health for Tomorrow Programme at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Stuart Purdy

BA(Hons) FCII

Stuart Purdy joined the Council as a non-executive director in December 2020, and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2021. 

Stuart is an experienced financial services executive and non-executive director, with a strong commitment to mutual organisations. 

In his executive career, Stuart was Product and Investment Director of Aviva Europe, was CEO of Ireland’s largest insurance group, and he led the launch of Aviva’s business in India. His last executive role was as CEO of RSA’s Asia and Middle East Region. 

He is chairman of British Friendly and Beverley Building Society, a member of the Scottish Life Supervisory Committee, and he sits on the European Board of Assurant and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.

Stuart is also Vice-Chair of Police Care UK and Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Age UK. 

Dr Alexander (Sandy) Scott

MB ChB

Sandy Scott joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in August 2016 and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

He served as CEO of The Chartered Insurance Institute from 2000 until 2016. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Ingram Micro, Deputy Managing Director of PPP Healthcare, and a Major in the RAMC. He is or has been Chair of the Institute for Global Insurance Education, Chair of the European Financial Planning Association, Chair of the Association of British Insurers Private Medical Insurance Committee, Chair of The Society of Technicians in Insurance, President of the London Phoenix Orchestra and a Member of The Prince of Wales Expert Advisory Panel on Climate Change.

In 2011, Dr Scott won the Lifetime Achievement at the British Insurance Awards. He was clothed in the Worshipful Company of Insurers in 2003.

Sally Scutt

BA(Hons) MBA MA

Sally Scutt joined the Council as a non-executuive director of MPS in July 2013 and was elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2014.

Until June 2015 she was Deputy Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association and Managing Director of the International Banking Federation. She is currently Strategic Advisor to the International Compliance Association. She is a graduate in Chinese Studies from the University of Durham. She also holds further degrees in business administration and the management of human resources. She has more than 30 years’ experience in international and private banking, holding a variety of senior management positions. More recently she has been focused on the development of regulatory policy in financial services both national and internationally. This has included a broad range of issues relevant to the banking sector, including financial inclusion and financial literacy, combating financial crime, and the regulation of capital markets.

Dr Graham Stokes

BDS MFGDP(UK) DPDS Dip Imp Dent RCS CertMedEd

Graham Stokes joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in September 2017 and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

He qualified as a dentist from Birmingham in 1984. He is the lead clinician in a referral dental practice in Bromsgrove with a special interest in implants and prosthetics. He was a vocational training adviser from 1999-2009 and now lectures widely on a range of dental topics. He was on the Principal Executive Committee of the British Dental Association from 2010 -2014 and was chair of the British Dental Association’s Health and Science committee from 2010-2015.Graham is a current member of the BDA ’s English and UK councils. 

Dr Stokes is a senior clinical adviser and member of the council of reference for the charity Bridge2aid, and has led numerous teams of dental volunteers to Tanzania providing dental emergency care.

Mr Michael Urmston

BA FIA

Mike Urmston joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in August 2016 and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

He is an Actuary and Finance Director with wide experience of the Life and Pensions industry. He worked for Aviva plc and many of its predecessor companies for 38 years, where he was a Life Board Director, Chief Actuary and Finance Director of GA Life, CGU Life and finally Norwich Union Life. Most recently, he has supported Aviva plc in the negotiation of the reattribution of its Inherited Estate. He was also a trustee of the Aviva plc pension scheme and a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Mr Urmston is now Chairman of the Life Companies of the Pheonix Group, Non-Executive Director of Police Mutual Assurance Society, Ageas Insurance Ltd and Ageas Retail Services Ltd and Alternate Chair of Tesco Underwriting. In addition, he is Chair of AIG Life (UK) and is also a member of the Finance Committee for King’s College London.

Tom Weitzman

QC BA(Hons)

Tom Weitzman joined the Council as a non-executive director of MPS in August 2016, and submits himself for formal election by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in October 2017.

He is a practicing barrister, specialising in the fields of insurance and professional negligence. His insurance expertise includes regulatory matters and he is regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority. He does not practice in the field of medical negligence.

Mr Weitzman was appointed QC in 2003 and is a Recorder (part-time judge) and a bencher (member of the governing council) of Gray’s Inn. He was formerly a director and then chair of Cardboard Citizens (a charity which works with the homeless) and a trustee of the Gray’s Inn Scholarship Fund (which provides financial assistance to law students).

Professor Callum Youngson

BDS DDSc FDS DRD MRD FDS(Rest Dent) RCS(Ed) FDSRCS(Eng) PFHEA

Callum Youngson joined the Council as a non-executive director in July 2017 when he was appointed Chair of MPS’s subsidiary, Dental Protection Limited, having served on the Board of Dental Protection since 2014. His position on Council is ex officio and thus he is not elected by the membership.

He graduated as a dentist from Dundee in 1982, and then trained in various hospital and university posts at Leeds Dental School, becoming Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in 1997 and subsequently Head of Conservative Dentistry. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Liverpool University and Head of the School of Dentistry from 2008 until 2017, where he taught the BDS Law and Ethics course.

Professor Youngson sits on a number of national committees in dentistry and has most recently chaired Dental Schools Council. He is currently the Head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences (incorporating the Schools of Dentistry, Health Sciences and Medicine) at the University of Liverpool. His long-term clinical interests lie in the failure of fixed prosthodontics, managing toothwear and the diagnosis of complex oro-facial pain.

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