Dr Johann Malawana

Johann is best known as the former chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association. However he has held a variety of roles over 15 years.

Following the crisis caused by Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) via Medical Training Application System (MTAS) in March 2007, Johann took over the Education and Training portfolio at the BMA in September 2007. He was responsible for a lot of detailed negotiations around the education and training environment in medicine for the next three years till 2010. He was credited with a lot of initiatives that improved the working and education lives of junior doctors. He was responsible for designing the first Interdeanery Transfer System and negotiated for it to be implemented in every Deanery in the UK.

As a result of all this, Johann developed a strong representative and leadership reputation, and was appointed to the boards of both the General Medical Council and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. He undertook a lot of work on both boards to ensure the voices of medical students and junior doctors were heard. Johann served as an advisor on several reviews of the medical education environment with a strong belief in the need for strong medical leadership and the power of young doctors and medical students to be a force for good in the NHS. Many of the engagement strategies developed for these reviews were a direct result of the work Johann undertook.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre

Professor Dame Jane Dacre is only the third woman to have been elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in its 500-year existence.

Prior to her present role, she was director of the prestigious UCL Medical School, where she herself trained. She remains honorary consultant physician and rheumatologist at north London’s Whittington Hospital, as well as a professor of medical education. Jane was previously medical director of the MRCP(UK), the membership examination of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, and a member of the General Medical Council.

Professor Dacre was included on the inaugural Health Service Journal list of 50 inspirational women, and features in the journal’s 100 most influential people in health and Debrett’s list of Britain’s 500 most influential people. She has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment systems in medicine, in which she is an acknowledged expert.

Dr Giles Maskell

Dr Giles Maskell is a consultant radiologist based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where he has worked since 1991. His main clinical interests include the imaging of cancer and gastrointestinal disease.  From 2013 to 2016 he was President of the Royal College of Radiologists. In that role he has lectured widely and written extensively on many aspects of radiological practice. He has a particular interest in radiological error – the perceptual, cognitive and cultural reasons behind it and strategies for preventing or reducing it – and in the development and maintenance of a healthy culture in teams. He is an advisor on radiology to Cancer Research UK and a senior clinical advisor to the Getting it Right First Time radiology workstream.

Dr Paul Evans

In July 2008, he took up appointment as Chief of Staff Health and Director General Medical Services, Royal Air Force, where he was responsible for all RAF Medical Service personnel and the health, well-being and healthcare of RAF personnel and entitled civilians. He was appointed as Commander Joint Medical Command (JMC) in September 2009 where he was responsible for areas including Secondary Healthcare and Commissioning, Defence Dental Services, Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs), Defence Postgraduate Deanery, Medical Research, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and DMRC Headley Court, and the Defence Medical Services Training Group. In April 2010, the Headquarters of Joint Medical Command moved to Defence Medical Services (Whittington) where it co-located with Headquarters Surgeon General.

He was selected as Surgeon General and took up appointment in December 2012 in the rank of Air Marshal. As Surgeon General he is the senior responsible officer for the end-to-end delivery of healthcare to Service personnel and entitled civilians in the home-base and on operations. As a member of the Joint Force Command Board he was accountable for the SG Higher Level Budget that includes HQ SG, JMC and the newly forming Defence Primary Healthcare Service. He competed for the RAF as a sprinter and was UK champion as a junior athlete indoors and also competed for Wales as a senior international.

Paul is a Founding Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, an FMLM senior appraiser and a member of the Standards Certification Awards Committee.

Liz Davenport

Chief Executive Torbay

Liz has a clinical background, and has been employed in the NHS since qualifying in 1986 as an Occupational Therapist. Liz’s passion for service improvement and transformation is driven by the recognition that there is a need to change and adapt to meet the changing needs of our people and communities. Her experience in service change started in the 1980’s with the Hospital Closure Programme and development of community services for people with mental health needs. She has subsequently continued to work in a number of NHS organisations across the country leading on a number of service improvement projects in mental health, learning disabilities and social care services. Liz started work in the Torbay and Devon system in September 2014 and was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Integrated Care Organisation in January 2015. Liz took a key role in the operational care model including the development of community services Liz has held a broad portfolio of Executive Director positions including Director of Operations, Director of Workforce and Deputy Chief Executive. She has been an Interim Chief Executive at Devon Partnership Trust and at Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust.

Liz was appointed as the substantive Chief Executive and took up post on 1 October 2018.

Louise Hardy

Louise is an experienced organisation and leadership development consultant, with expertise in developing people, teams, and whole organisations to help them achieve efficiency and effectiveness. 


She has held executive and non-executive appointments in the NHS and is also an Associate Professor with Plymouth University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, where she heads up an MSc in Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation.  Her particular interest is in helping the technical specialist (whether lawyer, engineer, or doctor) make the tricky transition from professional expert to leader.


Mr Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, UK. He is lead for Oncology Surgery and Trauma. He trained in Paediatric Surgery in Sheffield, London, Bristol and Auckland NZ. He has been in specialist practice since 2001. He is a strong advocate in improving medical education and is part of the #FOAMed movement as "faculty" at St Emlyn's, Virchester. (http://www.stemlynsblog.org/ ) His interest in presentation skills started during his research degree where he realised that his presentation sucked. So, he set about trying to improve. On the basis of reading, studying, thinking, experimenting, writing, speaking and workshopping he has developed an approach to presentations that is internationally acclaimed, shared and widely utilised ; p cubed presentations. He runs the website  ffolliet.com. He has spoken for TEDx, as an invited speaker on the main stage at international conferences such as SMACC and DFTB and even in his local hospital. He supports Albion Rovers.

Dr. Jane Thurlow

Jane is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.  She works as a general anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia and holds a keen interest in Medical Education. Having initially been an Educational Supervisor to anaesthetic trainees for a number of years. Jane then went on to become College Tutor for Anaesthesia before being appointed the hospital’s Director of Postgraduate Medical Education in 2014.


Following this role, in 2017, Jane became Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Development in Severn Deanery. As Associate Dean she leads educational and faculty programmes on behalf of the Postgraduate Dean that support local and national developments and initiatives particularly supporting accreditation and ongoing continuing professional development of Educational and Clinical Supervisors.

Phillipa Slinger

Philippa started her career in the NHS as a Registered Mental Nurse and progressed through to Director of Nursing. Since then Philippa has had her own business, been Managing Director in an Independent Healthcare provider and acquired 16 years' experience as Chief Executive of mental health, community and acute NHS Trusts. Most recently Philippa has worked with NHS Improvement as and Improvement Director providing on site support to Trusts in "Special Measures" and is currently the CEO of the Devon STP.

Dr Adam Januszewski

Adam is a medical oncology trainee in London with an interest in policy and medical leadership. He was a clinical fellow at the Department of Health and social care and a Douglas fellow at FMLM on the national medical directors’ clinical fellow scheme in 2019. He is the vice-chair of the trainees steering group of FMLM and trainee representative at the Postgraduate Leadership Leads committee.


Adam is currently overseeing a project at FMLM mapping medical leadership development and integrating it with clinical training alongside developing a CPD scheme in medical leadership.



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