SW Next Generation Leaders 2020

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.

Dame Jane Dacre

Dame Jane Elizabeth Dacre, DBE is a British rheumatologist and medical scholar. She is Professor of Medical Education at University College London, director of UCL Medical School, and past medical director of the MRCP exam.​

Dr Giles Maskell

Dr Maskell is an ex president of the Royal College of Radiologists and senior advisor to Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) in Radiology. He works in Truro as a Consultant Radiologist

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.

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.

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.