Non-Executive Recruitment

Selection Panel Biographies

The selection panel will be chaired by the new GMC Chair Designate (subject to appointment and availability*), whose appointment should be confirmed in late July 2018.

*In the event that the new GMC Chair Designate is not available to take part in the selection panel, the membership will include the other three members, chaired by Dame Denise Platt.

Professor Sir Harry Burns 

Professor Sir Harry Burns is Director of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute. He is also Chair of the Centre for Health Policy. 

He is Chair of the Scottish Government's Review into Targets for Health and Social Care, and was Chief Medical Officer for Scotland until 2014.

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1974. He trained in surgery in Glasgow and he was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon and in the University Department of Surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow in 1984. Working with patients in the east end of Glasgow gave him an insight into the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status and illness. He completed a Masters Degree in Public Health in 1990 and shortly afterwards was appointed Medical Director of The Royal Infirmary. 

In 1994, he became Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board, a position he occupied until 2005. During his time with Greater Glasgow Health Board he continued research into the problems of social determinants of health and in 2005, he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. In this role, his responsibilities included aspects of public health policy, health protection and, for a time, sport. 

He was knighted in 2011 and in April 2014, he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University where he continues his interest in understanding how societies create wellness. In 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him a lifetime achievement award from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament for Public Service.

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Dame Denise Platt

Member of Council and Chair of Remuneration Committee, General Medical Council.

Denise has a portfolio of interests: she is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and member of the Advisory Board of the NIHR School of Social Care Research at the LSE. She is also Patron of MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged) and a Vice Patron of Family Action.

She has a background in social care and has held a number of leadership positions in the public and third sectors at national and local level including Chair of the National AIDS Trust, trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, Governor of the University of Bedfordshire (where she is an Honorary Fellow), Audit Commissioner and Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate. She was Director of Social Services in Hammersmith and Fulham and is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services.

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Jacqui Francis

Jacqui has been an independent member of the Bar Standards Board Selection Panels since 2016. She is a self-employed independent consultant providing impartial advice for executive and non-executive recruitment and selection exercises.

She was an accredited Independent Public Appointments Assessor and was an adviser and Independent Panel Member for the West Midlands Police Authority until the introduction of the Police and Crime Commissioner role.

She is an external Panel member for the NHS Improvement in NED recruitment exercises. She currently serves on the board of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

In the past, Jacqui has been chair of the BBC Regional Audience Council whose remit is to gather the views of local licence fee-payer on TV and radio programmes. She was also a ministerial appointee sitting as a Lay Adviser on the West Midlands Strategic Management Board responsible for public protection arrangements.

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