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2018 Speakers

2018 Speakers

Professor Jonathan Montgomery

Job Title: Chair of the Health Research Authority
Organisation: HRA


Jonathan Montgomery is Professor of Health Care Law at University College London and chair of the Health Research Authority. He is a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies and a non-executive director of Health Data Research UK, the institute for health and biomedical informatics research established by the Medical Research Council and other funders in 2017.

He has published widely in the field of health care law. He was co-author of a chapter on ‘Ethics and the Social Contract for Genomics in the NHS’ in the Chief Medical Officer’s report Generation Genome. He gave the annual J Kenyon Mason lecture for 2017 on ‘New Bearings in Health Research Ethics: Towards a Social Contract Paradigm’, which can be viewed on YouTube at

He has held a number of public service roles include chairing the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the UK’s national bioethics committee from 2012-17) and the UK’s Human Genetics Commission from 2009-2012. He was a panel member on the Morecambe Bay Investigation into maternal and neonatal deaths (2013-5). He was a member of a local NHS research ethics committee from 1992-99 (two years as chair). Between 1998 and 2013 he served as chair of a number of NHS organisations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including providers, commissioners and a Strategic Health Authority.

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