HRA Chair awarded knighthood in New Year Honours list

Last updated on 28 Dec 2018

Our Chair, Professor Jonathan Montgomery has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

He is recognised for services to bioethics and healthcare law.

Professor Sir Jonathan was the founding Chair of the Health Research Authority (HRA) and has also chaired the Human Genetics Commission, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. He has long service in the local NHS and between 1998 and 2013 he was the chair of two NHS trusts, a Strategic Health Authority, and Primary Care Trusts in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, where he lives.

In 2019 he will take up a new role as Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Unfortunately, this means he will be unable to continue as Chair of the HRA once a successor has been recruited. This is likely to be mid 2019.

Jonathan Montgomery

“I am rather overwhelmed by this recognition of the work that the HRA has done to streamline approvals and enhance the platform for the outstanding UK science, on which high quality patient services are based.

“It has been a great privilege to work with so many talented colleagues on this endeavour and we can be very proud of the contribution we are making to ensure the UK is and remains a great place for high quality ethical research in health and social care.”

Prof Sir Jonathan Montgomery, HRA Chair

“I am absolutely delighted that Jonathan has been given this award. 

“He has made an outstanding contribution to the Health Research Authority during his time as chair. He is being recognised for his expertise in healthcare law and in the field of bioethics where he has influenced the application of some of the most challenging fields of medicine including his work on the organ donation taskforce, embryo research, the use of healthcare data and genomics. 

“He works tirelessly for the benefit of patients and the public and it has been a real privilege to work with him over the last two years.”

Teresa Allen, HRA Chief Executive

You can read more about Jonathan here.

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