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New Chair for the Health Research Authority

Last updated on 5 Aug 2019

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson has been appointed as the next Chair of the Health Research Authority.  

New HRA Chair Professor Sir Terence Stephenson
Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

Sir Terence, an eminent clinical academic, will take up the position from 1 September 2019 and hold the position for three years. 

He is currently Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Sir Terence is also a former Dean of the University of Nottingham’s Medical School, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and most recently of the General Medical Council.

Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery

“I am delighted that Sir Terence will be the next Chair of the HRA. He has already made an immense contribution to the NHS and is passionate about excellent service to patients, based on the dedication and professionalism of staff, and built on a solid evidence base.

“I am confident that the organisation will thrive under his leadership and continue to ensure that the UK is an excellent place to carry out high-quality ethical health and social care research.”

Outgoing chair Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery
Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

“I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of the Health Research Authority. Having spent a lifetime in health and research, this role combines two of my passions. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the staff of the HRA and all the stakeholders involved in research for the benefit of patients.”

New chair Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

The appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. 

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