Jonathan is Professor of Health Care Law at University College London. His previous national chair roles include the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (2005-14), the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2012-17) and the Human Genetics Commission (2009-12). He served on local NHS boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for over twenty years up to March 2013. His roles included chairing the cluster of primary care trusts that commissioned services for the residents of Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth. He had previously chaired a strategic health authority and two provider trusts. He was a member of the panel of advisers to the Morecambe Bay Investigation (which reported in 2015) and of the expert Advisory Group on the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (2105-16).
Jonathan chaired the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Working Party on a Strategy for Brain Tissue Banking, and sits on the Scientific Steering Committee of Brain Banks UK. He is a member of the Committee on the Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza. He sat on the Organ Donation Taskforce for its work on presumed consent and has been a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association. He has been involved in the preparation of ethical guidance in a number of areas of health practice, most recently chairing a task and finish group for the GMC in the production of its new guidance on confidentiality.
Jonathan was awarded a knighthood in the 2019 Queen’s New Year Honours list, recognising his services to bioethics and healthcare law.