Who we are
Living and Dying Well's work is supported by experts in the end-of-life debate
Living and Dying Well was founded in 2010 by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, and is supported by a number of Patrons, some of whom are listed below.
The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a practising consultant at Velindre Cancer Hospital, Cardiff, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, where she was Vice-Dean of the School of Medicine until 2005. She was Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and was created a Life Peer in 2001. From 2006 to 2008 she was President of the Royal Society of Medicine. In Parliament she chaired the Select Committee on Allergies in 2007 and has been active in a range of other health-related issues.
The Lord Alton of Liverpool
Over the past 40 years David Alton - Lord Alton of Liverpool -has served at Westminster in both Houses of Parliament. In the House of Commons he represented a Liverpool constituency and was Liberal Chief Whip. On standing down from the Commons he was made a Life Peer and sits as an Independent Crossbench member. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence. A University Professor and author of several books he is a founder of Jubilee Campaign, a Patron of several charities, including Jospice, a Trustee of the anti trafficking charity, Arise, and co-chair or an officer or member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups.
Dr Carol Davis
Dr Davis trained at Bart’s in medical oncology before moving to The Royal Marsden Hospital as senior lecturer in palliative medicine. In 1995 she began the Hospital Palliative Care Team at Southampton General Hospital and has worked in Southampton ever since in the community, hospice and, mainly, acute hospital.
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern
Lord Mackay of Clashfern was Lord Advocate (Scotland's most senior Law Officer) from 1979 to 1984 and a Lord of Appeal from 1985 to 1987. In that year he was appointed Lord Chancellor, a position he held for ten years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. From 2004 to 2005 he chaired the House of Lords select committee which examined Lord Joffe's 'Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill' Bill.
The Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss of March Green GBE
Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green was a Judge of the Family Division of the High Court from 1979 to 1988 and President of the Division from 1999 to 2005. From 1988 to 1999 she was the first lady Lord Justice of Appeal. She is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Psychiatrists and Paediatricians and of the Royal Society of Medicine.
The Baroness Campbell of Surbiton
Baroness Campbell of Surbiton co-founded in 1996 the National Centre for Independent Living. She was a commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission from its inception in 2000 until 2006 and of the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006 to 2009. In 2002 she was appointed Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. She is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Disability.
The Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006 and President of the British Academy from 2005-9. She chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010 and has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000. She currently chairs the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is on the board of the Medical Research Council.
Many of our patrons have contributed to the end-of-life debate in writing or in speaking engagements.
Living and Dying Well was set up in 2010 to provide clear thinking on the end-of-life debate.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and we rely on donations to support our work. Our Patrons and Members include experts in the law, medicine, mental health, ethics and other disciplines related to the end-of-life debate.
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