knighted for services to medicine and healthcare 2010
Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University. Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Lead Clinician NHS North East until March 2013. Chair Genetics Speciality Group, National Institute of Health Resarch 2009-2015. Director of the Collaborative Group on Genetics in Healthcare (NIHR and Dept of Health) 2009-2015. Member UK Human Genomics Strategy Group 2010-2012. Deputy Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) project, Wellcome Trust, Sanger Institute, Hinxton. Co-chair, Scientific Advisory Board Human Variome Project and Company Board Member HVP International (Melbourne) a not-for profit holding company. HVP is a recognised NGO of UNESCO. President European Society of Human Genetics, 2006. Board member until 2008. Chair British Society for Human Genetics (renamed British Society for Genetic Medicine) 2011-13.
Medical Director QuantuMDx Ltd Member Health Education England Genomics Strategy Board 2013- Medical advisor to Genetic Alliance UK (patient support group),Cultural ambassador, Durham County Community Foundation. Chosen by popular vote as one of 20 "local heroes" from the last 60 years to have a brass plaque set into Newcastle Quayside (see pic). One of two from academe, the other being Sir Peter Higgs, Nobel laureate for physics.