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Our leadership team

Combining specific industry knowledge with a broad range of experience, our leadership team are dedicated to improving patient outcomes.

Our Executive Directors

Peter Ashman

Chief Executive Officer, BMJ

Peter became BMJ's Chief Executive Officer in January 2017 and provides the company with strong leadership skills and a specialist knowledge of the STM industry.

He joined the company in 2007 and served as Publishing Director for nine years before taking on the additional responsibility for BMJ Learning and OnExamination in 2016. Previously, he spent six years at Nature Publishing and eight years at The Lancet in New York.

In 2015, Peter became Chairman of Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers alpsp.org - the largest international association for scholarly and professional publishers.

Peter is a passionate advocate of BMJ's values which maintain the company's focus on its vision to help create a healthier world.

Dr. Fiona Godlee

Editor-in-Chief, The BMJ

Fi has been editor-in-chief of The BMJ since 2005. She trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1994 she spent a year at Harvard as a Harkness Fellow, evaluating efforts to bridge the gap between medical research and practice. On returning to the UK, she led the development of BMJ Clinical Evidence in 1999.

Patrick Spencer

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick joined the BMJ Board as Finance Director in 2004. As well as his financial responsibilities, Patrick oversees the legal, risk and project management functions.

In 2013, Patrick became COO and took on additional responsibility for the BMJ’s growing businesses in the US and India. Prior to his time with BMJ he held various financial roles within international companies, most recently as Divisional Finance Director at De La Rue plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1993 and has a degree in mathematics.

Our leadership team

BMJ’s Leadership Team is represented by the heads of our central business functions and each of our international hubs. The team is committed to delivering our long term goals.

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  • Anca Babor

    Anca Babor

    Director of Strategy

  • Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell

    US Managing Director

  • Sharon Cooper

    Sharon Cooper

    Chief Digital Officer

  • Caroline Hird

    Caroline Hird

    Marketing Director

  • Yuyan Kong

    Yuyan Kong

    China Managing Director

  • Allison Lang

    Allison Lang

    Publishing Director

  • Prashant Mishra

    Prashant Mishra

    Managing Director - India

  • Alex Ritchie

    Alex Ritchie

    Finance Director

  • Jackie Staunton

    Jackie Staunton

    HR Director

Anca Babor

Director of Strategy

Anca joined BMJ in 2013 and she is responsible for the development of the company's strategic priorities as well as partnerships and acquisitions. Anca started her career in Sales with Thomson Reuters and then held various strategy and portfolio management roles with Thomson Reuters, Shell and GSK. Anca holds an MBA degree from INSEAD and is on the Board of Trustees of the Strategic Planning Society.

Glen Campbell

US Managing Director

Glen joined BMJ in 2013, bringing with him a lifelong knowledge of medical publishing and unrivalled contacts in the US health sector. He was previously responsible for the worldwide journals programme of Elsevier Health Sciences, overseeing more than 400 titles.

Glen feels there is boundless opportunity in the US, and he enjoys building on BMJ’s current success in this market to realise its full potential.

Sharon Cooper

Chief Digital Officer

Since joining BMJ she has delivered a range of major transformation projects: replacing legacy systems,transforming the development function focusing on agile delivery, continuous integration and DevOps, and leading the internal cultural changes required to drive changes as a result of the impact of digital on our business and the focus on customers and user centred design.

She has responsibility for a portfolio of multi-lingual digital tools and services for clinicians, many used at the point of care - where currency and accuracy of information are critical. She is also responsible for our user testing facilities, CoLab, where we spend time with our users and customers defining how products will be created as well as all technology systems that deliver and support the BMJ portfolio of digital products and 60+ online journals, internal business systems and more traditional IT provision for staff working in BMJ across the globe.

Sharon's background is in publishing and online delivery having worked on a number of leading digital products for Oxford University Press, Which?, Informa and Reed Elsevier.

Caroline Hird

Marketing Director

Caroline joined BMJ in 2014, bringing with her a long and successful career in professional information marketing. Previously, she was Marketing Director at Harcourt Publishers in the late 90s, and when that company became part of Reed Elsevier she moved to Elsevier Health Sciences as Marketing Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America (EMEA). She has since fulfilled a number of senior marketing roles at Elsevier, where, until recently, she was Head of Market Intelligence in the strategy division of Elsevier Health Solutions, focusing on EMEA.

Yuyan Kong

China Managing Director

Since joining BMJ in late 2013, Yuyan has successfully led the company’s business development plan in China, and the creation of BMJ China, a company’s strategic hub outside of its UK headquarters.

As Managing Director in the country, she has been working on commendable initiatives and practical partnerships to enhance BMJ’s business in the areas of journal publishing, medical education, clinical decision support and health quality improvement across China. These include the localised translation of the company’s prestigious EBM clinical decision support tool, BMJ Best Practice.


Allison Lang

Publishing Director

Allison has been with BMJ since 2010, where she has contributed to the successful growth of BMJ's publishing business. Allison is also a Board member for BMJ's longstanding publishing partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for the British National Formulary (BNF).

Prashant Mishra

Managing Director - India

Prashant joined BMJ in 2008 as Country Manager India, having previously worked with Elsevier and Wolters Kluher Health. Prashant has been instrumental in setting up and enhancing BMJ’s base in India and South Asian region. He has a MA in Microbiology (Gold Medalist) and management from one of India’s premier Management Institute, IIM Lucknow. Strongly influenced by a scientific background he is an avid professional in the field of healthcare publishing.

Prashant is a highly experienced presenter, part of various panel discussions, and features as a keynote speaker in numerous healthcare related events. He is extremely passionate about and works relentlessly towards improving healthcare outcomes in India. Prashant credits his success to his strong team of motivated professionals who share his beliefs in the values and work ethics of BMJ.

Alex Ritchie

Finance Director

As a member of the Board, Alex is responsible for all aspects of BMJ's finances and risk management, including international subsidiaries in US, China and India markets.
Previously, his role as Assistant Finance Director role broadened into Head of Finance in 2013. Before joining BMJ in 2009, Alex worked at News International and lastminute.com.

Jackie Staunton

HR Director

Jackie has over 20 years’ HR experience, of which over 5 years is at board level. She is passionate about employee engagement which, Jackie believes, starts with recruiting the right talent. Learning and development, plus the right values based culture and a good work/life balance result in creating the brilliant team players that BMJ has worldwide.

Our Board

The Board has ultimate responsibility for the management and performance of BMJ and guides the strategic direction of our work.

It consists of: the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, the Chief Executive, the Editor-in-Chief, the Chief Operating Officer, representatives from the BMA, and non-executive directors.

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  • Jay Lippincott

    Jay Lippincott

    Chairman

  • Dr. Hamish Meldrum

    Dr. Hamish Meldrum

    Deputy Chairman,
    Non Executive Director

  • Jill Ainscough

    Jill Ainscough

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr. David Berger

    Dr. David Berger

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr. Mark Davies

    Dr. Mark Davies

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr. Andrew Dearden

    Dr. Andrew Dearden

    BMA Treasurer

  • Sharmila Nebhrajani  OBE

    Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr. Kiran Patel

    Dr. Kiran Patel

    Non-Executive Director

  • Keith Ward

    Keith Ward

    BMA Chief Executive

Jay Lippincott

Chairman

Jay Lippincott has more than 40 years of experience in scientific, technical, and medical publishing. He has served as an advisor to BMJ since 2009. He was formerly president and CEO of the Professional & Education Unit of Wolters Kluwer’s Health Division, an international publisher for students and professionals in medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions. Prior to that, Mr. Lippincott was president and CEO of Kluwer Academic Publishers, an international publisher of academic and professional research. He was also president of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, and Raven Press, and before that held numerous executive positions at J.B. Lippincott Company.

Dr. Hamish Meldrum

Deputy Chairman,
Non Executive Director

Dr. Hamish Meldrum completed his five-year term as Chairman of Council of the BMA in June 2012. Prior to that, he was involved in local hospital management and in the Local Medical Committee (LMC) in the 1980s, before joining the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) in 1991. He was chairman of East Yorkshire LMC from 1996-99. He was then part of the GPC team that negotiated the new GP contract, was deputy chairman of the GPC from 1999-2004 and its chairman from 2004-2007.

Dr. Meldrum graduated from Edinburgh in 1972 and began his medical career in general medicine, spending 3 years as a medical SHO and medical registrar in Torbay Hospital, Devon, before deciding on a career in general practice, ending up in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, where he was a GP for over thirty years. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Jill Ainscough

Non-Executive Director

Jill Ainscough recently retired after 8 years of acting as Chief Operating Officer of Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industries.. Prior to this she worked at the B2B telecommunications provider Easynet Group, ending her time there as UK Managing Director, prior to its sale to Sky.

Dr. David Berger

Non-Executive Director

David grew up in Switzerland and qualified in medicine in 1991 from St. George's Hospital Medical School in Tooting, along with his wife, Carol. He spent several years training in general medicine in London before they had short spells working in the Solomon Islands and Switzerland.

He founded the Motley Fool UK financial website in 1997, before going on to became a GP partner with his wife on Exmoor in Somerset until 2012. Subsequently, the family is moving to Australia, via a spell in the Indian Himalayas, and he has been working as a volunteer physician in India and a GP in the outback.

Dr. Mark Davies

Non-Executive Director

Mark Davies is the newest non-executive director to join the company's board. Mark has been a GP in West Yorkshire for over 20 years. He also held a number of clinical leadership roles at the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and, most recently, was executive medical director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Previously he worked at global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics as European Medical Director, developing population health management systems. His career spans healthcare, data and health technology and government consulting.

Dr. Andrew Dearden

BMA Treasurer

Dr. Andrew Dearden was born in 1962 in Gilfach Goch, South Wales. He grew up in Australia, lived in New Zealand and has been back in Wales since 1979. He went to medical school in Cardiff and has worked as a GP in central Cardiff, South Wales since 1994. He has served as Chairman of BMA's Community Care Committee, Chairman of GPC Wales, UK GPC Negotiator, Member BMA UK and Wales Council and Chairman of BMA Pensions Committee. He was elected Treasurer of the BMA in ARM 2011.

Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE

Non-Executive Director

Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE is the newly appointed Chair of the Human Tissue Authority and before that was the Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities, a role she held since 2011. Her previous career spanned media, science and business consulting and she was for 10 years Chief Operating Officer of the BBC’s Future Media and Technology division which launched the iPlayer.

Dr. Kiran Patel

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Kiran Patel graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 1993 and has been a practising Consultant Cardiologist in Birmingham since 2005. He has managed significant transformational change as Clinical Director at West Midlands Strategic Health authority (2009-11) and Medical Director for West Mercia PCT Cluster (20011-13).

In the voluntary sector, he has been a trustee to the National Heart forum since 2003 and also the South Asian Health Foundation (the latter of which he was a founder member in 1999). In healthcare policy and strategy, he has worked with NICE, the Royal Colleges and the Department of Health for over a decade. He has published papers and books and lectured widely on a national and international scale, not only in the field of cardiology, but more widely on social determinants and healthcare systems and strategy.

Keith Ward

BMA Chief Executive

Keith is Chief Executive of the BMA, having stepped up from his previous role as Finance Director. Prior to that he spent six years at City & Guilds (the leading UK vocational education provider) as Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance Director. He is a qualified accountant with nearly 20 years of experience at board level which has been acquired in a variety of sectors including business services, software and technology within multinational organisations including Thomson Financial, Datastream, Dun & Bradstreet and BAE Systems, plus a spell running his own consultancy business.