Michael Cross is a freelance journalist, editor, and lecturer. In this capacity, he has been paid, and continues to be paid, by a range of organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include: publishers, including the BMJ group, Guardian Media, the Daily Telegraph and others; professional organisations, including the Law Society and National Association of Data Protection Managers, and companies including Deloitte LLP and Microsoft. He contributes a regular column to a healthcare website published by Microsoft. He owns no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical, IT, or healthcare companies, however he invests in a personal pension, which may invest in these types of companies. He is managing director of Michael Cross Limited, the company name under which he provides writing services. He publishes a regularly updated declaration of interests at www.michaelcrossjournalist.net.