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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

Chris Jones

Chief Executive Officer

Newly appointed in April 2020, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BMJ from a very successful career in the publishing and learning sectors.

He was previously the CEO of the City & Guilds Group for 12 years, leading its transformation from an examinations board operating in the UK to a work-based learning company operating globally. During this time, the group made a number of acquisitions, most notably in digital learning.

Before joining City & Guilds Group, Chris held senior leadership positions in the US and UK with Harcourt Education and LexisNexis Group.

He is also Chair of the Activate Learning Group, a large further education college group in the Thames Valley.

Dr Fiona Godlee

Editor in Chief, The BMJ & Editorial Director of BMJ company

Fi is The BMJ's 16th editor in chief and the first woman in the role. She is also Editorial Director of BMJ the company, responsible for ensuring the editorial integrity of all or our products and services.

She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She has written and lectured on a broad range of issues, including health and the environment, the ethics of academic publishing, evidence based medicine, access to clinical trial data, research integrity, open access publishing, patient partnership, conflict of interest, and overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

After joining The BMJ as an assistant editor in 1990, she moved in 2000 to help establish the open access publisher BioMedCentral as its founding Editorial Director for Medicine. In 2003 she returned to BMJ to lead its Knowledge division and was appointed Editor in Chief of The BMJ in March 2005. Fi is honorary professor at the Netherlands School for Primary Care Research (CaRe), honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, and a by-fellow of King’s College Cambridge.

She is on the advisory or executive boards of the Health Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, Alltrials, the Peer Review Congress, the International Forum for Quality and Safety and Healthcare, Evidence Live, Preventing Overdiagnosis, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and the Climate and Health Council.

She was a Harkness Fellow (1994-5), President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (1998-2000), Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (2003-5), and PPA Editor of the Year (2014). Fiona is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.

Alex Ritchie

Chief Financial Officer

Alex is responsible for all aspects of BMJ's finances and risk management, including international subsidiaries in the US, Chinese and Indian markets.

Our leadership team

At BMJ, our leadership team is represented by the heads of our central business functions and each of our international hubs. The team works closely to make sure that, as a company, we deliver on our strategic goals.

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  • Anca Babor

    Anca Babor

    Director of Strategy

  • Louise Crowe

    Louise Crowe

    Director of the Knowledge Centre

  • Caroline Hird

    Caroline Hird

    Sales and Marketing Director

  • Yuyan Kong

    Yuyan Kong

    China Managing Director

  • Stacey Lambert

    Stacey Lambert

    HR Director

  • Dr Allison Lang

    Dr Allison Lang

    Publishing Director

  • Prashant Mishra

    Prashant Mishra

    Managing Director - India

  • Ian Mulvany

    Ian Mulvany

    Chief Technology Officer

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.

Louise Crowe

Director of the Knowledge Centre

Louise has a thorough understanding of the clinical decision support and education markets from specialising for several years as an industry consultant following a career at Elsevier as Publishing Director. Having been with BMJ since 2017, Louise is responsible for driving the work that produces multi-award winning clinical decision support tool BMJ Best Practice, and medical educational resources BMJ Learning and OnExamination.

The BMJ Best Practice app and website receive consistently positive user feedback and recognition from leading industry bodies. In 2018, it was named winner in the “Best Mobile App” and “Best Global Reach” categories of the WalesOnline Digital Awards, W3 Awards - Silver winner for both “Mobile Features - Best User Experience” and in “Website Features - Best Practices”, and double-Gold winner in the “Best User Experience B2B” and “Digital Change & Transformation” categories at the UK Digital Experience Awards.


Caroline Hird

Sales and Marketing Director

Caroline has been with the company since 2014 as Marketing Director and became Sales and Marketing Director in July 2017. She brings a long and accomplished career in professional information marketing, having fulfilled senior-lead marketing roles since the late 1990s for prominent publishing businesses: Harcourt Publishers, Elsevier Health Sciences, and Elsevier Health Solutions.


More recently, Caroline was Head of Market Intelligence in the strategy division of Elsevier Health Solutions, focusing on the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America (EMEA) markets.


Her aptitude and interest in content, data, analytics, and Pragmatic Marketing Principles provide an unparalleled expertise that supports the success of BMJ's strong portfolio in the areas of publishing, e-learning, global health, events, and clinical support.

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.


Stacey Lambert

HR Director

Stacey joined BMJ in June 2018 from an established career in senior HR management positions, bringing with her 15 years’ global HR experience, of which 10 years has been at board level.
Most recently Stacey held the position of Group Talent Director for Cambridge Assessment; a department of the University of Cambridge, having previously enjoyed a long and successful career as VP HR for the reputable publishing and assessment company, Pearson.

At Pearson, Stacey led an HR team of 20 staff, spread across five HR hubs within Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a Fellow of the CIPD, a qualified global HR professional and an active executive coach with over 20 years generalist, partnering and change leadership experience. Stacey is also a passionate campaigner for supporting good mental health and wellbeing in business.


Dr Allison Lang

Publishing Director

Allison has been with BMJ since 2010, where she has led the successful growth and development of BMJ's publishing business. She has recently been elected to the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Council and took up her role as Director of ALPSP from January 2020.
Prior to BMJ, Allison held publishing and leadership positions at Nature Publishing Group and in learned societies. She has nine years of medical research experience, and a passion for science communication.

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.

Ian Mulvany

Chief Technology Officer

Ian joined BMJ from SAGE Publishing, where, as head of transformation, he helped set up the company's methods innovation incubator SAGE Ocean following a lean product development approach.

Previously, he was head of technology at eLife Sciences, head of product at Mendeley, and product manager for a number of researcher oriented services at Nature Publishing Group.

Our Board

BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes.
The Board has ultimate responsibility for the management and performance of BMJ, and guides the strategic direction of our work.

  • Roger Horton

    Roger Horton

    Chair

  • Dr Hamish Meldrum

    Dr Hamish Meldrum

    Deputy Chair
    Non Executive Director

  • Jill Ainscough

    Jill Ainscough

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr Shree Datta

    Dr Shree Datta

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr Mark Davies

    Dr Mark Davies

    Non-Executive Director

  • Tom Grinyer

    Tom Grinyer

    BMA Chief Executive Officer

  • Brian McCarthy

    Brian McCarthy

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr Kiran Patel

    Dr Kiran Patel

    Non-Executive Director

  • Dr Trevor Pickersgill

    Dr Trevor Pickersgill

    BMA Treasurer

Roger Horton

Chair

Roger Horton was recently appointed as BMJ's chair. He brings extensive and broad experience to the role, from a successful career in academic and reference publishing for over thirty five years.

He was the CEO of the Taylor & Francis Group, the academic publishing division of Informa Plc for the latter twelve years. His career has encompassed roles in sales, marketing, editorial, distribution and senior management in three companies.

Roger was instrumental in floating Taylor & Francis on the London Stock Exchange and later merging it with Informa in 2004. As CEO he also led the acquisition of over fifty companies and served on the Publishers Association academic board for a number of years.

For ten consecutive years, he was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in publishing by the Bookseller. At the 2017 Academic and Professional Awards he was presented with the lifetime award for Outstanding Contribution.

Roger will also take on additional responsibilities for the BMA board.


Dr Hamish Meldrum

Deputy Chair
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 Shree Datta

Non-Executive Director

Dr Shree Datta is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King's College Hospital and Associate Clinical Dean for King's College Medical School. Her key interests are general gynaecology, including fibroids and abnormal periods, fertility and pregnancy care (including elective Caesarean section) and cervical screening.


Dr Datta qualified from Imperial College London and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2009. She was awarded the Helen Lawson award and RCOG Edgar Gentilli prize for research in ovarian cancer. Dr Datta has co-authored five medical textbooks and is regularly invited to contribute to "Mother and Baby" and the RCOG’s “Baby and you” magazine. As well as contributing to journals, she has coauthored a Cochrane review on endometriosis and the contraceptive pill and has published patient information videos. She previously chaired the BMA's junior doctors committee and remains an ambassador for the BMA Medical Research Foundation.


Internationally, Dr Datta has been invited to teach as part of faculty and as a guest lecturer, setting up the Trialect fellowship at her department at King's College Hospital. She has been the lead investigator for the study of Fibroids and Embolisation or Myomectomy to Measure the Effect on quality of life among women (FEMME) study in her department. She has also been appointed by the Royal Commission to the General Medical Council's council.

Dr Mark Davies

Non-Executive Director

Mark Davies is Chief Medical Officer for IBM and Watson Health for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Mark’s career spans healthcare policy, data and health technology and government consulting and he was a GP in Yorkshire for over 20 years. He has held a number of clinical leadership roles at the UK Department of Health, Cabinet Office and was the Executive Medical Director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. He founded the community interest company Local Care Direct which continues to serve two million people.
Previously he worked in international health at global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics as European Medical Director, developing population health management systems. He has a particular interest in the ability of digital capability to improve healthcare.

Tom Grinyer

BMA Chief Executive Officer

Tom has over 15 years’ experience as a senior manager for membership organisations, including the Public and Commercial Services Union and the Royal College of Physicians.

In 2015 he became chief executive officer at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, where he developed an organisational strategy based on member engagement, quality and excellence.

He joined the BMA as group chief executive in 2019. Tom is a co-opted trustee of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and a member of the steering group of the Professional Associations Research Network, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Governance Code Project, and of the GMB trade union.

Brian McCarthy

Non-Executive Director

Brian is a finance specialist with more than twenty years in publishing. After completing his postgraduate education at Queen’s University in Belfast, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Dublin, before moving to Cambridge where he is still based.

His publishing experience includes seven years in international finance and operations roles at Pearson Education and more recently as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Archant, the Norwich-based regional newspaper, magazine and digital publisher.

Brian is Chair of NLA Media Access, a news content licensing business owned by the National Newspapers and a Non-Executive Director at Norse Group, a support services business owned by Norfolk County Council.

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.

Dr Trevor Pickersgill

BMA Treasurer

Dr Trevor Pickersgill is a consultant neurologist at the University Hospital of Wales.

He was elected as interim treasurer of the British Medical Association in December 2018 and will stand until a permanent treasurer is elected at the June 2019 annual representative meeting (ARM). He is a past chair of both UK and Welsh British Medical Association junior doctors and consultants branches of practice.

He is chair of the Hospital Medical Staffs Defence Trust.