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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.

Peter's career in scholarly publishing has focused on science and medicine for nearly three decades. It has comprised leadership positions in diverse functions including sales, marketing, publishing and general management at a number of the most prestigious academic publishers in the world. From 1991, Peter worked with the Current Science Group In London, before moving to the US as Vice President of The Lancet, the flagship medical journal of the world's largest science publisher, Elsevier. In 2001, Peter joined Nature Publishing Group as Publishing Director, where he launched and managed many high impact, scientific and medical journals.

Peter joined BMJ in 2007 as Publishing Director, where he has led the growth of its journals portfolio from 20 to over 70 scholarly, specialist journals, including GUT, Heart and Thorax. He also led the extension of the BMJ brand which began with BMJ Case Reports and BMJ Open. In 2015, Peter was promoted to Director of Learning and Publishing, expanding his responsibilities to include BMJ Learning and OnExamination in addition to the Journals portfolio and BMJ Careers. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company in January 2017.

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 & Editorial Director, 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.

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.

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 the US, Chinese and Indian 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.

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

    Managing Director - BMJ The Americas

  • 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

  • Allison Lang

    Allison Lang

    Publishing Director

  • Prashant Mishra

    Prashant Mishra

    Managing Director - India

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

Managing Director - BMJ The Americas

Glen joined the company in 2013 as Managing Director for BMJ The Americas. He brought more than 34 years Science Technology Medicine publishing experience to this role, having worked for major organizations such as Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, and Liss.

His vast experience includes having responsibility for setting strategies for the growth and development of biomedical journals, overseeing more than 400 journals in the health science, including The Lancet, and many premier society journals.



Glen serves on the American Medical Publishers Committee (AMPC) of the PSP and the AMPA/National Library of Medicine Subcommittee of that group. He is Chair of Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and past Chair of the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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.


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.

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

    Chair

  • Dr. Hamish Meldrum

    Dr. Hamish Meldrum

    Deputy Chair
    Non Executive Director

  • Belinda Phipps

    Belinda Phipps

    Interim BMA Chief Executive Officer

  • 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

  • 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

Jay Lippincott

Chair

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 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.

Belinda Phipps

Interim BMA Chief Executive Officer

Following a rigorous recruitment process involving external expertise, representatives from the board, council and the BMJ, Belinda takes up the post of interim BMA CEO from July for a 9 month period. She has held a number of senior leadership roles, including having completed an interim CEO at the Science Council, chief executive at the National Childbirth Trust and at East Berkshire NHS Trust. She is also currently a non-executive director of Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust.

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 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.