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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 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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  • Kamran Abbasi

    Kamran Abbasi

    Editor in Chief, The BMJ and Board member

  • Anca Babor

    Anca Babor

    Director of Strategy

  • Louise Crowe

    Louise Crowe

    Director of the Knowledge Centre

  • Jennie Heals

    Jennie Heals

    Transformation Director

  • Caroline Hird

    Caroline Hird

    Global Commercial Director

  • Chris Jones

    Chris Jones

    Chief Executive Officer and Board member

  • 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

  • Alex Ritchie

    Alex Ritchie

    Chief Financial Officer and Board member

Kamran Abbasi

Editor in Chief, The BMJ and Board member

Kamran Abbasi FRCP Edin Lon was appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of The BMJ, one of the world’s most influential medical journals this year. He succeeds Fiona Godlee, who stepped down at the end of 2021, after more than 16 years in the role.

Previously Executive Editor of The BMJ, since 2016 Kamran led the journal’s content team and international growth strategy. During this time, he contributed to the expansion of international editions of The BMJ.

A qualified doctor, Kamran studied medicine at Leeds University and joined BMJ after postgraduate training in general medicine.

Throughout his 25 year career in medical editing and publishing, he has developed wide digital, international, senior management, and Board level experience. Kamran is also a visiting professor in the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College, London, and a patron of the South Asian Health Foundation.

Outside of medicine, Kamran has a love of cricket, which he has covered extensively on social media, television and in national newspapers. He has also authored best selling books, including Zindabad; The English Chronicles: a Modern History of Pakistan Cricket, published in 2012 and Englistan: An immigrant’s journey on the turbulent winds of Pakistan cricket in 2020.

You can follow Kamran on Twitter: @KamranAbbasi

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.


Jennie Heals

Transformation Director

Since Jennie joined BMJ in 2012, she has made a very significant impact on the company through her leadership of core business services teams, but also in delivering a number of complex company-wide transformational projects.

She led the creation of our Cardiff Service Centre in 2015, drove our transition to remote-first hybrid Smart Working in the last two years, as well as successfully delivered the creation of our new Smart Space at BMA House in 2021.

Caroline Hird

Global Commercial Director

Caroline has been with the company since 2014, first as Marketing Director and then becoming Sales and Marketing Director in July 2017. More recently, she became Global Commercial Director, responsible for overseeing BMJ's Events, Careers, Marketing and Sales business areas across EMEA, Americas and APAC.

Her vast expertise stems from a long and accomplished career in professional information marketing, having fulfilled senior marketing roles since the late 1990s for prominent publishing businesses including McGraw-Hill, Harcourt Publishers and Elsevier Health Sciences. At the latter, Caroline was Head of Market Intelligence for the strategy division, where she focused on the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America (EMEA) markets.

Caroline's aptitude and interest in content, data, analytics, and Pragmatic Marketing Principles provide unparalleled expertise. She also has a deep understanding of audience needs and knowledge of the markets within which BMJ operates. As Global Commercial Director, Caroline's work positively impacts the organisation and supports its continued success as one of the world's most trusted and leading healthcare knowledge providers.

Chris Jones

Chief Executive Officer and Board member

Appointed amid the covid pandemic in April 2020, Chris joined BMJ as CEO with a wealth of knowledge and experience 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.

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.

Alex Ritchie

Chief Financial Officer and Board member

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

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

  • Bev Acreman

    Bev Acreman

    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

    Deputy Chair

  • Dr Hemal Desai

    Dr Hemal Desai

    Non-Executive Director

  • Tom Grinyer

    Tom Grinyer

    BMA Chief Executive Officer

  • Professor Wasim Hanif

    Professor Wasim Hanif

    Non-Executive Director

  • Brian McCarthy

    Brian McCarthy

    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.


Bev Acreman

Non-Executive Director

Bev is a publishing specialist with over 25 years' publishing experience at Taylor & Francis, BioMed Central and SpringerNature, where she served as Vice President for the SpringNature global open access business development area.

Bev is currently the Executive Director at UKSG, the scholarly communications charity that provides a platform for all parts of the knowledge community.

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

Deputy Chair

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.

Dr Hemal Desai

Non-Executive Director

Dr Hemal Desai is Global Executive Director of Clinical Services for Aetna International, where he leads a global medical team to ensure the highest standards of care for members in areas such as emergency assistance, medical claims, telemedicine, and primary healthcare.

Dr Desai has significant leadership experience across the healthcare sector internationally, having led teams in the UK, Middle East and Asia. He has held senior roles in both the public and private sector, including Medical Director for Bupa Thailand, Medical Director for Hertfordshire NHS Community Trust, clinical adviser to the National Clinical Director for Pathology, and Clinical Lead for NHS Midlands and East.

He also still practices as a general practitioner in Urgent Care in London and is a specialist in family medicine.

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.

Professor Wasim Hanif

Non-Executive Director

Professor Wasim Hanif is an eminent authority on diabetes, obesity, and ethnic health. As well as holding several clinical and academic posts, he is Trustee of Diabetes UK and the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) and was instrumental in setting up UKADS (the United Kingdom Asian Diabetes Study).

As a leading figure in his specialty, Professor Hanif advises national bodies and professional groups including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

He is also involved in the International Diabetes Federation, World Health Organisation, and Global Policy Forum on Diabetes, and has received the prestigious South Asian Health Foundation UK Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 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.