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The committee and their interests

The Committee

Deborah Taylor, Chair

Her Honour Deborah Taylor was called to the Bar in 1983, and practiced as a barrister until 2005 at Crown Office Chambers in London, where her common law/commercial practice included medico-legal cases.

In 1998 Deborah was appointed a Recorder, and in 2005 she was appointed a Circuit Judge sitting in crime. Since 2013 she has also sat in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and in the High Court Queens Bench Division and Administrative Court.

In 2017 she was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge at Southwark Crown Court and Recorder of Westminster. She has also been a member of judicial working groups on the modernisation of the criminal justice system and courts.

Between 2011-13 Deborah was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner, and between 2013-17 Chair of the Irene Taylor Trust (Music in Prisons).

She has for many years been involved in the governance of the Inner Temple, and was Chair of the Scholarships Committee and the Temple Women's Forum, before being elected Reader in 2019, and Treasurer of Inner Temple in 2022.

Jacky Hayden, Committee member

Jacky began her career in General Practice before moving into medical education. She was appointed Regional Adviser in General Practice in 1991 and Postgraduate Dean in 1997. She chaired the Committee of English Postgraduate Deans from 2008-2012 and was an active member of Medical Education England and Health Education England. Jacky retired as the Postgraduate Dean in September 2016. She continues to hold honorary positions at both Manchester and Lancaster Universities.

She is a Non-Executive Board Member of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and Chairs the Safety and Quality Committee.

Jacky has been a member of the Council of the Academy of Medical Educators since 2012 and is currently in her second term as President. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2012.

She has a long-standing interest in the development of leadership in the medical profession. From its start, she has been a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and was awarded Founding Senior Fellowship in 2016.

She was a member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners for 26 years and held a range of different positions. She was honoured with the William Pickles award in 2002 and the Foundation Council Award in 2013. Jacky also has a strong association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2018.

Jacky has been awarded Honorary Doctorates at three Universities: St George's University London, Lancaster University and Edge Hill University. She was awarded the CBE for services to medical education in 2013.

Barbara Larkin, Committee member


Gill Edelman, Committee member

Gill is an independent consultant specialising in strategy and governance.

She was formerly Chair of Quality and Performance in Surrey Heartlands, ICS, Chair of the Individual Funding Review Panel, and Lay Member for Patient and Public and Patient Engagement at Surrey Downs CCG. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Barnet PCT and the National Patient Safety Agency which included the National Clinical Advisory Service (now Practitioner Performance Advice, NHS Resolution). Gill originally qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She progressed into senior management roles before leaving the NHS to join the voluntary sector.

Gill has been CEO of several charities including Kings College Hospital Charity and I CAN, the children’s communication charity. As an interim CEO, she helped establish the Centre for Ageing Better and managed the closure of the Macfarlane Trust set up by the Department of Health to support people infected with HIV through contaminated blood products and their families.

She has also been a trustee of several charities and was Chair of the Governance Hub, a national programme funded via the Cabinet Office and Capacity Builders to improve standards of governance across the voluntary and community sector. She supported the Chair of the Charity Commission in establishing its new governance arrangements following implementation of the 2006 Charities Act and has supported governance development in a wide range of charities.

Gill lives in the Surrey Hills and is an enthusiastic walker, joyful vegetable gardener and adventurous cook. 

Simon Mackenzie, Committee member

Simon graduated from Edinburgh University in 1983 and was appointed a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in 1992. In addition to his clinical work, he has held local and national leadership roles. He became Medical Director of University Hospitals Division of NHS Lothian in 2007 where he introduced a multi-professional Hospital at Night team, delivered European Working Time Directive compliance for trainees, and met the 4-hour standard. He was seconded to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as the Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow 2012-2013. On return from Boston, Simon was the clinical lead for Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s review of acute hospitals with high mortality rates. In 2015 he was appointed Medical Director at St George’s Hospital in London and subsequently was Acting Chief Executive for a year as the Trust tackled quality and financial issues. From 2017 to 2020 he worked for NHS England/Improvement supporting poorly performing systems and then leading the Southeast region’s critical care response to the Covid 19 pandemic. From 2017 to 2022 he was a member of Southeast London CCG Governing Body.

Simon was a GMC Performance Assessor from 1997-2007 and a Team Leader from 2001. He has been an MPTS Tribunal Member since 2012. He chaired Scotland’s intensive care audit group for 6 years and was President of the Scottish Intensive Care Society 2008-2010. He has chaired several national working parties, most recently the NICE Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Development Group. Simon has published 29 papers and 3 book chapters and lectured internationally on quality improvement. He was an examiner for both UK and European Diplomas in Intensive Care, honorary Senior Lecturer in Edinburgh, and honorary Professor at St George’s.

Simon is married with 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. His interests include woodwork, sailing, hill walking and running with his first ultramarathon approaching.


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