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New Chair for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor has been selected as the new Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) and will take up the role on 1 March 2023.

Responding to her appointment Judge Taylor said:

‘I am delighted and feel very privileged to have been appointed the next Chair of the MPTS. Upholding the high standards of medical practice in the UK is vital to promote public health and ensure members of the public are adequately protected.

‘I would like to thank the outgoing Chair Dame Caroline Swift, who has steered the MPTS through the most uncertain time in its history, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her legacy has established the MPTS as a leading independent decision-maker, committed to reform and improvement.’

Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor
Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor
Dame Caroline Swift, who will step down at the end of December 2022 following six years at the helm, said:

‘Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor is a highly distinguished and experienced Judge who I am delighted has been appointed as my successor. Deborah brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be invaluable in driving the MPTS’s vision forward.’

Professor Jacky Hayden, who is a member of the MPTS Committee, has been appointed as the Interim Chair of the MPTS during January and February 2023.

Judge Taylor currently sits as Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge at Southwark Crown Court and Recorder of Westminster. She also sits in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and in the High Court King’s Bench Division and Administrative Court.