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Sir Liam Donaldson is recognised as an international champion of patient safety and public health. He is the World Health Organisation’s Envoy for Patient Safety and Chairman of the Independent Monitoring for the Polio Eradication Programme. In the UK, he is he is Associate Fellow in the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University and Chancellor of Newcastle University.

Sir Liam was Chief Medical Officer for England from 1998-2010. As the United Kingdom's chief adviser on health, he worked with Secretaries of State for Health, Prime Ministers and other government ministers. He has produced landmark reports which have set health policy and legislation in fields such as stem cell research, quality and safety of health care, infectious disease control, patient empowerment, poor clinical performance, smoke free public places, medical regulation, and organ and tissue retention.