Professor Sir Liam Donaldson

Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme


Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is recognized as an international champion of healthcare quality, patient safety and public health. He is a former vice-chairman of the World Health Organization's executive board.

He is the World Health Organization’s envoy for patient safety and chairman of the independent monitoring board for the Polio Eradication Programme. In the UK, he is chancellor of Newcastle University, professor of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and honorary distinguished professor at Cardiff University.

Sir Liam was the chief medical officer for England, and the United Kingdom's chief medical adviser, from 1998-2010. During this time he held critical responsibilities across the whole field of public health and healthcare and advised secretaries of state for health, the prime minister and other government ministers. He produced landmark reports that set health policy and legislation in many fields.

Past experience

2016 -

Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2009 -

Chancellor Newcastle University


Chair of Health Policy, Imperial College London

2011 - Patient Safety Envoy, World Health Organization 
1998-2010 Chief Medical Officer for England, UK Government Chief Medical Adviser

Regional Director Northern and Yorkshire NHS Executive


Regional Medical Officer Northern Regional Health Authority


A range of academic and clinical posts in various parts of the UK