Council members

You can find the full names, qualifications and biographies of our members of Council here.

All our members were appointed following an independent appointments process. 

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

Chair of Council and registrant member, England

Communitybaptistpa Ref No: 2843258

Professor Stephenson is Chair of the Communitybaptistpa 2015-2018.

Professor Stephenson was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honors for services to Healthcare and Children's Health Services.

Professor Stephenson was formerly Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges for 2012-2014 and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009-2012.

He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit.

He is an honorary consultant in paediatrics at UCL Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital London and has co-authored seven textbooks. His research has focused on early life and acute and chronic paediatric illness and Professor Stephenson has published over 275 peer reviewed papers, editorials and chapters.

As a researcher, he has received over £13 million in funding through 46 different, competitively awarded grants. He is currently PI on a grant of £8.6 million.


Prof. Terence Stephenson

Mr Steven Burnett

Lay member, Wales

Steve Burnett is currently a Non-Executive Director at Golden Charter Ltd, a Non-Executive Director at HM Treasury Government Internal Audit Agency, Senior Independent Director at the Wales Audit Office and a Director of Communitybaptistpa Services International Ltd.

He has previously been the Senior Independent Director at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.

After a long career in the financial services sector, Steve retired from the position of CEO of Royal Liver Assurance in 2009. During his time as CEO the organisation addressed financial challenges whilst also modernising its product range and service approach, entering new markets and reinventing its role in the sector. Steve is a retired actuary.

Stephen Burnett

Dr Shree Datta 

Registrant member, England

Communitybaptistpa Ref No: 6076715

Shree Datta is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King’s College Hospital, and is joint lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College Medical School. She specialises in Benign Gynaecology. She is a Director of Hermiston Court Limited, former Director of the British Medical Association and former Chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors’ Committee. She has also chaired the North European Junior Doctors Association.

Dr S Datta

Lady Christine Eames

Lay member, Northern Ireland

Christine Eames holds a portfolio of non-executive positions in the public and voluntary sectors. She is a trustee of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, a committee member of Barnardo’s Northern Ireland and an ambassador for Home-Start UK. She is also a governor of Hunterhouse College, Belfast.

She was previously World President of The Mothers’ Union and a Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland. She is a former trustee of Christian Aid, Ireland, and a former UK trustee and Northern Ireland Chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability

From 2008-10 she was Chair of the Communitybaptistpa’s Working Group on End of Life Care. She was awarded an OBE for services to the community in 2006.


Lady C Eames

Professor Anthony Harnden 

Registrant member, England

Communitybaptistpa Ref No: 2807869

Anthony Harnden is a general practitioner with a clinical and research interest in primary care paediatrics. He has worked as a Principal in General Practice at Morland House Surgery, Wheatley Oxfordshire for 28 years.

He is a Professor of Primary Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and a Governing Body Fellow of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.

Anthony is currently a Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and Chairman of the Global Network of National Immunisation and Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). He developed and is adviser for the British Medical Journal diagnostic series ‘Easily Missed?’

He was formerly the National Clinical Champion for Child Health at the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was the primary care lead for the Confidential Enquiry in Child Deaths and a Board Trustee at the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries. During the last pandemic he was a member of the Department of Health Pandemic Influenza Operational Advisory Group.


Prof. Anthony Harnden

Baroness Helene Hayman

Lay member, England 

Helene Hayman is a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council and sits as a Crossbench peer and was Lord Speaker of the House of Lords from 2006-11. From September 2014 until December 2017, Helene was Chair of Cambridge University Health Partners.

She has had a political career, serving as an MP from 1974-9 and becoming a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 1996, initially as Opposition Spokesperson for Health and later as Minister for Roads, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She has also held a variety of roles in the public and voluntary sectors, including Chair of Cancer Research UK, the Human Tissue Authority, the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and was one of the founding members of the charity Maternity Alliance. She was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.

Since leaving office, Baroness Hayman has taken an increasing interest in issues relating to health in developing countries. As part of this work she undertook a VSO Parliamentary placement in Nepal and has become a Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. She joined the Board of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in December 2013.


Baroness Helene Hayman

Professor Deirdre Kelly

Registrant member, England

Communitybaptistpa Ref No: 2598565

Deirdre Kelly is a Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist and founding Director of the Liver Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham. She is a Non- Executive Director of the Health Research Authority.

She has been a Commissioner on the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission. She was a Governor of the Health Foundation, a member of the Advisory Group on Hepatitis and has previously served on a number of expert Advisory Committees and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Programme Development Group for Hepatitis B&C. She was formerly the Medical Vice-Chair, West Midlands, for the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. She is a former Medical Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and has been President or Chair of a number of national and international medical organisations and medical advisor to a number of national patient organisations.


Prof. Deirdre Kelly

Professor Paul Knight OBE 

Registrant member, Scotland

Communitybaptistpa Ref No: 2343239

Paul Knight is Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and an honorary Professor of Medicine at Glasgow University. He is Chair of the editorial board of Age and Aging, and of the Atlas of Variation workstream of Realistic Medicine for the Scottish Government.

He was previously the Director of Medical Education and Secondary Care Appraisal Lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Chair of the Scottish Directors of Medical Education, President of the British Geriatrics Society, President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a Non-Executive Board Member of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. He was the Associate Post Graduate Dean for Management Education in the Scotland West Region Deanery.


Prof. Paul Knight

Dame Suzi Leather

Lay member, England

Suzi Leather has wide-ranging experience of governance in the public and voluntary sectors. She Chairs the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, the European Network of Ombuds in Higher Education, and is the independent Chair of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Her previous roles include Chair of the Charities Commission for England and Wales, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Deputy Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency, Chair of the School Food Trust, Chair of Exeter and District Community NHS Trust, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a member of the Council and Ethics Committee of Exeter University. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Vice President of Hospiscare (Exeter, East and Mid Devon).

Dame Suzi Leather

Dame Denise Platt DBE

Lay member, England

Denise has a portfolio of interests: she is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, an Honorary Council Member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and member of the Advisory Board of the NIHR School of Social Care Research at the LSE. She is also Patron of MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged) and a Vice Patron of Family Action.

She has a background in social care and has held a number of leadership positions in the public and third sectors at national and local level including Chair of the National AIDS Trust, trustee of the NSPCC, trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, Governor of the University of Bedfordshire (where she is an Honorary Fellow), Audit Commissioner and Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate. She was Director of Social Services in Hammersmith and Fulham and is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services.

Dame Denise Platt

Miss Amerdeep Somal

Lay member, England

Amerdeep Somal is the Independent Assessor for the Financial Ombudsman Service and a Council member of Nottingham Trent University where she is also a member of the Audit Committee. She is also an Independent Public Appointments Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Until recently Amerdeep was a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she was also a member of its Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee and Patient and Public Forum.

Amerdeep was previously a Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a member of the Audit Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust and a Board Member of Nottingham Asian Women’s Aid.

Amerdeep Somal