Board and Chief Executive
Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA Chair
Sir Ian is a lawyer who, for several decades, had lectured and wrote on the law and the ethics of healthcare and regulation. He was appointed as chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in November 2009. He is also Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at University College of London and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Sir Ian has been involved in public life for over 30 years, earning a particular reputation for his concern for the interests of members of the public in healthcare. He is, perhaps, best known as the Chairman of the public enquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (1998–2001). This report contributed to the establishment of the Healthcare Commission, which he chaired from its creation in 2004 until its abolition in 2009. During his time at the Commission, Sir Ian worked to improve standards across the NHS through access to information and knowledge for patients, the public, clinicians and managers. In 2009, he chaired the King’s Fund inquiry into the quality of general practice in England and in 2012 carried out a review of the care of children in the NHS. In 2012, he also chaired the group that reviewed the provision of paediatric cardiac surgery in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has also previously chaired reviews relating to xenotransplantation, pets’ passports, research on service personnel and innovation in pharmaceuticals.
Sir Ian is a former chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and of the UK Research Integrity Office and former host of the Channel 4 discussion programme After Dark. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. He was awarded an honorary DSc by the University of Glasgow in 2003 and an honorary DM by the University of Birmingham in 2005. He is a Barrister and Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. He was knighted in 2002 for services to medical law and bioethics.