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WHEC Chair: Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor

Sir Anthony Newman Taylor is the President’s Envoy for Health and Director of Research and Development in National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, having previously held the position of Deputy Principal for the Faculty since 2008 and Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute between 2006 and 2008.  Professor Newman Taylor is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Imperial College and a Non-Executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He was appointed as consultant physician at Brompton Hospital in 1977 and, with his colleagues, built the largest clinical, research and teaching department in Europe to investigate the occupational causes of lung disease, particularly asthma. He was previously Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute and held the roles of Medical Director, Director of Research and Deputy Chief Executive within the Royal Brompton Hospital, including acting as Chief Executive on several occasions. Between 2006 and 2012 he was a Non-Executive Director of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

He has worked as an advisor to government bodies in Greece, Spain and India in his specialist field of occupational causes of lung disease. This has included reports commissioned by the Indian Government following the release of methyl isocyanate at Bhopal and by the Autonomous Region of Valencia into the investigation of the cause of an outbreak of fibrosing lung disease, which had caused several deaths, among employees in the textile dye industry in Spain.

He was a member of the Independent Scrutiny Group of Lord Boyce’s review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), which reported in 2010. He is currently Chairman of the Independent Medical Expert Group of AFCS for Ministry of Defence.

He was chairman of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, an expert advisory group for the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK, between 1996 and 2008. He is Chairman of the Colt Foundation, which funds research into occupational and environmental disease, a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation.  He was civilian advisor in chest medicine to the Royal Air Force between 1984 and 2010.

He received the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008 for public service.

His research interests have included the occupational and environmental causes of respiratory disease, the determinants of childhood allergy and asthma and immunogenetic-environmental interactions in occupational asthma.  He is the author of chapters in many medical textbooks, including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and Hunter’s Textbook of Occupational Diseases.