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New Chair knighted in New Year Honours List

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Professor Jonathan Montgomery, who was appointed as the new Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust earlier this month, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List for Services to Bioethics and Healthcare Law.

Sir Jonathan, who is currently Chair of the Health Research Authority and Professor of Health Care Law at University College London, will take up the role of Trust Chair in March 2019 following his appointment by the OUH Council of Governors on 10 December 2018.

He has previously served as Chair of the Human Genetics Commission, the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, as well as being Chair of a number of NHS organisations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight between 1998 and 2013.

Sir Jonathan will succeed Dame Fiona Caldicott when her term of office as Chairman of OUH comes to an end in March 2019. He plans to step down from his role as Chair of the Health Research Authority as soon as a successor is in place.

Sir Jonathan said: "I am delighted, and slightly overwhelmed, at this award and its recognition of the importance of bioethics and health care to our national life.

"The NHS is a wonderful institution and I am immensely proud to be associated with it. It was a tremendous privilege to have worked with so many dedicated clinicians and managers during my time in Southampton and across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

"I am looking forward to joining OUH next March and excited at the prospect of the challenges and opportunities ahead."

Pictured: Prof Jonathan Montgomery (photo courtesy of Health Data Research UK)