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Nick Ross is best known as one of the UK’s foremost broadcasters. founder and is President of HealthWatch. He started working life as a children’s psychiatric nurse before reading Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, which recently awarded him an honorary doctorate. While at Queen’s he was a sabbatical deputy president of the Union at the time of the birth of the troubles and his involvement in the civil rights movement in the north of Ireland led to his first broadcasting exposure.
He presented the BBC’s top-rated factual programme, Crimewatch UK and has anchored a wide sweep of news-related programmes, chiefly for the BBC, including the breakfast and early evening news programmes, Watchdog and Newsnight, A Week in Politics, Westminster with Nick Ross (television coverage of parliament and Whitehall, for which he was a member of the parliamentary lobby) and the main party conferences. He was named “Broadcaster of the Year” in 1997 for his Radio 4 phone-in Call Nick Ross, earned “Best documentary” for an autobiographical history of the troubles in Northern Ireland, and his programmes have won or been nominated for awards almost every year since, including the National Television Awards 2005.
He founded the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at UCL, is an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and is a regular keynote speaker at police and academic meetings around the world. While his public association is with crime prevention, his background is in health science and the promotion of science itself. He has been a member of the UK’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Science, the Clothier Committee on the Ethics of Gene Therapy, the Department of Health’s Gene Therapy Advisory Committee, the Health of the Nation Wider Working Group, the NHS Review Team, and several other national advisory boards or task forces.
For 6 years, until October 2005, he was a member of Britain’s main bioethics committee, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and is currently a member of the Royal College of Physicians Medical Ethics Committee, the Academy of Medical Science study on the use of non-human primates in medical research, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation.
He regularly chairs meetings for the UK Department of Health and for the NHS, and has moderated at international conferences on rheumatology, paediatric endocrinology, depression and, most recently, neurology.
He was a founder and is President of HealthWatch, an independent body that promotes evidence-based medicine, and is chairman, president or patron of a number of health-related charities including SANEline (a help-line for mental illnesses) and the Defeat Depression Campaign, and the James Lind Library. He has been a lay adviser to the Health Education Authority, a member of the RCP Medical Audit Committee, the BMJ/King’s Fund Rationing Agenda Group, and of a King’s Fund Consensus Panel on breast cancer, a director of the Health Quality Service, and chairman of the Science Book Prize.
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