Baroness Finlay of Llandaff appointed as President of Attend
Published by Debbie Baverstock on Tue, 10/12/2019 - 14:24
Ilora is a doctor, Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, and an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords. She is a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association and the Association for Palliative Medicine. She is a consultant at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. On 28th June 2001, she was made a Life Peer as Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, in the County of South Glamorgan.
In 2003 she proposed a bill to ban smoking in public buildings in Wales, three years before it was eventually implemented. In 2007, Baroness Finlay introduced a private members bill seeking to change the current system for organ donation from 'opt in' to 'opt out'.Parliamentary timing did not allow for this bill to proceed but the principle continues to be debated. Two years later she succeeded in changing goverment policy on organ donation to allow potential organ donors to be able to specify a family member or close friend to whom they wish to donate their organ(s).
Baroness Finlay is a co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, which brings together parliamentarians committed to tackling carbon monoxide poisoning. She also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hospice and Palliative Care. She chairs the independent think-tank Living and Dying Well. She is Vice President of Marie Curie, Patron of The Trussell Trust's foodbank network in Wales, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She is also patron of Student Volunteering Cardiff.She was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a Member of its inaugural Council.In 2017 she was appointed one of two patrons of the Royal Microscopical Society. She has received serveral Honorary degrees for her work. In March 2015 she was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honouree for her vigorous championing to improving the care of dying patients. She currently chairs the National Mental Capacity Forum for England and Wales.