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Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

Honorary President

Dr Bill Kirkup CBE


Bill Kirkup first worked in the NHS as a ward orderly, in 1968.  He qualified in medicine at the University of Oxford in 1974, and trained in obstetrics and gynaecological oncology.  Following a change in family circumstances he switched specialties in 1982 and worked in public health and medical management, initially in the North East and Yorkshire and latterly as Associate Chief Medical Officer for England.

Since retiring from full-time practice at the end of 2009, he has been asked to carry out investigations into high-profile public service failures, including children’s heart surgery in Oxford, Jimmy Savile’s involvement at Broadmoor Hospital, Morecambe Bay maternity services, and Liverpool community services.  He served as a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, responsible for the medical evidence which led to new inquests into the deaths resulting from the disaster, and the Gosport Independent Panel which reported in 2018.

Prior to retirement, Bill volunteered to work on public health and reconstruction as a civilian alongside military operations in Kosovo (1999), Baghdad, Iraq (2003,2005) and Afghanistan (2007/08).  His current work includes chairing the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Dixon.