PROFESSOR OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, INDEPENDENT CROSSBENCH PEER
Ilora Gillian Finlay has worked tirelessly both in practice and parliament to guarantee care for the terminally ill since the 1970s. A former President of the Royal College of Medicine, from Cardiff, she is now Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Cardiff University School of Medicine, Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care, and a consultant at the Velindre cancer centre in Cardiff. She was also the first person to propose a bill to ban smoking in public buildings in Wales (three years before it was eventually implemented) and long campaigned to change the current organ donation from ‘opt in’ to ‘opt out’. Cardiff is now a leading international city in palliative care because of her reputation.