Who we are
The People's Covid Inquiry has been called by campaign organisation Keep Our NHS Public.
The Inquiry will hear testimony from many witnesses and takes place with support from a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Our panel, chaired by Michael Mansfield QC will bring world-class rigour to proceedings and will interrogate our witnesses.
Michael Mansfield QC
Chair of panel
Internationally renowned human rights lawyer
Michael Mansfield QC has represented individuals and groups in some of the most controversial legal cases the UK has seen. These include the family of Stephen Lawrence, families of victims at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, the Hillsborough disaster, the death of Jean Charles de Menezes and those involved in the McLibel trial. He has also chaired a number of high profile international People’s Tribunals dealing with the Middle East. In 2013 he chaired the Lewisham People's Commission which helped save Lewisham Hospital threatened with closure by the then Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and later also the North West London NHS Hospital Inquiry, which eventually helped save Charing Cross Hospital from closure.
Dr Jacky Davis
NHS consultant radiologist, author and BMA council member (in a personal capacity)
Jacky Davis is a founder member of Keep Our NHS Public. She co-authored the books NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed and How We Can Save It, and NHS For Sale. Dr Davis is also a member of BMA Council. She works as a consultant radiologist at Whittington Hospital in North London.
Professor Neena Modi
Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London and president, UK Medical Women’s Federation
Neena Modi is a consultant in neonatal medicine and a leading researcher who has worked to improve children’s health throughout her career. She is the current president of the UK Medical Women’s Federation, the immediate past-president of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the president-elect of the British Medical Association.
Dr Tolullah Oni
Urban Epidemiologist & Public Health physician at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Tolullah Oni was born in Lagos, studied in London and worked in South Africa for >10 years. Her research, focused on ways to improve health in cities, has been profiled in The Lancet journal. She is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the African Academy of Sciences. She sits on The Lancet Planetary Health editorial board, the Future Earth advisory board and is a member of Independent SAGE.
Lorna Hackett, Barrister
Counsel to the Inquiry
Hackett & Dabbs LLP
Co-founder of Hackett & Dabbs LLP (HackettDabbs.co.uk), Lorna Hackett is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law and is committed to protecting the most vulnerable within society. Ms Hackett has a strong track record in judicial review proceedings and also trains other barristers in advocacy. Ms Hackett is a renowned public speaker in the areas of social justice and client-focussed legal services and is currently writing a book on Imprisonment for Public Protection in the UK. Ms Hackett has a wide range of personal and professional interests including playing the piano, running and promoting a rising star in the UK hip hop scene.
Contributors and supporters so far include:
Michael Rosen, author, poet, broadcaster, former Children's Laureate and Covid-19 survivor
Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
Dr Sonia Adesara, NHS junior doctor
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK
Phil Hammond, NHS doctor and journalist
Sir David King, Chair of Independent SAGE
Alia Butt, NHS Psychotherapist and NHS Staff Voices
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party of England and Wales
Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet
Lindsey German, People's Assembly Against Austerity
Dr Louise Irvine, NHS GP
Rachel Harrison, GMB Public Services National Officer
Pascale Robinson, We Own It
Salma Yaqoob, NHS community engagement lead Birmingham and Solihull
Dr John Lister, academic, author and campaigning journalist
Holly Turner RN, NHS nurse and GMB rep
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary National Education Union
Caroline Molloy, OpenDemocracy UK and OurNHS
Dr Latifa Patel, NHS doctor and BMA representative body
Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology, UCL, member of Independent SAGE
Rachel Bannister, parent and Mental Health - Time for Action
Aliya Yule, Access to Healthcare organiser, Migrants Organise
James Skinner, Access to Healthcare campaigner, Medact
Ellen Clifford, National Steering Committee, Disabled People Against Cuts
Emeritus Professor Raymond Agius, retired professor in Occupational and Environmental Health