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Professor Rowland is a Consultant in Children’s Emergency Medicine, Honorary Professor (Paediatrics), Non-Executive Director of M’Lop Tapang (a non-governmental organisation in Cambodia), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SicKids charity (registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, 1164131) and Lead Employer Medical Director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has 17 years of national leadership, and ten years of international leadership, experience and expertise. This includes 7 years in non-executive board-level director roles in multimillion-euro and multimillion-dollar organisations. Professor Rowland has specific interests in child rights law, children’s advocacy and safeguarding vulnerable children.
As the Lead Employer Medical Director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the largest single employer of doctors in the National Health Service in England, he has a direct responsibility for over 10000 doctors and dentists in training and public health specialty trainees.
Professor Rowland was previously appointed the Head of the UK Delegation to the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) for six years. This included him successfully negotiating the continued full membership of the UK within UEMS, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the remaining EU27 States. Professor Rowland has been awarded the Association Medal of the British Medical Association and the Gold Decoration of Honour by the UEMS.
What are the key leadership messages you want to get out to the BMJ Leader readership?
My top three messages are:
Do everything you can to ensure the organisation you work in has compassionate leadership embedded at its core. That starts with you and the influence you can have over other people.
It is vital that each organisation has a just culture as one of its key values. How do you ensure that as a leader you are just, compassionate and transparent?
Ensure you know what your values are and do everything in your …
Contributors JH was responsible for conception and design of the work. AR was responsible for the initial drafting of the article. Both authors contributed to critical revision of the article. Both authors reviewed and approved the final the version to be published.
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