Meet Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff

Baroness Finlay is an internationally renowned expert in palliative medicine and an independent cross-bench member of the House of Lords. 

Residing in Wales, Baroness Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University. As the first consultant in Palliative Medicine in 1987, Baroness Finlay set up palliative and hospice services across Wales.

She has worked with Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987 and is a National Vice President. Baroness Finlay has published and lectured widely on palliative care and researched into aspects of cancer palliative care. She has remained an active clinician, teacher, author and academic as well as being involved in Parliament.

Baroness Finlay has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to health and tobacco, and took the Sunbed Bill through Parliament, ensuring sunbeds are supervised and not used by those under 18. As a Member of the Select Committees on Science and Technology, she chaired the enquiry into Allergy and also served on the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. Baroness Finlay is co-Chairman of Living and Dying Well, a think-tank to examine the evidence around euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Recognition of achievements in an extremely successful career include winning Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008 she won the coveted ‘Woman Peer of the Year’ award and in 2007 was named Parliamentary Charity Champion.

Drawing on this wealth of knowledge and experience, Baroness Finlay will be speaking on our conference panel on palliative care and dementia. 

Baroness Finlay is speaking on the afternoon of Day 1 of the International Dementia Conference on Making the Impossible Possible; Palliative Care and Dementia. To book your spot at the International Dementia Centre, register now.

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