The Council has established a new Working Party to examine ethical issues around the professional practice and regulation of invasive non-reconstructive cosmetic procedures which aim to enhance or normalise appearance.

Read the full terms of reference for this project.

We are delighted to announce that the members of the Working Party are:
  • Jeanette Edwards, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (chair)

  • Clare Chambers – University Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

  • Alex Clarke – Visiting Professor at Centre for Appearance Research and Honorary Professor (Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology) at UCL

  • Mark Henley – Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon to the Nottingham and Derby NHS Hospitals

  • Jane O’Brien – Consultant – medical regulation and ethics

  • James Partridge – Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces

  • Nichola Rumsey – Professor of Appearance Research at University of the West of England and Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research

  • Tom Shakespeare – Council member and Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Norwich Medical School

  • Shirley Tate, Associate Professor in Race and Culture, University of Leeds

  • Michael Thomson – Professor of Law, University of Leeds

  • Heather Widdows – Council member and John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

The Working Party will meet for the first time in October to discuss plans for the project, including for evidence gathering and wider public engagement.

You can find out more and keep up to date with the Council’s work on this topic in the following ways: