Moira Heath – Biography

MoiraA graduate of Warwick University, after training articles in Bristol private practice, and as part of the first group of part-time solicitors in Bristol in the mid-1980s, Moira Heath spent 20 years in civil litigation in the County, High and Commercial Courts, twice with reported cases in the Court of Appeal.

Leading on from her interest in personal injury cases, and obtaining an MBA from Cardiff University Business School, Moira has extensive experience as a lay member of various medical committees. This includes NHS research ethics, a medical Royal College, and currently as a Public Contributor to a Panel of the National Institute of Health Research. She continues her interest in e-learning as a member of a radiology events and discrepancies Review Panel, and for the last 3 years has been part of an annual research awards assessment panel.

Moira joined the Society in her late 20s and has heard many interesting talks, those by Dr David Owen on politicians’ hubris in high office, and Professor Sid Watkins being particularly fascinating, the latter a neurosurgeon with Formula 1 racing. He set up a trackside first responder medical team for all Formula 1 races, saving many lives including Rubens Barrichello, and almost entirely eliminating the previous toll of fatalities. Delivered with a sense of humour, he sought with analytical charts and statistics to persuade us of his serious point that this racing was now safer than fly fishing!