Public lecture: the new enlightenment- an ethical case for professionalism

When and where

15 May 2018
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

Public lecture: the new enlightenment- an ethical case for professionalism

The lecture will examine the ethical constructs underpinning professionalism in both medicine and the law. 


6pm        Arrival refreshments (tea and coffee)

6.30pm   Lecture starts

7.30pm    Lecture finishes

The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder will deliver this lecture which will suggest that recent analyses of how a new and modern emphasis on individual and collective professionalism are well founded and of benefit to the communities in which we work.  It will ask whether there is a place for a priority to be given in leadership and management to professionalism which might help to resolve the challenges of austerity (price rationing), good practice, problem solving and accessibility for all.  It will suggest that the leadership of the professions has a distinct role to play in informing discussion, protecting individuals and ultimately setting the standard by which fair process, governance and Government should be judged.

The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder

Sir Ernest Ryder is the Senior President of Tribunals in the United Kingdom and is a judge of the Court of Appeal in England and Wales. He is also a judicial member of the Board of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.  He was formerly a judge of the Family Division of the High Court.  Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a family and administrative law silk practising from chambers in Manchester.

Until his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Sir Ernest was the senior Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit where he sat in the criminal, civil and administrative courts as well as in family.  As Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, he was responsible for the creation of the Family Court and the family justice modernisation programme.

In addition to his appointment as the Senior President, he is the Head of Deployment Strategy for the Lord Chief Justice and the Course Director of the Leadership Programme at the Judicial College.  He regularly lectures at the Judicial College, the Judicial Institute in Scotland and at Universities across the United Kingdom.  He is the Consulting Editor of Clarke Hall and Morrison on Children (LexisNexis) and Child Case Management Practice (Jordans Family Law).

Sir Ernest lives in the North West of England and cites his hobbies as listening and walking.  He started his professional life as a merchant banker and has also been a commissioned officer in the Army Reserves.  He is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Bolton, an honorary Professor of the Strategic Management of the Law and a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation.