Dr Simone Ali Medical Director I became a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in March 2004, when I joined the service down in Brighton, providing specialist medical input to the community and to Martlets Hospice. My specialist training in Palliative Medicine began in 1998 at Edenhall Marie Curie Centre in Hampstead, followed by jobs at Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury, St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and then Trinity Hospice in Clapham. I graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, in 1993, and did most of my post-graduate medical training in and around London. From 2010-2016, I was the Clinical Director of the Community Palliative Care Team and in June 2013 I was appointed in my current role of Medical Director at Martlets Hospice. As well as my clinical commitments, I have an active teaching role with links to Brighton and Sussex Medical School and with GPs and primary care teams locally. I have a particular interest in medical ethics and in 2005 completed the MA in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care at Keele University. I am also passionate about clinical leadership in the healthcare setting: I completed the NHS Staff College Senior Leadership programme at University College Hospital London in 2012 and went on to be an active part of their Faculty from 2013-2016. I work 4 days a week and live in Surrey with my husband and 2 daughters who keep me well amused! I love foreign travel, cooking and singing but sadly my previous interest in playing a variety of sports has not found a place in my busy life these days.