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Dr Shahzad Malik becomes MQ’s new Chair

MQ has today announced that Dr Shahzad Malik has become the organisation’s new Chair. He takes over from Sir Philip Campbell, who stepped down as Chair last month, while remaining on the Board until the end of the year.  

Shahzad is General Partner of Advent Life Sciences, one of Europe's most established venture and growth capital firms investing in world-class life sciences businesses.  

He has been an MQ Trustee since 2017, bringing significant business, scientific and clinical expertise to the Board. He has an MA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University and an MD from Cambridge University. Before working at Advent Life Sciences, he specialised in interventional cardiology while at the same time pursuing research interests in heart muscle disorders, both in the clinic and basic science laboratory.  

Commenting, Shahzad said: “It is an honour to become Chair of this incredible charity and take over from Sir Philip Campbell. In his work with MQ, Phil has shown true leadership and given his own considerable expertise and time to help drive MQ forward. 

Through investing in impactful science, providing leadership, and building unprecedented public support, MQ is truly transforming mental health through research. As Chair, I look forward to working with and supporting the MQ team to further deliver this unique and vital mission.”

Sir Philip Campbell stepped down as Chair in April. Having been a Founding Trustee when MQ was set up in 2013, he has served as Chair since 2015.

In 2018, Sir Philip was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the publisher Springer Nature, having been Editor-in-Chief of Nature for over 20 years. In his new position he is specifically tasked with working internationally to lead several of Springer Nature’s global challenge initiatives. He is stepping down as MQ Chair as he pursues this new role, but will remain an active member of the Board until the end of the year.

Sir Philip said: “I have been privileged to be a Board member of MQ since its very beginnings. As Chair since 2015, I have been inspired by the significant achievements of our researchers and staff, by the calibre and commitment of my fellow trustees, and by the very substantial donor support for our programmes in adolescence research, data platforms and the MQ Fellows. 

As all of that work and support continues, and as we undertake the appointment of our next CEO and explore new partnerships, now is also the right time for fresh leadership of the trustees. I gave the Board notice of my intention to stand down earlier this year. I will be delighted to continue to serve on the Board under my successor Shahzad Malik. I will also be glad to continue to be a member of MQ’s Research Committee after I cease being a trustee at the end of this year.”

Last updated: 3 May 2019

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