Jonathan Stopes-Roe retired in 2011 as a Senior Civil Servant (Deputy Director) in the Department of Health. Over a long career, he gained wide experience of national and local government, and the NHS. He is at home in “the corridors of power” – researching, presenting, and consulting upon policy options, steering legislation through Whitehall and Parliament, and representing the UK on public health matters in the EU and at the United Nations World Health Organisation. Jonathan has worked on major reviews of NHS organisation, on social care policy and funding, and NHS commissioning in East London. His last role in the Department of Health covered national and international public health and health protection issues, including the review and reform of UK public health legislation.
Jonathan has long been active in the charitable sphere, and besides the Barnes Wallis Foundation, is currently a trustee of the Rationalist Association (publisher of New Humanist Magazine) and of Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust (a provider of children’s and community services in the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Haringey). He has also served on the governing bodies of three local schools, and instituted a prize for science at a girls’ secondary school. He has applied his experience of government and the voluntary sector to the re-organisation and development of local and national charitable organisations.
Jonathan is the eldest grandchild of Sir Barnes Wallis, whom he knew very well, being in his late twenties when Sir Barnes died. He lives in London and has a wife, two daughters and two grandsons.