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Professor Martin Burton has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Cochrane Governing Board, for an initial term of two years.

Martin burton elected as co chair of the cochrane board

Professor Burton served as a member of the Board, and Treasurer, until this month, and already has substantial leadership experience in Cochrane as Director of Cochrane UK and Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Ear Nose & Throat Disorders Group at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. He will share chairing duties with Professor Cindy Farquhar, who is Co-ordinating Editor of the Gynaecology and Fertility Group, based in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Board is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Cochrane’s strategic direction. It also oversees the work of Cochrane's Chief Executive Officer and Central Executive team, which supports development and delivery of all work across Cochrane groups and projects.

Professor Burton is Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Oxford, Honorary Consultant Otolaryngologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Fellow in Clinical Medicine at Balliol College, Oxford.

Dr Bruno Holthof welcomed Professor Burton's appointment saying, 'Martin’s invaluable experience as a past Cochrane Board member and his leadership as Director of Cochrane UK will ensure his co-chairmanship will benefit the Cochrane Community greatly.'

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Cochrane produces systematic reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health. Cochrane is a UK charity with a global reach.  Collaborators from more than 120 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Cochrane’s work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

For more information, please contact therese.docherty@cochrane.nhs.uk