Michaela Willis MBE
In the late 1990’s, Michaela founded and was CEO for the highly regarded National Bereavement Partnership charity. It was set up to give support to those affected by the issues that arose from the Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry and the infamous retained organs scandal. She was Chair of the Bristol Heart Children’s Action Group and Chair of the National Committee Relating to Organ Retention. The charity served both the public and health professionals by providing a helpline surrounding sudden and traumatic death, especially with complicated circumstances. Michaela went on to be a lecturer in Death Bereavement and Human Tissue studies, obtained and MSc in Healthcare Ethics from Bristol University, undertook an audit of 36 hospitals and 5 universities and wrote the bereavement standards for the Irish Government. She was a member of the board for the Retained Organs Commission and the Human Tissue Authority and sat on the council of AvMA (Acton Against Medical Accidents). She was also on the Board of North Devon Primary Care Trust for 6 years. In 2002, Michaela was awarded and MBE for her services in this area.