Peter Walsh is chief executive of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the charity for patient safety and justice.
Peter led AvMA’s work as a core participant in the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry and arguably one of his most notable achievements has been leading the charity’s successful campaign for a legal duty of candour. Peter says AvMA’s role in “standing up for the little guys” was one of the main things that attracted him to the charity.
Prior to joining AvMA he was director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales, a local Community Health Council chief officer and has worked extensively in the voluntary sector.
Other positions Peter currently holds are World Health Organisation Patients for Patient Safety Champion and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Clinical Risk journal. He holds an MBA in Health Service Management from the University of Hull and a BA in English from the University of Leicester.
He writes and speaks regularly on the subjects of patient safety and access to justice.
A keen sportsman himself, Peter is also a fan of Crystal Palace FC and, coming from Llanelli originally, of the Welsh national rugby and football teams.