BMA appoints Greg Beales as communications and policy director

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Thursday 3 September 2020

The BMA has today announced Greg Beales as its new communications and policy director. Greg joins the BMA to lead a new joint communications and policy directorate aiming to increase the influence of the BMA in the critical post-Covid era.

Greg joins from Shelter, where – as director of communications, policy and campaigns – he has led the fight to support people struggling with bad housing or homelessness, having previously worked as a senior Downing Street advisor for two Prime Ministers as well as roles across the commercial sector, government and the NHS.

BMA chief executive officer Tom Grinyer said:

"Greg is a highly respected communicator with over 20 years’ experience in policy, communications and campaigning at a senior level. He is well placed to deliver the BMA’s inspiring mission 'we look after doctors so they can look after you' and further cement the BMA’s position as the leading doctors’ trade union and an authoritative voice on healthcare, health policy and medical issues."

Greg Beales said:

"I am really pleased to be given the opportunity to lead the BMA’s new communications and policy directorate at such a critical time. Covid-19 has put doctors and the delivery of healthcare at the very centre of public debate. As the voice of doctors, the BMA has a responsibility to make sure that the profession is heard on Covid-19 and the challenges that lie ahead for our members, the NHS and the country as a whole. Our national conversation needs the voice of doctors now more than ever. I am very much looking forward to working with the expert staff and members to use our influence to bring about real changes in policy on the issues that matter most."


Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

  • Prior to 2010 Greg Beales worked in Downing Street for two Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, ultimately serving as the Prime Minister’s Senior Policy Advisor on Health and Social Care
  • Greg has also worked extensively across government on healthcare issues ranging from infection control to public health and social care reform as well as five years as the Executive Director of Strategy and Planning for the Labour Party.
  • Greg joins the BMA from Shelter where, as director of campaigns, policy and communications, he has led successful campaigns to end discrimination against people receiving benefits and to secure new rights for renters and those at risk of homelessness.
  • Greg is on Twitter at @gregbeales
  • Download a photo of Greg here.