Sir Al Aynsley-Green trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, then as a children’s physician in Oxford and as a paediatric endocrinologist in the Children’s Hospital, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was Clinical and then University Lecturer in Paediatrics and Fellow of Green College, University of Oxford.
He became James Spence Professor of Child Health and then Head of the School of Clinical Medical Sciences in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, then Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Director of Clinical Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Institute of Child Health, University College London.
He was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Children in the Department of Health in Government in 2000, before becoming the first independent statutory Children’s Commissioner for England from 2005-10.
He was President of the British Medical Association 2015-16.
He is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London, and Visiting Professor in Advocacy for Children and Childhood in Nottingham Trent University. He founded Aynsley-Green Consulting, engaging with governments and organisations worldwide on children, childhood and children’s services
He has received many national and international indicators of esteem including the Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Prader Prize of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, and the International Award of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
He was knighted by HM the Queen for his services to children and young people in 2006.