Malcolm Hodgson, who died in 2011, was Business Manager at the the Progress Educational Trust (PET), advising the charity on strategy, financial and accounting matters. He was also Chair of PET's Advisory Committee. Previously, he spent 30 years establishing and expanding commercial businesses in developing countries, where he was involved in the evaluation, direction, financing and management of large-scale enterprises in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, finance, forestry, infrastructure, manufacturing, property and tourism. Upon retirement from that career, he studied Biology, Genetics and Medical Ethics and obtained an MSc from Imperial College London. He was a Member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and he had a particular interest in the benefits and limits of parental autonomy in assisted conception and genetic selection.