Tony Rudd is a Stroke Consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital, the National Clinical Director for Stroke with NHS England and the London Stroke Clinical Director. He is Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London and chairs the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party at the Royal College of Physicians which has been responsible for developing the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and running the National Sentinel Stroke Audit programme. He chaired the NICE Guidelines Group for Acute Stroke and TIA and the NICE Stroke Quality Standards Development Group. His research interests are stroke rehabilitation, organisation of care and quality improvement and he has over 300 peer reviewed publications. He is a past president of the British Association of Stroke Physicians and is Hon Vice President of the Stroke Association. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.