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Directors

Reetoo (Ricky) BanarseeMr. Reetoo (Ricky) Banarsee MBA BSc (Hons) MSc RMN RGN:
Ricky is a PHAST Director. He is a director of West London Primary Care Research Network (WeLReN). He is a research fellow at Imperial College and a senior fellow at Thames Valley University and adjunct professor at University of Mauritius.  He is involved in a number of international projects involving the Department for International Development (DFID), EU, OAU programmes. He has expertise in clinical audit , clinical coding and research management. He has worked for many years in clinical, educational, management and research environments.
 

Peter GluckmanMr. Peter Gluckman BA MSc Hon MFPH: Director
Peter is a PHAST Director, leading on new services development. He works with a wide range of health and social care organisations. Peter specialises in working with groups and organisations to resolve conflict and to promote effective collaboration to achieve the best outcome for service users, communities and populations. He has served on boards of NHS organisations for 21 years and has worked with the Department of Health, the NHS, and charitable associations. Peter has led the development of various models of GP commissioning from fund holding, through total purchasing to primary care led commissioning. Recently he has worked with two London based GP consortia to assist their progress to pathfinder status. He was director of commissioning across acute services, mental health, children’s and older people’s services. Recently Peter chaired the board that created the only integrated acute hospital, community health and adult social care service in England working throughout with GPs in developing new patient pathways to underpin the new organisation’s service model. Peter also has extensive experience of working with patient’s organisations, charitable bodies, voluntary associations and Black and ethnic minority organisations. Prior to the NHS, Peter worked for 12 years with local government in social care and housing and has extensive experience of working with the Third Sector.

David MurrayMr. David Murray BSc MSc FFPH: Director
David is a PHAST Director, an accredited Consultant in Public Health (UK Register of Public Health Specialists), and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. David graduated with a distinction grade Masters degree from the Department of Public health and Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1993, and has extensive professional training in various aspects of public health. He has over 20 years of experience in public health, working in NHS Health Authorities, PCGs, PCTs, at the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), charities, and commercial organisations. His particular areas of expertise include public health intelligence/analysis, health economics, health technology appraisal, evaluation of health services and programmes, and project management. David also has experience of international public health, academic projects, and teaching. He is an established senior public health professional with a reputation for excellent technical skills, clarity, delivery-focussed public health practice, and excellent organisational and project management skills.

Dr Paul NelsonDr Paul Nelson MB BChir (Cantab) BSc (Edin) MPhil (Cantab) PhD FFPH 
Dr Paul Nelson is a medical doctor, fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and has a PhD in clinical epidemiology. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College. Paul has a broad range of public health skills and experience and has worked in and with NHS Health Authorities, PCTs, LA’s, DH and with Industry over the last 20 years. Paul’s expertise including evaluation, needs assessment, rapid appraisal, strategic and business development. Paul has a particular interest in forwarding the potential for new technologies to deliver public health benefit, through assisted living, telemedicine and self-care.

Diane PickardMrs. Diane Pickard RGN Hon MFPH: Director  
Diane Pickard is the Director of Education, Training & Development for PHAST. Her specialist interest areas are managing change and implementing new ways of working. She has many years of experience working in the NHS and public health. She was director of service development at Milton Keynes Hospital and prior to that, Head of Public Health and Chief Nurse for Buckinghamshire Health Authority.

 

Cecilia PyperDr Cecilia Pyper MBBS MRCS LRCP MFPH: Director 
Cecilia is a medical doctor and a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She has over 25 years experience working as a GP, Academic Researcher in the Department of Public Health and as a University Tutor in the University of Oxford; she also a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Cecilia Pyper has previously worked as a consultant to: the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, Washington DC; She has led evaluations internationally that addressed community engagement and participation in rural and urban settings. Follow-up evaluation focussed on community engagement sustainability issues. The learning from this evaluation was disseminated as a training manual and cascade international training of trainers. She lectures internationally on topics related to primary care, reproductive health and electronic health records. She has also work with DEMOS & IPPR on issues addressing patient empowerment and human resource allocation in the NHS. She worked on an 18month contract for NpfIT as National Clinical Lead to the Connected Patient Programme.

David SmeedMr. David Smeed: B.Sc (Hons) MBA from INSEAD (France): Director
David is an executive level businessman with extensive experience of Strategic Business Development, throughout Europe, in Healthcare, Property and Property Services with national and international experience gained through a career in the Healthcare, Banking, and Property industries. He is bilingual in French and English. His roles have included Director of Development at UME Investment Ltd, a specialized Healthcare PFI investor, Managing Director at Bank of America Corporate Finance London and Managing Director of SCIC UK Ltd a French State-owned property services group. David’s key competencies are in Finance, Business Development, and Management. He has a track record of identifying market opportunities and devising novel solutions to exploit them for a broad range of customers from both the Public and Private Sector.

Richard WillmerMr. Richard Willmer BSc (Hons) FRSS: Director
Richard is the Director of Information and Intelligence strategy for PHAST. A former head of statistics at the Department of Health, he has a statistical and information background with over 25 years experience in health information. He has led teams of analysts on the development of healthcare and public health policies and managed large data sets including Hospital Episode Statistics. He has also advised on strategic information developments and been an invited speaker at the World Health Organisation and the European Union.

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