Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB MD FRCP FFOM FFPM HonFFPH
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB is the first-ever Chair of Public Health Wales – a new unified NHS Trust responsible for the delivery of public health services at national, local and community level in Wales. He was Chair of the Wales Centre for Health, an Assembly Government Sponsored Body established to be the ‘hub of connected organisations’ and to communicate better health messages to the people of Wales. He is also Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University which offers a unique opportunity to extend knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB was knighted in the Queen’s New Years Honours 2010 for services to health and healthcare.
Professor Chris Bentley FRCP, FFPH
Chris qualified in Medicine at University College Hospital, London in 1977, and worked in London Teaching Hospitals until 1981, having achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. There then followed seven years in Somalia, initially working in the refugee health programme, with Save the Children Fund, and subsequently developing village-based health care with UNICEF, completing the tour as Advisor to the Somali Government on Primary Health Care. Returning to London in 1989, he trained in Public Health in Bloomsbury and the London School of Hygiene/London School of Economics. On receiving Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, Chris was appointed Director of Public Health in Worthing, and kept the Directors job as three Districts merged up to form West Sussex Health Authority. In 1998, he moved to become DPH in Sheffield and the challenge of inner-city public health. He became Director of Public Health for South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority on its formation in 2002. In 2006, following successes in reducing health inequalities in his area, Chris was asked to head up the Health Inequalities National Support Team which supported Local Strategic Partnerships in the 80 most deprived Local Authorities with the poorest health in England in addressing national and local inequalities targets. In 2010 the Team were able to translate the learning and materials to make them relevant to commissioners and providers in the new policy context. Subsequently Chris was an advisor to the Public Health Development Unit and the Public Health England Transition Team at the Department of Health, and a collaborator with WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development on their programme to address the Social Determinants of Health Inequality. He continues on a number of national bodies, including the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) and the DPH Advisory Group to DH. Chris was awarded a Visiting Chair in Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, where he supports the Public Health Hub. He is currently working as an independent consultant.
Professor Sir Muir Gray, CBE
Muir Gray has worked in the Public Health Service in England since 1972. He has carried out a number of tasks in that time, for example the development of the National Screening Committee. Currently he is working half time for the NHS as Co-Director of the QIPP Right Care Workstream – www.rightcare.nhs.uk. The other half of his life he is developing Better Value Healthcare, whose mission is to publish handbooks and development programmes designed to get more value from health care resources in England, and worldwide. More information can be found at www.bvhc.co.uk. He is also a Director of the National Campaign for Walking, a small charity dedicated to promoting walking as the only type of activity relevant to tens of millions people. He is married with two daughters and lives in Oxford.
Professor Sian M. Griffiths, OBE, JP, MA, MB BChir, MSc, FFPH (UK), FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FDSRCS (Eng), Hon FRSPH, Hon DSc, FHKCCM, FHKAM (Community Medicine), Hon FHKCCM, Hon FFPH
Professor Griffiths is the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care. Qualified as a doctor in the UK, she has held a variety of service posts with academic links at international, national, regional and local level whilst based in the UK including President of the UK Faculty of Public Health. In 2003 she co-chaired the Hong Kong Government’s expert committee into the SARS epidemic. This led to her present appointment as Professor and Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Active in public health professional organizations and collaborating across the healthcare and academic systems within the Asian region, her research interests include developing primary care policy, migrant health, tackling non communicable disease, addressing health inequalities/inequities and developing public health education. She is convenor of one of the HK Food and Health Bureau’s three working groups on primary care reform, advisor to the HKSAR Department of Health including on their Non Communicable Disease strategy, alcohol and injury policies and primary care strategy and has a series of collaborations within mainland China. She has honorary academic appointments at Guangzhou Medical College, Peking University School of Public Health and Primary Care, Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In the UK she is Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. She remains honorary senior clinical lecturer in the Department of Public Health of Oxford University. In July 2010 she was made a JP by the HKSAR government, in recognition of her contribution to health care in Hong Kong. She combines public health responsibilities with those of Senior Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of CUHK for International Academic Development with particular responsibility for liaising between CUHK and leading UK and European universities.
Dr. Phillip Leech OBE FRCGP
Philip was a full time GP for many years in a practice that delivered an integrated model of medical services for a large area of West Somerset. He followed this by joining the Department of Health where he worked initially on the quality of general practitioner therapeutics, indicative prescribing budgets, incentives and sanctions. He oversaw developments such as the health promotion banding scheme, PMS, a new framework for CPD, the first GP quality allowance, new out of hours arrangements and GP appraisal - where he led the whole project including BMA negotiations and contracting for the underpinning information system. He was influential in developing the agenda for quality in contracts and managing policy aspects of serious performance issues. He was responsible for implementation (but not design!) of the national Quality and Outcomes Framework in general practice and development and delivery of the Mark II version, implemented from April 2006. As sole director of Primary Care Leads Ltd he continued to work with DH and with Primary Care Commissioning on wider primary care contracting issues and quality development, including scorecards and dashboards, reducing health inequalities, improving GP access (including development of the patient survey), commissioning, practice accreditation, recertification, revalidation and patient safety and development of guidance on poor practice performance. His work continues at each level – from supporting individual practice development to aspects of primary care policy. He was awarded OBE in 2005 for services to primary care.
Professor Les Mayhew BSc, PhD, Hon FIA
Les Mayhew is Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a PHAST associate, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Actuaries and a member of the Royal Economic Society. He is a former senior civil servant with experience in the Department of Health and Social Security, the Department of Social Security, HM Treasury and the Office for National Statistics, and is a graduate of the government’s Top Management Programme. He is managing director of Mayhew Harper Associates Ltd. (MHA), a research consultancy specialising in the use of large administrative data sets, data modelling and Geographical Information Systems. He is a member of the Office for National Statistics expert panel advising on population projections. His research interests include the economics of population ageing including pensions, and health and social care systems including the services and means needed to support them. He is widely published in the academic literature with two books to his credit and is twice winner of the Cass Business School research prize. He has worked extensively overseas, and remains an Associate Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis based at Laxenburg, Austria, where he also previously worked.
Professor Martin McKee CBE MD DSc MSc FRCP (Lond) FRCP (Edin) FRCPI FFPH FMedSci
Martin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he co-directs of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has published over 560 academic papers and 38 books and his contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, and Sweden and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia, the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health and in 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He has an active following on Twitter as @martinmckee
Dr Tony Jewell MA FRCGP FFPH
Dr Tony Jewell trained at Christ’s College, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College. He was a vocationally trained GP in East London for 10 years establishing a group practice and building a teaching and research health centre in Chrisp Street, Poplar. During his time he served on Tower Hamlets Health Authority for 6 years.
He undertook public health training in 1990 in East Anglia. Once accredited he served as Director of Public Health in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and then the Strategic Health Authority. In 2006 he was appointed as CMO Wales and led the introduction of the smoke free legislation, the formation of Public Health Wales, and the development of the Welsh ‘Our Healthy Future’ strategy. He led the Welsh Government contribution to the UK pandemic flu response for which he was awarded the Faculty of Public Health’s 2011 Alwyn Smith Prize. He laid the groundwork for the Welsh Public Health Act and the presumed consent for organ donation which have been enacted.He retired from this post in 2012 and Chaired the Wales for Africa Health Links Network until 2018. Now based in Cambridge he supports Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit’s CEDAR/GDAR strategic advisory committee and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health Committee of Management. He is an Associate with the CIPH and the Moller Institute Cambridge.
Gilly Wiscarson JP MBA MSc
Gilly Wiscarson JP MBA MSc is a business psychologist specialising in organisational leadership and change. She practised as a management consultant for numerous organisations advising on strategy, marketing and organisational behaviour. She led the postgraduate programme at Kings College London in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology, winning recognition from the British Psychological Society and the Institute for Coaching and Mentoring, and was the winner of the King’s College Award for Teaching Excellence. Gilly presented expert guidance to the King’s College Entrepreneurs Initiative and to Said Business School. She founded and led management programmes for senior lecturers at the University of Greenwich. She has lived in Africa and Italy and has worked for many years with Seva Mandir, a charity addressing rural poverty in India. As governor of Holland Park School, she chaired the governance steering committee to achieve the transition to academy status. A magistrate for 30 years, she is a presiding justice in the Central London Criminal Courts. She has worked with PHAST for 15 years.