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Sheila AdamDr. Sheila Adam MD FRCP FFPH FRCGP
Sheila Adam is an experienced public health specialist, currently working with Barts Health NHS Trust. She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer between 1999 and 2002, and held the posts of Director of Public Health with North West Thames Regional Health Authority (1989-95) and North East London Strategic Health Authority (2002-06). She has been an elected member of the General Medical Council and the Board of the Faculty of Public Health, and was a founder co-chair of the Association for Public Health (now the UK Public Health Association). She has held Trustee positions with the Disasters Emergency Committee and the School Food Trust, and chairs MedFASH. Sheila is married with two adult stepsons, and lives in central London.

Mansel AylwardProfessor 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.

Chis Bentley 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 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.

Sian M GriffithsProfessor 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.

Phillip LeechDr. 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.

Les MayhewProfessor 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.

Martin McKee 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

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