Dr Fiona Sim appointed Chair of Royal Society for Public Health
Dr Fiona Sim was appointed the new Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) at its AGM on Thursday 13th September. This three year term is following election by the RSPH Council.
Fiona has been a Board Member of RSPH since the merger between the Royal Institute of Public Health and Royal Society of Health in 2008. She was also a Board Member of the RIPH prior to the merger.
Dr Fiona Sim is Medical Director for the NHS Cluster in Bedfordshire and Luton. She is also a part-time GP. Her main professional and research interest is in building capacity and capability for public health in helping to reduce health inequalities.
Commenting on Fiona Sim’s appointment, President of the Royal Society, Lord Hunt of King’s Heath, said “Fiona’s career is formidable and she will bring tremendous experience to her role as Chair. I wish her well and look forward to working with her over the next few years”.
Fiona served as Vice Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health for the past two years and is Joint Editor of the international peer reviewed journal Public Health. Fiona is also a Board Member of the UK Register for Public Health Specialists and has an honorary academic appointment at University College London, and is also Visiting Professor at University of Bedfordshire. She is a part-time Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Fitness to Practice Panellist for the UK General Medical Council. Her career has also included being a Director of Public Health, NHS Trust Medical Director and Associate Postgraduate Dean for London. She was also Head of Public Health Development at the Department of Health.
Professor Richard Parish said “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Fiona as our new Chair. Fiona is very well known at the Royal Society for Public Health because of her close connection over many years. Fiona will also bring considerable knowledge and expertise as a result of her current appointment of Medical Director for the NHS Cluster in Bedfordshire and Luton. I have no doubt that we will work well together”.
Notes to editors
- The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
- The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world and enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen
- It is a registered charity operating under Royal Charter
- The RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition and emergency planning.
- The RSPH is a membership organisation with almost 7,000 members. Membership of RSPH is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.
- The RSPH run a wide variety of conferences covering topics such as food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine as well as training programmes covering all aspects of health improvement
- The RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK
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