Shirley Cramer CBE Announced as New Chief Executive of Royal Society for Public Health

13 February 2013

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is delighted to announce Shirley Cramer CBE as its new Chief Executive. Shirley will be joining the organisation following the planned departure of Professor Richard Parish in the Spring.
 
Following the joining of the RSPH and Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) in October 2012, Shirley will also be Chief Executive of IHM.
 
Shirley said “I am excited to be joining the RSPH and IHM. This is a crucial time for public health and health care provision and I am looking forward to working with the staff to meet the challenges ahead and continue the excellent work of the organisation.”
 
Shirley Cramer is an experienced voluntary sector leader in both the UK and the USA and has also held non executive positions in both countries in the public and voluntary sectors. She was previously Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action and most recently has been Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK. She is also Chairman of the Equality and Diversity External Advisory Group at the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills.
 
Chair of RSPH Dr Fiona Sim said of the appointment “on behalf of the Trustees of RSPH, I am delighted to welcome Shirley as the new Chief Executive. Shirley brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and I am confident that she will lead the organisation forward during this significant time of change and challenge for public health and health care. I look forward to working with her over the coming months and watching the organisation grow under her guidance.
 
I would also like to thank Richard for his commitment and dedication to RSPH, as well as IHM. During his time as Chief Executive he has spearheaded some major achievements not only for RSPH but public health as a whole and I wish him every success.”
Current Chief Executive Professor Richard Parish said “Shirley has a tremendous track record and I welcome the appointment. I know that RSPH and IHM will grow from strength to strength under her leadership”.

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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.
  • Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) is the leading professional body for health and care managers in the UK. As the largest membership organisation of its kind in the UK, the IHM represents the interests of health and care managers at varying stages of their careers from frontline managers to chief executives. It provides opportunities for members to enhance their careers through professional development programmes, advice and support, information, networking and influencing relevant policy decisions.
  • 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.
  • RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 70,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene and pest control.
  • RSPH is a membership organisation with over 6,000 members. Membership is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health.
  • 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
  • RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK
Shirley Cramer, CBE
Shirley Cramer is an experienced voluntary sector leader in both the UK and the USA and has also held non executive positions in both countries in the public and voluntary sectors. She was Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action, the UK’s leading independent provider of services for individuals with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties for over a decade. Most recently she has been Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK and working on the ‘Dementia Challenge’.
 
Shirley is currently Chairman of the Equality and Diversity External Advisory Group at the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills and was a national council member of the Learning and Skills Council, chairing two of its subcommittees. She was a board member of Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital in Ohio and of the Lawrence School. She was Director of the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities in Washington DC, launching a national public service advertising campaign on the issue.
 
Shirley has a UK degree in Social Work and an MSc in Social Administration from Columbia University in New York. She is married with two daughters and was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours for services to education.
 

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