Who we are

  • President

    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

    Lord Hunt of Kings Heath was Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change until the recent change of government. He was also Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

    He also served as a Minister in the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Ministry of Justice. Lord Hunt was Health Minister on two occasions.

    He is currently Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.

    He is a previous chief executive of the NHS Confederation and a co-Chair of the Association for Public Health.

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  • Chief Executive

    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. Prior to RSPH she was Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK and working on the ‘Dementia Challenge’. She is Chair of the thinktank, British Future.

    Shirley also chairs the People in UK Public Health Group, an advisory group providing independent, expert advice to the four UK countries on an overarching strategy for a multidisciplinary public health workforce.

    Shirley has a UK degree in Social Work and an MSc in Social Administration from Columbia University in New York.

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  • Vice President

    Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

    Currently University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, Lord Kamlesh Patel is tasked with creating strategic links between the university and a wide range of public and private sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally. 

    Lord Patel is also Chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    He has extensive experience working at the highest levels on national and international developments in government policy on a wide range of areas, including health, social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism, mental health, drug and alcohol use, equality and human rights, and higher education. He has led international health and social care initiatives and brokered developments between UK statutory and voluntary organisations and other countries (including India, Middle East, Africa) to realise real benefits for local institutions and communities.

    Lord Patel has, over the years, been appointed to a number of national boards and committees, including, the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Care Quality Commission. He was also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. He is currently Chairman and/or Patron of over 20 not-for-profit organisations across England.

    Lord Patel has contributed to a variety of Government policies including being the architect of the Government’s five year action plan for delivering race equality in mental health care. In 2007 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as a Ministerial Adviser to the Secretary of State (DCLG) in respect of the government’s PREVENT agenda (Preventing Violent Extremism); he was also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment culminating in the publication of The Patel Report.

    Lord Patel was appointed as Minister in the House of Lords Government’s Whip’s Office as Front Bench Spokesperson for:- Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and the Attorney General’s Office in 2008.

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  • Chair of Council

    Phillip Woodward

    Phillip is a former local authority Chief Executive and Director of Environmental Services.

    A qualified environmental health practitioner, his career has been spent with local authorities across the country managing public services in the community and delivering practical solutions to address health inequalities and the underlying determinants of health and wellbeing.

    In recent years he has worked as local government advisor to NICE, chairing its Local Government Reference Group, and is an advisor on public health research and evaluation to the School for Public Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    He is also chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel with Derbyshire Dales District Council and is clerk to the local parish council.

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  • Treasurer

    Dr Nigel Carter

    Nigel’s current position is Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation from June 1997.

    His previous work included practicing dentistry in Birmingham and Midlands from 1975 to 1997 and became Principal of a training company delivering training to dental nurses and dental technicians from 1983 to date.  Nigel has gained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery University of Birmingham 1975, Licentiate in Dental Surgery of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1975.

    Nigel has had considerable media exposure.  He has been an experienced broadcaster for over 20 years with multiple radio and television appearances and has had media training with Peter Sissons and others.  Nigel has appeared on around 75 local and national radio broadcasts per year, Radio 5 live, BBC World Service, Radio 4 etc. and TV experience with Central TV, Meridian, BBC1, TVam, GMTV.

    He is a resident dentist for Anne and Nick magazine show at Pebble Mill for BBC.

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  • Member of Council

    Kate Ardern

    Kate attended Manchester High School and read Medicine at the University of Manchester. She was awarded the RCGP Professor Patrick Byrne Prize for General Practice. Kate has an MSc in Epidemiology and Health and Membership of the Faculty of Public Health.

    She was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health 2006. In addition to her honorary Professorship at Salford University, Kate is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Kate is also Lead Director of Public Health for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities for Health Protection and Emergency Planning & Response, in addition to her substantive post as Director of Public Health for Wigan.

    She is currently also lead DPH for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution early implementer priorities of alcohol harm reduction and public protection transformation, including the development of a multi-agency antimicrobial resistance programme for the conurbation.

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    Anne Heughan

    Anne Heughan is a State Registered Dietitian who has worked in both the public and private sector on food, nutrition and health policy at global, European and UK level. She has been active in many government and industry committees. 

    Anne was co-chair of International Food and Beverage Alliance between 2011 and 2015 and led many consultations with the World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

    For the last 23 years, Anne worked for Unilever and was recently Global External Affairs Director responsible for ensuring that Unilever commitments on over and under nutrition were relevant to the dynamic external agenda. 

    Before joining Unilever, Anne was Deputy Director of the Coronary Prevention Group which was a UK charity solely concerned with putting the prevention of coronary heart disease onto the public agenda. She worked with international academics and NGOs to develop campaigns around school meals, workplace wellness; children and heart disease and graphical nutrition labelling based on nutrient profiles.

    Anne is an Honorary Member of the British Nutrition Foundation. She is also a member of the British Dietetic Association, the Nutrition Society and the Guild of Food Writers. 

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    Professor Sian M Griffiths OBE JP

    Professor Griffiths practiced as a service-based public health physician at local, regional and national level in the UK, before moving to her academic post in Hong Kong.

    She was President of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians between 2001-4 as well as the first Co-Chair of the UKPHA.

    In 2003 she chaired the Hong Kong SAR government's SARS Inquiry joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care in 2005. Her tenure at CUHK saw the development of multidisciplinary approaches to public health education and extensive networks across China, Asia and beyond. She works closely with the HK government on healthcare reform and development of primary care.

    In 2013 she became the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health as well as Senior Adviser on International Academic Development for CUHK, a role she continues. On her retirement in 2013, she became Emeritus Professor at CUHK.

    Her return to the UK saw her rebalance her portfolio to include the role of Sector Specialist on Hong Kong and China in the Healthcare UK, and in January 2014 she was appointed as Associate Non Executive member of the Board of Public Health England. Since 2014 she has been Visiting Professor at IGHI, Imperial College, focusing on links with Asia.

    She remains in active contact with Hong Kong and her most recent publication is the Routledge Handbook of Public Health in Asia.

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    Vij Randeniya

    Before a Fire Service career of over 30 years, Vij Randeniya graduated with a degree in Modern History and subsequently joined London Fire Brigade serving at some of the UK's busiest fire stations including Brixton and Whitechapel.

    Following a number of promotions and postings Vij was appointed as the Deputy Chief Fire Officer for West Midlands Fire Service in 2003 and then as Chief Fire Officer in 2009.

    The West Midlands Fire Service became one of the best performing in the UK. Vij cares passionately about operational excellence and that the Fire Service has a key role to play in making society safer and more prosperous.

    He has a Master’s Degree in Management and is a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and he was awarded an OBE in 2006. Vij was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Aston University in July 2010. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Defence Academy and the former National Police Improvement Agency. He has been a judge for the Guardian Public Service Awards. In 2012, he chaired the Panel of Judges for the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

    Vij was Chairman of the Board of Governors for Birmingham Metropolitan College from July 2010 until September 2013. Also as President of the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2012.

    Vij retired from the Fire Service in November 2013 finishing with speaking engagements in Australia, Canada, America and the Middle East.

    He is now a non-exec on one of the Army Boards, a hospital in Birmingham and Chairs one of DEFRA’s Flood committees and a Hospice.

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    Dr Fiona Sim OBE

    Dr Fiona Sim is former Chair of RSPH and joint Editor of the international peer reviewed journal Public Health.

    Fiona graduated in medicine from University College London. She is a part-time GP in a deprived urban area in Luton. She is also an accredited Public Health Consultant and trainer. Until the end of March 2013, when all English PCTs closed, Fiona was medical director, Responsible Officer for Revalidation and Caldicott Guardian for the NHS Cluster in Bedfordshire and Luton. Until November 2014, Fiona was clinical director, Luton CCG.  She is adviser to NHS England Central Midlands.

    Fiona is Visiting Professor at University of Bedfordshire and honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    Her main research interest is in building capacity and capability across all sectors, to deliver better health and reduce health inequalities. Recent research has included tackling child obesity through building capacity in communities and families as well as among health professionals. She has a longstanding interest in health ethics and law.

    Fiona has held several medical leadership roles in the NHS and in medical education and was previously associate postgraduate dean for London and Head of Public Health Development at the Department of Health. Fiona recently completed two terms as Fitness to Practice Panellist and as a team member for Quality Assurance in medical education for the UK General Medical Council (GMC). She is currently a medical member of the First Tier Tribunal for DWP.

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    Joe Stringer

    Joe is a Partner in EY's UK Healthcare practice, leading its work in Local Health Economy strategy and provider transformation.

    A private sector supply chain and cost reduction expert by background, he has over 18 years experience in advising the UK NHS and Department of Health, covering everything from commercial and procurement policy at the Department of Health through to implementing rapid cost transformation in providers and commissioners.

    Joe was previously the Healthcare lead Partner at Avail Consulting, part of the Tribal Group. Prior to Avail, he was a director at Xchanging, a provider of procurement outsourcing. Joe’s Health consulting career began in performance improvement for NHS Acute Trusts at KPMG Consulting. He has an MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consulting, CIPS qualified and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics.

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    Jill Turner

    Jill Turner has over 33 years of operational management and strategic leadership experience in a variety of National Health Service roles at local and national levels with a major focus on service improvement.

    Recent roles include the national and regional direction of the first national 'modernisation' programme for cancer services – the Cancer Services Collaborative, Director roles in NHS Improvement and latterly NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement Team Business Services and Governance Lead.

    Jill has been involved with the work of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) for most of her career holding seats on the Executive Committee and the National Council including National Vice Chair and Honorary Treasurer of the Benevolent Fund and chair of the IHM South and West Region. She has been awarded Fellowship and Companionship status.

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    Tony Vickers-Byrne

    Tony has over 20 years’ experience at director level, primarily in the NHS, where he has also led on facilities and communications at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

    Tony was HR Director at the Health Protection Agency for five years prior to moving to PHE in April 2013.

    Tony also chairs PHE’s Delivery Board on Health and Work, which has been set up to work with business, national and local government and the public sector to help employers improve the health of the 27 million adults in employment in England. 

    Tony is also a member of NHS England's Equality and Diversity Council, a lead mentor in Race for Opportunity's mentoring circles and a member of the Civil Service schools mentoring programme. 

    Tony is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and lives in Dorking in Surrey.

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    Professor Carol Wallace

    Carol Wallace is Principal Lecturer in Food Safety Management at the University of Central Lancashire, where she leads the highly successful MSc in Food Safety Management by eLearning.

    Carol’s background is in microbiology and food safety. Her career spans nearly 25 years in the food industry; in food manufacturing, retailing, consultancy, and academia.

    She is a Fellow of RSPH, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Higher Education Academy, and is a Chartered Scientist and world authority on the HACCP system of food safety management.

    Carol’s key research interests include effectiveness of systems delivering food safety from farm to fork and potential transferability of structured, preventative systems used for food safety management to other areas of patient safety.

    She is keen to emphasis the food professional’s perspective on food issues as part of the multidisciplinary approach to protecting and promoting public health.

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    Malcolm Wright OBE

    Appointed Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland in April 2004, Malcolm has spent his career in the National Health Service, mainly in Scotland, but also at the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, London.

    Malcolm has been Chief Executive of two NHS Trusts, both Edinburgh Sick Children’s and Dumfries and Galloway Acute Trust, as well as being Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Health Board. He led the Ministerial Support Team to the Western Isles Health Board in 2006.

    He was appointed as Chair of the Ministerial Children and Support Group, a role that he has undertaken since 2000 and in 2008 chaired the National Review of Specialist Children’s Services in Scotland. He contributed as a member of the Strategy Group which produced the Early Years Framework and was a member of the UK Review of Midwifery 2020. He was Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management from 2010 to 2013 and is a trustee of the Royal Society for Public Health.

    Malcolm was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paisley, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List in 2008.

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  • Directors

    Duncan Stephenson

    Director of External Affairs

    As Director of External Affairs, Duncan has responsibility for developing the organisation’s voice on public health issues.

    Duncan has over ten years’ experience in campaigns, media relations and public affairs working mainly on health and wellbeing issues.

    He has been behind many of RSPH’s new policies including: campaigning for alcohol calorie labelling; creating outdoor smoking exclusion zones; Health on the High Street - a national campaign to make High Streets more health promoting; and most recently drug policy reform, and calls for the introduction of activity-equivalence calorie labelling for food and drink.

    Prior to joining RSPH, Duncan looked after parliamentary and stakeholder relations for the Care Quality Commission. As Head of External Affairs at the YMCA, Duncan set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and was instrumental in the Campaign for Body Confidence, now the BeReal Campaign. 

    He has previously worked for industry and at Unilever UK supported their response to the Public Health White Paper, covering issues such as food labelling, marketing and advertising to children and product reformulation. Outside of work, Duncan is a volunteer for OCD Action and a trustee of the People’s Health Trust.

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    Dr Heather Davison

    Director of Development

    As Director of Development, Heather Davison is responsible for building broad external support, providing thought leadership and informing the strategic direction of RSPH's social innovation work.

    Heather's role includes increasing the recognition and support for health and wellbeing education programmes and at scale interventions with the potential for substantial reach and change at system wide level.  

    She directs and advises on a number of national health improvement interventions, for example Making Every Contact Count (MECC). She is particularly interested in translating national public health policy and direction into practical solutions and working with organisations who are engaged in developing and supporting healthy and resilient communities across many different settings.

    Heather has extensive experience in creating and delivering system wide education focussed projects including the development of the Health Champion model and subsequently the Youth Health Movement.

    She set up the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards and developed the Arts & Health strand to ensure there was a recognition of the contribution of the many initiatives that often go under the radar but that have a deep impact on community health and wellbeing. She led the development of the related evaluation and impact framework and influenced participating organisations to continue to measure their work and outcomes and communicate achievements and gains made.

    Heather has a passion for social innovation and achievement of change via education based interventions and provides strategic advice and support to Public Health England and Health Education England. She honed her education and development experience in previous roles as Director of Education at the Chartered Institute of Marketing and as Head of Marketing at the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and through her research at Cranfield School of Management. 

    Heather has a PhD in Innovation and Product Development and is a trustee of two charities and was a founding NED of Mental Health First Aid CIC.

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    Janice Constable

    Director of Membership & Events

    As Director of Membership & Events, Janice's responsibilities include managing a busy team to deliver individual and corporate membership, publications (including the journals Public Health and Perspectives in Public Health), conferences and events, digital marketing, website, branding, exhibitions and commercial room hire at 28 Portland Place and John Snow House.

    Janice's current priorities include continuing to grow RSPH membership and the active RSPH Special Interest Groups in areas including arts, food, behaviour change and water.

    Janice also ensures that RSPH achieves high levels of customer satisfaction for delegates attending conferences and on the highly respected Diploma in Occupational Medicine course.

    Prior to working for RSPH, Janice was Marketing Manager for a large housing association. She also has a degree in psychology and an MBA.

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    Parthy Parthipan

    Director of Finance and Corporate Resources

    Parthy Parthipan is a qualified accountant and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is also a graduate with BSc degree in Physics and Maths. 

    Parthy's early career was in accountancy practice and he worked with two firms of Chartered Accountants based in central London over 6 years. He then moved to a trade association as Company Secretary and Accountant.

    After 12 years with the trade association, he joined the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) in October 2005 as Director of Finance and Administration. In 2008, he played a pivotal role in the merger of RIPH with the Royal Society of Health which formed the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). 

    Parthy took up the role of Director of Finance and Corporate Resources for the merged organisation with overall responsibilities for Finance, IT, Facilities and HR functions. He also provides support to the CEO and the Council on governance matters and act as secretary to two sub committees.

    In his spare time, he enjoys DIY and is developing his skills on picture frame making. He is also an amateur photographer and testing his skills on landscape photography and at family events.

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