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.
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.
Prior to her appointment to RSPH, 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. She was also Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK and worked on the ‘Dementia Challenge’.
She is currently Chair of the thinktank British Future and also chairs the People in UK Public Health Group, an advisory group providing independent, expert advice to the UK’s four devolved nations on an overarching strategy for a multi-disciplinary public health workforce.
Shirley has a UK degree in Social Work and an MSc in Social Administration from Columbia University in New York.
Deputy Chief Executive
As Deputy CEO, Duncan supports the Chief Executive in setting the overall strategic direction for RSPH as well as providing operational support and deputising when required. Duncan also leads the External Affairs and Marketing department which includes developing the organisation’s voice on public health issues and all areas of external communication.
Duncan has almost twenty 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, supporting its 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.
Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Natasha Kaplinsky is known as one of television’s best-loved broadcasters – hosting news across the networks from the BBC to Sky, chalking up hundreds of hours with Channel Five and ITN News in between. She has anchored news-based programmes at breakfast to the flagship bulletins at the end of the day.
Alongside her news-casting, Natasha is widely known for her triumphant appearance on the BBC’s prime time Saturday night show Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the shows first ever Champion! Natasha has also enjoyed the chance to host a variety of factual and entertainment programmes ranging from Children in Need to the BBC’s New Year live celebrations.
More recently Natasha co-founded a baby company called Mum and You where supporting Mum’s and their children is integral to everything they do.
Natasha was made an OBE in 2017 for services to the Holocaust Commission and she continues to serve on a series of Boards relating to Holocaust education.
She is a very active Ambassador for Save the Children, travelling widely with the charity to raise money and promote their work worldwide.
Actor and activist
Michael Sheen has proved himself equally accomplished on both stage and screen. Michael is now branching out to start his own social movements. In March 2019 he launched the End High Cost Credit Alliance, aimed at tackling the unfair targeting of high cost credit to those who can least afford it.
His many award-winning stage performances include Caligula and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Theatre, and Hamlet at the Young Vic. He created, co-directed, and performed in the groundbreaking three-day live event The Passion in Port Talbot for National Theatre Wales. He has starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears, Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, and Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen.
He is known to millions as a vampire in The Twilight Saga films and a werewolf in the Underworld franchise. His other feature credits include The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper; Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; Tron: Legacy, and the critically acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far From the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg; Sony’s Passengers in which he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt and Home Again with Reese Witherspoon. Michael will next be seen in the Netflix feature film, Apostle, as well as Slaughterhouse Rulez with Simon Pegg. He recently completed filming opposite Robert Downey Jr in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
On television, Michael has earned multiple awards and nominations for his performances in projects such as Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!, directed by Andy De Emmony, Dirty Filthy Love, directed by Adrian Shergold, as Tony Blair in HBO's The Special Relationship and as Dr Bill Masters in four seasons of the acclaimed Showtime series, Masters of Sex, on which he was also a producer. He has created memorable characterizations for NBC's 30 Rock, HBO's mockumentary 7 Days In Hell, the IFC miniseries spoof Spoils of Babylon, and Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special for Netflix. He will next appear in Neil Gaimon’s Good Omens for Amazon BBC.
Michael is also widely recognised as an equally effective activist, through his role as UNICEF Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of the Wales Centre for Voluntary Action and many other roles. He has been recognised by RSPH for his work in advancing the cause of public health in the UK with the Outstanding Contribution to Championing the Public’s Health Award 2017, announced at the RSPH Awards 2017. He received it for his work to engage and empower deprived communities, especially in his native south Wales, to tackle social determinants and address health inequalities.
Chair of Council
Dr Nigel Carter OBE
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.
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.
Member of Council
Ahmina is a registered social worker with extensive experience in the social care and youth work sector; she specialises in mental health, sexual abuse, trauma and working with marginalised groups.
Ahmina is the Regional Engagement Lead (Yorkshire and the Humber) for Social Work England, the new specialist regulator for social workers in England. She is responsible for ensuring the consistent implementation of Social Work England’s professional, education and training standards, and driving forward improvement across the region.
Prior to this she was a Senior Practitioner at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, where she: provided psychologically informed advice and consultation to staff in all strands of the Inquiry; ensured the voices of victims and survivors were heard; and increased engagement from diverse communities.
Whilst working for Changing Faces, Ahmina was pivotal in setting up the first localised support centre outside London (Sheffield) and establishing various emotional support clinics in hospitals throughout Yorkshire and the Humber to offer tailored support to individuals affected by disfigurement. She was also an advocate for the Face Equality campaign, which encouraged people, organisations and government to challenge negative beliefs towards people with disfigurements.
As a member of the British Science Association’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, Ahmina provides critical friendship to the senior management team and council to: help leverage change; transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; and reach under-served audiences. Ahmina is also a trustee at Saffron Sheffield, a women’s counselling and therapy service, where she has been instrumental in driving strategic and cultural change to meet service users’ needs.
Anne Heughan is public health nutritionist with over 40 years experience as 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.
Professor Derek Ward
Professor Ward has a dual role with academia and the NHS. For 3 days a week he heads up the newly established Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Derby. During the other 2 days he provides professional public health advice into the 4 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Derbyshire.
Prior to taking up this joint role, Derek was the Director of Public Health for Derby City for 5 years, firstly as an Executive Director within NHS Derby City Primary Care Trust and then latterly as a Chief Officer of Derby City Council. Derek also has significant experience of national and regional policy work, having been a Consultant in Public Health and a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health.
Derek obtained undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Social Science in the 1990s before completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Liverpool Medical School in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and is the East Midlands Clinical Public Health Research Lead for the National Institute for Health Research.
James Morris is a Senior Director at Edelman in London, focusing on corporate affairs strategy. He has helped leaders engage with stakeholders stretching from the green benches of Westminster to the boardrooms of New York to the townships of South Africa. His background straddles research, communications and politics.
His policy experience includes time as an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, speech writer to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
He has run public opinion polling programmes for political parties in the UK, South Africa, the USA, Romania and Israel among others. He has spoken at Nuffield College Oxford, the Blavatnik School and Kings College London and written for the Times, Observer, New Statesman and Spectator among others.
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.
Joe is Managing Partner of TenX Health – a Venture Capital Fund dedicated to growing startups in the healthcare technology sector
With over 22 years experience in healthcare, primarily in management consulting and founding successful businesses in the sector, Joe has passion for ensuring innovative technology is more widely adopted in the UK and the role it plays in ensuring the NHS remains free for all at the point of use.
Joe launched TenX Health on the back of leading the ventures and healthcare practices for EY in the UK, where he was a partner for 10 years. He has founded and jointly led three technology businesses which have gone on to become successful in the NHS.
His healthcare consulting experience covers a wide range of areas, from performance improvement in some of the largest hospitals in the country, reconfiguration of clinical services and implementing digital remote care programmes through to working with the Department of Health to develop and implement the national supply chain strategy and operating model for the UK NHS.
Joe was also the EY global leader for healthcare supply chain management, working with health systems around the world to improve value from their procurement and supply chain infrastructure. Prior to EY, Joe was a co-founder of Avail Consulting, leading their healthcare practice and growing the business to over 60 people and taking it through to acquisition.
Joe regularly mentors a diverse range of healthtech entrepreneurs and is a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator. 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. He is a keen cyclist and triathlete, a lifelong Chelsea fan and more recent Bath RFC fan.
Jonathan is a final year public health registrar and clinical academic at Imperial College London. Jonathan completed his medical training at the University of Oxford and was subsequently awarded a NIHR Academic Foundation Programme (Oxford) and a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (Imperial College London) during his Public Health Clinical Training in London.
Jonathan was recently seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care as Editor-in-Chief of the Chief Medical Officer's 2018 Annual Report; Health 2040 Better Health Within Reach. This report made several key recommendations to stakeholders including the development of a new composite health index; this has now been commissioned by the UK government and Jonathan remains involved.
Throughout his clinical training, Jonathan has continued an active research portfolio, publishing regularly in top journals including Nature, Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology, BMJ, Plos Medicine and Circulation. This has included regular media work, translating science to the public and policy makers through regular media appearances including on the BBC, radio 4 Today Programme and the New York Times. Academic expertise in non-communicable disease epidemiology, diet, big data, risk and simulation modelling of health, economic and equity effects of primary and secondary prevention policies. Specific epidemiological focus on the changing nature of diabetes patients, their complications including cancer and interactions and overlap with obesity.
Additionally, Jonathan contributes to advisory boards across the health sector and provides advisory consultancy services to a range of organisations including, pharmaceutical, health technology companies, contract-research organisations and charities. He was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship at Imperial College London in 2019.
Professor Lisa Ackerley
Professor Lisa Ackerley is an independent food safety consultant providing advice and support to most food industry sectors and to the mass media on food safety issues.
As a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, RSPH Professorial Fellow and Winston Churchill Fellow, Lisa is passionate about making it easy for everyone to understand how simple changes to behaviour can really make a difference to reducing the risk of infection – in particular hand washing.
Currently Lisa is Food Safety Adviser to the British Hospitality Association where she represents the organisation at the Food Standards Agency Expert Advisory Group on Regulating our Future. A regular speaker on food safety issues, she is Visiting Professor of Environmental Health, University of Salford and Chair of the RSPH Special Interest Group for Food.
She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the RSPH publication Perspectives in Public Health. In 2011, she received 'The most Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award' from the Society of Food Hygiene Technology.
Previously Lisa ran a successful consultancy with her husband (Hygiene Audit Systems Ltd), which was acquired by Acoura (now Lloyd's Register) in 2015. She is still involved with the company on a strategic level. She has worked in local government, central government and in academia (University of Greenwich and Kings College, University of London).
Lisa’s PhD from the University of Birmingham explored public perceptions of food safety and how to change behaviour, and this has been an important part of her life in the mass media, where appears regularly as a food safety expert on TV and Radio in shows including BBC Watchdog, BBC Panorama, BBC1's Rip off Britain, ITV Tonight and BBC1's Rogue Restaurants. She was also the hotel inspector in The Secret Tourist and Holiday Hit Squad and is Trustee and Vice Chair of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene.
Lisa is also a Trustee of Zamcog, a charity that funds a project to educate over 400 orphans in Kabwe, Zambia, and for some with no families, to live at the Children’s Home on-site.
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.
Tony has over 25 years’ experience at HR director level, primarily in the NHS. This included roles at The Health Protection Agency, The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust and The Royal Surrey Hospitals NHS Trust, where he also led on facilities and communications.
Tony was HR Director at Public Health England and its Chief Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion and Staff Wellbeing prior to taking up his latest role in October 2018.
Tony will be working with CIPD colleagues on a range of national initiatives across diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing and employee engagement.
Tony set up a compassionate management social movement in late 2016.
Over 250 senior leaders across the public, private and charitable sectors, plus professional and academic organisations, trade unions and expert consultants, signed up to help make compassionate workplaces, where people can bring all of themselves, every day, to an environment which is fair, inclusive, safe and supportive, the default position across society.
Tony is also a member of Professor Sir Cary Cooper’s National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work
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.
Wilma is currently the Head of Learning & Improvement in NHS Health Scotland, a national Health Board working to reduce health inequalities and improve health.
She is an experienced learning and development practitioner with senior and strategic leadership and management experience across workforce development and health improvement in the NHS, Higher Education and Third Sectors in Scotland.
Wilma is a member of the Scottish Public Health Workforce Development Group and one of the Scottish Government representatives on the People in UK Public Health group which has opened up opportunities to collaborate across devolved administrations.
She has recently been tasked with leading a national improvement programme for NHS Scotland on improving access to British Sign Language to meet the responsibilities outlined in the BSL Scotland Act (2015) and has played a key role in developing the actions on Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Wilma’s work interests include coaching where the opportunity to support individuals in their personal and professional development aspirations contrasts with her more strategic development roles.
Director of Qualifications
As Director of Qualifications, Richard is responsible for the RSPH Awarding Organisation. Staff in this area develop and maintain RSPH’s extensive suite of public health qualifications, while ensuring that centres receive their exam papers on time and successful candidates their certificates.
Richard is also RSPH’s designated Responsible Officer and is accountable to the UK qualification regulators: Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
Richard joined the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health in 2000 as the Senior Education Officer, and became Head of Qualification Development before being appointed Director of Qualifications in 2014.
Richard has a PhD in biology and, after obtaining a Certificate in Education, taught in the further education sector at all levels from GCSE to Master’s Degree.
During this time, Richard taught on a number of nursing degree programmes and was course leader for the National Diploma in Health Studies and a range of Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates in Applied Biology.
Director of Membership & Educational Services
As Director of Membership & Educational Services, 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 (including the Diploma in Occupational Health and the prestigious Health & Wellbeing Awards), e-learning, accreditation, CPD and training.
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 is also responsible for RSPH’s well respected and international webinar programme
Prior to working for RSPH, Janice was Marketing Manager for a large housing association. She also has a BSc in psychology and an MBA.
Director of National and Regional Programmes
As Director of National and Regional Programmes, Kiran is responsible for designing and delivering new programmes of work aimed at improving and protecting the public’s health and wellbeing, in line with the organisation's strategic priorities and annual plan.
She does this by working with partners and stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors to collaborate on the development of community asset-based programmes.
Kiran was the lead on the landmark Rethinking the public health workforce report in 2015, and has since developed excellent relationships across the Fire and Rescue services, pioneering the evaluation framework for the national safe and well innovation across the West Midlands. Kiran is now taking a more focused approach in developing place-based programmes of work across the UK's regions.
Kiran has 15 years of public health experience working across the NHS and the local authority in Birmingham. Kiran is a forward thinking, energetic Health Improvement Specialist dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing.
She is passionate about supporting the public's health and working with the wider workforce and local communities, and applying an across-the-life-course approach to tackling health inequalities and wider determinants of health.
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.