• 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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  • Vice Presidents

    Natasha Kaplinsky OBE

    Broadcaster

    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.

     

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    Michael Sheen

    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.

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  • Chair of Council

    Dr Nigel Carter OBE

    Dr Nigel Carter OBE has been Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation for more than 20 years.

    A previous chairman and long term trustee of the charity, Dr Nigel Carter OBE has a keen interest in public health and experience in health promotion. 

    Dr Carter has been a dentist for more than four decades and started his career as a general dental practitioner with a mixed NHS and private practice based in Birmingham.

    The Oral Health Foundation’s role as co-ordinator of numerous national campaigns, including Mouth Cancer Action Month, involves Dr Carter working with health departments of all four UK countries as well as representatives of major health, cancer, dental and medical organisations at the highest level. 

    As Chairman of the Royal Society for Public Health Dr Carter is involved in liaison and co-operation between the major public health bodies, Faculty of Public Health and Register of Public Health Specialists and has broad interests in public health and the social determinants of heath.

    Dr Carter is an experienced broadcaster and media spokesman giving many interviews per year on television, radio and to the print media. In 2012, Dr Carter was honoured with an OBE for Services to Dentistry and Dental Health in the Queen’s Jubilee homours.

    Dr Carter is the immediate past chairman of the Platform for Better Oral Health In Europe, a lobby group based in Brussels liaising with European parliamentarians and the European Commission. The group, of which the Oral Health Foundation is a member, aims to improve oral health across Europe and reduce inequalities.

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  • Vice-Chair

    Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

    Jonny is a Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist, and works as Head of Health Analytics at Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP),  Chair of the Health Inequalities Programme Board at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London.

     

    At LCP, Jonny leads a multi-disciplinary analytics team developing innovative analytics and technology approaches that cut through the noise of complex datasets and put actionable insights into the hands of decision makers across health and life sciences. Areas of work such as value-based care frameworks, quantifying co- and multi-morbidity health needs and service costs, and identifying patient groups with the most unmet need in order to prioritise resource allocation, will help to shift health systems from importers of illness to exporters of health.

    Jonny was Editor-in-Chief of the Chief Medical Officer's 2018 Report Health 2040 – Better Health Within Reach, which recommended the development of a composite Health Index. This Index was published by the Office for National Statistics in 2020, and Jonny remains closely involved. His book, Whose health is it, anyway? – co-authored with Dame Sally Davies – repositions health as the greatest untapped opportunity for prosperity, happiness and fairness in the 21st century. Through his work chairing Northumbria’s Health Inequalities Programme Board, Jonny is putting this approach into action.

    Having trained at the University of Oxford, Jonny has been awarded multiple competitive clinical-academic research positions from the NIHR and the Wellcome Trust at Imperial College London.  His research has two main streams spanning non-communicable disease epidemiology. First, using big data and simulation modelling of health, economic and inequality outcomes to inform public health policy. Second, investigating the increasing diversification of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Lancet, Nature and the British Medical Journal

    Jonny is on several advisory boards and is regularly invited to speak on a range of topics across health.

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  • Member of Council

    Ahmina Akhtar

    Ahmina is a registered social worker, certified coach and trainer 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 a registered social worker, certified coach, and trainer with extensive experience in the social care and youth work sector. Ahmina is the Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at Social Work England, the specialist regulator for social workers in England. She was previously the regional engagement lead for Yorkshire and the Humber and 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.  Prior to this she worked in several educational, community, voluntary and health settings.

    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.

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    Anne Heughan

    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. 

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    James Morris

    James Morris is Director of Global Corporate Affairs and Advocacy at PwC.

    His background combines public policy, political strategy and corporate communications. As a pollster, he has advised political parties and NGOs in several countries, including advising the UK Labour in various guises since the early 2000s. His public policy experience includes two stints in the UK civil service as well as a period at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is regularly asked to comment on politics and policy, including at several universities, and has written for the Times, Observer, New Statesman and Spectator among others.

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    Professor Lisa Ackerley

    Professor Lisa Ackerley is an independent Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner providing advice and support to most food industry sectors, but particularly the hospitality industry and the mass media on food safety and public health issues.

    As an 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 Environmental Health Adviser to UKHospitality (once the British Hospitality Association) where she represents the organisation on many committees, including the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating Review, Allergens Guidance, Food Industry Liaison Group amongst others. She is also a Board member of SALSA. 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 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 she appears regularly as an environmental health 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. More recently she has been called to speak about COVID-19 on Channel 4, Channel 5 News, BBC News, BBC Breakfast and many radio stations including Radio 5 Live.

    Lisa is also a Trustee and vice Chair of the IFH.

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    Wilma Reid

    Wilma is Head of Learning & Improvement in Public Health Scotland, the lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland's people.

    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 chairs 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 UK administrations.

    She led the recent Scottish public health reform commission on the wider public health workforce and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Third and Community Sectors’ contribution to public health, with a focus on reducing inequalities and whole system working. Wilma’s other work interests include coaching where the opportunity to support individuals in their personal and professional development aspirations contrasts with her more strategic development roles.

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    Tim Elwell-Sutton

    Tim Elwell-Sutton works at the Department of Health and Social Care, where he is Deputy Director for Bilateral Engagement in the International Directorate, leading on a range of country-to-country relationships on health.

    Previously, he was Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Health Foundation, where his work focused on tackling health inequalities by mobilising action on the wider determinants of health.

    Tim has worked to improve the public's health in a range of public sector organisations in the UK, including local authorities, Public Health England, and the Department for International Development. He also worked overseas for some years with charities in Hong Kong and Nepal, where he worked on infectious disease control programmes. He is also an honorary lecturer in public health at the University of East Anglia.

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    Davinder Jhamat

    Davinder is currently working for CBRE, a global leader in commercial real estate services and investments, as Research Director – Commercial Thought Leadership.  

    Davinder is a trained economist and researcher.  She has previously worked for the European Commission, the City of London Corporation, a professional membership body representing retail real estate and a global engineering foundation.  Davinder has specialised in the field of economic development in areas of real estate, financial and professional business services, labour market economics, education and skills, regulation, infrastructure, oceans, food sustainability, inclusion and more.  Having worked at local, national and global levels, through evidence-based research and policy, alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles, Davinder has led and engaged experts and government, to deliver works of impact and positive change.  

     

    She currently holds non-executive Trustee positions with: 

    • Liverpool F.C. Foundation (LFCF) whose mission is to create life changing opportunities for young people through football 
    • The Golf Foundation that provides life changing opportunities for young people through golf 
    • The Laurel Trust which empowers vulnerable children through education and learning, across the UK; and  
    • the British Paralympic Association (Committee Member) of the Social Impact Working Group.  

     

    As a Trustee and Fellow of the RSPH, Davinder’s passion and call to action is to combine her experience through health, education and sport to empower others, and enable sustainable societal impact. 

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    Professor Carol Wallace

    Carol Wallace is Professor of Food Safety Management Systems and Co-Director of the Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies Group at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is also a steering group member for the Centre for Global Development (C4Globe).

    Carol’s background is in microbiology and applied food safety and her career spans 35 years in the food industry, including roles in food manufacturing, retailing, consultancy, and academia.  She is a Chartered Scientist, a world-authority on the HACCP system of food safety management and is author and co-author of several best-selling text-books, which have been instrumental in guiding HACCP and food safety management practice in the international food industry.

    In 2020 Carol was awarded a Fellowship by the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST); among only 30 prominent global scientists to be part of the 2020 Class of Fellows and one of only three academics in the UK to have been recognised. She chairs the Food Safety Committee at the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and leads research networks in food safety culture.

    Carol’s key research interests include factors impacting food safety management system effectiveness, including approaches to measure and strengthen food safety culture, causal factors in food outbreaks and incidents, and the effectiveness of food safety audit/inspection and governance systems. 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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  • Directors

    William Roberts

    Chief Executive

    William Roberts very recently joined RSPH as the new Chief Executive at the end of June. Joining from the Innovation Unit as Director of Health Inequalities, Impact and Learning, William will lead on projects that introduce and scale innovative approaches to care. 

    Previously William has been a senior leader in the NHS across roles in public health, strategy, transformation and planning. He is also a registered nurse who has worked in both hospital and community services, and as a nurse specialist in tuberculosis and HIV.

    In addition, William is Deputy Chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Housing 21 and POBL - two large housing and care providers. He brings a wealth of experience across public health and inequalities from the NHS, third sector, social care, housing, local government and further education to RSPH. 

    Joining at a pivotal time for public health and for RSPH itself, William’s leadership and enthusiasm will be vital to ensure the organisation is in the best possible position to advocate, develop and support the health of all members of the public.

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    Richard Burton

    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.

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    Janice Constable

    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.

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    Kiran Kenth

    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.

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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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    Jyotsna Vohra

    Director of Policy and Public Affairs
    Jyotsna plays a critical role in setting and delivering the strategic direction of the RSPH's external-facing policy agenda.  She also provides strategic oversight and direction for our influencing priorities and campaigning activities.  As part of her role, Jyotsna manages all press communications for the RSPH.
    Jyotsna ensure that all policy work that the RSPH undertakes is routed in evidence.  She also works by building strong relationships with external stakeholders and all members of the public health community to convene and lead the public health voice.
     
    Jyotsna has over 10 years experience working in leadership and has experience in building and leading large teams and developing and leading on delivering evidence based policies.  Her work has been cited in publications, across national and international media and in government strategies.  In addition Jyotsna most recently worked for the WHO in their Non Communicable disease prevention programme.
     
    Jyotsna has a clear passion for improving the health and wellbeing of all members of the population as has been demonstrated by her career to date.
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