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There are nine Honorary Officers:

President - Professor John Middleton

John MiddletonElected by the membership as President of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) for a term of three years (2016-2019).

Chairs the Board, Executive Committee and Fellowship Committee and represents FPH on a number of related bodies.

John is an Honorary Professor of Public Health at Wolverhampton University and the immediate past FPH Vice President for Policy, an office that he held for five years.

As Director of Public Health (DPH) for Sandwell, West Midlands, John was England's longest-serving DPH when he retired in 2014 after 26 years.

FPH contacts for the President:

Chief Executive, David Allen
Executive Assistant, Jenny Thoirs

Vice President for Standards - Ms Meradin Peachey

Meradin PeacheyElected by the membership for a three- to five-year term.  Responsible for Professional Standards and Revalidation. Chairs the Public Health Standards & Knowledge Committee.

Meradin has always been a strong advocate for high standards in public health practice and using systems to ensure these standards are maintained. She has enjoyed working in public health for 18 years and is an experienced director of public health. She established an excellent public health and commissioning team in a large county council, which influenced the adoption of multiple public health strategies and significantly changed the direction of commissioned public health services in the county. She has also worked across London and Kent in a number of health authorities and primary care trusts (PCTs). She is currently Director of Public Health at the London Borough of Newham.

Meradin has been a member of the FPH Board, chair of the FPH Public Health & Primary Care Group and successfully submitted her portfolio to the UK Voluntary Register in 2006.

Meradin is the first FPH officer from a background other than medicine.

FPH office contact for the Vice President for Standards:

Head of Education and Professional Standards, James Gore

Vice President for Health Policy - Professor Simon Capewell

Simon CapewellElected by the membership for a three-year term.

The Vice President for Health Policy and Advocacy serves as a deputy to the FPH President. 

He provides strategic leadership to the organisation and acts as an ambassador to promote and develop the work of FPH, particularly on all matters relating to public health policy, advocacy and media relations.

Simon is from Symonds Yat in Herefordshire and studied medicine at Newcastle University. He trained in general medicine in Edinburgh, Oxford and Cardiff.  

He trained in public health in Lothian and initially worked as Senior Medical Officer in the Scottish Office, then as a senior lecturer in Glasgow before becoming the first Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool. His research spans cardiovascular disease epidemiology, prevention and food policy. He is a Trustee for the UK Health Forum and for Heart of Mersey.

At FPH, he has been an OSPHE examiner, chair of the Cardiovascular Health Committee and a member of the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee and of the FPH Board. 

Simon lives in Merseyside, is married to a geriatrician and has progeny in Glasgow. He enjoys hill walking, gardening and choral singing.

FPH office contact for the Vice President for Health Policy:

Head of Health Policy & Advocacy, Lindsey Stewart

Registrar - Dr Peter Sheridan

EPeter Sheridanlected by the Board for a three- to five-year term.

Responsible for the register of members, FPH's Standing Orders, elections and the staff and headquarters of the Faculty. Acts as the Company Secretary, chairs the Fellowship Committee and is responsible for FPH's statutory role in Consultant appointments.

Peter Sheridan is from Solihull, West Midlands and trained in medicine at Bristol University.  He trained in general practice in Bedford Hospital and was a GP in Bedford for 10 years before moving on to public health.  He trained in North West Thames and took up a post in health services public health in north central London before becoming a Director of Public Health for Enfield.  He moved into the new Health Protection Agency in 2003 as a Consultant in Health Protection initially in north London and since 2006 in Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire.

At FPH, he has been a CPD coordinator for London, a Faculty Adviser, a Director of Training and a Faculty assessor.  He is also a clinical assessor for National Clinical Assessment Service.

He lives in Hertfordshire and is married to a public health consultant and has four grown up children.

Assistant Registrar - Professor Zafar Iqbal

Zafar IqbalElected by the Board for a three -to five- year term. Responsible for assisting the Registrar in his duties. Chairs the Professional Affairs Committee and is responsible for FPH’s statutory role in consultant appointments.

Professor Zafar Iqbal has worked both as a Consultant in Public Health and as Director of Public health in the West Midlands since the mid-1990s. During this time he has covered the full spectrum of public health functions ranging from programmes influencing the determinants of health to prioritisation of health resources. 

Zafar is now the Acting Director of Public Health in Stoke-on-Trent and has contributed to the design of a programme to develop some of the best primary care services in the country aimed reducing health inequalities. He has completed a cluster randomised control trial examining the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions for high risk patients with CHD. This builds on his previous work on CHD and primary care, on which he has published two books. He also has an interest in spatial planning and the impact on health.

He is a Board Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health and has honorary posts at both Staffordshire and Keele Universities.

FPH office contact for the Registrar and Assistant Registrar:

Head of Education and Professional Standards, James Gore

Academic Registrar - Dr Brendan Mason

Brendan Mason

Elected by the Board for a three- to five-year term.


Responsible for the FPH membership examinations, specialty training recruitment and liaison and support to training programmes. Has responsibility, with the Assistant Academic Registrar, for maintaining the public health curriculum and assessment systems.

Chairs the Education Committee and is the principal FPH representative on the education and training forums of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.


Brendan graduated from the University of Leicester in 1988. After senior house officer posts in infectious diseases, general medicine, public health medicine, and obstetrics and gynaecology he joined the West Midlands Public Health Medicine training scheme. His training in public health included a registrar post in Coventry and a senior registrar post in Warwickshire. He was employed as a Consultant in Public Health / Consultant in Communicable Disease Control by Iechyd Morgannwg Health between 1996 and 2002. He was appointed as a Consultant Epidemiologist at the Public Health Wales Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre in 2002.

Previously he served four years as Assistant Academic Registrar, six years as a Deputy Faculty Adviser, was a Part II MFPH examiner and was an assessor for the UK Public Health Register. His experience in specialty training with the Wales Postgraduate Deanery includes Training Programme Director and Head of School/Associate Dean Public Health and Medical Microbiology.



Assistant Academic Registrar - Dr Suzanna Mathew

Works with the Academic Registrar in maintaining the public health curriculum and assessment systems and is responsible for overseeing the logistics of FPH examinations, the portfolio assessments, approval of training placements and E&T international liaison. Works with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and relevant stakeholders to develop the foundation programmes in public health.

Faculty office contact for Academic and Assistant Academic Registrar:

Head of Education and Profesisional Standards,

Treasurer - Dr Ellis Friedman

Elected by the Board for a three- to five-year term.  Chairs the Risk Management, Audit and Finance Committee and is responsible for the FPH finances.

Brought up in London, he went to Manchester Medical School, qualifying in 1977. After initially training in hospital medicine, he joined the North West Region public health training scheme.

He became a consultant in 1983 in South Manchester and became head of the department later that decade. Thereafter he was employed as a director of public health for a number of authorities in North West England. He developed an interest in screening programmes, helping to set up the NHS Breast Screening Programme. For over a decade he combined being a DPH with the post of North West Region Director of Breast Screening Quality Assurance.

Ellis has also held many honorary academic appointments including visiting Professor of Public Health at Brunel University.

In 2010 he moved to London and worked as a DPH for two councils until semi-retirement in 2014. He now carries out mentoring, public health consultancy, public health lecturing and research roles in addition to his FPH duties.

His previous FPH roles include Part II MFPH examiner, Faculty Adviser for London (2012-16) and Director of Training (2014-16).

He lives in London with his musician wife and has two grown up children.

FPH office contact for the Treasurer:

Head of Business Services,


International Registrar - Dr Neil Squires

Elected by the Board for a three- to five-year term.  Chairs the FPH Global Health Committee.

Neil brings many years of experience working internationally to his role as International Registrar and chair of the Global Health Committee. Following training in the North West Region, Neil was appointed as a consultant in public health in Liverpool, before making the shift to work on global health with the Department for International Development (DFID).

With experience working in leprosy control in India, and two years spent working as a District Health Officer in Malawi, prior to training in public health, Neil’s roles in DFID built on this experience. These roles included Senior Regional Adviser for West and North Africa, and DFID Africa Regional Departments, two years managing the DFID health and education programmes in Bangladesh, three years working for the European Commission and four years as Senior Health Adviser in Mozambique. Neil returned from Mozambique to become the Head of Profession for Health at DFID, a post he held for three years, before joining Public Health England as Deputy Director Workforce for the North of England.

Neil is currently the Director of Global Public Health at Public Health England, a role which he hopes will allow him to continue to draw upon the global health skills and competencies of FPH’s membership and to expand the role of the Faculty internationally. The Faculty of Public Health Special Interest Groups are increasingly active in India, Pakistan, and in a number of countries in Africa through Public Health Africa, with scope for other geographical SIGs to increase their engagement. A key priority for Neil is to support SIG development, with the SIGs playing an increasingly important role engaging members in transformative work as our global profile grows.

FPH office contact for the International Registrar:

Secretary to the Global Health Committee,





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