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There are eight 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 Premila Webster

Premila WebsterElected 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 Registrars, for maintaining the public health curriculum and assessment systems.

Chairs the Education Committee and is the principle FPH representative on the Education and Training forums of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Premila qualified in medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India and spent a number of years working as a hospital doctor initially in general surgery and later in anaesthetics and intensive care before embarking on a career in public health in 1991. Presently she is Head of the Public Health School for the Oxford Deanery and Director of Education and Training in the department of Public Health at Oxford University. She is involved in developing undergraduate and postgraduate education in Public Health at Oxford.

Premila has served the Faculty as Director of Training (Register) and Part II examiner and is a current OSPHE examiner. She worked with the WHO European Healthy Cities Project in Copenhagen and is the expert advisor to the WHO on City Health Profiles and Indicators.

Assistant Academic Registrar - Dr Brendan Mason

Brendan MasonWorks 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.

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 two terms as the Deputy Faculty Advisor, 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, Head of School, and Specialty Training Lead/Deanery Advisor for Public Health and Medical Microbiology. He is currently the chair of the Training Programme Directors Committee.

Faculty office contact for Academic and Assistant Academic Registrars:

Head of Education and Profesisional Standards,

Treasurer - Dr David Williams

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

Chairs the Risk Management, Audit and Finance Committee and is responsible for the Faculty's finances.

Originally from South Wales, David Williams was brought up in Yorkshire and went to medical school in Sheffield, qualifing in 1980. After training initially in hospital medicine he joined the Trent Public Health Training Scheme in pre-Calman days.

Completing training in 1997 he joined the North Nottinghamshire Health Authority as CCDC & CPHM for mental health and learning disability services. During the time of PCGs he had a geographical patch in the county before moving into the HPA as a 'pure' CCDC.

An Associate Postgraduate Dean for three years, he moved fully into the Trent deanery in 2006 with responsibility for all secondary care & public health post-graduate training locally. For seven years he was also the East Midlands Training Programme Director. During this time he was responsible for a number of changes including revising the local RITA system, updating specialty recruitment & selection, and developing a fully integrated specialist training scheme.

Since 2003 he has been a member of the FPH education team, initially leading the Visiting process, and now managing the transition to a new system working alongside PMETB visiting. He has been involved with the production of the new curriculum, including development of the assessment framework.

He is committed to public health education and training and is keen to consolidate the numerous recent changes in order to achieve excellence for the specialty.

FPH office contact for the Treasurer:

Head of Business Services, Mag Connolly

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