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Officers

There are eight Honorary Officers:

President - Professor John Ashton CBE

John AshtonElected by the membership and appointed President of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) for a term of three years.

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

John was North West Regional Director of Public Health and Regional Medical Officer from 1993 to 2006 and Director of Public Health and County Medical Officer for Cumbria from 2006 to 2013.

Born in Liverpool in 1947, he was educated at Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Medical School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He specialised in psychiatry, general practice, family planning and reproductive medicine before entering public health in 1976.

John worked in Newcastle and Northumberland, Hampshire and London before returning to Liverpool and the North West in 1983. For two years he was a councillor on Hampshire County Council.

John Ashton is well known for his work on Planned Parenthood and healthy cities and for his personal advocacy for public health. He was a member of the British delegation to Macedonia during the Kosovo emergency and played an influential role in resolving the fuel dispute. He has been prominent in the fight for justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough football disaster.

John holds chairs in the Liverpool Medical School, Liverpool John Moore’s University, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Manchester Medical School, the Valencia Institute of Public Health in Spain and the universities of Central Lancashire, Lancaster and Cumbria.

He is the author of many scientific papers, articles and chapters in books and of several books including The New Public Health which has been the standard textbook on public health.

FPH contacts for the President:

Chief Executive, David Allen
Executive Assistant, Karen Goodwin

Vice President for Standards - Dr Edmund Jessop

Elected by the membership for a three- to five-year term.  Responsible for Professional Standards and Revalidation. Chairs the Standards Committee.

Edmund Jessop has been practising public health for the NHS in England since 1981 in various jobs at district, regional and national levels. For the past 10 years he has been in specialised commissioning as medical adviser to the national team.

FPH office contact for the Vice President for Standards:

Head of Professional Standards, James Gore

Vice President for Health Policy - Dr John Middleton

John MiddletonElected by the membership for a three- to five-year term. 

Deputises for the President in his or her absence.  Chairs the Health Policy & Advocacy Committee.

John Middleton has been Director for Public Health in Sandwell for 21 years. His principal interests are environmental health and sustainable development, community safety, prevention of violence and human rights. He is a member of Medical Action for Global Survival and has written the Open University Public Health Reader chapter on terrorism and health (with Victor Sidel). Since 1998, his team has sponsored the Sandwell Health Other Economic Summit (SHOES), a meeting which has "thought globally and acted locally" to improve the health and living conditions of people in Sandwell and beyond.

He has worked extensively on getting research into practice in healthy-public policy, having been a founding signatory of the Campbell Collaboration and leader of the West Midlands ‘Crimegrip’ project. He is chair of the West Midlands Learning for Public Health (formerly Teaching Public Health Network) and a theme leader on housing and health for the Birmingham Black Country Applied Health Research and Care (CLARHC) programme. He is Honorary Reader in Public Health at Birmingham University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Warwick University Business School.

He lives in the West Midlands with his wife and has four daughters. In another life he is a blues harmonica player with Dr Harp’s Medicine Band. Visit www.drharp.co.uk to sample their critically acclaimed album, Doctor Write Me a Prescription for the Blues.

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 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 Training, Russell Ampofo

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 Corporate Affairs, Mag Connolly


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