Board and Committees

FPH is governed by a democratically elected Trustee Board, which is the ultimate decision-making body within the organisation. Much of its business is conducted through a series of committees and sub-committees. The standing committees report directly to the Board.  The sub-committees report through their parent committees, as detailed in the committee structure chart below.

FPH also has a network of special interest groups (SIGs), which support and complement the work of its committees.

We regularly recruit new members to join our committees. If you are interested in joining a committee please contact the committee chair or the member of staff assigned to that committee to find how you can get involved.

The Board meets five times a year and is responsible for:

  • The strategic direction of the Faculty, including developing and agreeing its strategy on public health issues
  • Acting as an authoritative body for the purposes of consultation and advocacy on matters of education or public interest concerning public health
  • Maintaining the highest possible levels of professional competence and practice by its members through oversight of the training, education and revalidation arrangements and the review and setting of standards
  • Determining the policies of the Faculty, having informed itself of the views of the membership, and monitoring the implementation of those policies
  • Determining the annual programme and budget of the Faculty, monitoring their implementation and control of the Faculty’s finances

Officers

President and Acting – John Middleton (Chair)
Vice President Policy - Stephen Watkins
Registrar – Maggie Rae
Treasurer – Ellis Friedman
Academic Registrar – Brendan Mason
Assistant Academic Registrar – Suzanna Mathews
International Registrar – Neil Squires

Local Board Members

Toks Sangowawa – North East
Dympna Edwards – North West
Judith Hooper – Yorkshire & the Humber
Alison Challenger – East Midlands
Patrick Saunders – West Midlands
Jo Broadbent – East of England
Sue Lloyd – London
Farhang Tahzib – South East Coast
Penelope Toff – South Central
Selena Gray – South West
Julie Cavanagh – Scotland
Angela Jones – Wales
Adrian Mairs – Northern Ireland

General Board Members

Sue Atkinson
Chris Packham
Harry Rutter 

Co-opted members

Emily Walmsley – Chair, Specialty Registrars Committee
Carol Brayne – Chair, Academic & Research Committee

Representatives of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCPs)

RCP London – Jane Dacre
RCP Edinburgh – Mark Kroese
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow – Emilia Crighton

Observers and lay members (non-voting)

Kevin Fenton – observer representing Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health
John Carrier – lay member
Neda Hormozi – lay member

Chair – John Middleton, President
Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

The Executive manages the business of the Faculty. It oversees the implementation of the Faculty’s strategy and agrees the operational plan and budget, prior to final approval by the Board. It has delegated authority from the Board to undertake:

  • The effective allocation and management of resources, in line with the Faculty’s strategic priorities
  • Safe management and stewardship of the Faculty’s assets
  • Monitoring and improving performance and accountability
  • Protecting and enhancing the Faculty’s reputation
  • Ensuring it adequately represents the interests of the UK countries, English regions and overseas members in its deliberations.

Chair – John Middleton, President

Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

The Education Committee is responsible for initiating, delivering and encouraging education in public health, and for monitoring and maintaining the high quality of standards for training and examination in the specialty up to specialist registration.

It has specific responsibilities for:

  • Assessment - including examinations and providing guidance and standards on workplace-based assessment
  • Training - including setting and maintaining the curriculum for public health specialty training, determining entry requirements into specialty training, making recommendations on inclusion on the specialist registers for those with appropriate qualifications and training
  • General education - including advising on educational issues, practitioner development and overseeing the FPH strategy for training and courses

Chair – Brendan Mason, Academic Registrar

Contact – Laura Bland (laurabland@fph.org.uk)

The Workforce Committee is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all relevant public health workforce issues and the high quality of standards and good practice in the specialty. It has specific responsibilities for:

  • The development of systems to ensure that the highest standards of public health practice are attained and maintained, including recommendations on standards and competencies
  • Workforce planning and the appointments procedures for senior public health posts
  • The CPD programme and the FPH revalidation scheme

Chair – Maggie Rae, Registrar

Contact – Audrey Haydock (audreyhaydock@fph.org.uk)

The role of the Health Policy Committee is to:

  • Support the FPH Board, President and Officers in setting the strategic direction on matters relating to public health policy and advocacy
  • Provide analysis of the external environment and propose key priorities for public health policy engagement
  • Act as a decision-making body to ensure clear lines of accountability, for example in relation to:
    • Consultation responses
    • Appointment of FPH representatives on external bodies
    • Statements and publications
    • Endorsement of other publications and events
    • Appointment of FPH members as policy spokespeople

Chair – Stephen Watkins, Vice President for Policy
Contact – Mark Weiss (markweiss@fph.org.uk)

The Global Health Committee aims to contribute actively to the improvement of global health through the organised efforts of FPH members by:

  • Being a leader in advocating Better Health for All globally
  • Supporting high standards of public health training, examinations and regulation globally
  • Supporting the development of the global public health workforce, including building the capacity of the UK public health workforce to engage in global health
  • Sharing knowledge, evidence and information to inform global public health action

Chair – Neil Squires, International Registrar

Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

The Ethics Committee provides a focus for ethical analysis, consideration and response to public health challenges and issues, and advises and supports the Faculty in further embedding ethical principles and understanding into its activities, policies, practice and governance.

Chair – Farhang Tahzib

Contact – Jennifer Elder (jenniferelder@fph.org.uk)

 

CFPHS concerns itself with matters that relate specifically to the health of the public, and
the public health function, in Scotland. It:

  • Acts as the professional focus for FPH members living and/or working in Scotland
  • Promotes implementation of the Faculty’s strategic priorities 
  • Acts as an expert source of knowledge and advice on issues relevant to the health of the population in Scotland
  • Provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to FPH members in Scotland

Click here for the Scotland Manifesto

Convenor – Julie Cavanagh, FPH Local Board Member for Scotland
Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

This committee concerns itself with matters that relate specifically to the health of the public, and
the public health function, in Wales. It:

  • Acts as the professional focus for FPH members living and/or working in Wales
  • Promotes implementation of the Faculty’s strategic priorities
  • Acts as an expert source of knowledge and advice on issues relevant to the health of the population in Wales
  • Provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to FPH members in Wales

Convenor – Angela Jones, FPH Local Board Member for Wales

Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

This committee concerns itself with matters that relate specifically to the health of the public, and
the public health function, in Northern Ireland. It:

  • Acts as the professional focus for FPH members living and/or working in Northern Ireland
  • Promotes implementation of the Faculty’s strategic priorities
  • Acts as an expert source of knowledge and advice on issues relevant to the health of the population in Northern Ireland
  • Provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to FPH members in Northern Ireland

Convenor – Adrian Mairs, FPH Local Board Member for Northern Ireland

Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewen@fph.org.uk)

The Risk Management, Audit & Finance Committee (RMAFC) advises the Executive and the Trustee Board on matters relating to risk, financial management, reserves investment and any other governance issues that may expose FPH to financial or reputational risk.

Chair – Ellis Friedman, Treasurer
Contact – Caroline Wren (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

The Remuneration & Appointments Committee determines policy on the remuneration and terms of employment of FPH staff and oversees the appointment and election of trustees and lay members of the Board.

Chair – John Middleton, President
Contact – Mag Connolly (magconnolly@fph.org.uk)

The Part A Development Committee oversees the Part A MFPH examination, ensuring it is fit for purpose and satisfies the standards as laid out by the regulators (the General Medical Council and the UK Public Health Registrar). It is responsible for the development of the examination, including structure, format, policy and aims.

Chair – Helen Adcock
Contact – Laura Bland (laurabland@fph.org.uk)

The Part B Development Committee ensures that the Part B MFPH examination continues to develop and deliver against the highest possible standards and practice.

Chair – Judith Bell
Contact – Alex Bulgo (alexbulgo@fph.org.uk)

The Specialty Registrars Committee represents the interests of specialty registrars in public health from across the UK, ensuring the views of registrars are heard at other FPH committees. Those views may be in relation to FPH policy, national consultations, business and project objectives, training, the practice of public health and the maintenance and improvement of population health.

Chair – Emily Walmsley
Contact – Alex Bulgo (alexbulgo@fph.org.uk)

The Curriculum & Assessment Committee is responsible for managing and overseeing the work of the curriculum and assessment systems on behalf of the Faculty’s Education Committee.

Chair – Julie Parkes
Contact – Nikol Krehanova (nikolkrehanova@fph.org.uk)

The Equivalence Committee carries out those functions necessary to enable FPH to make recommendations to the General Medical Council (GMC) in relation to CESR/CESR (CP) applications.

Chair – Irfan Ghani
Contact – Nikol Krehanova (Nikolkrehanova@fph.org.uk

The Faculty Advisers Committee is responsible for overseeing the Faculty’s role in the appointment of senior public health staff, ensuring that there are appropriate up-to-date policies and guidance for FPH advisers, assessors and employers.

Chair – Maggie Rae, Registrar
Contact – Hannah Westoby (hannahwestoby@fph.org.uk)

The CPD Advisers Committee provides strategic direction, guidance and support on the development and improvement of the FPH CPD scheme. It ensures, through work on developing systems within the Faculty and its membership, that the highest standards of public health practice are attained and maintained.

Chair – Toks Sangowawa, Director of CPD
Contact – Krisztina Erdei (krisztinaerdei@fph.org.uk)

The Fellowship Committee is responsible for determining the criteria for all grades of FPH membership and for ensuring that the membership reflects the high quality of standards and good practice required in the specialty. It is also responsible for consideration of proposals for distinction grades of membership.

Chair – Maggie Rae, Registrar
Contact – Tristan Holland (tristanholland@fph.org.uk)

The Health Protection Committee acts as a source of advice and expertise on health protection policies and issues, including: communicable disease control and delivery of national, regional and local health protection services; control of biological, chemical and other environmental hazards; emergency planning and preparedness; and the effects of climate change.

Chair – Nick Gent
Contact – Mark Weiss (policy@fph.org.uk)

The Health Services Committee advocates to drive improvements in population outcomes and reductions in health inequalities in a cost effective manner. It focuses on developing and improving evidence-based healthcare, including assessment and planning of health need, prevention, quality (safety, outcomes and good patient experience), efficiency (good outcomes per £ spent), value (that the patient or population derive), variation, and equity in health and social care pathways.

Chair – Chris Packham
Contact – Lisa Plotkin (policy@fph.org.uk)

The Health Improvement Committee acts a source of advice and expertise on all public health aspects relating to health improvement. It works to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals or communities by advocating for an environment that supports healthy lifestyle choices and by addressing underlying issues such as poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and other social determinants of health and inequalities. Its remit includes non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer resulting from determinants such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and tobacco or alcohol users.

Chair – Jennifer Mindell
Contact – Lisa Plotkin (policy@fph.org.uk

The Academic & Research Committee aims to contribute to the Faculty’s overarching mission to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in society. It seeks to achieve this by supporting a strong academic community to produce high quality evidence and providing a coordinated and representative voice for the academic public health community.

Chair – Carol Brayne
Contact – Lisa Plotkin (policy@fph.org.uk)

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