FPH Officers

The Faculty has seven honorary officers. They provide strategic leadership and act as ambassadors to promote and develop the work of FPH.  The President and Vice President are elected by the membership. All other officers are elected by the Board.  The officers serve a three-year term of office and, all but the President, are eligible to stand for re-election for a second term of two years.

John is an honorary professor of public health at Wolverhampton University and former FPH Vice President for Policy, an office he held for five years. He has worked in public health for over 30 years and, as Director of Public Health for Sandwell in the West Midlands, was England’s longest-serving DPH when he retired in 2014 after 26 years.

Email – president@fph.org.uk 
Executive Assistant – Jennifer Elder (jenniferelder@fph.org.uk)  

Contact email: vppolicy@fph.org.uk

Maggie is a consultant in healthcare public health for Public Health England South West and head of School for Public Health South West, Health Education England. She has extensive experience of working at all levels in public health and has a particular interest in workforce development and standards setting.

Email – registrar@fph.org.uk

Brought up in London, Ellis 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).

Email – treasurer@fph.org.uk

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.

Email – James Gore, Director of Education & Standards (jamesgore@fph.org.uk)

Samia trained in public health in the UK and is currently working as a consultant of communicable disease control (CCDC) at Public Health England in the East Midlands. She is also the Associate Caldicott Guardian for PHE East Midlands, the health protection team’s migrant health and air quality lead.

Samia is a member of the UK Faculty of Public Health’s Global Health Committee and a member of the Faculty’s Special Interest Groups on Pakistan and Global Violence Prevention. She sits on the East Midlands NHSE Clinical Senate Assembly and has been involved in regional reviews of healthcare services. Samia is a GMC appraiser, an educational supervisor and an accredited mentor in healthcare.

Her areas of interest are health protection, in particular, communicable diseases control and global public health, public mental health and health inequalities.

Email – James Gore, Director of Education & Standards (jamesgore@fph.org.uk)

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, he 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. A key priority for Neil is to support the development of the Faculty’s special interest groups (SIGs) working in global health, with the SIGs playing an increasingly important role engaging members in transformative work as our global profile expands.

Email – Caroline Wren, Secretary to Global Health Committee (carolinewren@fph.org.uk)

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