Facilitators come from a range of background including and are all experienced/professional Public Health specialists who are able to deliver learning to people of a range of different abilities in an engaging manner. Current facilitators include:
Dr Olaf Horstick is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, as well as a Medical Doctor. His main interest is in public health in low and middle income countries, with 25 years’ work experience in global public health at local, national and international level. He has a specific interest in neglected tropical diseases, with focus on dengue fever.
Claire Beynon has two Masters level degrees and has taught at Level 6 (third year degree students) and Masters Level for the past few years at local Universities including Cardiff University (Masters in Public Health); the University of South Wales (Masters in Public Health) and Cardiff Metropolitan University (Masters modules in health and wellbeing). Claire is an experienced facilitator in both meetings and learning environments. She has taught interactive sessions with medical students at Cardiff University on understanding and communicating risks. She has extensive experience in management and leadership and has worked for local authorities and the NHS for more than 20 years.
Jane Beenstock works as a public health consultant and has regularly taught public health topics to large and small groups of people from a range of backgrounds. She is a licensed practitioner for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She facilitates workshops to develop teams and individuals, to medical students, psychology students and student nurses. Claire is a practicing public health consultant, working in a mental health and community trust; she has previously worked in local authorities.
Paul Southon started his career in nursing and health visiting. In 2003, while completing his Masters in Public Health, he moved into a full time public health role. Since 2009, Paul has been leading work on healthy planning, including establishing the West Midlands Health and Planning Group and working with Public Health England at regional and national levels. After thirty years in the NHS and local government, Paul established Southon Associates Ltd, a public health consultancy and training company. Paul is the chair of the Faculty of Public Health special interest group for healthy spatial planning. He is also a member of the UK Public Health Register Registrations Approval Committee, a trustee of Citizens Advice Birmingham and Changing Our Lives, and a visiting lecturer at a number of West Midlands universities.
Professor Gurch Randhawa is a Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director at the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. Gurch is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an expert advisor to NICE. Professor Randhawa works on public health projects across many parts of the UK, as well as internationally. He holds a number of policy and practice positions including Chair of the Transplant 2020 Stakeholder Group and a Member of the British Medical Association Ethics Committee. He was previously the Chair of NHS Bedfordshire and NHS Luton, a member of UK Donation Ethics Committee and the Chair of the Department of Health's End-of-Life Care for Advanced Kidney Disease Project Board.
Kate Lees works as a freelance public health specialist. She has worked as a Consultant in Public Health in several local authorities, including county councils, unitaries and London boroughs. Her freelance work covers a wide range of public health issues and takes her into organisations across the health and care system including NHS England, STPs, Local Authorities and Health Education England. She is a moderator for UKPHR practitioner registration, and is module lead for a core module on the MSc in Public Health at the University of Southampton. Kate has an MSc in public health, an MA in health education and health promotion and is registered as a Specialist on the UKPHR.
Julie Hirst has 30 years’ experience of working in health promotion and public health at various levels. She has eighteen years’ experience of teaching Public Health at level 6, teaching at Master’s level for two universities and Fellow of the HEA. She has taught the Open University Promoting Public Health module for 18 years and teaches to specific learning outcomes across the following domains; knowledge and understanding; cognitive skills; practical, professional and key skills.