The Public Health Funding campaign 

FPH has launched a national three year influencing campaign to make the case for increased investment in public health across local authorities and within the NHS.

The campaign will set out FPH’s vision for the future of public health and be a celebration of the work of our members and the wider public health community. Our three policy calls (see below) will enable us to drive forward an evidence-based and cohesive campaign that will show the added value that public health investment can create across communities and within the NHS, in a way most likely to resonate with key decision-makers and our members.

Crucially, this is a campaign to make the case for investing in the public health services that will work for the next generation and to champion service innovation and transformation. We’re not simply asking for greater investment in current services, or ‘business as usual’; we’re highlighting the desire of PH professionals across the country to transform services to enable them to play a bigger role in keeping people healthy and well, and asking for investment today in the types of innovations necessary to ensure that our public health teams and the wider workforce can meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our policy calls:

Click here to read what we achieved in 2018 and what’s still to come in 2019

We’d love your support

This campaign wouldn't be possible without the support, expertise, and time of our members working across the NHS, local government, academia, and beyond. Whether you're serving on our Advisory Board, feeding into one of our surveys, coming along to a focus group, ticking off some of your learning outcomes by leading a piece of work for us, or tweeting to spread our messages, the Public Health Funding Project Group is incredibly grateful for your time. We hope to regularly provide a range of ways for our members to influence our campaign no matter how much time they can give or where they live. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

The Public Health Funding Advisory Board

FPH is pleased to introduce the members of our Public Health Funding project Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, convened in November 2017, is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the Public Health Funding project. Board members represent the public health interests and perspectives of diverse communities across the country and are experts in public health practice and policy at the local and national level. The Board meets quarterly.

Professor John Middleton, FFPH FRCP

John Middleton is the President of the Faculty of Public Health and an Honorary Professor of Public Health at Wolverhampton University. Previously, he served as Director of Public Health (DPH) for Sandwell in the West Midlands for 27 years. When he retired in 2014, he was the longest serving DPH in the country. He is a patron of Medact, a charity concerned with health and global security issues. He lives in Coventry with his wife and has four children.

Professor Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH

Kevin Fenton is the Public Health England National Director for Health and Wellbeing, currently on secondment as the Director of Health and Wellbeing for Southwark Council. Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. He also served as chief of the CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV since 1995. He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained his master’s in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London.

Tim Allison, MD, FFPH

Tim has been the Director of Public Health for East Riding Yorkshire Council since 2002, where he has championed sector-led improvement and coastal health. He is Joint Secretary of the Association for Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and is the Association’s lead on Public Health Finance. He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Hull York Medical School. Tim trained in public health in the North West of England, completing an MD on the subject of musculoskeletal health needs among ethnic minorities in Greater Manchester. Before that he was a junior hospital doctor.

Alison Challenger, MD, FFPH

Alison Challenger has been the Director of Public Health at Nottingham City Council since 2015. Prior to that she was a consultant in public health at Nottingham City Council for six years. Alison currently serves as the Faculty of Public Health Observer at the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and is the Chair of the Faculty of Public Health’s Maternal Health Special Interest Group.

Penny Bevan, MD, FFPH, CBE

Penny Bevan is currently the Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Hackney and City of London Corporation, a position she has held for the past four years. She is a registered medical practitioner specialising in population health. Previously Penny was the Director of Emergency Planning and Response at the Department of Health where she coordinated the DH/NHS response to the SE Asian Tsunami, the terrorist incidents in London on 7 July 2005 and severe weather episodes. Prior to this she was a Director of Public Health in two DHAs as well as the Deputy Regional Director of Public Health in London. In 2009 Penny received a CBE for her work leading the Emergency Preparedness division at the Department of Health.

Susan Lloyd, MD, FFPH

Sue is a Consultant in Public Health at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, a Director of a Public Health consultancy specialising in nutrition, and serves on the Board of the Faculty of Public Health. She currently leads on health intelligence and primary care transformation across Barking and Dagenham. Previously, Sue spent twenty years working as an NHS clinician. She holds an MBA from the University of Wales and an MPH from the Cardiff University School of Medicine.

The Public Health Funding Project Group

The Public Health Funding Project Group is responsible for the delivery of FPH’s Public Health Funding project. Members are drawn from the staff team in FPH’s Policy & Communications Department and Specialist Registrars in public health from across the country.

Lisa Plotkin (

Lisa is the leader of the Public Health Funding project group and is currently a Senior Policy Officer at the Faculty of Public Health. Previously Lisa was based at the Women’s Institute where she specialised in maternity and early year’s policy. She holds a PhD from the University College London in the History of Medicine, where she was awarded the prestigious UCL Graduate and Overseas Research Scholarships to conduct her research.

Angus Baldwin

Gus Baldwin has been Director of Policy and Communications at FPH for 18 months now.  Prior to FPH he’s worked primarily in cancer and disability charities in a range of policy, public affairs and campaigning roles.  He worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for nearly 10 years helping to build it into one of the most effective and well-regarding campaigning charities in the UK.  Prior to his time in the charity sector he worked for various private sector clients in a number of public affairs consultancies.  Outside of FPH Gus spends most of his time as a doting father to a 2 year old daughter called Matilda. 

Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss has been the Senior Policy Officer at FPH for the past seven years, helping to set and fulfil the strategic priorities of the Policy and Communications team. He has a background in, and is passionate about, health and human rights law, and a strong motivation to reduce inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of local communities and national populations. Mark currently manages FPH’s Brexit Project Group, working collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure that securing a high level of health is a guiding principle in the Brexit negotiations. 

Haidee O’Donnell

Haidee is an experienced communications professional and before joining FPH in June 2017, she was on the media team at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, where she led the media on policy and fundraising-led projects.  Prior to joining Shelter and working in the charity sector, she worked for consumer PR agencies where she managed campaigns for brands including Boots, Nestle Cereals, J&J, Clearasil and Allergan.

Ahmed Razavi

Ahmed is a Specialty Registrar in the public health training programme, currently based at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training at Imperial College London. Ahmed received his medical degree from University College London and his MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge where he was an Academic Clinical Fellow. Ahmed is now working on the 'Prevention in the NHS' workstream of the Public Health Campaign and you can read more about his involvement here.

Andrew Turner

Andrew is a Specialty Registrar in public health currently based at Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council. A biologist by background, Andrew studied at the University of Salford before gaining a PhD in genetic epidemiology from the University of Liverpool. After his PhD, he worked in the NHS as a trainee clinical scientist in microbiology, before returning to the University of Liverpool as a post-doctoral researcher, during which time he also completed a part-time Masters in Public Health (MPH). This led to a move away from pure biology to more applied health research at the University of York, before he joined the public health specialist training scheme in September 2016.

Rachel Thomson

Rachel is a third year public health Specialty Registrar primarily based at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, currently working with the Public Health Funding campaign on communications for three days a week. She completed her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, and spent two years working clinically in Scotland before moving into public health. Rachel is particularly passionate about public mental health and the health of minority groups, and previous work has included research into the influence of economic policy on mental health and a national needs assessment of Scottish gender identity services.

Wikum Jayatunga

Wikum is a Specialty Registrar in public health currently based at Public Health England in their Health Economics unit. Wikum received his medical degree from Imperial College School of Medicine and his MSc in Public Health (Health Economics) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Wikum is passionate about reducing health inequalities and making the NHS and public health services more accessible to the public. In his spare time he set up a charity project supported by the NHS Innovation team to make patient information more engaging by producing animator explainer videos. These can be viewed at