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Members of the Joint Board: Short Biographies

The Joint Board is accountable for the work of the Voluntary Register. A Joint Board has been established by the Tripartite Group through a process of nomination. Its membership consists of:

• An independent chair
• Two nominees from each of the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum, the Royal Institute of Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health
• One representative from each of the following five regulatory bodies: Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, General Medical Council
• Observers from the four UK Health Departments
• A co-opted member to represent specialist trainees, a co-opted member to represent heath protection and a cop-opted member to represent health promotion
• As Directors of the Public Health Register Company, the Chief Executive of the Faculty of Public Health and a nominated officer from the Royal Institute of Public Health are ex officio members
• Two lay members

Membership of the Joint Board will be kept under review and may be expanded to include additional lay members and co-opted members.

The following paragraphs give summary profiles of each of the current Board Members.

Sheila Adam

Nominated by the Faculty of Public Health

Sheila was appointed as Director of Public Health with North East London Strategic Health Authority last year; previously she had been Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health (England). She also holds an honorary chair in public health with Queen Mary’s College, University of London, and has been an advocate of multidisciplinary public health since before it became fashionable.


Malcolm Bailey

Lay member

Malcolm Bailey is the Chief Executive of Murray Hall Community Trust which is a health development agency working in Sandwell, West Midland. He has had 20 years experience working in the voluntary sector in developing health and social care organisations. He was a member of improving health and reducing health inequalities group which put forward the NHS plan. He is also a non-executive director of the Birmingham and Black Country strategic health authority and a member of the specialist community public health nursing committee for the nursing and midwifery council.


Naresh Chada

Observer, Northern Ireland Health Department

Dr Naresh Chada was appointed to the post of Senior Medical Officer with
the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland in Autumn 2001. He has responsibility for advising on a wide range
of issues which include public health development, health promotion,
nutrition and tobacco policy.

Prior to this, he was Consultant Public Health Physician to Southern
Derbyshire Health Authority where he was responsible for a variety of areas
including, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Lynn Crooks, Chair of the Registration Panel

Nominated by the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum

Lynn worked for the Health Development Agency as Regional Associate Director for the East Midlands. She started her career in the NHS as a nurse and health visitor and has more than 10 years’ senior experience working in public health with a specific focus on health promotion.


Ian Harvey

Nominated by the Faculty of Public Health

Ian is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the medical school at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and Academic Registrar of the Faculty of Public Health with national responsibility for training processes for specialist registrars. He was previously an academic in Bristol and Cardiff and his research interests focus on quality of clinical care, particularly pragmatic randomised controlled trials.


Jeremy Hawker

Co-opted to represent health protection

Dr Jeremy Hawker is Deputy Director of the Local and Regional Services Division of the health Protection Agency. He originally trained in Public Health Medicine then working as a Consultant, and as a Consultant in Communicable Disease control in Birmingham and then Regional Epidemiologist in the West Midlands. His interests are training, effective practice and health inequalities. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and author of The Communicable Disease Handbook.


Chris Lovitt

Co-opted Specialist Trainee

Chris joined the London/ KSS PH training scheme in 2003 having previously worked in Public Health departments for ten years in Grampian, Shropshire and SW Devon. Chris is currently working in Kent where he is an SpT trainee representative and also a member of the Faculty's Training Matters Committee. Chris feels that equity of terms and conditions across different professional groups in Public Health is a fundamental part of maintaining professional standards and continuing to broaden the multi disciplinary nature of Public Health.


Phil Mackie

Nominated by the Royal Institute of Public Health

Phil is a Senior Specialist in Public Health working on Child Health and Community Care issues in Scotland. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Public Health and an active member of the Tripartite Group.


Jim McEwen, Chair of the Board

Jim is Emeritus Professor of Public Health and honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow. He is past president of the Faculty of Public Health and has held academic and service posts in public health with interests in education, health services research and public health policy.


David Pattison

Observer, Scottish Health Department

David has recently taken up the seconded post of Health Improvement Policy Advisor, Health Improvement Strategy Division at the Scottish Executive Health Department. He is on a 3-year secondment from Forth Valley NHS Board where he was the Health Promotion Manager since 1997. His background is in HIV and AIDS health promotion and the Red Cross. He has an MSc in Applied Social Research.


Mala Rao

Observer, Department of Health, England

Mala Rao is an experienced consultant in Public Health and has served as a Director of Public Health for more than a decade. She has also made significant contributions to Public Health multidisciplinary training and development, and to research, and has previously served as Faculty Adviser to North East Thames. She is Visiting Professor at Anglia Polytechnic University and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Work Based Learning in Primary Care. Mala was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Exposure to Radiation in MRC sponsored research in the 1950s and 1960s, and of the Wellcome Trust’s Public Health Sciences Working Group which published the report Public Health Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities in 2004. She is currently Acting Head of Public Health Development at the Department of Health. (England).


Hilde Rapp

Lay member

Hilde is an experienced psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant who has campaigned for public health aware, competence and evidence based practice in mental health for as long as she can remember. She was actively involved in the implementation of the National Service Framework for Mental Health with a strong focus on health promotion and community participation. She has been working in the field of competence based qualifications development, continuing professional development, regulation, course accreditation, training standards development, good communication and voluntary registration for over ten years. She continues to be involved in a broad range of activities aimed at improving health, wellbeing and good governance.


Paul Robinson

Nominated by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Paul is Director of Education and Professional Standards at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He is an Environmental Health Officer and was a member of the steering group that advised on the development of the portfolio route to registration on the Voluntary Register.


Graham Rushbrook

Co-opted to represent health promotion
Graham came to health promotion and public health in 1997, having previously worked as a social worker, as an HIV and primary care trainer before becoming operations manager and sexual health lead for a South London Heath Authority. In 2001 Graham became Director of Health First, the specialist health promotion service and has worked closely with the DoH as an adviser on many projects including one for the health promotion competencies, and is the Southeast London public health network lead for Health promotion.

Paul Scourfield

Ex officio member (Director, Public Health Register Company)

Paul came to public health from a generic NHS background in senior management, and worked as a public health specialist in both North West Anglia and Coventry Health Authorities. For the last 6 years, he has been operating in the role of Chief Executive of the Faculty of Public Health, and has been an active member of the Tripartite Steering Group.


Fiona Sim

Ex officio member (Director, Public Health Register Company)

Fiona is a very experienced public health specialist, a former Director of Public Health, Trust Medical Director and Training Programme Director. Until February 2004, she was head of public health development at the Department of Health (England) and responsible in that role for ensuring the establishment of the Voluntary Register in 2003. She is a longstanding member of Council of RIPH and joint editor of the Royal Institute's journal Public Health.


Lillian Somervaille, Vice-Chair of the Joint Board

Nominated by the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum
Lillian came into public health from a research background, having moved from the life sciences into the physical sciences and back again. Lillian is chair of the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum, an active member of the Tripartite Group and a Director of the Public Health Register Company. She is also Programme Director for the West Midlands arm of the Public Health Leadership programme, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Director of Training for their Education Committee.


Anthony Townsend

Nominated by the General Dental Council
Anthony Townsend has been Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council since 2001. He began his career working on criminal justice issues for the Home Office, and then worked for 10 years for the General Medical Council.


Chris Tudor-Smith

Observer, Welsh Assembly Government

Chris is Head of Health Promotion Division in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Assembly Government. His role is to provide leadership in and professional advice on the development and delivery of evidenced based health promotion strategy, policy and action. He also leads on the development of health targets and indicators of health inequalities and determinants and is the Assembly's Professional Head of Research. Chris was previously Director of Research and Development with Health Promotion


Amanda Watson

Nominated by the General Medical Council

Amanda Watson is the director of Registration and Education at the General Medical Council. In this role Amanda has responsibility for all registration and licensing issues (including the GMC's registers) and for the implementation of revalidation. Amanda is a Chartered Accountant by profession.


Bronya Webster

Nominated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Bronya is the Registrant Health Visitor for England on the Nursing and Midwifery
Council. She is currently employed by Birmingham and The Black Country Strategic Health Authority where she is Primary Health and Social Care Development Manager. She is an RGN/Dip HV and an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. She led the Public Health Skills Development Project, which pioneered an innovative programme of public health skills development for community nurses across the Black Country. She sits on various curriculum planning groups and steering groups in Wolverhampton University covering the whole spectrum of nursing midwifery and health visiting.

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