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UK Voluntary Register For
Public Health Specialists

Members of the Joint Board

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:

Membership of the Joint Board will be kept under review and could be expanded to include lay members and other regulators over time.

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Jim McEwen (Chairman)

Sheila Adam
Lynn Crooks
Fiona Sim
Ian Harvey
Jeremy Hawker
Chris Lovitt
Phil Mackie
David Pruce
Paul Robinson
Lillian Somervaille
Antony Townsend
Amanda Watson
Bronya Webster

Paul Scourfield (Observer)
Anthony Golding (Observer)
Peter Farley (Observer)
Mala Rao (Observer)
David Pattison (Observer)
Naresh Chada (Observer)

Summary Profiles

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.

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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.

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Lynn Crooks, Chair of the Assessment Panel
Nominated by the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum

Lynn currently works 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.

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Peter Farley
Observer (Welsh Assembly Government)

Peter is Head of Public Health Development in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Assembly Government, where he leads on education and training for non-medical public health specialists and practitioners, national occupational standards for public health practice, CMO reports and a number of health promotion issues. Peter was previously Director of Education and Training with Health Promotion Wales.

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Anthony Golding
Ex officio member (Director, Public Health Register Company)

Anthony is a retired public health physician and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. He was Chairman of the Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene in 1998 when the Tripartite Group was established and was appointed its Chairman, a post he retains.

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Fiona Sim
Nominated by the Royal Institute of Public Health

Fiona Sim 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.

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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.

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Jeremy Hawker
Co-opted member to represent health protection

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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 NW London SHA 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David Pruce
Nominated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

David is Director of Practice & Quality Improvement at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. A pharmacist by profession, he leads the Society's work on the practice of pharmacy, standard setting and quality improvement.

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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.

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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.

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Mala Rao
Observer, Department of Health

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).

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Lillian Somervaille, Vice-Chair of the Joint Board
Nominated by the Multidisciplinary Public Health Forum

Lillian is Director of the West Midlands Public Health Observatory. She 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.

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Antony Townsend
Nominated by the General Dental Council

Antony 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.

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Amanda Watson

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

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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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