I qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh. Following paediatric and tropical medicine training, I then worked overseas running primary health care and tuberculosis control programmes in Afghanistan. I am dual trained in general practice and public health in the UK, and have previously worked as a Public Health Consultant in Nottingham City. I joined the Section of Public Health in February 2008 and am a part time Senior Clinical University Tutor. In addition, I am currently a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England.
My research interests are in the field of health protection (disaster response and emergency planning, control of communicable diseases), international health as well as health service management.
I teach on global health issues, humanitarian aid, health service management and communicable disease control. I currently lecture on international health needs assessment, disaster planning and impact evaluation on the MPH course. I also developed and teach on three MPH modules: Communicable Disease Control, Leadership and Management in Health, and Disaster and Emergency Management. In addition, I teach on the undergraduate medical programme, and on the Executive MBA programme at City College, Thessaloniki, Greece. I have worked as a trainer on orientation courses for relief workers, and delivered training to healthcare workers abroad as well as to health professionals in the UK.