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Professor of Public Health, University of Sheffield

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 Professor of Public Health. I was previously a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England, and a primary care director with a local NHS organisation.

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.


  • 2008–present
    Reader, The University of Sheffield


  • 2009 
    Faculty of Public Health, MFPH
  • 2007 
    Royal College of General Practitioners, MRCGP
  • 2005 
    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, MSc (dist)
  • 2003 
    Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, MRCPCH
  • 2003 
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, DTM&H
  • 2002 
    Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, DCH
  • 1999 
    University of Edinburgh, MB ChB

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Identifying the knowledge gap: factors influencing health care access for Hepatitis B in high prevalence groups. A study of knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about Hepatitis B among Chinese and Far East Asian residents of South Yorkshire and factors restricting appropriate risk evaluation, testing, preventative activities and referral for treatment
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health
  • 2012
    Pandemic Influenza triage in the emergency department (PAINTED)
    Funding Source:
    National Institute for Health Research
  • 2010
    EMERGENCY PLANNING IN HEALTH: Scoping study of the international literature, local information resources and key stakeholders.
    Researcher & Project Manager
    Funding Source:
    National Institute for Health Research