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Professor of Population Health, University of Oxford

From 1986 to 1993 Mike was Senior Research Officer for the Coronary Prevention Group - at the time the leading national voluntary organisation concerned with the prevention of coronary heart disease in the UK. Prior to that Mike was a Wellcome Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford.

He is currently the Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention (formerly the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group) which he founded in 1993. The Centre is based in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford.

In addition Mike works closely with governmental and public interest organisations concerned with public health in the UK and internationally. He is currently Chair of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming in the UK, and Chair of the Nutrition Expert Group of the European Heart Network, based in Brussels.

He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and Assistant Curate at St Matthew’s Church, Oxford.


  • 2004–present
    Director, BHF Health Promotion Research Group