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PHR Programme Prioritisation Committee members


27 June 2019


4.1 August 2021


The PHR Prioritisation Committee advises on the identification and prioritisation of research topics and stage 1 proposals based on public health importance.

Programme Director

  • Professor Brian Ferguson, Director, NIHR Public Health Research Programme (Committee Chair)


  • Dr Jo Bibby - Director of Health, Health Foundation
  • Dr Julie Bishop - Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales NHS Trust
  • Mrs Ruth Chambers - Public Committee Member
  • Dr Rachel Clark - Head of COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Service; UK Health Security Agency
  • Professor Alisha Davies - Head of Research & Evaluation, Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales NHS Trust
  • Dr Catherine Falconer - Deputy Director - Children, Young People, Schools and Universities, UK Health Security Agency
  • Ms Farrah Hart - Consultant in Public Health, Mayor of London Office
  • Ms Emily Humphreys - Clinical Lecturer in Public Health/Honorary Registrar in Public Health, Camden and Islington Public Health
  • Ms Louise Hurst - Consultant in Public Health, Buckinghamshire Council
  • Dr Wikum Jayatunga - Consultant in Public Health, Camden and Islington Public Health
  • Dr Jeyanthi John - Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement - South East
  • Mr Scott Lloyd - Advanced Public Health Practitioner, Public Health South Tees
  • Professor Gerry McCartney - Professor of Wellbeing Economy, University of Glasgow and Honorary Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Scotland
  • Ms Nikki Morris - CEO, Age UK Camden
  • Professor Kelechi Nnoaham - Executive Director of Public Health, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  • Dr Kay Nolan - Associate Director (Surveillance), Centre for Guidelines, NICE
  • Mr David Pye - Programme Manager Research, Local Government Association
  • Dr Garth Reid - Interim Head of Knowledge & Research Hub, Public Health Scotland
  • Mr Nigel Riglar - Director of Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council
  • Ms Joanne Smithson - Head of Implementation & Learning, What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • Mr Paul Southon - Chair of Trustees, Citizens Advice Birmingham
  • Mrs Jean Spencer - Public Committee Member
  • Ms Bridget Strong - Network Quality Manager, MIND
  • Ms Humera Sultan - Consultant in Public Health, Birmingham City Council
  • Mr Michael Thomas-Sam - Strategic Business Adviser Social Care, Kent County Council
  • Dr Emily Tweed - Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Registrar, University of Glasgow
  • Mr John Wilderspin - Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Network Committee, Mind
  • Mrs Rebecca Wilkinson - Consultant in Public Health, Southampton City Council