Biography


BIOGRAPHY

I am a public health doctor with over twenty years' experience in the specialty.


Working mainly in the fields of health protection, emergency preparedness and screening, I have first-hand experience in dealing with large scale outbreaks of infections such as legionnaires' disease and E coli O157, major incidents including flooding and a mass shooting as well as significant failures in healthcare systems such as screening programmes. I have led the implementation of a number of new screening and vaccination programmes. National work includes chairing the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening IT User Group and the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening IT User Group.


I have written a number of scientific papers and presented at national meetings and conferences. I have frequently appeared on local and national media. Voluntary activities include a spell as County Commander for St John Ambulance, and being vice chairman of an NHS research ethics committee. I enjoy teaching and am a Faculty of Public Health-accredited trainer and a former general practice training scheme tutor. I am a Part A Examiner for the Faculty of Public Health membership and Deputy Faculty Adviser for Scotland.


I was delighted to be made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2016.


In my spare time, I enjoy music; I play guitar and banjo in a local jazz band, and am learning the piano. I am also a keen cyclist, and in particular a devotee of the Brompton folding bicycle.


Over the years, I have been a regular contributor to BBC Radio Cumbria, particularly as a reviewer of the Sunday newspapers and to BBC Radio Scotland on various public health topics.

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