Hilary Wareing is has a background in health service research and management as well as a clinical background as a Registered General Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. She has an Honorary Fellowship from the School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, an Honorary Lectureship from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Coventry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Hilary’s main areas of interest are developing the wider public health workforce and supporting organisations to implement evidence based practice and improve performance in practice.
She leads the work of the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre which was set up in 2004 by the Health Development Agency to support the implementation of evidence-based tobacco control practice across England and more recently internationally. Hilary was involved in the implementation of Smokefree legislation in England and took a lead role in its implementation within mental health settings. The areas of work she is currently involved in includes; reducing the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy, promoting smokefree homes, secondary care, mental health and prisons and supporting local authorities to review the commissioning of services to reduce prevalence and help people to quit.
Hilary is part of the Public Health England (PHE) CLeaR training team and is a CLeaR Core Assessor, supporting local authorities and their partners to assess their progress in implementing evidence based tobacco control strategies. She sits on the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group and is a member of the PHE Smoking in Pregnancy Communications Group. Hilary was also a professional member of the Public Health Programme Development Group for the NICE guidance Smoking Cessation in Secondary Care and is a topic expert adviser with NICE Quality Standards.
Beckie is a public health nutritionist who has broadened her area of work to include smoking cessation and mental health in addition to her expertise in nutrition and weight management. Her particular interest is in the first 1001 critical days, supporting the best outcomes from pregnancy and in the first few years of life. Since gaining her PhD in nutrition, her experience has been gained within academic research, the public and private sectors providing her with a unique skill set which includes academic rigor, science communications and translation of evidence into policy and practice. Beckie’s recent highlights include: a national campaign to raise awareness of maternal mental health in pregnancy; creation of evidence based, accessible resources for women with diabetes in pregnancy; the development and evaluation of an assets-based approach to support smoking cessation in young pregnant women; the development of an assets-based approach to understand the dietary needs of young pregnant women; the creation of a national standards and competencies framework for midwives specialising in maternal mental health.
Beckie’s strength is in her partnership and collaborative working style to ensure projects include all relevant stakeholders. She also sits on the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, and is a member of the Nutrition Society and Association for the Study of Obesity. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Beckie continues to publish in the academic, professional and consumer press and is a long term media spokesperson on nutrition and obesity.
Jo Pullen and Caroline Hooper, Activmob
Activmob are a pioneering and innovative social enterprise specialising in bringing together citizens, local communities and service providers to capture real life experiences and co-produce insight driven outcomes. They use their own proven asset-based methodology called “Insight2Action”.
The organisation’s methodology has evolved through working with communities over six years and gathers “real life” insights that get under the skin of the issue. This approach not only engages with the already vocal minority, but will also encourage involvement from all parts of the community, many of whom may not have had an opportunity to voice their opinions in the past.
Over the past two years Activmob have worked in collaboration with the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre on a number of projects. Their role has been to undertake insights and experiences from communities across the country. Their work has involved engaging with young people, people with long term conditions, general population and young mothers. Insights gathered by Activmob have been used to inform debate and re-design services.
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Sarah Cork, Brilliant Futures
Sarah Cork is the Managing Director of Brilliant Futures which she founded in 2003. As well as designing and developing practical social marketing interventions, Sarah is an experienced marketing consultant. She has developed a comprehensive portfolio of social marketing courses and has extensive previous training and facilitation experience including designing and leading courses for The Princes Trust, Business Link and various schools and colleges. Sarah combines her commercial activities with a part-time post as Senior Lecturer in Marketing at University of Brighton and is an RSA fellow.
Brilliant Futures is an authentic social change organisation, combining practical grassroots experience with academic rigour. This practical knowledge of behavioural challenges, together with experience of working on clients’ projects and Sarah’s role as Senior Lecturer in social marketing offers clients added value to all the work she does.
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Lisa Fendall is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, and an experienced practitioner in smoking cessation with 11 years’ experience as a Specialist Midwife and five years’ experience as a National Trainer.
As a clinician she has supported services in South Yorkshire to develop and implement strategies to tackle smoking in pregnancy. Lisa is involved in supporting the development of services for smokers, pregnant women and their families, tackling health inequalities as a priority.
Lisa developed ‘Integrating a Model of Smoking Cessation into Routine Antenatal Care’ which has been published in the British Midwifery Journal.
Fran Frankland is an accomplished commissioning manger in the NHS and Local Authority, a PRINCE2 practitioner, a trainer and a qualified Community Youth Worker. Her core skills include; commissioning, health advocacy, project management, process improvement, lobbing, service design, participatory appraisal, community consultation, partnership development, managing finances and procurement, writing business improvement plans, negotiating and managing contracts, stimulating ideas and managing change.
Fran has a vast amount of experience of lobbying political organisations and activism, overcoming bureaucratic apathy, identifying champions who can drive a cause, enabling community leaders and mediating to manage conflict. She has experience of working with Acute/Foundation Trusts, provider services, commissioning bodies, private and third sector providers and local communities
Fran is a highly skilled communicator and negotiator with an excellent track record of managing complex projects and designing and performance managing agreed outcomes. She is a logical and creative thinker with years of experience developing partnerships and contracts with providers across all sectors. It is this background of public experience that she brings into the organisations that she works with.
Ian Gray, MBE, FCIEH CEnvH, ACTSI
Ian Gray is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. For 14 years he was the Principal Policy Officer at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health leading on public health and health protection.
As an Environmental Health Officer he worked for many years in the local authority sector at senior management level responsible for both regulatory services and health improvement teams and he has over 40 years experience in delivering public health improvements through local authority mainstream services and dedicated health promotion staff, as well as policy development at national level.
At a professional level, Ian is widely recognised for leading on key public health issues and measures to control communicable diseases including producing national guidance on such diverse issues as HIV infection, pandemic flu and tattooing and body piercing.
He has been a campaigner for more than 30 years for protection for workers and the public from secondhand smoke and he has received awards for model policies and good practice in smokefree environments and tobacco control. He was highly influential in the development and implementation of the smokefree legislation in England and the UK and he provided specialist advice to NICE on evidence-based practice to reduce smoking prevalence, including tobacco harm reduction. Ian continues to provide professional guidance to national and international organisations, including the World Health Organisation,
In 2006 the CIEH awarded Ian Fellowship by Election and in 2007 he received the President’s Award from the Royal Society for Public Health for excellence in professional practice. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2009, Ian was awarded the MBE for his services to public health.
Ian is Co-Director of the Tobacco Control and Environmental Health Collaborating Centres
Paul Hooper, MCIEH, Hon MFPH
Paul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in Birmingham. After gaining varied experience including leading on health promotion he then specialised in tobacco control for many years. He has, more recently, widened his knowledge as a senior manager in Warwickshire County Council.
Paul was West Midlands Regional Tobacco Policy Manager for the Department of Health between 2002 and 2010. During this time he was heavily involved in the development and implementation of the English Smoke Free Law and the expansion of specialist stop smoking services receiving honorary membership of the Faculty of Public Health for his work on tobacco control.
He has extensive experience of debating smoking issues in the media leading to him being on the ‘hit list’ of pro-tobacco groups. Drawing on his extensive media experience Paul has provided training to professionals across the UK (including sessions based on the Tobacco Control Advocacy Toolkit he commissioned and co-wrote). He has been adviser to ASH UK, CRUK and NICE.
From 2011 as a Group Manager for Warwickshire County Council, Paul gained further experience of modern local government and the partnership environment in a time of diminishing resources. His working knowledge now includes the commissioning of drug and alcohol and domestic abuse services; aspects of community safety such as cybercrime; hate crime; gypsies and travellers; anti-social behaviour; and crime prevention. In particular, Paul has led work on the Prevent Duty (counter terrorism) and chaired the Warwickshire Channel Panel. He is also particularly skilled in chairing seminars and presenting to mixed groups of professionals.
Paul is Co-Director of the Tobacco Control and Environmental Health Collaborating Centres and has experience of the Alcohol CleaR assessment tool
Jennifer Percival is a qualified Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, person centred counsellor and health education trainer. She works as an independent training consultant and has lectured in over 30 countries. She is best known for her work helping professionals find new ways to support people change risky lifestyle behaviours.
Jennifer represented the UK’s Royal College of Nursing as their Tobacco policy advisor for 16 years and has worked alongside the WHO and the International Council of Nurses. She has also worked with the Department of Health on a variety of mass media and public education projects. She is the author of over 60 articles and peer reviewed papers and her book ‘You Can Stop Smoking’ published by Virgin has been translated into several languages.
Jennifer is nationally recognised for providing motivational master classes. She wrote and delivered the RCN course ‘Making every contact count – having the difficult conversation’ which has recently been adapted to become an open access on-line skills training course.
Andrea Dickens, Meliorem Solutions Ltd
Andrea Dickens has a background in public health as well as professional training and cognitive behavioural therapy. She has extensive experience over sixteen years of tobacco control including illegal tobacco and stop smoking services and worked as Head of Policy and Development and Director for Public Health Action (formerly Smokefree South West) before leaving to work freelance. Andrea has a Masters in Public Health and also in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as a PRINCE 2 and Professional Trainers qualifications and experience.
Andrea has worked with a wide range of organisations including those in primary care, Acute and foundation trusts, local authorities, regulatory and enforcement agencies and the private sector. Her experience of developing and supporting effective partnership working across and within organisations has been key to the successful implementation of programmes and interventions.
Andrea’s wide range of experience includes developing and implementing strategies and business plans, financial and business management, public sector procurement and tendering as well as developing and rolling out training programmes across a range of areas.
Isabella Myers, BSc, DIC, MSc, MRSB Independent Consultant on Health, Policy and the Environment
Isabella is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience investigating and controlling the health effects associated with indoor and outdoor environmental hazards. Her work connects industry, government, the charitable sector and the research community, to enable effective joined-up working processes that can drive improvements in public health. She provides expert advice and facilitates the development of strategies that are underpinned by sound scientific evidence and she identifies, manages and contributes to the work of scientific research projects.
Previously, Isabella was a member of the Public Health England (PHE) Toxicology Unit at Imperial College, London, where her role supported the Air Pollution and Climate Change Group. She was responsible for: the development, implementation and support of health-based policies for government departments on air pollution, climate change, extreme events and noise pollution; leading the scientific work on indoor air pollution and specifically, creating the strategic approach to the protection of public health from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. In this role she provided advice to government departments, UK Minsters and stakeholders. For 14 years she provided scientific secretariat support to the Government’s Expert Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), contributing to and managing key areas of its work.
A scientist by training, Isabella gained her Master’s degree in Environmental Technology, specialising in Health, from Imperial College, London. She is the currently chairman of the All Fuels Action Forum Medical and Healthcare Professionals Sub-Group, member of the All Fuels Action Forum Advisory Board, member of the UK Indoor Environments Group and member of both the British Toxicology Society and Royal Society of Biology. Isabella is a contributing author to published reports, peer reviewed papers and book chapters in her field of expertise.
Over the last eighteen years Laura has worked across the breadth of public health. Working in both the NHS and local authority Laura has developed initiatives and programmes to promote physical activity, healthy eating, weight loss, falls prevention, mental health and smoking cessation. Trained in social marketing, behavior change and action learning, Laura is able to draw on a range of skills to gain insights and understanding of individuals, teams and organisations. She is able to bring stakeholders together to collaborate across voluntary, public and private organisations to enable their achievement of significant interventions one of which was the implementation of the first outdoor smokefree space in the UK.
Bob Mayho, BA (Hons), PGDipM, Associate Member of CIEH
Bob is a highly-experienced policy professional with an in-depth understanding of policy development and promotion. During the last ten years, as Principal Policy Officer at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, he has managed a policy portfolio that has majored on housing and health issues, with a particular focus on the private rented sector. He has considerable recent experience in pest control policy and practice and is the chairman of the National Pest Advisory Panel.
Bob has worked for several national organisations where he has been responsible for the full range of policy development and promotion, including presenting to government, at both national and European Union level, to national stakeholders and opinion formers. He has prepared numerous responses to Government consultations, has given evidence to Select Committees and All Party Groups, has prepared media briefings and has particular strengths in stakeholder, partnership and campaign management.
Jenny Morris, MBE, BSc, MSc, MBA, FCIEH, CEnvH
Jenny Morris is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, a Master’s degree in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
She is a nationally and internationally recognised food safety expert, providing independent advice to both public and private sector organisations at both operational policy and strategic levels. Her many appointments include Secretary to the Food Law Enforcement Practitioners Forum; Food Waste Task Force; National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, National Food Hygiene Focus Group, various Food Standards Agency expert advisory groups; and the London Food Board providing advice to the London Mayor.
For 10 years Jenny was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), the independent expert committee providing risk assessment advice to the Food Standards Agency. Jenny’s expert knowledge was employed in developing ACMSF Guidance on Foodborne Viruses; Listeria; Vacuum Packing; and Raw, Rare and Lightly Cooked Foods.
As the CIEH Principal Policy Officer (Food) since 2002, Jenny was appointed in 2014 as Head of The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP) to address the increasing challenges to ensure that food is safe, healthy and trustworthy, through cross-sectoral collaboration.
Jenny was seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), to manage food safety at all London 2012 venues involved in the production of some 14 million safe meals.
Howard Price, BSc, LLB, DMS, MCIEH, CIHCM
Howard is a graduate in Applied Biology and in Law. He trained and qualified in Environmental Health while working for Westminster City Council during the 1970s. He subsequently specialised in housing and qualified in Housing Management. Howard has spent time leading multi-disciplinary teams in urban renewal as an Area Manager in the Housing Department and also ran a District Housing Office with responsibility for, amongst other things, the City’s Housing Advice and Tenancy Relations functions. He then joined the professional staff of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, initially leading on housing policy but later as Principal Policy Officer with the brief for environment protection. Representing the CIEH at innumerable events and in a variety of fora including Select Committees of Parliament, his achievements include having inspired the ‘Principle’ on health in the UN’s ‘Habitat’ Agenda and drafting the Private Member’s Bill which led to the banning of domestic water disconnections in 1999. He established and coordinated the Standing Conference on Land Contamination, served as a Director of the Specialists in Land Condition Register Ltd (SiLC) and has been a member of PHE’s Advisory Group on Air Pollution and Public Health.
Christopher Day, MA, DrPH, MCIEH, CEnvH
Chris qualified in Environmental Health in 1979 and after eleven years of working as an Environmental Health Officer (during which time he completed a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Southampton) he worked for three years in private practice, before being appointed in 1993 as a lecturer at King’s College London, eventually leading the MSc programme. His research into the surveillance of infectious intestinal disease led to the award of a doctorate in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and funded research duly followed.
Chris’s appointment as Education Officer to the CIEH in January 2011 brought with it, amongst other things, the opportunity to revise the qualifying Curriculum and to re-design the means of assessing the competence of practitioners. Aside from his day-to-day work in support of accredited universities and their students, Chris looked to help support colleagues in establishing the evidence base to good practice through accessing and interpreting published works and ‘grey literature’.
His skill in translating the complex language of academe was put to good use with his appointment as Editor of the Journal of Environmental Health Research. He continues to engage in research around the epidemiology of infectious intestinal disease and the role performed by surveillance in informing (and sometimes misinforming) the aetiology of food-borne illness and its control.
In a working career spanning 40 years, Chris Day has acquired experience as a practitioner, trainer, teacher, educationalist and researcher. He has advanced skills in problem-solving, risk analysis and social enquiry which he seeks to bring to bear on the causes of preventable ill-health.
Will Johnston, BA (Hons) MA
He was the lead commissioner for what was, at the time, the largest contract for drug and alcohol treatment services in England. He has been instrumental in the improvement of services and the development of initiatives funded by various organisations including PHE.
Will was instrumental in securing a Care Services Improvement Partnership “Positive Practice” Award in 2007 for joining health and social care priorities and worked with Alcohol Concern to obtain their quality mark for Warwickshire’s Alcohol Implementation Plan.
A former further education lecturer, he is trained in PRINCE 2 and Kepner Tregoe project management and has studied the commissioning of health and social care systems at the
University of Leicester and Oxford Brookes.
A logical and creative thinker with over 12 years’ experience in the development of partnerships, treatment systems and contracts, Will’s other key skills include commissioning and procurement, service re-design, performance management, process improvement, project management, partnership development and financial management and he has an excellent track record of managing complex and conflicting agendas to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Along with Hilary and Paul, Will has recently been involved in one of the first PHE Alcohol CLeaR Assessments. The alcohol CLeaR self-assessment tool brings together all those working to reduce alcohol-related harm in a locality to think through what is working well and to identify the opportunities for further improvement. https://www.alcohollearningcentre.org.uk/Topics/Browse/CLeaR/
Dr Val Cameron, PhD, MBA, FFPH, FCIEH CEnvH, Ch.EHO MREHIS
Val has extensive experience in environmental public health including health and environmental impact assessment, policy development and strategic design. She is an effective leader and has been the architect of many systems and services.
She is an expert in air pollution and its impacts on human health.
Val is a registered Specialist in Public Health (UKPHR), a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians (FFPH), a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (FCIEH CEnvH)) and a Chartered member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (Ch.EHO MREHIS). She holds the higher degrees of Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
She spent ten years in the Channels Islands where she held a joint role across the jurisdictions as the strategic lead for environmental public health which also included the regulation of care, the regulation of health professionals and she led a number of health care investigations.
Val was appointed by the States of Guernsey as Director of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation in 2009, an independent statutory official advising the government on policy, law drafting and was the independent regulator for a wide range of health and environment matters.
Val worked in a number local authorities in England and Scotland, was Director of Professional Development at REHIS and held various leadership roles the health services in island communities.
An enthusiastic partnership builder, Val chaired the first multi-agency Public Health Improvement Team in Orkney, chaired the Regulation of Care Law Project Board and the Health Impact Assessment Steering Group in Jersey and was the Chair of the Health Protection and Care Regulation Programme Board in Guernsey.
At national level, Val has been a member of various of cross party working groups in Scotland including, Tobacco Control, Food, Cancer etc. and was a member of the Executive Board of the UK Association of Port Health Authorities.
On a pro bono basis, Val is a public health advisor to a Non-Governmental Organisation working in Tanzania where she provides support to the charity’s staff and local government officials in improving health and wellbeing.