Dr Christopher Gidlow

Professor Chris Gidlow – Academic Director
Chris’s research background is in physical activity, health, and the environment. Specific areas of interest and current research activity include: physical activity promotion in primary care and the community; the role of neighbourhood environments, and particularly the natural environment, in influencing our health and behaviour; links between environment, stress and health; NHS Health Checks.
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Fiona McCormack

Fiona McCormack – Research Officer
Fiona joined CHAD in January 2016. Before that, she completed a two-year qualitative study into alcohol use in later life at the University of the West of Scotland. From 2010 to 2014, Fiona worked at Glasgow Centre for Population Health where her interest in health and health inequalities developed further. There she worked on a range of research projects including gender, alcohol and young adulthood and ‘the Glasgow effect’. She has also contributed to data collection for studies into dementia friendly environments in care homes and the Needle Exchange Surveillance Initiative (NESI).

Victoria Riley – Research Officer
I completed my undergraduate degree at Staffordshire University in 2012 and then went on to complete the MSc in Health Psychology also at Staffordshire University in 2013. After time out working in other sectors, I began a PhD in 2015 which looks at understanding uptake and improving risk communication in the NHS Health Check programme.

Within the PhD I developed risk communication training to help practitioners improve their confidence and understanding when explaining the CVD risk score used in NHS Health Checks. The training proved very successful and has been commissioned in several local authorities since.

In 2017 I was employed as a research associate working on the RICO (RIsk COmmunication) project which aims to explore clinician and patient perception of CVD risk when using the differing risk calculators. Now I work as a CHAD researcher looking at four areas of health including healthy communities and places, healthy living, health inclusion and healthy starts.

My expertise is within NHS Health Checks and conducting research employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. However, my research areas of interest also include health promotion, prevention and behaviour change.

Ian Pitts

Ian Pitts – Communications Officer (Part-time)
Ian joined CHAD in November 2016, he has a strong design and technology background with a focus on health, having lived and worked in the Caribbean for many years he has worked closely with The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF), The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and other health non-profit organisations.

Dr Naomi Ellis

Dr Naomi Ellis – Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, Staffordshire University
Following an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology (University of Gloucestershire), Naomi completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (University of Chichester) and a PhD entitled: “It’s all different now…life has turned around for the better”: A qualitative investigation into the impact of physical activity as a therapy for mental health problems (Staffordshire University). She joined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in 2008 where she teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.
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Professor Sian Griffiths

Professor Siân Griffiths OBE – Chair of the Global Health Committee and Associate Non-Executive member of the Board of Public Health England and Trustee of the Royal Society of Public Health
Siân practiced as a service-based public health physician at local, regional and national level in the UK and was President of the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians as well as the first Co-Chair of the UK Public Health Association.

In 2003 Siân chaired the Hong Kong SAR government’s SARS Inquiry joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as Director of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care in 2005. Her tenure at CUHK saw the development of multidisciplinary approaches to public health education and extensive networks across China, Asia and beyond. Now Emeritus Professor as well as Senior Adviser on International Academic Development for CUHK she is Visiting Professor at IGHI, Imperial College , Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University as well as being involved in community based projects in the UK .

Dr Nigel Thomas

Dr Nigel Thomas – Dean of School of Life Sciences and Education, Staffordshire University
Nigel is responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the Faculty. He is committed to improving the student experience, to working with our partners and to supporting the engagement with and development of, all the staff. His research focus is on the history, mainstreaming and media coverage of disability sport and has culminated in the publication of a text book published by Routledge titled, Disability, Sport and Society: A Student Introduction.
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Professor Zafar Iqbal

Professor Zafar Iqbal – Consultant in Public Health, Stoke on Trent City Council, Founding Member of CHAD
Zafar has worked as a Director of Public health in the West Midlands for almost a decade and has academic links with Staffordshire and Keele Universities. Recently he has been appointed on the External Advisory Board for the MHRC University of Alabama. He has a number of national roles including membership of the PHE Expert Scientific and Clinical Advisory Panel on NHS Health Checks.

He is a Board Member of the Faculty of Public Health and chairs a UK group on Public Health and Pakistan. His interests include primary care and CVD on which he has published two books and a number of research papers. He has an interest in spatial planning and the impact on health and has contributed to a chapter in a book on planning and health.

Professor Aliko Ahmed

Professor Aliko Ahmed – Director of PHE for the East of England, Founding Member of CHAD
Professor Aliko Ahmed is Director of Public Health England for East of England, and previously the Director of Public Health for Staffordshire NHS and County Council. During his time in Staffordshire he helped to establish CHAD.

He qualified in medicine, and trained in epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and at the University of Cambridge. He oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS.

His earlier global health experiences include extensive field work in infectious diseases and outbreak as a medical epidemiologist with MSF, advising and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa, and a key role in a large global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies. He maintains a special interest in collaborative efforts towards sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

Dr Richard Harling

Dr Richard Harling – Director of Health and Care, Staffordshire County Council
Richard is Director of Health and Care for Staffordshire County Council, holding the statutory responsibilities for adult social services and public health. He previously held a similar role as Director of Adult Services and Health for Worcestershire between 2013 and 2016. Before this he was Joint Director of Public Health for Worcestershire County Council and Primary Care Trust. He has a professional background in public health and clinical medicine.

Richard has led transformation and improvement of health and care at local and national level. He has worked in local government and the NHS, and has led work for the Associations of Directors of Adult Social Services and Public Health regionally and nationally. He has also advised the Department of Health, Home Office and European Commission. Richard has a particular interest in innovation and the use of technology to improve the quality and productivity of health and care services.

Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H.

Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H. – Director, Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approaches across the US (REACH US) Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED), a model that serves as an infrastructure to implement, evaluate, and disseminate locally, regionally and nationally evidence-based interventions to reduce breast and cervical cancer disparities between African American and white women. Read more

David Kidney

David Kidney – Chief Executive, UK Public Health Register
David Kidney’s first career was a solicitor in private practice, he had a particular expertise in representing children in public care proceedings. He was also an elected Councillor for 10 years during which time he chaired the council’s Housing Services Committee.

In 1997 he was elected to Parliament, the Labour MP for Stafford constituency. In his 13 years as Stafford’s MP, David’s achievements included Private Member’s Bills on empty homes, food in schools and private sewers. He served Ministers in Environment, Transport and Work and Pensions as unpaid Ministerial aide (PPS), resigning a Defra PPS position when he voted against the Iraq War in 2003. David became a DECC Minister in June 2009 with responsibility for tackling fuel poverty, promoting energy consumers’ interests, the resilience of energy systems and green skills. He was involved in the UK’s preparations for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Since June 2013 David has run the UK Public Health Register, regulatory home for the public health workforce. Acting on the age-old adage that prevention is better than cure, public health tackles all the causes of ill-health and promotes good health and wellbeing for entire communities not just individual patients.

Dr Jacky Forsyth
Jacky is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology in the School of Life Sciences & Education at Staffordshire University. Her main research priority for CHAD is about promoting women’s health and wellbeing. Her research, more specifically, is about how the female hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) work to improve a woman’s health, especially bone health. She is co-founder of the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WiSEAN), and has carried out and published research on improving the health and exercise status of pre- and post-menopausal women.

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Professor Jon Fairburn

Jon Fairburn is a Professor of Sustainable Development. His main area of research is environmental and health inequalities and the links to social deprivation. Jon created the air quality information which sits inside the English Indices of Multiple Deprivation.

He has carried out research in this area for wide range of clients including the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Office, the EU and the World Health Organisation.

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