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.
Professor Chris Gidlow – Academic Director
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 – 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.
June Sampson – Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Staffordshire University
June was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Staffordshire University in 2003 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2006. As well as being the course leader for 2 Masters level programmes, she lead and contributed to modules on these and other postgraduate and undergraduate modules across the School of Social Work, Allied and Public Health and School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and health for special population groups.
Dr Peter Kevern – Associate Professor in Values in Care, Staffordshire University
Peter’s academic background is in Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies, and arrived at Staffordshire University in 2010 after a career training Christian Ministers for the Anglican and Methodist Churches. He became involved in research and teaching in Health Sciences when, as a result of my own mother’s dementia, I started thinking and writing about the philosophical and religious issues raised as her condition progressed. As well as continuing to work on the relationship between religion and dementia, he is now working on a range of projects which concern human spirituality, the interface between religion and health, ageing and/or death.
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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
Public Health Manager – Health Inequalities, Public Health England. Judy was Centre Director at CHAD from July 2016 – July 2018, she is now working for the National Public Health England Health Inequalities Team.. She is an experienced strategic manager with roles which have spanned local government and NHS over the past 25 years. As a Public Health Improvement practitioner and commissioner specific areas of interest include: health inequalities, assets based working and community development, social determinants of heath, public mental health, age-friendly communities and health literacy.
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. – 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
Dr Lesley Mountford – Director of Public Health, Stoke on Trent City Council
Dr Lesley Mountford is the Director of Public Health for Stoke-on-Trent and a practising GP. She performed a similar role for Hackney and the City of London for seven years. Having a special interest in disadvantaged inner city areas, tackling inequalities and the contribution which urban planning and design can make to health and wellbeing, working in both Hackney and Stoke-on-Trent has played to her strengths.
She also holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer post at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is involved in research on healthy urban planning and the role of Local Authorities in improving health and wellbeing.
Professor Ieuan Ellis – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Region), Staffordshire University
Ieuan joined the Executive Team of Staffordshire University in January 2017 as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Region. This new executive role is focused on developing us as the Connected University with strong regional, national and international partnerships connecting communities, enabling innovation and applied learning, and supporting the development of talented people.
After an initial clinical career as a chartered physiotherapist, Ieuan has pursued an academic career across 30 years holding a number of senior academic leadership roles at both Northumbria and Leeds Beckett universities. Prior to joining Staffordshire University, Ieuan held roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University and provided senior leadership for the Leeds Academic Health Partnership – a city-regional collaboration between 3 universities, 6 NHS organisations and Leeds City Council.Read more
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 Ann Ewens Dean of School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University
Dr Ann Ewens has 24 years experience in Higher Education in a Health and Social Care context. Nursing background and particular interest in interprofessional education, public health, primary care and fundamentals of nursing care. Company secretary of CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education) and member of International Learning Collaborative (ILC) on fundamentals of nursing care.
Professor Marc Jones – Associate Dean for Scholarship, Enterprise and Research
Professor Jones’s scholarly work is centred on understanding the causes, control and consequences of stress and emotion. Much of his work has been in sport, in particular exploring challenge and threat states in response to competition. Specifically, how individuals differ in the psycho-physiological responses to stressful situations and how these challenge and threat states relate to performance. Increasingly he is also involved in research exploring the role of the natural environment in well-being as part of the PHENOTYPE project in addition to projects aimed at reducing work stress.
Rachel Whitworth ACMA/GMA, BA(Hons)
Ex Staffordshire University Graduate (Graduated in 1995), Qualified Accountant (Qualified in 2004) Married with 3 children (Twins aged 13 and Little Boy 4), live locally in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Very passionate about the local area. 20 years in industry (15 in Pottery industry). Crossed over to Higher Education just over a year ago. Came to HE to use my skill set to help develop the stars of the future. Spare time: when I get any I spend it walking my rescue dog. Job: Look after 3 academic schools or which CHAD is part of one of them
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.