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Prof. Patricia Owen - President

Prof. Patricia Owen - President

PhD, MPH, BSc, Cert Ed (FE), RN, RSCPHN (HV), RNT, MIPHE

Patricia has a career in nursing and healthcare education spanning over 35 years which has included a clinical career centred on older people’s nursing, health visiting and the public health aspect of health care and an education career in a range of roles in several UK higher education institutions including Wolverhampton University, Derby & York Universities, The Open University. Currently Professor of Nursing and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Keele University, Patricia has current research interests around transitions in nursing. She has a special interest in the education of graduate entry nurses and supports the Graduate Entry Nursing International Network in her role as chair and co-lead for research.

Angela Towers - Honorary Secretary

Angela Towers - Honorary Secretary

BSc(Hons) MA, MIHPE

Angela has enjoyed a varied career focussing on healthier, sustainable and accessible food systems, from policy development, operational delivery and academic perspectives in both the public and private sector.

She worked for the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency contributing to the development and delivery of a number of healthier eating, nutrition and food safety policies and campaigns. Stakeholder engagement and cross sector collaboration are central to Angela’s approach. She has held lecturing roles at Liverpool John Moores University, in their department of Public Health, and at the University of Central Lancashire.

Sylvia Cheater MBE - Honorary Treasurer

Sylvia Cheater MBE - Honorary Treasurer

MSc, Cert. Mgmt (HSC) (Open), MIHPE

Sylvia Cheater has worked in the NHS, for the Department of Health and in the third sector.   Nationally she has contributed to policy development with a focus on children and families, school food and food and nutrition in early years.  Since leaving the Department of Health Sylvia has worked as an independent consultant.  She is a member of the Governing Body of Wirral NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and was a trustee of HENRY ‘better start brighter future’ from 2010 until October 2019.  She was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.

Dr Michelle Baybutt - Editor

Dr Michelle Baybutt - Editor

IJHPE

Michelle is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sustainable Health and Justice, Prisons Programme Lead in, and Co-director of, the Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire in North West England. Michelle has an extensive health promotion background working with people in prison and disadvantaged vulnerable groups in the wider community. She has qualitative expertise in carrying out methodologically complex and innovative research and consultancy in settings-based health promotion; has a specific interest in the connections between nature, health and wellbeing; and is module leader for Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice.

Michael Craig Watson - Honorary Communications Officer

Michael Craig Watson - Honorary Communications Officer

BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA(Ed), MPH, PhD, MIHPE

Michael is an independent public health consultant. In the NHS he worked mainly as a Director of Health Promotion for different health authorities. Director posts involved: managing a department, initiating and leading multi-agency groups, and initiating and advising on research and evaluation.

 At the University of Nottingham he was involved in injury research for 19 years. He was a temporary adviser for the WHO and has also provided advice at national and local levels. He has been involved in research in different countries including: England; Iran; Malawi; Palestine; and Uganda. He is a regular contributor to debates in the BMJ.

Sylvia Tilford - Vice President & Newsletter Editor

Sylvia Tilford - Vice President & Newsletter Editor

Sylvia worked at Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Met University) for over 30 years and was subsequently a Visiting Professor at several Universities. At Leeds she was course leader for the MSc Health Promotion course and extensively involved in the curriculum development of health promotion in both schools and higher education, nationally and internationally.

In later years at Leeds she initiated and led the Centre for Health Promotion Research. Her publications have included co-authored books on health promotion theory and practice. Current research interests include mental health and the history of health promotion.

Anne Coufopoulos

Anne Coufopoulos

PhD, BA (Hons), RD, MIHPE

Anne Coufopoulos is currently Executive Dean at University College Birmingham, leading the School of Health, Sport and Food. Anne is also a Registered Dietitian.

Previously Anne was Associate Dean (Enterprise & Innovation) in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University. Externally Anne is also Trustee of the charity HENRY which supports the whole family to make positive lifestyle changes to ensure babies and young children get the best start in life; She has worked extensively with vulnerable and hard to reach groups of society during her 20-year career as an academic and health professional.

Anne Whitcombe

Anne Whitcombe

MSc, MIHPE, FRSPH, MCLIP, AHEA

Anne has worked in health promotion for over 25 years. As an information scientist, Anne managed health information services for both professionals and the public. She supported health promotion activities with evidence, evaluation and managed strategies for public health learning and development.

Strongly interested in the ways that learning and networking together build collaboration and good practice, Anne has coordinated training and facilitated professional network groups. She teaches and facilitates postgraduate modules in public health and health promotion with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has a continuing interest in multidisciplinary learning, increasing common understanding and integrated working for promoting health.

Karen Neil

Karen Neil

BPharm, PhD, MRPharmS, MIHPE

Karen has been a Pharmacist for 27 years, working across disciplines of research, practice, and undergraduate education. She is co-author of the textbook Disease Management and recently received the GHP Health & Pharmaceutical award Most Innovative Health & Wellbeing Education Specialist 2020 (Midlands,) having specialised in health promotion and education.

She is a UK-registered mindfulness teacher and has been working in professional development at the University of Nottingham since 2012, offering mindfulness courses and wellbeing workshops to staff. This work was co-presented in a chapter for Mindfulness in the Workplace: An evidence-based approach to improving wellbeing and maximizing performance. Ed. Margaret Chapman-Clarke.

Robin Lansman

Robin Lansman

D.O. BSO London 1988 AHP

Robin Lansman is Principal and Clinical Director of his community BodyBack-Up healthcare osteopathy practices. He is passionate about interprofessional collaboration and is founder of COGUK. His teaching at undergraduate and post graduate level ranges from clinical to health leadership skills.

He coaches student HCPs for the Council of Dean’s of Health 150 leaders inter-professional programme. Robin writes regularly for the national and medical press, and has spoken on BBC radio and television. He is a Past President and Press and media spokesperson for his professional association and now an expert AHP advisor to Public Health England on MSK.

Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer

PhD, FIHPE (Hon)

Stephen is Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, UWTSD, and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management.

Stephen is a former President of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education (IHPE) and currently an Honorary Vice President. In 2001 he was awarded Fellowship of the IHPE for his ‘Outstanding contribution to the theory and practice of health promotion and education.’  Stephen has been Editor and now Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education

Susan Thompson

Susan Thompson

RGN, MPH, PGCHE, FHEA, MIHPE

Sue has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for 30 years, within nursing, health promotion and academia. In her role as Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham she is currently developing a new BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion.

She is the author of ‘The Essential Guide to Public Health and Health Promotion’ and has published a range of articles, delivered international conference papers and workshops. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has acted as an advisor on a range of Masters Public Health programmes. She is a recipient of the Lord Dearing Award for excellence in teaching and learning.

Tim Theaker

Tim Theaker

Dip H E, MIHPE

 Tim began his career in health education and health promotion in Environmental Health, he has subsequently worked at a local, countywide and regional level, managing teams of staff and is responsible for implementing and evaluating public health programmes, addressing inequalities and the broader determinants of health. Commissioning and performance managing public health and health improvement programmes and monitoring and evaluating their outcomes. He has managed a range of public health provider services including sexual health services & primary care services for the homeless. Particular interests include the prevention of coronary heart disease & the Settings Approach to Health Promotion.

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