Angela Towers - President
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, most recently heading up the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. 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
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.
Prof. Patricia Owen
PhD, MPH, BSc, Cert Ed (FE), RN, RSCPHN (HV), RNT, MIHPE
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 University, York University and The Open University. Currently she is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Keele University and consultant for academic health provision Patricia has current research interests around transitions in nursing, use of technology in nursing and public health. She maintains a special interest in the education of graduate entry nurses and supports the Graduate Entry Nursing International Network.
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Dr Michelle Baybutt - Editor IJHPE
BA, MA, PrD, MIHPE
Michelle is a Professor of 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
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.
Anne Whitcombe - Newsletter Editor
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.
RGN, MPH, PGCHE, PhD, MIHPE
Katharine is an Associate Professor at University of Nottingham and is experienced in leading curriculum development, reflecting her clinical and public health expertise. Katharine worked for 10 years as a Health Promotion Specialist influencing public health policy development, implementing and evaluating projects including the Smoking Cessation service.
Katharine is a member of Public Health England Cardiovascular Prevention (CVD) Board working to ensure the contribution health promotion is recognised and embedded in policy and service development. She has advanced knowledge of research methods in as demonstrated through doctoral studies exploring carers’ experiences of supporting a person with advanced heart failure.
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.
D.O. BSO London 1988 AHP, MIHPE
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.
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.
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.
BPharm(Hons), MBA, MRPharmS, MIHPE
Afua graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1999 spending the first decade after registering as a pharmacist working mainly in community pharmacy. She also holds an MBA from Aston Business School.
She spent several years living in Ghana where she developed an interest in the impact of delivering health promotion messages to children as early as the of 4 years. She also mentored disadvantaged teenage girls in the social care system, focusing on supporting them to develop their physical and mental well-being. Afua returned to community pharmacy in England before moving to another role training pharmacy professionals. She currently works at the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.
Professor Elvis Enowbeyang Tarkang
BSc, MSc, PhD, MIHPE, cHPP
Elvis is a specialist in Health Promotion and currently the Dean of International Programmes of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ghana. Prior to this position, he was the Head of Department of Health Promotion (UHAS) for 7 years, and has been in the field of Health Promotion for over 23 years. He is an Adjunct Professor (Health Promotion) at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and St. Louis University Institute, Cameroon. He has examined several PhD and MPH/MPhil Theses in Health Promotion for various Universities and supervised several students in Public Health at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also developed and taught several courses in Health Promotion. His main research interests are Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Public Health; Health Promotion; Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health.
He is a Consultant with FHI 360 on USAID-accelerated social and behaviour change (ASBC). He is a Reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles. He is a Registered Health Promotion Practitioner and an Assessor of course accreditation with the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and also an Expert Assessor (Health Promotion) for the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).
Dip HE Nursing (Adult), Pg Cert, MSc, FRSPH, MIHPE, FHEA
Denise is Principal Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion at Robert Gordon University where she is Course Leader for the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and MSc Strategic Service Planning and Delivery in Health and Social Care programmes. Over her career Denise has worked in both operational and strategic Health Promotion and Public Health roles, including as a registered general nurse, smoking cessation advisor, Healthy Working Lives programme leader and Public Health Practitioner (Advanced). Denise undertook an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion which instigated her interest in education and facilitated her move into academia. Denise has an interest in pedagogy and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. Other interests include Tobacco Control, Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses and Maternal and Infant Nutrition.
Hello, my name is Charlie and I’m a 3rd year Pharmacy student at The University of Nottingham.
I am very passionate about Health Promotion, which has been supported by the elective placement opportunities piloted by the school of pharmacy. This has enabled myself and my peers to explore prevailing health promotion topics and the wider determinants of health in relation to pharmacy practice.