IHPE History

The history of the Institute from 1962 to the present day.

2023 – IHPE 60th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception, 7th June
The celebration highlighted the success of IHPE over the past 60 years and plans for the future.

2023 – 60th Anniversary
Five members of IHPE were presented with the IHPE Diamond Fellow Award for their commitment to the work of the Institute over time and to advancing health promotion and education. These recipients are: Sylvia Cheater MBE, Dr John Lloyd, Professor Stephen Palmer, Professor Sylvia Tilford, and Dr Michael Craig Watson.

2022 – Professor Sylvia Tilford has been awarded an Honorary Life Fellow

As a Board member and past President (2016), Sylvia has been a force for the development of the organisation in many ways. She has produced seminal health promotion publications and taught some of the current health promotion leaders.


2022 – IHPE Anniversary Webinar – How do we talk about health?, March

Anniversary Webinar Expert Panel

The event was chaired by Robin Lansman. Learn more about the event and view the recording here.

2020 – New editor of the Institute’s journal, May

Dr. Michelle Baybutt (University of Central Lancashire)

2019 – Webinar – Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing Current Evidence and Practice, November

Speakers were: Sean Russell, Claire Robson and Diane Phimister. Sylvia Cheater, President of IHPE chaired the event.

2018 – National Accident Prevention Strategy launched, October

Strategy development was led by RoSPA, with contributions from organisations including: IHPE; FPH; and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

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2018 – Professor Keith Tones M.A. MSc. PhD. FFPH. FIHE. (1937-2018)

  • IHPE Council Member
  • Leading figure in health promotion, nationally and internationally
  • Taught many influential health promoters
  • Produced seminal articles and books on Health Education and Health Promotion

2018 – Dr John Lloyd – has been awarded an Honorary Vice-President of IHPE

While he was President John drew on his professional background to influence government and policy makers on PSHE and health promotion issues. Since stepping down from office he has continued to contribute substantially to IHPE.

(Dr John Lloyd PhD., B.Ed., M.Ed., Cert Ed., FIHPE.)

2017 – Campaigning for increased funding for public health

For many years the Institute has argued for an increase in public health funding. Some of this work has been in the pages of the BMJ.

Examples of articles can be found here: https://ihpe.org.uk/rapid-responses/

2017 – Conference – Promoting Health: Public Health’s Return to Local Authorities: 4 Years on

The IHPE conference in Leeds covered a wide range of topics including: the role of the DPH; mental health; accident prevention and promoting healthy eating. The evaluations were excellent. The conference was chaired by Professor Sylvia Tilford (President of the IHPE).

2016 – Sylvia Cheater (IHPE’s Treasurer) awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Sylvia was awarded the MBE for services to Women and the community.

2015 – New co-editors of the Institute’s journal

Dr Mark Forshaw (Liverpool John Moores University).

Dr Ruth Cross (Leeds Beckett University)

2013 – Conference – Children and Young Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing October

The IHPE hosted a very successful conference in London on children and young peoples’ health and wellbeing with an emphasis on tackling obesity. The conference was held on the afternoon the Institute’s AGM and was chaired by Dr John Lloyd (President of the IHPE).

Dr John Lloyd (President of IHPE) and Anthea de Barton-Watson at the conference

2013 – Queen’s Garden Party, Buckingham Palace, 6th June

Members of the Institute received invitations to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. Her Majesty was also celebrating her anniversary.

Twelve members were invited to represent the Institute.

Pictured left to right:

  • Mrs Margaret Palmer,
  • Miss Charlotte Jeavons (Council Member),
  • Mrs Helen Draper (Membership Secretary),
  • Mrs Kathy Lewis (Honorary Secretary),
  • Mrs Pamela Eaton,
  • Dr Caroline Hart (daughter of Frank Rowntree, the founder of the Institute).

Pictured left to right:

  • Dr Oliver Hart,
  • Dr John Lloyd (President),
  • Professor Stephen Palmer, (Former Editor of the IJHPE),
  • Dr Michael Watson (Council Member)
  • Mr Ron Rossington (former Treasurer)

2012 – International Journal of Health Promotion and Education – best paper award for 2012

The award was made to Megan Watson and Flora Douglas for their paper describing young people’s views on the environmental determinants of their mental well-being. Grounded in empowerment and feminist theory the participatory research study used photovoice with users of a youth project in a disadvantaged area of a Scottish city.

Megan is shown receiving her award at the AGM on October 9th 2013.

2012 – IHPE 50th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception, 30th October

The Institute celebrated its 50th year anniversary this year at the Houses of Parliament. Rosie Cooper, MP and member of the Health Select Committee kindly offered to host an afternoon tea reception, which took place in the prestigious member’s dining room, situated overlooking the River Thames.

The celebration highlighted the success of IHPE over the past 50 years. It also drew attention to initiatives planned for the future.

Baroness Hayman and Professor Chitta Chowdhury

Chi Onwurah MP with Dr Vasan (council member)

2012 – International Journal of Health Promotion and Education

The Institute appoints Routledge as the new publishers.

The Journal is redesigned and now six editions are published each year.

2011 – Conference – A Healthy Legacy (The 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games).
It took place, exactly one year prior to the actual event, at the City of London Roman amphitheatre and marketing suite where the very first London Games were held in 80AD.

Key note speaker – Professor Mike Weed, Professor of Sport in Society, Canterbury Christ Church University


2008 – Professor Anthony Blinkhorn OBE – Life Long Commitment Award 2008

  • Joined IHPE (1971)
  • Council member (1977)
  • Chairperson of IHPE (1981 + 1990)
  • Honorary Secretary (1996)
  • Editor of IHPE Journal (10 years)
  • Honorary Fellowship of IHPE (2008)

2008 – Conference – Can we reduce dental inequalities in children?

  • Speakers included: The Rt Hon Alan Johnson (Secretary of State for Health); Dr Fiona Adshead (Deputy CMO); Dr Tim Doran; Professor Jonathan Montgomery; Professor Mike Lennon; and Professor Mike Tickle.

2008 – Judi Linney (member of the International Advisory Board for the Institutes Journal) awarded an MBE

She has been a nurse, midwife, health visitor and Director of Public Health.

Her MBE was for services to healthcare and her work as a DPH.

It also honours her work as president of the Twins and Multiple Births Association.

1995 – Professor Anne Charlton – Chairperson 1995

  • Chairperson of IHPE (95/96)
  • Major work in smoking prevention.
  • Research and implementation.
  • Youth smoking + Tobacco advertising.
  • Played a major part in de-stigmatising cancer

1994 – Fellow of Institute publishes “settings book”

Leo Barics book describes the important change in emphasis from problems to settings. Barić, L (1994) Health promotion and health education in practice. Module 2, The organisational model. Altrincham: Barns Publications.

1990 – Council members produce seminal health promotion text

Health Education: Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity originally published in 1990. It is now in its 3rd edition. Two of the authors (Keith Tones and Sylvia Tilford) have been key figures in the development and success of the Institute.

1987 – Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Outside Buckingham Palace after attendance at the Queens Garden Party in July 1987.

Pictured left to right:

  • Patricia Hobbs, HV Cert, MSc, PhD, MIHE (Vice Chairman)
  • Pat Davies (Administrative Secretary)
  • Frank St. D. Rowntree OBE, MSc, FRSH, MRIPH, MIPR, FIHE (One of the founders of the Institute)
  • Mary Corbridge (Past Chairman)
  • Helen McGuiness (Council Member)

1986 – Miss Patricia Joan Whitehead receives OBE for services to health education 1986

Miss Patricia Joan Whitehead MBE MA MIHE

  • Officer for Dental Health Education and Recruitment, General Dental Council
  • Editorial board member, Institute journal

1986 – Francis St. D. Rowntree receives OBE for his services to public health

Francis St. D. Rowntree 1928-1996, aka Frank Rowntree, received an OBE in 1986 for his services to public health.

Frank was:

  • President of the Institute
  • Chairman, National Home and Leisure Safety Committee, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

1970s – Health Education Radio Broadcasts – Frank Rowntree

Stored in the Wellcome Library

1963 – First Issue of the Journal

Volume 1, 1963

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1962 – Foundation

The IHPE is dedicated to maintaining and improving standards in Health Education and Health Promotion.

It was founded in 1962. (Inaugural meeting 28th April 1962).

Thelma Bamford – a founder member

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