In order to commemorate those who have contributed to the development of IHPE and most importantly, of course the field of health promotion and education, early in 2023 IHPE was delighted to announce the awarding of a special fellowships.

These Diamond Fellow awards were awarded to five trustees past and present :


Sylvia Cheater, MBE.

Sylvia is Past President of IHPE and has been a longstanding and committed member of the Institute. She has also worked in the NHS and the charity and volunteer sector primarily around nutrition in relation to early years and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her work with women and communities in Cheshire. Sylvia was delighted to receive the award and said “I’ve only just read the email and letter from our President and am so honoured to have been included in the Diamond Awards – not expected at all!  Thank you to everyone for including me in this very illustrious group, delighted to be part of it.”

Professor Sylvia Tilford

Sylvia has worked tirelessly to develop health promotion both academically and in practice. As professor and head of the centre for health promotion research at Leeds Beckett University she has developed post graduate programmes related to health promotion and has developed health promotion services in Tanzania, Sudan and the Eastern Mediterranean area. She has authored numerous publications in textbooks and papers over a career spanning many decades. Sylvia is a Past President of IHPE and a Fellow of the Institute. She said “Thank you very much for your letter which came as a very nice surprise. Thank you, and  your Awards sub-committee,  for the offer of a Diamond Fellowship Award.  I will be very pleased to accept”

Dr John Lloyd

John has been a member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education since 1985 and was President 2013-2014. Formerly a Senior Adviser for Birmingham Advisory and Support Service and a member of the PSHE Advisory Group and Citizenship Working Party he contributed to both the PSHE Framework and statutory Citizenship curriculum in England. Until 2007 he acted as the Policy Adviser for PSHE and Citizenship Education at the DCSF, and then as Policy Adviser at the PSHE Association until 2012. Co-author of Democracy Then and Now, Blueprints Health Education, and The Health Promoting Primary School, along with other books and articles, he was Adviser to Channel 4 Schools All About us Series, No Bullying Here and Karl’s Story winning the Royal Television Society Gold Award. John was also Chair of the National Safety Education Committee (RoSPA) and a trustee of the University of the First Age (UFA) and Alcohol Education Trust (AET). John said “‘I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the Diamond Fellowship Award and am still suffering imposter syndrome I think when so many others have done so much over the years to support health education and promotion’.

Dr Michael Watson

Michael has for many years worked as a Director of Health Promotion for different health authorities and as an independent public health consultant. His research work has focused on injury prevention, and he worked at the University of Nottingham for 19 years, providing advice at regional and national levels. He has also been temporary advisor for WHO during this time. Michael’s research has international reach having been involved in projects in Iran, Malawi, Palestine and Uganda as well as the UK. He is a regular contributor to discussions in the British Medical Journal. Michael was very surprised to receive this award which was very much appreciated he said.

Professor Stephen Palmer

Stephen is another former President of IHPE and also a Fellow of the Institute. He has also been editor and is now Consulting editor for the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Institute. Stephen is Professor of Practice at University of Wales Trinity St David and was the first chair of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology. He has written or edited over 50 books during his time and for over 20 years has been investigating coaching psychology practice. Stephen said “I am delighted and honoured to accept the Diamond Fellow Award in recognition of my work. I hadn’t realised that I had been nominated so it is a pleasant surprise.”


IHPE sends warm congratulations to all of our Diamond Fellows.

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