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Public Policy and Health

Honorary Members

Richard Alderslade

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Richard Alderslade has worked for thirty five years in public health, national and local health administration, research and higher education in the United Kingdom, and for ten years in humanitarian and development international health. His UK work included five years working with the UK Medical Civil Service, including a Senior Medical Officer appointment as Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer; ten years working in public health within the National Health Service as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Regional Director of Public Health; three years as a manager of community health services; and one year as a Professor of Community Care. Internationally he has worked for eight years in humanitarian public health work with WHO's Regional Office for Europe, including five years managing all the Office's humanitarian programmes within the Region. He has previously worked with the European Union and the UK Department for International Development in Romania, acting as Adviser to the Romanian Prime Minister’s on the development of child protection services in Romania. He was for 4 years Senior External Relations Officer at WHO's Office at the United Nations in New York. He continues to act as special advisor to WHO Europe.

Richard contributes to postgraduate teaching on public and global health subjects at Durham University. He also contributes to CPPH's WHO Collaborating Centre programme of work on public health strengthening across Europe.

Jonathan Erskine

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Jonathan's academic background is in Philosophy and Art History, but he worked for a number of years as a technical writer and journalist, and later as an IT manager. Following studies in Natural Sciences with the Open University, Jonathan joined the School for Medicine, Parmacy and Health in the Centre for Clinical Management Development, before joining the Centre for Public Policy and Health as Research Associate in 2008. His research interests are in the areas of health service reform, the boundaries between primary and secondary care, large-scale change in healthcare systems and the relationship between the design of health service systems and the built healthcare environment. He has published academic articles on these topics in a range of journals, as well as contributing to reports and books as author and editor.

Jonathan has had a long association with the European Health Property Network ( where he is Executive Director, responsible for implementing the EuHPN Board's strategy and organising seminars and conferences. He was a non-executive director with Stockton-On-Tees Primary Care Trust, and Vice-Chair of the Board, from 2016 to 2011. He is currently a non-executive director of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, where he serves on the Audit and Transformation committees and chairs the Strategy and Service Development committee of the Council of Governors.

Dr Paula Franklin

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Paula works as an independent health policy consultant in Brussels. Currently, she is involved in managing health activities of an independent think tank (European Policy Centre), as well as developing indicators on health for an EU Agency (European Institute for Gender Equality). Her post-doctoral research study in the Durham University Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) involved analysing governance of European health strategies by the European Commission and the WHO Europe.

She has been involved in an EU project on developing patient safety guidelines for European hospitals, and following the award of her PhD in 2006, Paula was employed as a researcher for a three-year study into leadership and management approaches in the UK NHS (University of London, Royal Holloway). Paula, originally from Finland, is also a World Health Organisation (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) trainer.

Dr Catherine Hannaway

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Catherine has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering whole systems leadership and improvement programmes. She has worked in senior positions widely across the UK NHS. She trained in improvement methodologies at the Institute of Health Care Improvement in Boston, USA and has undertaken international healthcare improvement and leadership work in South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China and the USA, as well as a number of European countries. She has worked in national leadership positions at the Department of Health, the NHS Leadership Centre and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. She is currently working as a Global Health Consultant for Health Education England with the Global Health Exchange, working in Uganda with the Uganda UK Health Alliance, and is also designing and delivering Public Health leadership programmes in Odesha, India on behalf of DfID and the UK Faculty of Public Health as well as a consultant to Pan American Health Organisations (PAHO) exploring collaboration and engagement.

Catherine has worked with the CPPH designing and delivering numerous national and international public health systems leadership programmes. These include WHO’s ‘Health in All Policies’ and workshops in Suriname, Uzbekistan and Copenhagen. She contributes occasionally to postgraduate teaching at Durham. She is working with CPPH colleagues to deliver the first HiAP Winter School in 2017.

Professor Bob Hudson

Honorary Professor in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Professor Bob Hudson has been working as an applied public policy academic for over forty years. He has held academic posts at New College Durham, the Open University, the University of Durham, University of Leeds, University of Birmingham and University of Glasgow. For the past ten years he has also run his own consultancy business and in this capacity has worked for a wide range of government departments, other national agencies, the Scottish Government and many health and local government bodies across the north-east. In addition to his academic career, Bob has been an elected member of a local authority, founder and chair of a third sector welfare rights service, a House of Commons Select Committee special adviser and a policy commentator in the weekly and daily media. His current major policy interests are around partnership working and integrated care, citizen engagement and service improvement strategies. In his spare time he likes nothing better than watching Sunderland AFC play fast and fluent football at the Stadium of Light.

Bob's academic publications can be accessed by clicking here and his health policy commentaries for the Guardian can be accessed by clicking here.

Edward Kunonga

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Edward is currently director of Public Health for Middlesbrough Council, Middlesbrough NHS and and interim director of Public Health for Redcar and Cleveland. Edward recently undertook highly specialist training in Public Health with Northern Deanery, during which time he worked across the Tees area. In 2011-2012 Edward was a member of the National Leading improvement for Health and Wellbeing programme ran by Durham University.

Edward currently holds a MBA with merit and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Edward is passionate about Public Health & health inequalities.

Dr Alyson Learmonth

Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Dr Alyson Learmonth works as an independent consultant in the field of public health, with a special interest in inequalities, evidence-based practice and health impact assessment. Her PhD was about factors underlying the distribution of child burn and scald accidents in Bradford and India/Pakistan. Her subsequent early career in health promotion involved working in a number of NHS organisations in Oldham, Portsmouth and Durham, and for seven years she was an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. From 2000-2003 she was Regional Associate Director (North East) for the Health Development Agency, and from here became Director of Public Health in Sedgefield for 4 years. In 2005 she was the first person in the North East to be accepted onto the UK Public Health Register by portfolio. She was Director of Public Health in Gateshead from 2007- 2012, and Head of the School of Public Health for 4 years from 2007 – 2011.

Now semi-retired, recent activities have included: a publication in Health and Place ‘Place shaping to create health and wellbeing using health impact assessment: Health geography applied to develop evidence-based practice’ co-authored with Sarah Curtis (August 2013); and work with the Policy Research Group on Facing the Financial Challenges in the North East.


Scott Lloyd

Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Scott is currently Health Improvement Commissioning Lead at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council with expertise around obesity, physical activity and workplace health. Prior to this, he lead on workplace health in Stockton-on-Tees including being an assessor and oversight group member for the North East Better Health at Work award. Between 2005 and 2007, Scott co-ordinated the Well@Work project at Newham University Hospital in East London as part of the national BHF programme, resulting in significant improvements in various health indicators.

Scott is also a Visiting Fellow at the Health and Social Care Institute, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University and a member of Newcastle Round Table.

Professor Eugene Milne

Honorary Professor in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Eugene Milne is currently Director for Adult and Older Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, from February 2014 he will take up the post of Director of Public Health for Newcastle.

Professor Milne trained in medicine in Newcastle and worked for some years in paediatrics before entering public health in 1990. After focusing initially on children's public health he developed interests in cardiovascular disease, tobacco control and ageing. From 2003 he proposed and led establishment of Fresh: Smoke Free North East ­ winner of the English Chief Medical Officer's inaugural Gold Medal for Public Health, and for which Prof Milne and Fresh were awarded the Irish Cancer Society's Cully Memorial Medal in 2012.

From 2007 he served as Deputy Regional Director of Public Health for North East England developing the broader Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the North East entitled 'Better Health, Fairer Health', which in 2012 was endorsed by Local Authorities in the region as a continuing template for their new role in public health. He was closely involved in the establishment of Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, and continues to serve on its Advisory Board.

He has research interests in ageing, biodemography, tobacco control and reduction of inequalities in health.

Professor Milne is a Trustee Board Member of National Energy Action, Vice-Chair of the NICE Technologies Appraisal Committee, and an Associate Lecturer at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Health.

Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health

Dr Alex Scott-Samuel is a clinical senior lecturer in public health at the University of Liverpool, where he undertakes research on health and gender inequalities, health politics and policy, and health impact assessment. He is Director of Liverpool Public Health Observatory and of IMPACT, the International Health Impact Assessment Consortium. He has served as an adviser on health inequalities to the parliamentary Health Select Committee and to the World Health Organisation. He is co-chair of the Politics of Health Group and coordinator of Liverpool Poetry Cafe, an Arts Council funded initiative at Liverpool's Bluecoat arts centre.

Professor Agis D. Tsouros

Honorary Professor in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Dr Tsouros is a leading international expert with 30 years of experience in the fields of health promotion, policy and systems and is well known internationally for his innovative work, his public health leadership and his diplomatic and communication skills. As former Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the new European Health Policy - Health 2020 and had leadership responsibility for a range of areas, including health policies; governance for health; social determinants of health; country health department; urban health and healthy cities; health promotion, noncommunicable disease; healthy ageing and public health systems. During the period 2004 to 2006 he was seconded to the Greek Ministry of Health and assumed the position of Chairman of the National Board of Public Health and President of the Greek CDC. As chairman of the board he played a central coordinating role in the public health preparedness for the Athens 2004 Olympics.

He is the author of many influential publications, which and have been translated into many languages worldwide. His innovative work covers a wide range of areas including the development of the Healthy Cities movement, the introduction of the social determinants evidence into practice, work on new concepts such as urban health, home care, health literacy, palliative care, migrant’s health, city health diplomacy, sustainable development and public health and mass gatherings.

Professor Paula Whitty

Honorary Professor in the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Paula Whitty is the Director of the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) as well as Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Previous posts include the national Lead for the ‘Better Metrics’ project and the Clinical Effectiveness Lead at the Healthcare Commission. Originally trained as a consultant in Public Health, Paula continues to be an accredited Public Health Physician and has a Doctorate in patient-reported outcome measurement.

Paula’s current research interests are in ‘implementation research’ and she has recently collaborated with Professor David Hunter in Durham University’s Centre for Public Policy and Health on the evaluation of the ‘North East Transformation System’. As well as an Honorary Professorship at Durham University, Paula is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.