Public Health England update

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England, has announced the appointments of seven directors for Public Health England (PHE), as work accelerates to set up the new organisation which begins its work in shadow form in early January 2013 and takes on statutory responsibility from 1 April 2013.

The appointments are

  • Dr Paul Cosford, currently Executive Director of Health Protection Services in the Health Protection Agency  (HPA),  to be PHE’s Director of Health Protection.
  • Professor John Newton, Regional Director of Public Health for NHS South Central, to be Chief Knowledge Officer,
  • Jonathan Marron, a director in the PHE transition team, to be Director of Strategy,
  • Sally Warren, currently Director of Social Care Policy in the Department of Health, to be Director of Programmes
  • Lis Birrane, Director of Communications at the HPA,  to be PHE’s Director of Communications,
  • Richard Gleave, Director of Programmes and Experience at NHS South of England, to be PHE’s Chief Operating Officer
  • Tony Vickers-Byrne, Director of Human Resources at the HPA, to be PHE’s Director of Human Resources.

The Director of Health Improvement and Population Health will be confirmed shortly. Tony Sannia, Director of Finance and Resources for the transition, will be retiring in the early summer of 2013 and PHE will be advertising a new role, leading on finance and our commercial activities shortly.  PHE’s professional leader for nursing will be Viv Bennett who is also the Director of Public Health Nursing for the Department of Health. More details can be found at

We anticipate announcing the appointment of PHE regional directors and centre directors later this year.  Applications for the substantive chair and non-executive directors for PHE board have now closed and long listing is taking place. The design, structure and job descriptions for immunisation & screening roles have been agreed and job matching has commenced.

The Major Projects Authority recently completed its second review of PHE transition under its Major Project Approval Gateway process. The report found that ‘substantial progress’ had been made since the last review in December 2011, particularly in developing stronger leadership, effective programme management, tighter governance and improved programme and project management capability.

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One Response to Public Health England update

  1. Greg Fell says:

    A request for some clarity on the question of who will be maintaining Athens registration for those PH Staff that will be transferring to LA.

    I would view it as absolutely essential.

    Currently the line I have from our local library is that “we can do it, but will will charge you for it”….c£1-2k per year for Athens + document supply. The precise detail is being worked through

    However, before we committ to anyting I wanted to check with PHE what the “line” is with respect to Library support to PH staff in LA… there any plan on this?

    just that I didnt know “WHO in PHE to ask.

    welcome any advice


    Greg Fell

    Consultant in Public Health

    NHS Bradford

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