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The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme has two boards of experts who play an important role in assessing our outline and full proposals and identifying topics for research.  The Programme Advisory Board (PAB) advises on the identification and prioritisation of research topics and researcher-led outline proposals based on public health importance. Those successful applicants, and all commissioned outline proposals, are assessed by the Research Funding Board (RFB) based on their scientific quality, feasibility, and value for money.

Our director

Martin WhiteProfessor Martin White

Professor Martin White is Programme Leader in the UKCRC Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR) in the MRC Epidemiology Unit & at the University of Cambridge. He holds a visiting chair at Newcastle University.

His other roles include co-investigator in the Department of Health’s Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC) and in the NIHR School for Public Health Research. He is a member of the MRC's Population Health Sciences Group and Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) research funding panel. He is President-elect of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM).

Our Chair

Professor Frank Kee

Professor Frank Kee

Professor Kee is Director of the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research Northern Ireland and Deputy Director for the Centre for Public Health in Queens University. The research scope of the Centre of Excellence embraces determinants of public health from molecules to populations, as well as public health interventions.

He has served on several peer review grant committees, including the MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board, the MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) funding panel and the NPRI Scientific Advisory Committee. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. He previously served on the Public Health Topic Selection panel for NICE, and as Chair of the NIHR Public Health Speciality Group.


Our board members

Programme Advisory Board (PAB)

Programme Director
Professor Martin White
Programme Leader, MRC Epidemiology Unit & UKCRC Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge


Ms Mary Black
Assistant Director of Public Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland
Dr Simon Ellis

Associate Director, Centre for Public Health

Professor Kevin Fenton Director of Health & Wellbeing, Southwark Council 
Dr Felix Greaves
Deputy Director of Science and Strategic Information, Public Health England
Mr Richard Hindley Public Board member 
Mr Philip InsallDirector, Insall & Coe 
Dr Jeyanthi John Consultant in Dental Public Health (Wessex), Public Health England 
Mrs Rachel Johns
Deputy Director - Service Delivery (North Region), Public Health England
Mr Scott Lloyd
Health Improvement Commissioning Lead, Redcar &Cleveland Borough Council
Mr Jason LowtherDirector of Strategy, Birmingham City Council
Mr Jim McManus
Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council
Ms Dorothy May 
Pubic Board member 
Mr Darren Mepham  Chief Executive, Bridgend County Borough Council 
Professor Eugene MilneDirector of Public Health, Newcastle City Council
Professor Jane Moore
Director of Public Health, Coventry City Council
Dr Vicci Owen-Smith Clinical Director (Public Health), NHS Stockport CCG 
Dr Harry RutterSenior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Mrs Angela Scott Chief Executive, Aberdeen City Council 
Ms Bridget Strong Community Partnership Lead, Mind to Mind 
Dr Jo WhaleyPublic Engagement Manager for Learning Disability, NHS England
Ms Kim Wright
Group Director, Neighbourhoods and Housing, London Borough of Hackney Council

Research Funding Board (RFB)

Programme Director
Professor Martin WhiteProgramme Leader, MRC Epidemiology Unit & UKCRC Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge

Programme Chair
Professor Frank KeeProfessor of Clinical Epidemiology, UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Peymane Adab
Professor of Public Health, University of Birmingham

Professor Linda Bauld Professor of Health Policy and Dean of Research, University of Stirling 
Dr Adrian Barker
Public Member
Professor Rona Campbell  Professor of Public Health Research, University of Bristol  
Professor Christopher BonellProfessor of Public Health Sociology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Charlotte Clark
Reader in Environmental & Mental Health Epidemiology, Barts & The London School of Medicine

Mr Ian Copley Public Member 
Professor Adam Fletcher Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health, Cardiff University 
Professor David French Professor of Health Psychology, University of Manchester 
Dr Felix Greaves
Deputy Director, Science and Strategic Information, Public Health England
Professor Matthew Hickman Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Bristol 
Professor Kate HuntSenior Research Scientist, University of Glasgow
Professor Russell Jago
Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity & Public Health,University of Bristol
Professor Andy JonesProfessor of Public Health, University of East Anglia
Dr Vittal Katikireddi Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow 
Dr Emma McIntosh Reader in Health Economics of Public Health, University of Glasgow 
Dr Graham Moore Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health, Cardiff University 
Professor Stephen MorrisProfessor of Health Economics, University College London
Professor Christopher Owen Reader in Epidemiology, St George’s University of London 
Professor Toby PrevostProfessor of Medical Statistics, King’s College London
Dr Sarah Salway
Senior Research Fellow, School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield
Professor Amanda Sowden Deputy Director, Centre for Reviews & Dissemination, University of York  
Professor Robert WestProfessor of Biostatistics, University of Leeds
Professor Lucy Yardley Professor of Health Psychology, University of Southampton 


Our community of reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the PHR Programme projects and outputs. They are sought from a variety of fields, including from those who work in and use NHS services. 

To demonstrate our gratitude to our reviewers and acknowledge the important work they do for the programme the names of past year’s reviewers are listed on our website. Please click the link below to access the list:

View a list of PHR 2015 reviewers


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