I am a Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire. I am also Director of the Organ Donor and Transplant Research Centre. I am the Research Lead for the Unit of Assessment 3 (Health) for the REF, and authored the world-leading submission for REF2014.
I have a unique mix of Public Sector Board Leadership experience, Government public health advisory experience, and extensive Patient and Public Involvement research track-record. I currently serve as an Expert Adviser to the NICE Centre for Guidelines.
I am privileged to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her functions as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county.
My research is focused on the development of patient-centred care pathways. I have undertaken research and consultancy in diabetes, kidney disease, transplantation, mental health, tele-health, social prescription, cancer and end-of-life care amongst diverse communities.
I am the author of the seminal Faith Engagement & Organ Donation Action Plan [PDF] which was commissioned by NHS Blood and Transplant. The Plan was published in partnership with Faith Leaders and is the first Faith-based Action Plan commissioned by a national public sector body in the UK. The Plan is being used as a blueprint approach for Equality Delivery Systems in the UK and worldwide.
I have received grants from organisations such as the Department of Health, EU Horizon 2020, Health Education England, National Institute for Health Research, Kidney Research UK, Big Lottery Fund, NHS Blood and Transplant and the King's Fund.
I hold a number of policy and practice positions:
I am also a Public Sector Board Governance Expert and have extensive experience as a Board coach, facilitator, consultant and trainer with all levels of leadership in the public and voluntary sectors.
I have over 15 years' experience as a NHS Board member at national and local level in both Chair and Non-Executive Director roles. I’ve created Boards from inception, delivered financial turnaround, produced CQC Improvement Plans. Leadership experience gained, most recently, as Chairman of NHS Bedfordshire & NHS Luton PCT Cluster and as a Non-Executive Director of the Human Tissue Authority.
I have a specialist knowledge of Board leadership/Strategy development/Public Health/Commissioning issues – Public health workforce development, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Public Health policy development, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Public health, equalities and diversity research experience gained via working on national and international projects commissioned by Government bodies.
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Recent Books and book chapters
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