Biography:


I was Chair of the Socialist Health Association (2017-20) and have also filled several executive roles at Liverpool Wavertree CLP (chair 2018-19). I’ve worked on Labour Party health policy on and off since 1979.

I qualified in medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1971, and took my Masters in Community Health in 1976. From 1978-94 I was Consultant in Public Health with Liverpool Health Authority. From 1994-2015 I was Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool.

I was Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University (2013-19), and am Visiting Professor at the University of Chester.

My chief research interests are in health politics and policy, health inequalities, gender equity and health impact assessment. I’ve been an adviser to the parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee (Health Inequalities enquiry, 2008-9), and have been a temporary adviser to several regional offices of the World Health Organisation (HQ; EURO; PAHO; SEARO) as well as to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (Measurement Knowledge Network, 2005; Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network, 2006-8).

From 1979-85 I was founding editor of the journal Radical Community Medicine (now Critical Public Health). Together with Peter Draper, I established the Public Health Alliance (later the UK Public Health Association) in 1986. In 2003, I was a co-founder of the Politics of Health Group.

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