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Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL
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Professor Rosalind Raine BSc, MBBS, MSc, PhD, FFPH, FMedSci is Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL, a public health medicine doctor, Director of NIHR* ARC North Thames (Europe’s largest partnership of world leading applied health and care researchers) and Vice Director of NIHR Cancer Policy Research Unit.
She is recognised as a world leading applied researcher with expertise in the evaluation of major health service/ public health change and of determinants of widespread implementation of evidence based care. She integrates diverse techniques including complex data analysis and ethnography to examine the impact of health/public health interventions on health outcomes, with a particular focus on equity in health and in access to services.
Rosalind advises on health policy internationally, including collaborating with WHO on the development of measurement indicators; and has conducted research in Sarawak, Brazil and South Africa.
She is an elected member of NIHR Strategy Board; sat on the influential Lancet Commission on The Future of the NHS; chaired the UK Heads of Academic Departments of Public Health (representing Departments at over 30 universities) and sat on the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework Panel (whose recommendations inform the distribution of Government funding to UK universities).
She was elected to the internationally prestigious UK Academy of Medical Sciences, selected as an NIHR Senior Investigator and as one of the countries ‘leading edge scientists’ by NIHR. She was also selected by the British Medical Association as one of 29 national role models in academic medicine and has spearheaded innovations in teaching for front line health care/public health workers.
Jacqueline is an experienced and skilled company secretary with sound knowledge of corporate governance. She has a strong track record of successfully delivering high quality company secretarial service in the public and not for profit sectors. Previously worked for Hounslow Council, Scope and Christian Aid.
Jacqueline has in depth knowledge and experience of managing secretarial functions, vast experience working with Boards and Senior Management Teams, providing advice and supporting organisations achieve a sound governance framework.
An Associate Member ICSA with a Professional Award in Corporate Governance.
Professor of Women’s Health, Liverpool John Moores University
Professor Valerie Fleming is a midwife and nurse who has worked in clinical or research positions globally. Her current position is Professor of Women’s Health, Liverpool John Moores University. She has a passion for improving the health of women through the provision of competent birth attendants. She also has a strong belief in promoting the rights of health professionals within systems which often do not permit this.
Valerie’s previous roles include professorships in midwifery in Glasgow Caledonian University and Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the senior policy advisor (Chief Nurse) to the WHO European region and various clinical positions in India, New Zealand and the UK. Research has embraced a number of East African countries, as well as Latin America and Europe.
She led redevelopment of nursing and midwifery education in Kosovo after the 1999 war and in her role as Secretary General of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, worked with colleagues in three of the other WHO regions to develop a package of training materials for nurse educators in the African region.
Valerie has an enthusiasm for working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and through her initial work with the International Confederation of Midwives as mentor to one of five midwives chosen for the Young Midwifery leaders’ programme, has made lasting friendships in the Central American and African regions.
In her current role she is working with colleagues in Pakistan and Kenya to extend the scope of practice of nurses and midwives. In her spare time she uses her qualification as a canon lawyer to volunteer as an advocate for the Scottish Catholic Interdiocesan Tribunal.
Mike McKirdy graduated from the Glasgow University Medical School in 1985 and after surgical training in the west of Scotland, London and Manchester, was appointed a consultant surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley in 1997. Since then he has led and developed breast cancer services in the Clyde area of the West of Scotland, across three hospital sites.
Mike has served on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow since 2005 and while Vice President, from 2013 to 2016, established the College’s Global Health programme, mainly focused on work in Malawi, and he has now taken up post as the College Director of Global Health. In that role he co-authored a report on the value of volunteering for Global Health work and is now Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government Global Citizenship programme.
Titilola Banjoko is a healthcare professional by background working as an Executive Director in the National Health Service. She has over 23 years professional experience working with key strategic stakeholders engaged in Africa’s development. She has taken up numerous advocacy and advisory roles on the issue of capacity building in Africa and she is an actively engaged member of the African Diaspora.
She is a regular commentator and analyst on African related news and events and serves on the council of the Royal African Society, Chair Board of Trustees, Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), Chair Board of Trustees, International Rescue Committee UK (IRC-UK) and a Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative.
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