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Members & Biographies

Professor Sian Griffiths, Independent Chair:

Professor Griffiths who has worked in public health at local, national and international levels. She was President of the UK Faculty of Public Health [2001-4], moving to Hong Kong after chairing the HK government’s SARS inquiry to be Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Founding Director of Centre for Global Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

She returned to the UK in 2013, retaining her Asian links and advisory role to the Vice Chancellor at CUHK in addition to establishing her own consultancy. She is part time Specialist for Education and Training with Healthcare UK, Associate Non Executive member of the Board of Public Health England, chairing its Global Health Committee ,and Visiting Professor at Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. She is Trustee of the Royal Society of Public Health and chair elect of CHAD.

She has had a home in Oxfordshire for 27 years and was previously the Director of Public Health for the county.

Members of the Commission include:

Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK:

Paul joined Age Concern (now Age UK) Oxfordshire as its Chief Executive in April 2009.  aul read English Literature at King’s College Cambridge, also holding a Choral Scholarship.  After teaching for five years, he joined the Civil Service where he held a range of postings at the Cabinet Office, including working as a Private Secretary to successive Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister for the Arts.  From 2000 to his arrival at Age Concern Oxfordshire he was Director of Policy and External Relations at Help the Aged, where he had responsibility for research, policy, international strategy, media and external relations.  He brought together research and policy, and was particularly involved in Help the Aged’s work on pensioner poverty, social exclusion and care issues.  In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal of the British Geriatrics Society for an outstanding contribution to the well-being of older people.  In 2009 he was appointed an Associate Fellow of the International Longevity Centre and also in that year a Charter Member of the charity Independent Age.  He co-edited ‘Unequal Ageing (Policy Press, 2009), which examines in turn the injustice and inequalities experienced by older people in income, housing, health, and many other aspects of daily life.   Paul chairs the Public Policy Panel of the national charity Age UK.   He and Age UK Oxfordshire are founding members of the national Campaign to End Loneliness. He is a Board member of NDTi, an agency promoting social inclusion across all ages and stages.

Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford:

Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training as an academic GP. She has previously worked at University College London (1986-2010) and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (2010-2014). Trish leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine. Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare; and the complex links (philosophical and empirical) between research, policy and practice.  She is the author of 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 textbooks.  She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001 and made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.

Richard Lohman, Director on the board of Healthwatch Oxfordshire:

Richard Lohman has been a director on the board of Healthwatch Oxfordshire and its predecessor ‘Oxfordshire LINK’ since 2008.  Richard is a registered and qualified social worker with a Masters in Advanced Social Work with Adults. He was a founding member of Unison’s National LGBT Committee and has 15 years NHS experience serving people undergoing homelessness. Richard is Healthwatch national representative in the Faculty of General Dental Practice Lay and Patient Panel. 

Dr Joe McManners, Local GP and Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG):

Joe has been a GP for 11 years.  For the past 9 years, he has been a partner at a GP practice in Oxford where he has joint responsibility for the running of the practice.  He is also a GP trainer.

He was elected OCCG’s Clinical Chair in February 2014.  Previously he had been the Clinical Director for Oxford City Locality, and a member of the CCG Governing Body.  Joe is Vice Chair of Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board. His priorities as Chair of OCCG are; integrating health and social care for local population management, tackling health inequalities and building a sustainable primary care led system. Joe has a Masters degree in Public Policy in 2005, and is a King’s Fund Associate in Clinical Leadership.

Andrew Stevens, Director of Planning & Information at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Andrew joined the NHS in 1982 as a national general management trainee.After posts in North Wales and Manchester, he spent two years in a public and patient engagement role as Secretary of the Community Health Council in Swindon.Andrew moved to Hampstead Health Authority in 1988 and undertook a variety of senior planning-related roles in the hospital and community sectors. He project-managed the Royal Free’s first wave NHS Trust application before becoming the Trust’s Director of Business Planning. Andrew joined what was then the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust (ORH) in 1999. He was the ORH lead for its merger with the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, which resulted in the creation of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH). Andrew heads up the Trust’s planning, commissioning, IM&T and media and communications functions. He also leads the Trust’s developing public health activities. He was the lead executive for the OUH’s NHS Foundation Trust application process and for the implementation of the Trust’s Electronic Patient Record.

Cllr Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council:

Ed Turner is Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council, leading on Finance, Corporate Assets and Public Health.  He has represented Rose Hill and Iffley on the authority since 2002, overseeing a major regeneration project in his ward.  Alongside his council role, he is Senior Lecturer and Head of Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham.  He has published widely on German politics and, more recently, has developed a specialisation in the areas of housing and planning.  He has served on three major national reviews of housing policy: the Harman Review, the Technical Housing Standards Review and, most recently, the Lyons Review.  As such, he is particularly interested in the relationship between bad housing and poor health, and the role of housing improvement in narrowing health inequalities.

Tamsin Jewell, CEO Elmore Community Services:

Tamsin Jewell is CEO of Elmore Community Services, which has more than 20 years experience of providing flexible floating support to people in the Oxfordshire area. It works to support people by linking them with local services such as GP surgeries, access to addiction services, support in court or help to sort out benefits and finances. Tamsin has worked with and for a wide range of organisations from charities like Crisis and Oxfordshire Mind to large international bureaucracies like UNAIDS. Social work trained, her career spans social and development work in the UK and internationally, with a focus on health – both mental and physical – forced migration and human rights.


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