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PHR Programme Funding Committee members


The PHR Funding Committee plays an important role in assessing proposals and identifying topics for research based on their scientific quality, feasibility, and value for money.

Programme Director

Professor Brian Ferguson - Director, NIHR Public Health Research Programme

Programme Chair

Professor Peymane Adab - Professor of Public Health, University of Birmingham (Committee Chair)


  • Dr Lorna Aucott - Senior Statistician, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Janis Baird - Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Southampton
  • Dr Derrick Bennett - Associate Professor, University of Oxford
  • Dr Rachel Clark - Head of COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Service; UK Health Security Agency
  • Professor Frank de Vocht - Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Bristol
  • Professor Matthew Egan - Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Vanessa Er - Research Fellow - Nutrition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Karen Exley - Group Leader Air Quality and Public Health, UK Health Security Agency
  • Professor Julia Fox-Rushby - Professor of Health Economics, King's College London
  • Dr Suzanne Freeman - Research Fellow, University of Leicester
  • Professor Judith Green - Professor of Sociology of Health, King’s College London
  • Professor Susan Griffin - Professor of Health Economics, University of York
  • Dr Ruth Hunter - Reader in Public Health, Queen's University of Belfast
  • Professor Vittal Katikireddi - Senior Clinical Research Fellow/Honorary Consultant, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Judi Kidger - Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
  • Ms Emma Kinloch - Public member
  • Professor James Lewsey - Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Emma McIntosh - Reader in Health Economics of Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Ms Tess McManus - Public Member
  • Professor Petra Meier - Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Paul Montgomery - Professor of Social Intervention, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Graham Moore - Professor of Social Sciences & Public Health, Cardiff University
  • Professor Sarah Rodgers - Professor of Health Informatics, University of Liverpool