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PHR Programme Funding Committee members


Published: 27 June 2019

Version: 3.0 June 2022

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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 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 of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Karen Exley - Group Leader Air Quality and Public Health, UK Health Security Agency
  • Dr Suzanne Freeman - Research Fellow, University of Leicester
  • Professor Emma Frew - Professor in Health Economics, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Nadim Gire - Research Fellow, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Judith Green - Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter
  • Professor Susan Griffin - Professor of Health Economics, University of York
  • Dr Ruth Hunter - Professor of Public and Planetary Health, Queen's University of Belfast
  • Dr Judi Kidger - Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
  • Dr Chris Kypridemos - Senior Lecturer in Public Health Informatics & Data Science, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Anthony Laverty - Lecturer, Imperial College London
  • Professor James Lewsey - Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Mary Madden - Associate Professor, Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, University of York
  • Professor Elizabeth McDermott - Professor of Mental Health & Society, University of Birmingham
  • Ms Tess McManus - Public Member
  • Professor Petra Meier - Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Graham Moore - Professor of Social Sciences & Public Health, Cardiff University
  • Dr Magdalena Opazo Breton - Senior Research Fellow, The University of Nottingham
  • Dr Madeleine Power, Research Fellow, University of York
  • Mr Roy Shubhabrata - Public Member
  • Professor Sarah Rodgers - Professor of Health Informatics, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Abigail Stevely - Research Associate, The University of Sheffield
  • Mr Jack Welch - Public Member
  • Professor Wendy Wills - Professor of Food and Public Health, University of Hertfordshire
  • Professor James Woodcock - Professor of Transport and Health Modelling / Programme Lead Public Health Modelling, University of Cambridge