Our people

CHPI is not affiliated to any political party and produces independent, evidence based research.

The Centre relies on a network of expert contributors – in addition to members of the management team and advisory board – to produce policy reports and research-based analyses for it.

The Executive Management Team, which has responsibility for overseeing the day to day running of the Centre, consists of:

Marianna FotakiProfessor Marianna Fotaki

Marianna is Professor of Business Ethics, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. She holds degrees in medicine, health policy and planning and a doctorate from London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining academia Marianna has worked as a medical doctor for Médecins du Monde and Médecins sans Frontiers in Turkey Iraq and Albania and as the EU resident senior adviser to the governments of Russia, Georgia and Armenia for ten years in total.

Colin LeysProfessor Colin Leys

Colin is an emeritus professor at Queen’s University, Canada, and honorary professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2000 he has written extensively on health policy. He is co-author with Stewart Player of Confuse and Conceal: the NHS and Independent Sector Treatment Centres.

 Dr John Owens

John is a Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at King’s College London. His research focuses on applying philosophical, political and sociological perspectives to issues in contemporary public policy, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education. John is also co-founder of the Wellcome Trust funded Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network.

sue_richards_140x180Professor Sue Richards

Sue Richards was Professor of Public Management at the University of Birmingham, and is now a freelance writer on issues of public management and leadership. She has worked in several different academic institutions and has had two separate periods in the civil service, latterly (2005-10) as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office and a Director of the National School of Government. Her last post was as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, where she was the UK Co-ordinator of a six-nation collaboration developing ideas about public administration in the 21st century.

Dr Guddi SinghDr Guddi Singh

Guddi is a Paediatrician at the The Whittington Hospital. She also has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and has worked for the World Health Organization.


IMG_1003Keir Wright-Whyte

Keir trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he primarily worked in an audit role with clients that included pharmaceuticals and PFI Infrastructure companies. Keir is currently a director of an architecture practice and runs a small construction business.

Research Officer

Vivek Kotecha

vivek-kotechaVivek previously worked as a manager in Monitor and NHS Improvement analysing and reporting on the operational and financial performance of the provider sector. Prior to that he worked as a management consultant at Deloitte for 4 years. Vivek holds a BSc Economics (Hons) from the LSE and is a chartered accountant. He is currently studying for a MSc Economics at the University of London.


Non-executive directors

Dr David McCoy

David is a part-time senior academic at Queen Mary University London and part time director of Medact, a London-based global health charity. He previously spent ten years working in South Africa, first as a clinician and then as a health systems policy and strengthening specialist. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a former Director of Public Health within London.

Dr Jonathon Tomlinson

Jonathon is an NIHR In Practice Research Fellow studying moral development in medical education and clinical practice at Queen Mary’s University, London. He is also an NHS GP partner at the Lawson Practice in south west Hackney. He writes a blog about the relationships between doctors, patients and health policy at www.abetternhs.wordpress.com


The Advisory Board, which advises on the strategic development of the Centre consists of:

Professor James Curran

‘James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of Goldsmith’s Leverhulme Media Research Centre. He has held visiting chairs as McClatchy Professor (Stanford), Annenberg Professor (University of Pennsylvania), Bonnier Professor (Stockholm University) and NRC Professor (Oslo University). He has written or edited 22 books, including Media and Democracy (2011); Power Without Responsibility (with Jean Seaton), 7th edition (2010); Media and Society, 5th edition, 2010; and Media and Power, 2002 (translated into five languages). His latest book is Misunderstanding the Internet (with Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman), 2012.

Professor Bob Hudson

Bob Hudson is Visiting Professor in Public Policy in the Centre for Public Policy and Health at the University of Durham, a position he has held since 2004. From 1995 until 2004 he was Principal Research Fellow at the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds, and held earlier lecturing positions (in social policy) at the University of Durham and New College Durham. His main areas of work have been in public sector policy, and especially health and local government – topics on which he has undertaken national research and published widely in the academic and trade press. He has served as a local councillor, chaired local voluntary groups and worked as a special advisor to the House of Commons Children’s Select Committee.

Professor David Hunter

David Hunter is Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health, Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Durham University, and Deputy Director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. David advises WHO on public health and health system reform issues and his Centre was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action in March 2014.  He is a non executive director on the Board of NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He conducts research into health policy and practice and publishes widely.

Professor John Mohan

John Mohan is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, and Deputy Director of the Third Sector Research Centre, leading its programme of quantitative research. His current research is focussed on the contemporary British voluntary sector, including projects on the distribution of resources and the pattern of engagement in voluntary activity. Previous work has included studies of health policy in the UK.

Dr Alex Scott-Samuel

Alex is a clinical senior lecturer in public health at the University of Liverpool, where he teaches health promotion to Masters in Public Health students and carries out research and publishes on health politics and policy, health and gender inequalities, and health impact assessment. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University and Director of IMPACT, the International Health Impact Assessment Consortium. He has advised the parliamentary Health Select Committee and the World Health Organisation.

Professor Gareth Williams

Gareth has worked in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University since 1999, where he teaches medical sociology. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Wellbeing. Gareth has written and published widely in journals and books on the themes of chronic illness and disability, health policy, health inequalities and community action.

Contributor network

Professor Martin McKee, Professor Mark Button, Professor David Hunter, Professor Bob Hudson, Dr David Bell, Professor Marianna Fotaki, Dr Catherine Needham, Professor Ian Greener, Professor Calum Paton, Professor Danny Dorling, Dr Mark Hellowell, Dr Kat Smith, Dr Aseem Malhotra, Tamasin Cave, Professor Scott Greer, Professor Ellie Palmer, Dr Holly Jarman, Professor Brian Toft, Professor John Mohan, Mr Peter Walsh, Dr Lorcan Sheppard, Professor Robert Dingwall, Dr Carine Vassy, Dr Matthew Dunnigan, Mr Lawrence Vick, Dr Jonathon Tomlinson, Dr Ellen Stewart, Mr Nick Taylor.