Our People

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

The Centre now employs two members of paid staff, who produce policy reports and research-based analyses in collaboration with a network of expert contributors.

Governance of the Centre is provided by our Executive Management Team (EMT) with input from an advisory panel.


David Rowland


David Rowland joins the CHPI as its first Director after over a decade of working in senior policy positions within the healthcare regulatory sector.

He has played a key role within healthcare professional regulation as the Head of Policy at 3 national regulators (The General Social Care Council, The General Dental Council and The General Optical Council) and has developed significant expertise in social care policy, NHS workforce issues, regulation, safeguarding, whistleblowing and EU health policy.

He has also been involved in the development of the CHPI since its inception in 2011.

Since then he has committed significant amounts of his spare time to building the Centre and has worked with the Executive Management Team to develop a research strategy, to build the Centre’s profile in the media and in Parliament and to raise funds.

Prior to working in healthcare regulation David was a research fellow at the School of Public Policy, University College London where he undertook research on the Private Finance Initiative and social care markets with Professor Allyson Pollock and Professor Colin Leys. He also worked with Professor Scott Greer on a series of Nuffield Trust funded projects which examined EU health policy, the management of the NHS and Communicable Disease Control administration.

He has used his academic expertise as well as his experience of developing national policy on healthcare regulation to add to the Centre’s research output and has been responsible with Colin Leys for leading the Centre’s work on patient safety in private hospitals and with Vivek Kotecha on the Private Finance Initiative.

David will take forward the Centre’s research work looking at Conflicts of Interest in the NHS, the financing of the Care Sector and NHS land sales.

He is also responsible for fundraising and for the Centre’s communication strategy.

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The Executive Management Team is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the Centre.

Professor Colin Leys


Colin is an emeritus professor at Queen’s University, Canada, and an honorary research professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author or co-author of twenty books and since 2000 has written extensively on health policy and is co-author with Stewart Player of Confuse and Conceal: the NHS and Independent Sector Treatment Centres. His most recent article is ‘The English NHS:  from market failure to trust, professionalism and democracy’, in Critical Times: Soundings 64, Winter 2016.

Dr David McCoy


David is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London. 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 Guddi SinghDr Guddi Singh

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

Former members of the EMT include: Professor Sue Richards, Keir Wright-Whyte, Dr Sally Ruane and Dr Jonathon Tomlinson (founder members), Professor Marianna Fotaki, and Dr John Owens.

Non-executive directors

Dr Jonathon Tomlinson

Jonathon Tomlinson is a full-time GP in Hackney, East London. He is a GP trainer and undergraduate tutor with special interests in ‘Poverty Medicine’, shame, trauma and education. He writes a blog about the relationships between doctors, patients and health policy at abetternhs.net

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.

Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel advises on the strategic development of the Centre.

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, Newcastle University. He advises WHO on public health and health system reform issues and in March 2014 his Centre was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action.  From 2009 to 2016 he was a non-executive director on the Board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He served as special advisor to the House of Commons Health Committee on its 2015-16 inquiry into the public health changes in England introduced in 2013.  He conducts research into health policy and practice and publishes widely. His most recent book, The Health Debate, Second Edition, was published by Policy Press in 2016.

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 Marianna Fotaki

Marianna Fotaki is Professor of Business Ethics at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. She has a PhD from the LSE and was an Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. Before joining academia she worked for Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde in Turkey, Iraq and Albania, and  was EU residential senior advisor to the governments of Russia, Armenia and Georgia for a total of ten years. Marianna has published over 50 papers on the marketization of public services, health inequalities, gender and otherness in organizations and businesses in leading international journals. Her recent books include The Psychosocial and Organization Studies: Affect at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, with Kate Kenny) and Gender and the Organization. New ways of working and working lives (Routledge, with Nancy Harding forthcoming in 2017). She is currently working on an ESRC-funded project on whistleblowing and a British Academy-funded project on corruption, and conducting pilot projects on solidarity responses and migration in Greece.

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 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 Scott-Samuel is an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University and a Visiting Professor at Chester University. His research interests are health politics and policy, health and gender inequalities, and health impact assessment. He has advised the parliamentary Health Select Committee and the World Health Organisation.

Contributor network

A network of expert contributors have produced work for CHPI, including:
Andrew Azorsky, Arianne Shahvisi, Ben Kasstan, Professor Calum Paton, Danny Dorling, David Rowland, Dominic Harrison, Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, Dr Aseem Malhotra, Dr Carine Vassy, Dr Catherine Needham, Dr David Bell, Dr Gurjinder Singh Sandhu, Dr Hilary Pickles, Dr Jacky Davis, Dr Jenny Vaughan, Dr Jock Mackenzie, Dr Jonathan Sleath, Dr Lorcan Sheppard, Dr Martin Tunley, Professor Nicholas Ryder, Dr Roger Kline, Dr Sarah Walpole, Dr Teodor Mladenov, Dr Thomas Mills, Elizabeth Cotton, Holly Jarman, Ian Greener, Jens Foell, Jonathan Kennedy, Justine Schneider, Kat Smith, Prof Kate Kenny, Kaveri Qureshi, Laurence Vick, Lucinda Hiam, Martin Blanchard, Martin Young, Michal Shimonovich, Miles Little, Nadia Masood, Nasar Meer, Professor David J Hunter, Professor John Mohan, Professor Mark Button, Rebecca Ashley, Robert Dingwall.