Professor Rajan Madhok, MB BS MSc FRCS FFPH, Chair 


After a long and successful career in NHS management Rajan Madhok retired as the Medical Director at NHS Manchester in 2012 and now works independently.

A medical graduate from Delhi, India he came to the UK in 1980. He initially trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in the NHS and then switched to public health. Over the years he held increasingly senior leadership positions as director of public health and medical director in various places in England, and combined these with a strong academic portfolio. He is committed to global and public health, capacity building and leadership development with a focus on human rights, ethics and professionalism. He has a long standing interest in health care quality and safety and which started when he spent some time at the Mayo Clinic, USA in the early 1990s. He also took a major interest in evidence based medicine after visiting McMaster University in Canada and then became active with the Cochrane Collaboration and became the Coordinating Editor for the Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group.

Throughout his career he has actively supported and led educational developments in both, educational and managerial roles. In particular he is keen to promote global learning and reflective practice, and he has published the compendium of his writing over 25 years in the NHS (available here). He was the Chairman of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin ( and a former Executive Committee member of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin ( ). He was also a Council member of the GMC, UK ( ) from 2009-12, and the India Envoy of the National Patient Safety Agency, UK in 2009-2010. Amongst other awards he was identified as one of the 50 BME Pioneers by the HSJ in 2013. 



Dr. Hilary Robinson, MB ChB MSc FRCPC

A medical graduate from the UK and, until her recent move to Bangalore, India, a senior medical advisor for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Health Security Infrastructure Branch,   Hilary is an experienced public health physician with a Fellowship in Community Medicine and a Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary.  In her career with the Canadian Government she has worked with First Nations Health, as the Medical Officer of Health for the Yukon Territory, served as a Medical screening officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as well as occupying varied surveillance related positions with the Canadian Government. In her most recent post she has been working primarily in workforce capacity development as the medical consultant for the award winning Skills Online Professional Development Program which collaborated with Peoples-uni on module content and training. As the wife of a career diplomat she has lived in many different countries and worked as a private consultant and with local NGOs working virtually from places as diverse as Tehran, Delhi, Brussels and Rome.

Julie Storr, BN(Hons) RGN RHV MBA


Julie qualified as a nurse and health visitor in 1990. She has over a decade of experience working for WHO on the development, implementation and evaluation of global improvement programmes, with a focus on behaviour change. Her current work straddles two WHO units – Quality Universal Health Coverage and Global Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).

Her technical and leadership expertise was called on to support WHO’s Ebola response and recovery efforts in 2014/15, with a focus on national IPC policy development in Sierra Leone. She co-led the development of the recently published evidence based WHO Guidelines on the Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control Programmes at the National and Acute Health Care Facility Level.

She is on the Steering Group of Health Information for All (HIFA) and its social media coordinator. She was previously President of the Infection Prevention Society of the UK and Ireland, Assistant Director at the National Patient Safety Agency and Director of the seminal cleanyourhands campaign. Julie has authored a book (Perspectives and Perceptions of IPC – highly commended at the 2016 BMA Medical Book Awards), published widely in the academic literature and is peer reviewer of a range of academic journals including Globalisation and Health and Implementation Science, and on the international advisory board of the Journal of Infection Prevention. She is currently studying for a doctorate in public health (health care leadership and management) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore.



Professor Dick Heller, MB BS MD FRCP FFPH FRACP FAFPHM, Coordinator 

Dick is a medical graduate from London University and has worked in the UK, the US and Australia. He retired in 2006 from the post of Professor of Public Health in the University of Manchester, UK, having previously been Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He was also a consultant physician at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. Educational highlights have been the involvement with INCLEN, an organization originally funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which involved capacity building in a number of medical schools across the developing world. As part of that he developed a distance learning master's course from the University of Newcastle, and subsequently built a fully on-line master's course in Public Health in Manchester. He is the originator of the idea for the Peoples-uni, to help with Public Health capacity building in developing countries, using open access resources on the Internet. His research interests have been in the causes and prevention of heart disease, and in developing measures to describe the population impact of disease risks and the benefits of interventions.


Key Office Bearers:


Dr Judith Strobl, Academic Coordinator (see Academic Leadership Team section for details)


Mrs Alice Chimuzu, Volunteer Accountant


Alice, originally from Malawi, is a Qualified Accountant (ACCA) with extensive years of work experience in financial and management reporting, accounting and financial planning and analysis. She has expertise in providing financial advice to all areas of business and has a track record of preparing, reviewing and monitoring budgets to ensure company objectives are achieved at all levels within the business. Alice is currently the Financial Planning Analyst for a UK company.