Director of Health Improvement

Professor John Newton


John Newton was appointed on 12 October 2012.

Career highlights:

  • led England’s contribution to the Global Burden of Disease project
  • Chairman of the WHO European Burden of Disease Network
  • Honorary Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Manchester and University of Exeter
  • academic epidemiologist in the University of Oxford
  • Director of Research and Development in two large NHS teaching hospitals (Southampton and Oxford)
  • first Director and Chief Executive Officer of UK Biobank
  • Regional Director of Public Health for NHS South Central

Director of Health Improvement

The Director of Health Improvement is responsible for health improvement functions including:

  • screening
  • alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • diet and obesity
  • health equity

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