Director for Health Protection and Medical Director

Professor Paul Cosford CB

Professor  Paul Cosford CB



Paul Cosford joined PHE on 12 October 2012.

Career highlights:

  • Executive Director of Health Protection Services for the Health Protection Agency (HPA)
  • Regional Director of Public Health and Medical Director, leading the east of England’s public health system in the NHS, Department of Health and regional government office
  • led major reductions in healthcare associated infections and in smoking in the east of England, and led the regional health system’s response to pandemic flu in 2009 to 2010
  • in 2009, co-author of a report to the Secretary of State on enabling effective delivery of health and wellbeing
  • established NHS sustainable development programme and national approach to reducing carbon footprint of the NHS

Director for Health Protection and Medical Director

The Director for Health Protection and Medical Director is responsible for:

  • national leadership for health protection, setting standards and leading programmes to reduce harm from infectious diseases, radiological, chemical and environmental hazards
  • professional leadership for public health in PHE and local government, including professional standards, quality and clinical governance
  • ensuring effective planning and responses to public health emergencies throughout England