Emeritus Medical Director

Professor Paul Cosford CB


Paul Cosford joined PHE on 12 October 2012.

Prior to this, Paul led the national and local delivery of health protection services within the Health Protection Agency (HPA) from September 2010, and was acting Chief Executive of the HPA from October 2012 to February 2013.

Until 2010, he was the Regional Director of Public Health for the East of England leading:

  • strategies for health inequalities and health improvement (including tobacco and obesity control)
  • the health system’s response to pandemic flu
  • the reduction of healthcare associated infections.

Paul has an Honorary Professorship in Public Health at Chester University.

Emeritus Medical Director

The Emeritus Medical Director provides professional advice to the Chief Executive and the leadership team and also delivers strategic leadership across the following areas:

  • global public health
  • progressing the air quality agenda
  • the NHS’ contribution to prevention
  • professional leadership for the move to Harlow

Public Health England

Previous roles in government

  1. Medical Director and Director for Health Protection