Director of Public Health, Rotherham Council
Ben joined Rotherham MBC as Director of Public Health in January 2021 bringing his system leadership experience to focus on developing a “prevention led system in Rotherham” alongside the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ben’s previous role was as Interim Deputy Regional Director for PHE in the Midlands where he led the strategic response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the East Midlands. Prior to this he was the Deputy Director for Healthcare Public Health where he led on a range of programmes of work to develop prevention programmes across the NHS and local government embedding prevention in NHS pathways and to improving care and access to care. Ben was also a Training Programme Director for the East Midlands School of Public Health where he led on quality for the school.
Ben trained in Public Health as part of the Yorkshire and Humber region training programme with placements in Barnsley and Sheffield PCTs and with the Department of Health’s Health Inequalities National Support Team. He also spent time in academic Public Health at the University of Sheffield developing teaching on Needs Assessment and Health Inequalities and qualifying as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since qualifying as a Public Health Consultant in 2012 Ben held Consultant posts in the NHS and Local Government working in North Lincolnshire and Derby City with portfolios covering Child and Maternal Health, Immunisation and Health Intelligence, before moving to PHE in the Midlands. Ben continues to maintain his links with Sheffield University as an Honorary Senior Lecturer and is the Chair of the NIHR School of Public Health’s Advisory Group. Ben has also trained as a professional coach and mentor and coached health, care and management staff across local government and the NHS.