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The UK Health Forum is a diverse organisation, relying on the support and input of our Board of Trustees, Members, Observers and staff to achieve its aims.

Our staff, trustees and members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, but all have a passion for public health.

Organisational members include research organisations, charities, government departments, NGOs and other not-for-profit organisations. We also have a panel of distinguished experts in cardiovascular disease in our individual and associate members.

Our staff are involved in aspects of chronic disease prevention including policy research, disease and condition modelling, and information services provision.


Chief Executive Officer - Paul Lincoln

Paul has led the UK Health Forum since 2001. He has worked in public health at local, national and international levels in the public and third sector for over 31 years.

He is a member of numerous Government and scientific expert public health advisory groups. He was a Director at the Health Education Authority and has worked in public health in the NHS and been an educational adviser, teacher and researcher.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2008 New Year honours list for services to healthcare and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians and the Association of Directors of Public Health and a professorial Fellow to the Royal Society of Public Health.


Jane Landon - Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Jane is director of policy, responsible for managing the UKHF’s portfolio of policy research and advocacy and a small team of policy researchers. Her professional areas of interest are food policy and food marketing, tobacco control, alcohol harm reduction and public health advocacy. Previously, she was a communications consultant to the former Health Education Authority and director of a public relations company specialising in media and public affairs for scientific research organisations and medical charities. Jane holds an honours degree in English Literature and Language (York) and has trained in public health and public affairs.
She is a visiting research fellow at Curtin University, Western Australia, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK) and is chair of the Food Commission Research Charity.

Hannah Graff - Senior Policy Researcher

Hannah conducts the UKHF’s policy research and advocacy, including management of the Healthy Places online resource.  Previously Hannah has held several positions in public health policy research and development in the US, and has expertise in obesity, HIV/AIDS, health inequities and community prevention.  She is an advisor to the Organic Health Response and a member of the Society for Medical Anthropology.  Hannah holds an MPhil in medical anthropology and a BA in anthropology.


Modi Mwatsama - Director: Global Health

Modi is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and leads the UKHF’s work on non-communicable diseases and global health. She has expertise in public health policy development, advocacy and implementation at local, national and international levels. Modi previously worked for the Global Research Network on Urban Health Equity at University College London and Heart of Mersey – England’s largest cardiovascular disease prevention programme. She is a member of the Faculty of Public Health and sits on the Council of the Association for Nutrition and the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network. Modi is currently studying for a Doctorate in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Chris Brookes – Director: Global Business development  

Chris has extensive experience of business development, and project design and management, and has worked in the public health field for 15 years, and for the 10 years prior to that worked in development, including leading on statutory donor funding for a major UK development charity.
In his previous job he was Director for a not-for-profit organisation which fostered learning between countries in what works to improve health and tackle health inequalities, particularly through action on the social determinants of health. He built up the portfolio of work, many with the UK Health Forum, to include several projects which brought together partners and stakeholders to improve health He has worked with several parts of the EU, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and World Health Organization. Prior to that he was  International Project Manager for Health Inequalities in the Department of Health for England. In addition, Chris  been the national focal point for the European Commission Public Health Programme.

Corporate Services

(Vacant) - Corporate Services Manager

Dan French - Administrative Coordinator

Dan has worked with the UKHF since 1999 providing administrative support to the UKHF staff and trustees, helping to coordinate central office systems and facilities, administering meetings, and supporting financial procedures.

Nicola Schmidt - Information Systems Manager

Nicola joined the UKHF in 2002 and manages the UKHF IT network infrastructure and various website projects. She is also responsible for providing technical support for all UKHF websites. Nicola has a Foundation Degree in Science: Information Technology, is a member of the British Computer Society and CompTIA A+ certified.   Nicola is currently working towards a  BSc in Computing at Birkbeck University, London.

Modelling and Simulations

Laura Webber - Director, Public Health Modelling

Laura holds a PhD in Psychology from University College London on childhood obesity. She is a member of the NICE PDG committee on childhood weight management and has worked with the UKHF since February 2011. She has past experience of quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis and project management.

Diana Divajeva - Research Associate

Diana holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and has completed her MSc PH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her interests include chronic disease prevention focusing on premature morbidity and mortality as well as broader determinants of health.

Lise Retat - Research and Development Associate

Lise holds a PhD in Medical Physics from the Institute of Cancer Research/ Royal Marsden Hospital and an MSc in International Health Management from Imperial College. Her previous experiences enable her to carry out mathematical design and modelling in C++, NCD statistical projects in Stata and health economy analyses.

Abbygail Shaw - Research and Development Associate

Abbygail is a Research and Development Associate at UKHF since January 2014. Her PhD studies have involved modelling biological complexity at the University College London. She has specialised in mathematical modelling and the scarring process after myocardial infarction. She has an MSci in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. Her interests are mathematical modelling and C++ software development.

Andre Knuchel-Takano - Research Associate

Andre joined UKHF in 2014 following a scholarship-funded health management MSc (distinction) at Imperial College London. His interests include health economics, public health policy and medical start up ventures. His university team recently won the Santander business plan competition for conceptualising a cloud platform that facilitates the continuing professional development of radiologists in India. Andre is also a fully-qualified veterinary surgeon and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has performed numerous elective and emergency surgical interventions on veterinary patients in Australia and the USA as well as the UK.

NCD Research and Information Services

Helena Korjonen - Director: NCD Research and Information Services

Helena directs the UKHF’s information services. She has a PhD from the Department of Information Studies at University College London, an MA in Information Studies and a BSc (Hons) in International Studies. She is a chartered member (MCLIP) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She is a member of the PHORCaST project board and the Public Health England content development group. Her research interests are public health informatics, the social web, digital preservation, human geography and climate change.

Jennifer Ford - Information Manager

Jenni is responsible for overseeing the development of current awareness services at the UKHF, and also carries out content development and technical support work for the UKHF’s websites. She is a qualified information professional, and is currently undertaking doctoral research into the information behaviour of the third sector public health workforce at UCL. She also has a PostgraduateDiploma in Public Health (Informatics) from Staffordshire University, an MA in Information Studies from UCL and a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy and Human Biology from the University of Liverpool. 

Asha Keswani - Senior Information Officer

Asha manages PANacea, the UKHF’s online network for physical activity and nutrition. She has overall responsibility for managing the relationship with users on the UKHF’s websites and managing the UKHF’s promotional activities. She has experience in customer services, project management and marketing. Asha is working towards an information qualification.

Emma Hughes - Information Officer

Emma is responsible for delivering the UKHF’s current awareness services. She has experience of conducting user needs assessments and has expertise in searching for information and appraising it for quality. Emma has a MSc Econ in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University and a BSc (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology from Oxford Brookes.