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Corporate team profiles
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.

Alison Giles - Interim Chief Executive Officer

Alison's professional career spans public health policy and leadership. In 1998, following a post-doctoral position at IARC in Lyon France, and a role as policy coordinator at Kings College London, Alison was appointed Associate Director at the UK Health Forum where she led on a range of policy areas including children’s health, physical activity, and the built environment. This was followed by a two-year secondment to the Department of Health to lead the development of the cross-Government physical activity strategy before her appointment by the North West Strategic Health Authority in 2007 to establish and lead the social enterprise Our Life. Since 2015, Alison has been a freelance public health consultant. Alison has a PhD in Cancer Research and a Masters degree in Public Health. She is a fellow of the RSA, trustee and deputy chair of Breast Cancer UK, and an independent non-executive director of Social Sense Community CIC.

Corporate Services

Eleni Patel - Chartered Accountant

Eleni joined the organisation in 2012 as a Chartered Accountant having previously been treasurer of Huntington’s Disease Association.  As part of Corporate Services, she is responsible for the finance function. She is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor.

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.

Also see: Policy, Modelling team profiles

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