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Meet the Team

Public Health Nursing Forum Committee

Jason Warriner

Forum Chair

Director of Care, Quality and Governance, Cranstoun

Jason qualified as a nurse in 1993 and has been involved with the RCN for over 28 years at a local, regional and national level. After graduating as a nurse from Leeds College of Health Jason initially specialised in cardiac nursing before moving into the field of HIV and sexual health. After holding a number of senior nursing positions in the NHS he moved to the Terrence Higgins Trust (The national HIV and Sexual Health charity) as Clinical Director/Governance and Quality Director. He has previously worked for Marie Stopes International as UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services and The Sussex Beacon as Clinical Services Director. Jason has undertaken post registration courses in sexual health, HIV and contraception alongside gaining a BSc Health Care Studies, post graduate certificate in management and post graduate diplomas in management and education and training. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Jason has worked in South Africa with CHIVA Africa, a project that supports the roll out of HIV treatment to children, is a trustee for Crisis the national homelessness charity and also volunteers as the healthcare manager for Crisis at Christmas. From 2006 - 2010. Jason was Chair of RCN Congress and served on RCN Council. He is currently Chair of RCN Forum Chairs.


Tracey Cooke

Tracey has a broad range of experience both in the public and private sector and has worked in the occupational health field for thirty years. She has both general nursing and mental health nursing qualifications. In addition, she has a degree in occupational health and a special interest in mental health in the working environment.

Tracey is passionate about educating the future generation of occupational health nurses, which her role as a practice teacher enables her to do.

Janet Frimpong

Team Leader– Senior Specialist OH Nurse Practitioner, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Janet qualified as a nurse in 1994, with over 25years experience in medical, surgical, women’s health and cardiac nursing before embarking on a career in Occupational Health. She completed her BSc SCPHN OH Nursing degree at Brunel University, in 2011.  Janet has been working in an OH setting for over 15 years, in both private and public sector. Her current interest is in health and wellbeing of the working population; looking at mental wellness, obesity and menopause. 

As an OH nurse, the Government's Public Health agenda underpins her knowledge, skills and experience when dealing with a range of clients within her specialty. 

Janet has been a member of the Public Health Forum since 2009, Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) since 2013 and IOH previously Association of OH Nurse Practitioner (AOHNP) since 2012.

Sandra Grieve

Sandra’s background was in midwifery, in a university teaching and research professorial unit. Her husband’s career with HM forces and a Multi-National Company led to a mobile lifestyle within the UK and abroad. Her interest in Travel Medicine began in 1991 and she continued in clinical practice until 2007 before moving to an educational role. She completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine at Glasgow University and a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and Education. She is an active member of several travel medicine bodies, previously co vice-chair of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), Nurse Professional Group (NPG) and a current member of the Publications Committee. She remains active in nurse education and was an Associate Trainer (Yellow Fever) for The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) until the training moved online. Sandra has been an active forum member since 2000, holding office within the Travel Health Forum (THF), the Public Health Forum (PHF) and Forum Governance Group (FGG). She represents PHF on travel health related issues and is co-Chair of the Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM) Steering Group. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) and an examiner for the Diploma Membership examination. Sandra has been involved in developing guidance for nurses in travel health services. She enjoys writing, developing and attending conferences, gathering and disseminating travel health information and forging links with nurses around the world.  

Hanna Kaur

Hanna qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2000. Post registration she undertook training for Intensive Care Nursing and worked in a number of Intensive Care / Cardiac-thoracic Care Units. She then moved to do some various Occupational Health roles. Prior to undertaking nurse training Hanna worked with children, including spending 18 months in India. 

Hanna ran a busy TB Service in a London Borough, but since 2012 Hanna has been working as the Lead TB Nurse for Birmingham and Solihull. Her experience includes improving and setting up services/clinics. Also has an interest in reaching out to the underserved population, and has worked with the Homeless Pathway Project Team, to prevent homelessness in those suffering from TB.

Currently Hanna is working with two Task and Finish Groups set by Public Health England, TB Workforce and Tackling TB in Underserved Populations. Both in which she represents RCN. Groups are set to achieve some of the ambitions published in the 2015 Collaborative TB Strategy. Hanna also represents RCN at the Annual Joint Thoracic Committee. 


Denise Thiruchelvam

Denise undertook a combined RGN/RHV undergraduate training at University of Liverpool, qualifying in 2001. She also has a PGD Tropical Nursing and Master of Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and is a sessional lecturer for Imperial College London. Denise has a wide breadth of experience including general nursing, health visiting, specialist health protection, commissioning and public health.

Denise worked for the former Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England), public health teams within the NHS and local authorities. She has led on various public health priorities including children, maternity and health protection programmes. Most recently, Denise has worked for the national commissioning and health improvement team at NHS England as a Project Manager (Public Health) on the: Health Visiting Call to Action Programme; Implementation of NICE guidance on behaviour change in support of ‘making every contact count’ and Transforming Primary Care Programme 

Helen Donovan


Professional Lead:Helen Donovan


Helen Donovan RCN Professional Lead for Public health, supports the RCN public health and diabetes forums, she has a wide sphere of influence; supporting members, promoting professional networks and sharing good practice. 

The professional lead role is across the UK and involves providing evidence for policy makers, commissioners and providers, influencing policy development.

Helen’s work particularly involves supporting nurses working in a variety of specialist public health roles but also the wider nursing workforce to embrace their public health contribution. She also maintains a senior lecturer position at the University of Hertfordshire and lectures independently on vaccination and public health. She also has a role with North London STP and Barnet CCG in supporting nursing workforce.

Public Health Specialists and Expert Representatives support the forum

Debbie Brown, Advanced Clinical Practice in GPN

SEN, SRN, Dip HE Clinical Nursing Practice , BSC Hons Specialist Practice Nurse,  MSc  Advanced Clinical Practice in GPN, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director, NMP and Queens Nurse.

Debbie began her nursing career 39 years ago at a local general hospital in Lewisham, South London where she trained and worked for many years in a variety of departments and wards. After completing further training Debbie moved into Primary Care in 1997 where she continues to work to this present day. Throughout Debbie’s career she has continued to develop professionally and expand her management skills to become Nurse Consultant for Lewisham CCG in both a strategic and operational capacity. Debbie has recently been appointed as Clinical Director at Lewisham CCG. Debbie is the Editor in-chief for the Practice Nursing Journal. Debbie is also an active member of several lead nursing forums, including NHS England GPN 10 Point Plan London Board. Debbie was instrumental in setting up Lewisham Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Training Hub, and is the Clinical Director and was voted Inspirational Leader by her CEPN colleagues across South London.

Lynda Greenslade, Lead Nurse Specialist Practice in Hepatology

Lynda is a Liver Nurse at the Royal Free London and has been looking after patients with liver disease for over 30years. Lynda has mainly been involved with patients with all types of liver disease and manage our viral hepatitis nurses. Liver disease has increased massively over the last 10 years with a huge burden in what are wholly preventable cause of alcohol, obesity and hepatitis B and C. Lynda has worked with the RCN Gastroenterology Forum and is a member of the British Liver Nurses Association, as well as a founding member of the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease Nurses Taskforce, all of which aim to raise awareness of liver disease for nurses, patients and the wider social impact of liver disease.   

Dr Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Dr Michelle Howarth is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Salford and Deputy Director for PGR. Michelle has a specialist interest in social prescribing and the use of nature based, person centred approaches to promote health and wellbeing. Michelle leads the National Social Prescribing Network Special Interest Group for Nursing through which she is actively campaigning to raise awareness of social prescribing amongst nurses through research, curriculum development and placement opportunities.
Linda Mages

Linda Mages

Recently retired, Linda gained her SRN in 1983 and RHV in 1990. From 2005, Linda worked for a number of UK Universities teaching public health to pre and post registration nursing students. This included leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and Public Health. Linda's research interests span pedagogy, public health and research methods. The latter includes participative design, development of peer researchers, and creative methods that enable engagement of participants who are hard to reach. Linda's doctorate was conferred in 2012.

Nicky Lambert, Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning in Mental Health and Social Work

Nicky is an Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning in Mental Health and Social Work. She has worked across a range of mental health services both in the UK and internationally, supporting staff and practice development in acute and mental health trusts, councils, businesses and charities. Nicky is a Trustee for West Hampstead Women's centre and is on Twitter as @niadla. She is keen that people with an interest in mental health and public health engage together as a community to support good practice and challenge discrimination. She has teaching and research interests in women's health, physical and mental health, co-production, social media, arts and health, public health and nurse education. 

Jan Sinclair, Senior Healthcare Public Health Nurse, and PHE National Nurse Lead Clinical Champion Programme

Jan has spent over four decades in her nursing career and continues to be passionate for promoting physical activity amongst her nursing peers, as well as other healthcare professionals. Jan has organised a variety of group sessions, challenges and teams over the years encouraging them to be more active.

Jan's current public health roles in the NHS and PHE enable her to have an even more expanded impact on workforce health, which is now being identified as a key focus for many healthcare providers and with so many resources available to support this, it is hoped that our nursing and healthcare population will be role models for good health and ultimately be able to effect positive lifestyle change in their inactive patients in particular.

Sharon White OBE, CEO of the School and Public Health Nurses Association

Sharon established the School and Public Health Nurses Association (, a charitable Professional Organisation 14 years ago.

Sharon has worked in both the NHS and Independent sector for nearly 40 years, most of this spent working in the community as a midwife, health visitor and school nurse from operational to director level. She also worked as a designated safeguarding lead/looked after children and young people. Both her NHS and Independent works have involved her in UK and global policy, guidance and research. Sharon has contributed to such policies as the Department of Health Healthy Child Programme, child related NICE guidance, Public Health England and NHS England 0-19 guidance/products, and served on editorial boards for the Journal of School and Public Health Nursing and the British Journal of School Nursing. She is also a published author.

Sharon has conducted a number of service reviews in both the state and independent sector and is involved in developing and reviewing 0-19 (24) services, service specifications, procurement processes and tender development/submissions. She is an established child protection and clinical supervisor and safeguarding expert advisor. She has conducted NHSE Serious case reviews and develops and delivers safeguarding leadership training commissioned by NHS England.

Gill Boast, GPN Lead and Facilitator in East Staffordshire and a Senior Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton 

Gill is a Queen's Nurse and has worked in General Practice since 1998. Prior to becoming a GPN she was previously a School Nurse, a Trauma Ward Sister and a Staff Nurse in A&E and General Surgery. Gill now teaches with the Community Nursing team on the V300 prescribing, health assessment, fundamentals and specialist practice GPN courses. Gill is the GPN Lead for East Staffordshire CCG and is also a Facilitator with the Staffordshire training hub, supporting GPNs within their clinical roles. She is currently representing GPNs on the Cardiovascular Disease Systems Leaders Forum and is also a volunteer on the Twitter group WeGPNs.

Simon Browes, Nurse Consultant, Programme Director at Nottinghamshire Alliance of Training Hubs. Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences                                                                                                           

Simon is a consultant nurse and senior manager with a strong and diverse professional background in primary and community health, clinical-academic partnerships and the leadership and development of people and organisations.

Simon served as Chair of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee from 2018 - 2019. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (New Zealand), alumnus of the world-leading NHS Graduate Scheme and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences.  

Simon is passionate about evidence-based policy and practice, with a track record of innovation and transformational leadership within organisations and across systems at a local, regional and national level. He is currently studying for a Doctorate of Practice with research interests in advanced practice and clinical decision-making.

Philomene Uwamaliya, Senior Lecturer at Nursing and Allied Health

Philomene is Project Lead for the Resource Hub for Professionals who support Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Populations & Humanitarian Champions Programme for Asylum Seekers, Migrant Populations. Mental Health First Aid Instructor & Suicide Prevention Trainer.

Philomène is a registered mental health nurse since 2006 and holds an MSc in Public Health (International Development) and currently pursuing a PhD via published work.  She has 5 years experience of working in primary care and public health with specific programmes aimed at increasing life expectancy and promoting health and wellbeing for Asylum seekers, Refugees and Migrant populations. Since 2011 Philomène has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool John Moores University in the school of Nursing and Allied Health. 

She is a recipient of various awards including the prestigious Mary Seacole Leadership Award (2016) which enabled her to develop the Online Resource Hub for professionals caring for asylum seekers and refugees. Her other awards include the Black History Month Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing (2018) and the Vice Chancellor Rising Star Award and Staff Citizenship Award from Liverpool John Moores University (2014).   

Philomène is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and a Member of the Society for Social Medicine, European Public Health Association, The Expert Consortium on Refugee and Migrant Health.  She proactively uses these memberships to network, collaborate, enhance her knowledge and skills and lobby policy change.

Ellie Gordon, Deputy Programme Manager - Mental Health at Health Education England

Ellie is a mental health nurse and her area of clinical speciality is addictions. This includes prescribing and psycho social interventions, and Dual Diagnosis. 

Stephen Flanagan,  Senior Health Protection Practitioner - Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Team, Public Health England North West

Stephen is an established nurse and public health professional with 17 years’ experience of licensed practice. He has worked in a number of specialist areas, most recently public health (health protection) and humanitarian aid.

He is accomplished in the delivery of health protection practice and currently leads the acute response service for Public Health England in Cheshire and Merseyside, managing a team providing day-to-day health protection specialist advice. The prevention and control of communicable disease and non-environmental hazards is a core function of this service.

Academically, he has completed a MSc in global public health and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to this he completed a BSc in health protection. Stephen is a visiting lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, teaching on the Diploma and Tropical Nursing course.

He is a public health forum member of the Royal College of Nursing (UK) and has full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

Areas of interest and specialist knowledge:

  • Controlling the spread of TB -
  • Cholera control and case management -
  • Universal access to healthcare for vulnerable groups -
  • Healthcare and human migration -
  • Training and workforce development 

Page last updated - 21/10/2019