Our Trustees

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Our Trustees

David Whitney

UK-Med Chair

After spending the last fifty years as a leader across the public, university and not-for-profit health sectors, David brings a wealth of experience to the role, along with an understanding of the importance of our work.

For 11 years, David was Chief Executive of the Central Sheffield University acute hospitals. He has held many Trustee positions, including, for six years, being a Trustee for the Royal College of Surgeons, England, where he led a review of their national structure and services.

He is currently the chair of DHU: a Social Enterprise organisation providing 111 and Urgent and Emergency Care services across parts of England.

Cathryn Nerys Rhiannon Turton

Vice Chair

Cate has over 20 years experience delivering humanitarian and development programs in Africa, including leading the UK’s response to the 2011 Horn of Africa food security crisis and cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique. She has driven reforms in humanitarian response towards community-led cash-based responses and focused on protecting primary healthcare services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cate was honoured with an OBE in 2021 for her exceptional service to humanitarian work in Africa.

Harpreet Kohli

Harpreet retired as Director of Public Health in NHS Lanarkshire in 2017. Following GP vocational training, he trained in public health in Glasgow. He worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Lanarkshire from 1990 to 2001 focusing on screening programmes, alcohol and drug misuse services, and partnership working with local authorities.

He spent seven years as Medical Advisor in the Health Technology Board for Scotland (HTBS) and its successor body, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS). Harpreet returned to NHS Lanarkshire in 2008 as Director of Public Health and Health Policy including responsibility for information governance, resilience (emergency planning and business continuity), and leading the public health department. He is a member of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP).

He enjoys playing tennis and golf, watching Celtic FC, and walking the dog.

Jenny Appleton

Jenny is the Tribunal Judge assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health, and is also the Legally Qualified Chair for the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service – a post she has held since 2019.

Prior to these roles, she was a Magistrates’ Court Legal Adviser for 17 years, advising the judiciary in adult and youth criminal courts, and family proceedings. She holds an LLB in Law, a Bar Vocational Diploma (barrister qualification) and the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Qualification (cross-qualification to become a solicitor).

Orla Fee

Orla is Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ActionAid UK. Previously she was Head of Corporate Communications at the Royal College of Physicians.

Orla has fifteen years’ experience in strategic communications across healthcare, human rights and international development. She holds an LLM in Human Rights, Emergency Law and Discrimination from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Larissa Fast

Professor Larissa Fast is a scholar working at the intersection of the worlds of academia, policy, and practice. Larissa has worked for both government and non-government agencies as a project manager, consultant, and analyst, and provided training to individuals and organizations in peacebuilding and conflict analysis.

Prior to her current position at University of Manchester, she was a Senior Research Fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group, a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar (2016-2017), and an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2014-2016) at USAID’s Global Development Lab. 

Dr Imogen Freya Dawn Stephens

Imogen graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1983 and trained in both obstetrics/gynaecology and public health in the West of Scotland.  She has worked in a wide range of public health and women’s health roles in Primary Care Trusts, NHS Boards and organisations, regional and national government and the charity sector across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Between 2014 and 2019, Imogen served as Deputy Medical Director for Public Health England, during which time she was seconded to Marie Stopes UK as a medical director leading its clinical turnaround process.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Imogen returned to work for Public Health England, as a Senior Medical Advisor and Co-Chair of the guidance cell for the national pandemic response team.