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Professor John Wilkinson

Associate Director (Health)

John has an extensive track record of public health experience in the NHS. As a former general practitioner, he has worked in a wide range of public health settings. His particular strengths are in the area of development, initiating new projects and acheiving results. He has also established a highly credible profile as a public health academic, focusing on the academic aspects of public health practice. He established one of the first public health observatories in England.

John trained as a medic in Edinburgh and subsequently trained as a GP in Scotland. He entered general practice in England, and shortly afterwards decided on a career in public health. He undertook public health training in the northern universities in England. He gained all the required academic and professional qualifications. In 2001 he also completed an MD in Cancer services for young people. He continues to undertake a full range of CPD in accordance with the professional standards required by the Faculty of Public Health.

In 2000 he was appointed as the first director of the northern and Yorkshire Public Health observatory. Over the twelve years, he had lead this organisation and its successor (the North East Public Health Observatory) he has grown the organisation with contracts in the region of £3M annually. He has been successful in winning bids to deliver the National Library for Public Health, the National Observatory for Learning Difficulties and various IT based projects.  His leadership style is both visionary and supportive.

In 2010, the role of cancer registry director and medical director was added to his portfolio. He has a long interest in cancer and has had a close association with cancer registries over the years in the 1990s he was the lead commissioner for cancer services in Yorkshire. He undertook an MD in child and adolescent cancer, which was a significant contributory factor in the hospital trusts in Leeds deciding to establish a teenage cancer unit. He also played an important role in the development of bone marrow transplant services in Yorkshire.

Completed higher training in General Practice (MRCGP) – 1981

Completed higher training in public health (FFPH) in 1987

Qualified in Medicine from Edinburgh University (MBChB) -1997

Gained higher degree from Edinburgh University (MD) in 2001

John has over 60 academic publications in peer-reviewed journals, these concentrate on the field of information and intelligence. In recognition of his academic contribution as well as holding substantive professorial post with Durham University for eight years, he is also visiting professor at Leeds and Teesside Universities.