Professor John Newton

Professor John Newton is Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England and Honorary Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Universities of Manchester and Exeter. As well as being an academic epidemiologist in the University of Oxford, he has been Director of Research and Development in two large teaching hospitals, the first Director and CEO of UK Biobank and a Regional Director of Public Health.

John has a long-standing interest in the use of knowledge to drive public health practice. He currently directs the information, intelligence and research functions of Public Health England and has responsibility for health improvement functions including screening, alcohol tobacco and drugs, diet and obesity and health equity. He has led England’s contribution to the Global Burden of Disease project and is Chairman of the WHO European Burden of Disease Network.