When most people think of Glastonbury they think of the great standbys that make the festival what it is: mud, rain, legendary music performances and of course Michael Eavis’ very impressive beard. Who would suspect that behind the fields of …
Mark is currently Consultant for Global Health for Public Health England (PHE), UK. In this role he coordinates the international efforts of the PHE in establishing bilateral links with nation states and regional networks as well as responding to requests for public health assistance in response to public health emergencies and humanitarian crises.
Additionally Mark is a senior medical advisor within the PHE and still finds time to fulfil his role as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control in the SW of the UK. Prior to studying medicine and completing his communicable disease training Mark worked in virology and microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he gained a PhD in Arenavirology. He has extensive experience of disease control and incident management both locally and further afield, having worked during outbreaks internationally including in Central America (dengue haemorrhagic fever, measles, and cholera), Africa (Lassa, SARS, post-conflict) and Asia (SARS, H5N1, and flooding response).
Mark has worked with the World Health Organisation for a number of years, since leading the WHO clinical response to SARS, in issues relating to dangerous pathogens, disaster preparation and response, and risk communication. He currently sits on the Virtual Interdisciplinary group (VIAG) for mass gatherings, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Group (GOARN) steering committee, the Thematic platform for Disaster risk management for health and as an observer in the Global Health Cluster. In addition he is a deputy director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Extreme Events.
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