St George’s, University of London’s Professor George Griffin has been appointed one of four new non-executive members of Public Health England’s (PHE) Advisory Board.

Professor Griffin joins another three new members on the seven-strong board of PHE, a new government organisation set up as the voice and expert service provider for national health. He was appointed by Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health.

The board members will be responsible for setting out PHE’s future strategy, and Professor Griffin, professor of infectious diseases and medicine at St George’s, will be its infection specialist.

One of Professor Griffin’s first priorities of his four-year membership of the board will be to undertake work on the relationship between healthcare providers and local authorities to improve vaccination policies and ensure they are effectively deployed in local communities.

PHE’s overall mission is to protect the nation’s health and wellbeing, and to tackle health inequalities so that benefits are delivered to the poorest in society first. Its other new PHE board members are: 

· Martin Hindle, chairman of The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and a non-executive director at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

· Derek Myers, joint chief executive at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

· Professor Richard Parish, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health and chairman of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I am delighted to announce these new appointments to the Public Health Advisory Board. Their combined expertise and experience in public health, local government, the NHS and the private sector will be invaluable to PHE.

“They all have extensive leadership experience in high-profile, complex organisations and, combined with their individual areas of expertise, this will enable them to contribute to the building of an efficient, effective and responsive public health system. This in turn will enhance PHE’s ability to help protect and improve the nation’s health.”

PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie and board chair Professor David Heymann also wamly welcomed Professor Griffin to the board, and have thanked him for his achievements so far in strategy development for the PHE.