World Healthy Life week biographies

Prof Bernard Cheung(1)

Professor Bernard Cheung, Sun Chieh Yeh Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Bernard Cheung graduated from the University of Cambridge. He was a British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge before taking up lectureships in Sheffield and Hong Kong. In 2007-2009, he held the chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Birmingham. He heads the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician of Queen Mary Hospital and the Medical Director of the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Centre. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Postgraduate Medical Journal. Prof Cheung’s main research interest is in cardiovascular diseases and risk factors, including hypertension and the metabolic syndrome.

Dr Tom Cohen, Senior Lecturer
Active Travel Academy, University of Westminster

Tom Cohen joined University of Westminster in January 2020 as Senior Lecturer. His work is divided between the Active Travel Academy and the MSc in Transport Planning and Management. He was previously teaching and researching at UCL, working on a range of themes including transport futures (including automated vehicles), transport/mobility justice, and transport policy. Prior to entering the academic community, he spent ten years as a transport consultant with Steer Davies Gleave (now Steer).

At the heart of hisresearch interests is policy: why do we have the transport policies we have? He is especially interested in the active-travel aspects of this question as well as the aspect of justice. He actively researches ways of improving transport policy by providing clearer and more balanced analysis and better decision-support tools. He is also very interested in behaviour change in transport, both that which occurs naturally and that which is deliberately promoted.

Ali Crewe-Smith, Chartered Physiotherapist
Impact Physiotherapy + Sports Injury Clinics, Warwickshire, UK

Ali Crewe-Smith is a Senior Physiotherapist in the UK National Health Service and has a specialist interest in rehabilitation and health promotion. She leads the education and exercise groups for osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, and is especially interested in the lower limb. Her other job within the NHS is leading a project to support newly qualified staff entering the NHS involving mentoring and coaching.

She has always been involved in sports, whether playing, competing, or supporting it in a medical capacity. She also teaches exercises classes at her local gym. She has volunteered at many national events including the British Transplant Games, The UK School Games and is a member of the Physiotherapy volunteer team at the London Marathon.

Adrian Davis FFPH
Professor of Transport and Health, Edinburgh Napier University

Adrian Davis is an expert in transport and health. He trained in Public Health. His early research considered decline in children’s independent mobility (Hillman hypothesis) and in 1997 he wrote the first report on Road Transport and health globally for the British Medical Assocation. More recent work includes understanding of health impacts of transport, funded by the DfT New Horizons programme for the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster. From 2008-2018 he was Bristol City Council Public Health Evidence Advisor where he designed a city-wide 20mph programme as a public health intervention started translational research summaries of road transport topics and designed a Lifecourse workstream for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for West of England highway authorities.

Wendy French is a poet and professional tutor in the field of health, working mainly with community organisations and charities. Her programmes are tailored to the varying needs of participants and the organisations commissioning the work. She led the Cardiovascular Research Trust’s initiative for engaging school children in heart health through poetry. This resulted in the collection Love your Heart (Hippocrates Press 2013) with contributions from 23 schools across England, jointly edited by poet Rebecca Goss. Wendy French won the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine NHS prize in 2010 and was awarded second prize in 2011. Her collaboration with Jane Kirwan resulted in the book Born in the NHS (Hippocrates Press 2013). She has worked for the past twenty years with children and adults with mental health problems and was head of the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School. She left this post to concentrate on working with people with aphasia/dysphasia helping them to recover their use of language through poetry.  She was Poet in Residence at the Macmillan Centre UCLH from April 2014-2015. Her collection Thinks Itself a Hawk (Hippocrates Press 2016) grew out of a residency with the MacMillan Cancer Centre. Her most recent collection Bread without Butter (Rockingham Press) was published in September 2020. Current projects include workshops with adults suffering with aphasia and dysphasia; recent projects focused on children with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

Michael Hulse
Poet, translator and critic

Michael Hulse has won numerous awards for his poetry, and has earned the praise of Gwyneth Lewis,Simon Armitage, C. K. Stead, the late Peter Porter and many others. His 2013 collection Half-Lifewas chosen as a Book of the Year in the Australian Book Review, where John Kinsella described it as “brilliant”, “devastatingly disturbing” and “technically perfect”. Reading tours have taken him to the US, Canada and Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand, and many parts of Europe. He has been a judge of the Günter Grass Foundation’s Albatross Prize, a literary award similar to Britain’s Man Booker International, and, with J. M. Coetzee and Susanna Moore, served as an ambassador for Adelaide Writers’ Week. He co-founded the annual international Hippocrates Prize, now in its 12th year, for a poem on a medical subject, annual international symposia on poetry and medicine, and the current Poems to Live for webinar series. The annual symposia have been held twice in the USA (Harvard Medical School – 2017; Northwestern University and The Poetry Foundation, Chicago – 2018); and in the UK in London (Medical Society of London, Royal Society of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust building), at the University of Warwick, and at the Centre for Life in Newcastle in 2019.  In 2011 the Hippocrates initiative took the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. 

Until his retirement in December 2020, Michael Hulse taught poetry and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He was brought up in Stoke-on-Trent and studied German at the University of St Andrews. From 1977 he taught in Germany at the universities of Erlangen, Eichstätt and Cologne, and from 1986 until 2002 he worked on documentary and current affairs programmes for Deutsche Welle television in Cologne. In the same period he also worked in publishing, as translator and consultant for Taschen and as editor of two series for Könemann, before returning to England in 2002. 

Michael Hulse’s books of poetry include Knowing and Forgetting (1981), Propaganda (1985), Eating Strawberries in the Necropolis (1991), Mother of Battles (1991), Empires and Holy Lands (2002), The Secret History (2009) and Half-Life (2013). He has won the National Poetry Competition, is the only poet to have won the Bridport Poetry Prize twice, and received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991. He co-edited the best-selling Bloodaxe poetry anthology, The New Poetry (1993), ran Leviathan poetry press, and has edited the literary magazines StandLeviathan Quarterly and The Warwick Review. His best-selling anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry (co-edited with Simon Rae, 2011) was described by The Guardian as “magnificent”. 

Michael has also translated more than sixty books from the German, including titles by Goethe, Rilke, Jakob Wassermann, Alfred Andersch, W. G. Sebald, and Nobel Laureates Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller. His translations have been shortlisted for every major translation award, including the PEN Translation Prize (US), the Aristeion Translation Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize. 

Mrs Scarlett McNally
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Eastbourne District General Hospital, UK

Mrs Scarlett McNally BSc MB BChir FRCS(Tr&Orth) MA MBA FAcadMEd since 2002 been a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at Eastbourne District General Hospital where she is Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care. She was a Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2011-21), the ninth woman ever elected and led on an educational initiatives, avoiding unconscious bias, preventing bullying, valuing individuals, promoting sustainability and reducing health inequalities. She has an MA in Clinical Education and MBA in Health Service management.
She led the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ 2015 report ‘Exercise the miracle cure’ highlighting exercise as neglected for prevention and treatment. Exercise reduces dementia 30% and breast cancer 25% and halves surgical complications. Her 2017 BMJ paper (with 5 co-authors) showed that individuals can ‘drop a decade’ in ill-health and that £Billions in social care costs could be saved by adjusting environments and culture/expectations. In 2017, she won awards for developing excellent NHS Band 3 ‘Doctors’ Assistants’  to free up doctors for training. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care, getting pathways better for patients.

On the health commission for swimming and Public Health England’s steering group educating health professionals in exercise as treatment, she is a qualified Karate instructor (4th Dan Black belt).  She has returned to operating part-time, living with myeloma and cardiac amyloidosis, and valuing every moment especially getting out on her electric-cycle. Some papers are on with more on google. Twitter @scarlettmcnally


Tanya Potiyenko is a Chartered Accountant working in the FinTech sector with more than 12 years of experience in consultancy, internal finance, process improvements and complex accounting transactions.
From a young age, she has been involved in sports, particularly long-distance running. She has competed in 100k and 50k ultra-marathons, 4 marathons, and more than half a dozen half marathons. She is passionate about healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and wellness.

Kieran Seale
Director of management consultancy, Verita,

Kieran Seale is a director of the management consultancy Verita which specialises in carrying out investigations in the NHS, charities and the private sector. Kieran has a varied background. He initially worked as a transport planner for London Transport, local councils and in consultancy. He was called to the Bar in 2003 and after time as a company secretary in a private company, he moved into governance roles in the NHS. Kieran’s current role involves leading investigations into serious incidents and governance issues. He has led investigations into the death of a nurse for Imperial NHS trust and into safeguarding issues in the Green Party.
He is particularly interested in the interface between health and transport policies in areas such as public health and sustainable transport.


Professor Donald Singer, Physician and Pharmacologist
Chair of healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, London, UK

Donald Singer is is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. He trained  in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College at Harefield and Warwick Medical School. He has also worked as a clinical pharmacologist for Yale School of Medicine within  US-AID and CDC-supported programmes in Rwanda.  @HealthMed

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