Director Of Public Health, Lincolnshire County Council
Derek Ward is the Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire. He took over the role in February 2018. Prior to this, Derek split his working time between an academic and senior NHS leadership role. Between 2015 and 2018, he led the newly established Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Derby as Head of Centre and Professor of Public Health for 3 days a week. During the other 2 days he provided professional public health advice and support into the 4 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Derbyshire.
Prior to taking up this joint role in 2015, Derek was the Director of Public Health for Derby City for 5 years. Derek has significant experience of national and regional policy work, having been a Consultant in Public Health and a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow and a Board Trustee of the Royal Society for Public Health and is the East Midlands Clinical Public Health Research Lead for the National Institute for Health Research.