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Brian McCloskey

Brian McCloskey has worked in public health at local, regional, national and international level over a period of 25 years.

A director of public health in successive local health authorities in England from 1988 to 2002, Brian then worked as Deputy Regional Director of Public Health in the Regional Government Office, West Midlands, with an interest in health protection. In 2004 he joined the Health Protection Agency with a remit for emergency planning and responsibility for cross government aspects of the agency’s response to major emergencies. Brian was involved nationally in the HPA’s response to the London bombings in 2005, and the Buncefield Oil Depot fire in 2005, as well as flooding incidents in 2007, and pandemic flu in 2009.

In September 2008, Brian became Regional Director for the HPA in London where he had the lead role in planning for the 2012 London Olympics.
Brian has been working with WHO’s Mass Gatherings Advisory Group since 2008, helping develop their public health guidance and planning toolkit and is head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings working with mass gatherings such as the World Cup in South Africa as well as the London Olympics.

Brian took on the role of Director of Global Health for Public Health England in April 2013.

In the January 2013 New Year’s Honours List, Brian was awarded a CBE for services to public health and public safety.

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