Christine McCartney

Christine is a graduate of Glasgow University with a BSc Honours and a PhD in medical microbiology. After a Wellcome Foundation Research Fellowship, she was appointed to a lecturer post in the medical school at Glasgow University. In the mid-1990s she moved to a senior role in the Public Health Laboratory Service at Colindale, eventually becoming Deputy Director for Microbiology Services. In September 2006, she became Executive Director of the HPA Regional Microbiology Network and in 2010 she was then appointed as Executive Director for HPA Microbiology Services, a newly established division of the HPA that encompasses the microbiology services delivered from Porton, Colindale and the eight Regional Laboratories.

In October 2012, Christine moved to the position of Senior Advisor on Microbiology Services to Duncan Selbie, CEO Public Health England (PHE), the HPA being one of the sender organisations transferring into PHE (with effect from April 2013). Since 1st October 2013, Christine has undertaken the role of PHE Director of Microbiology Services, with a seat of the PHE National Executive.

From 2007 to 2011, she was Executive Lead for the HPA Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance Programme and is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for the HCAI Data Capture System Project, working alongside colleagues from the Department of Health.

In 2007 in the New Year’s Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to Public Health.

Christine is the Interim Head of Science and Engineering Profession (HOSEP) for PHE pending a substantive appointment.

She is also co-author of a textbook “Notes on Medical Microbiology”.