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Dr Ruth Hussey CB, OBE - Interim FSA Chair

Outlines the professional history of our Board Members and gives details of any business interests they may have in order to ensure transparency.
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Ruth Hussey

Ruth retired as Chief Medical Officer for Wales in 2016.

In that time, she supported policy on:

  • public health
  • quality and safety
  • primary care 
  • research and development 
  • health strategy with a focus on prudent health care

Born and brought up in north Wales, her career developed in England, initially training as a GP. She worked in academia, as Director of Public Health in Liverpool and then in strategic posts in north west England for the NHS and Department of Health. Prior to joining the Welsh Government, she was part of the Public Health Transition Team in the Department of Health, Whitehall.

Ruth recently Chaired a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and is now a Commissioner on the Lancet/LSE Commission on ‘The Future of the NHS’ and a member of the Liverpool Health Commission. 

She has been FSA Deputy Chair since 1 July 2020 and appointed as Interim Chair from 1 February 2021 for up to 3 months. She is also a member of the Health Inequalities Board, Public Health England and Advisory Board member for the NIHR, School of Public Health Research. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool and has awards from other Universities in England and Wales. She became a Governor of the Health Foundation in Feb 2018 and is a member of the Wales Centre for Public Policy Advisory Group. She is co-opted onto Ramblers Cymru, Welsh Council Exec Committee. Ruth is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Care Inspectorate for Wales and a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

An interest in tackling health inequalities and involving communities in their health and well-being has underpinned her work.

Personal Interests

  • Public Health professional on the GMC register
  • Farming - Brother is landowner in north Wales and has tenant farmers.
  • Aunt and cousins are farmers in north Wales
  • NHS - husband is a GP in Liverpool and teaches at University of Liverpool Medical School

Consultancies and/or direct employment

  • Lecturing and professional advisory services - ad hoc activities.
  • Advisory Board member, NIHR, School of Public Health Research
  • Member, Health Inequalities Board, Public Health England
  • Commissioner, LSE/Lancet Commission on ‘The Future of the NHS’
  • Advisory Group member, Wales Centre for Public Policy
  • Member, Programme Advisory Group, UK centre for research evidence in Social Care (ESRC and Health Foundation)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Group, ARC NENC, Newcastle
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Care Inspectorate Wales
  • Member, Liverpool Health Commission, Liverpool John Moores University

Fee-paid work

  • None at present
  • Previously - Health advice to one of Channel Islands and Chair, parliamentary review of health and social care in Wales
  • Project for the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency on health protection until end Dec 2020.


  •  Unit Trusts only

Clubs and other organisations

  • Liverpool College Foundation - Member
  • Ramblers Cymru - Member, Co-opted to Wales Exec committee
  • Harthill Allotment society
  • Informal collaboration with public health professionals (Harnessing Health network)
  • Member, BMA
  • Member, The Athenaeum

Other personal interests

  • None

Non-personal interests


  • Honorary Academic positions with a number of Universities (Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool, Swansea and Bangor)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and Faculty of Public Health

Indirect support

  • None


  • Governor, The Health Foundation
  • The Reader Organisation

Land and property

  • Brother is land owner in north Wales with tenant farmers
  • Aunt and cousins are farmers in north Wales 
  • Owns home in Liverpool

Other public appointments

  • Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

Other non-personal interests

  • None