Dr Ruth Hussey

Last updated:
26 July 2016
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FSA Board Member for Wales and chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee

Ruth retired as Chief Medical Officer for Wales in 2016 after nearly 4 years in the post. In that time, she supported policy on public health, quality and safety, primary care, research and development and health strategy with a particular focus on prudent health care.

Born and brought up in north Wales, her career developed in England, initially training as a GP; working 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 Welsh Government, she was part of the Public Health Transition Team in the Department of Health, Whitehall.

An interest in tackling health inequalities and involving communities in their health and wellbeing has underpinned her work.

Paid employment, office or profession

  • Public Health professional - I am on the GMC register.
  • Farming - Brother is landowner in north Wales and has tenant farmers. Aunt and cousins are farmers in north Wales.
  • NHS - Brother is Chair of Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board, north Wales and husband is a GP in Liverpool.

Directorships, whether paid or not


Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit

  • Lecturing, professional advisory services Honorary positions with a number of Universities – Ad hoc activities.
  • Health advice to one of channel islands
  • Chair, parliamentary review of health and social care in Wales

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations

  • Liverpool College Foundation – Member
  • Ramblers Cymru - Member and President north Wales area
  • Harthill Allotment society
  • Informal collaboration with other public health professionals (Harnessing Health network)

Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares

  • Unit Trusts only - Small number of shares