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Chair Emeritus of the Bevan Commission

Previously he was the first Chair of Public Health Wales, responsible for the delivery of public health services at national, local and community level in Wales. He was Chair of the Wales Centre for Health, an Assembly Government Sponsored Body established to be the ‘hub of connected organisations’ and to communicate better health messages to the people of Wales.

He is a former Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University which offered a unique opportunity to extend knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Formerly, he was Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director and Chief Scientist at the Department for Work and Pensions. He is currently Professor of Prudent Health and Wellbeing at Swansea University and Professor and Hon Fellow at Cardiff University. In 2019 he was made an Honorary Freeman of Merthyr Tydfil, his home town.

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB was made a Companion of the Bath in 2002 and knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2010 for services to health and healthcare.