Dr Bill Kirkup was appointed a consultant in 1986 and held posts in public health and at Newcastle University before moving into NHS management with the former Northern Regional Health Authority.

Dr Bill Kirkup, CBE
Dr Bill Kirkup, CBE

In 1999, he was appointed Regional Director of Public Health and in 2005 became Associate Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health. Bill has also worked on public health and reconstruction in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and was made a CBE in 2008.