Andrew Furber

Andrew Furber at Winsor Castle with OBE award

Andrew Furber is a man whose career journey has taken him from his early medical training to his current role as Regional Director of Public Health for North West England. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Andrew was drawn to medicine at an early age and after completing his medical degree, he trained as a General Practitioner.

However, his passion for international work led him to spend some time in India during his studies, where he gained a new appreciation for working abroad. After completing his training, Andrew took the opportunity to work in Nepal for seven years in various roles before returning to the UK to pursue a career in Public Health.

It was during his time in Nepal that Andrew first became interested in non-clinical interventions and their impact on public health. This interest was further nurtured during his studies at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), where he completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (1995).

Andrew chose to study at LSTM due to its international reputation, the variety of courses available, and his love for the city. During his time at LSTM, he was struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of the faculty, the diverse group of students, and the incredible city of Liverpool.

The knowledge and experience Andrew gained at LSTM provided him with a strong foundation for his career in Public Health, which has since included various roles and responsibilities. He served as President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK, and played a key role in the Covid-19 response in the North West of England.

Andrew's current role as Regional Director of Public Health for North West England includes working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities, as well as collaborating with the NHS to prevent disease and promote wellness.

His work has not gone unnoticed, as Andrew was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Jubilee Honours list for his services to Public Health. Throughout his career, Andrew has remained committed to the importance of non-clinical interventions in promoting health and wellness, and he credits his time at LSTM as a crucial part of his journey. For prospective students, he advises them to get to know their fellow students, as the diverse perspectives and experiences can provide invaluable learning opportunities.

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