Appointments have been made to the posts of Lead Consultant for Health Protection and Head of Operations for Health Protection and Microbiology.

Dr Ananda Giri Shankar has been appointed Lead Consultant for Health Protection, joining Public Health Wales from Public Health England where he was Interim Deputy Director of Health Protection for the Public Health England East of England Centre.

After training in Bangalore, India, Giri moved to the UK to complete his public health training. His lead areas include emergency preparedness, tuberculosis, research & development and field epidemiology training programme.

He is also an honorary lecturer in public health at University of East Anglia where he is involved actively in teaching and training of medical students.

Commenting on his appointment, Giri said, ‘I am delighted to be joining Public Health Wales into this role which is challenging yet exciting. I look forward to meeting with most of you in the near future.’

Giri joins Public Health Wales on 5th September.

Having also joined Public Health Wales is Ewan Cameron who started as Head of Operations for Microbiology and Health Protection on 1st June.

Ewan joins following a 20-year career in the British Army with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Ewan is a Public Health Specialist and Health Services Manager having delivered primary to secondary care services at home and abroad, including a period with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Unit.

Ewan said, ‘I am very much looking forward to joining the Public Health Wales family with a particular interest in meeting and learning from the whole of the Microbiology and Health Protection teams.

‘I am clear that our strength is our people and the quality service they provide.’

When all are in post, both Ewan and Giri will be reporting to Andrew Jones, the newly appointed Deputy Director of Public Health Services, and working closely with the rest of the senior management team of Public Health Services Directorate.

Dr Quentin Sandifer, Executive Director of Public Health Services said, ‘I am very excited to be sharing these appointments with you all.

‘Both Giri and Ewan bring a wealth of knowledge and very different experiences and backgrounds to Public Health Wales in their respective fields.

‘I welcome them to Public Health Wales and look forward to staff having the opportunity to meet them and work with them over the next few months.’