Dr Brian McCloskey

Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Health Programme


Dr Brian McCloskey was formerly the director of Global Health for Public Health England.

He has worked in public health at local, regional, national and international level over a period of 25 years, including the UK’s Health Protection Agency, with a remit for emergency planning and responsibility for cross government aspects of the agency’s response to major emergencies.

This included the HPA’s response to the London bombings, Buncefield Oil Depot fire, the Litvinenko polonium poisoning, flooding incidents and pandemic flu. He also had the lead role in planning the public health services for the 2012 London Olympics.

Brian has been working with WHO’s Mass Gatherings Advisory Group since 2008, heading up the Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings working with mass gatherings such as the Hajj, the World Cup in South Africa as well as the London Olympics and recently Rio and Tokyo. He has acted as public health advisor to the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission.

Brian acted as PHE’s national incident director for Ebola when it became a national incident in 2014 and was then seconded to work with the UN special envoy on Ebola, based in Geneva, until April 2015.

Brian was a member of WHO’s Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations in the Ebola Outbreak and Response (2015), the WHO Emergency Committee on Ebola in the DRC (2018/19), and the Technical Consultation on the IHR and PHEIC declarations (2019). He is an advisor to WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on the Health Security Interface.

Brian was awarded a CBE for services to public health in January 2013.

Past experience

2013-19 Director of Global Health, Public Health England
2008-13 Regional Director for London, Health Protection Agency
2012 - present Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security