Professor Carol Brayne


Joined June 2022

Carol Brayne CBE is a Professor of Public Health Medicine and Co-Director of Cambridge Public Health Interdisciplinary Centre at the University of Cambridge.  She is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. She holds leadership roles within the UK’s Faculty of Public Health (chairing its academic committee), and in the Royal College of Physicians (chairing its inequalities advisory committee, and is a special advisor to the President on inequalities). She is also a member of the National Council of Bioethics.

As the daughter of a farmer in Norfolk and a passionate naturalist mother, she has been a keen nature advocate with a longstanding awareness of the environmental challenges and the importance of the natural world.  The findings from the research she leads into brain health in populations have reinforced her awareness that human health and wellbeing across the lifecourse cannot be optimised without thriving communities, in which the functions of society are integrated to improve and sustain environments as well as reducing inequalities. She sees Natural Cambridgeshire’s role as being one of the key opportunities to support such integration and is delighted at the chance to contribute to its work as a Trustee through her experience of public health and research.