Director of Public Health – £104,927

Steve Brown

Steve Brown BSc, DipHP, MPH, FFPH is Director of Public Health.

Role and responsibilities

As Director of Public Health, Steve has responsibility for Public Health Intelligence including the production of the Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Devon Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, commissioning health improvement services and ensuring the health of the Devon population is protected.

He is also a member of the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board.


Steve was appointed as Director of Public Health for Devon County Council in January 2021.

After completing his first degree in Sports Science and Leisure at De Montford University he joined the NHS in 1995 working as the Physical Activity Co-ordinator for the Health Promotion Agency which was part of South and West Devon Health Authority.

Steve completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and went on to undertake a Masters in Public Health at the University of the West of England. He took up the post as Public Health Lead of South Hams and West Devon Primary Care Group (PCG) in 2000.

In 2002 the PCG became a Primary Care Trust and during the next four years he worked as the Acting and then Interim Director of Public Health. With changes to the NHS and the merger of the previous six PCTs into a single Devon Primary Care Trust in 2006, he was appointed as Assistant Director of Public Health. He joined the UK Public Health Register in 2006 and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in the same year.

He transferred to Devon County Council on the 1 April 2013 as Assistant Director of Public Health, becoming Deputy Director of Public Health in 2016. Steve has recently completed an 18-month secondment to Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly as the Service Director of Wellbeing and Public Health until he returned to Devon in April 2020.

See the direct reports for Director for Public Health:

direct reports

Steve Brown’s direct reports are:

  • Tina Henry – Deputy Director of Public Health
  • Sarah Portch – Executive PA to Steve Brown and Tina Henry
  • Assistant Director of Public Health (position vacant)

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