IPS Speaker Sir Jonathan Van Tam

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE

Born and educated in Lincolnshire and trained as a physician in Nottingham. Jonathan has a specialist academic interest in respiratory virus pandemics and is the Professor of Health Protection at the University of Nottingham.

His career has taken him to academia, Public Health England, the World Health Organization, and the vaccine industry. Jonathan was seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care in 2017 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

He has played a key role in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the acquisition and rollout of vaccines. He has reluctantly acquired public recognition for his direct and no-nonsense communication style at the podium of No.10 Downing Street.