Professor Emeritus John Catford is the Executive Director Academic and Medical of the Epworth HealthCare Group. He has specialist medical qualifications in paediatrics and public health. He has been a Professor of Public Health for thirty years and has held senior academic and health service management positions in Australia and the UK, and with the World Health Organisation. Professor Catford has held a number of board and director positions including with VicHealth, YSAS, National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Australia New Zealand Food Authority, and Windermere Foundation. He is currently the inaugural Chair of the Latrobe Health Assembly and is a Member of the Clinical Council of the Melbourne Primary Health Network.