WSPCR Leadership Team

Chris Butler
Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Cardiff University

General Practice

Chris Butler is Director of the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University and Dean of Research in the School of Medicine. He has two main research interests, common infections and the appropriate use of antibiotics, and health behaviour change. He trained in Medicine at the University of Cape Town and was awarded a doctorate from the University of Wales for a randomized controlled trial and qualitative research into health behaviour change and clinician-patient communication. He trained in Clinical Epidemiology at The University of Toronto and has held an appointment at McMaster University in Canada. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed papers and helped win more than 49 research grants, totalling over £44 million including grants from the MRC, Wellcome Foundation, EU, and Department of Health.


Prof Chris Butler

Joyce Kenkre
Professor of Primary Care, University of South Wales

Nursing and Midwifery

In October 2000, Joyce was appointed as Professor of Primary Care at the University of South Wales (formerly named University of Glamorgan). In 2005, she was seconded part-time to the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales in Welsh Assembly Government to take forward the research strategy for nursing, midwifery and health visiting. In 2006, Joyce was also seconded to CRC Cymru the new research infrastructure for Wales as Associate Director for Training for all professions and people wishing to be active in research. Also in 2006 she became a Director of MediWales an organisation bringing together academia, clinicians and the medical device industry.


Prof Joyce Kenkre

Ivor Chestnutt
Professor and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, Cardiff University 


Ivor Chestnutt is Professor and Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health. He qualified BDS from Edinburgh University in 1985 and worked in the Hospital Dental Service in Edinburgh and Dundee before being appointed a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in 1988. In 1990 he gained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, being awarded the Dean’s medal as the most distinguished candidate. In 1992 he completed his PhD on the cariogenic potential of oral microorgansims. In 1995 he was awarded a masters Degree in Public Health, again by the University of Glasgow.


Prof Ivor Chestnutt

Rachel North
Professor of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University


Rachel North has been a member of the academic staff in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences for 26 years and is Deputy Head of the School. Her main area of research is two of the major causes of blindness, diabetes mellitus and glaucoma using psychophysical, electrophysiological and digital imaging techniques. In particular the studies focus on the early detection of these sight threatening eye conditions and their management. Her academic qualifications include a BSc Hons in Ophthalmic Optics, MSc Occupational Safety and Hygiene and a PhD in Optometry and she is also a Fellow of the College of Optometrists.


Rachel North

Stephen Denyer
Professor of Pharmacy, Cardiff University.


Stephen Denyer Joined the staff of the Nottingham School of Pharmacy as Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiology. In 1991, he moved to Head the Department (now School) of Pharmacy at the University of Brighton as Professor of Pharmaceutical and Applied Microbiology. Professor Denyer departed from Brighton in 2003 and is now the Head of the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University. Professor Denyer was elected Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2000 and more recently received the Society’s 2003 Charter Gold Award for contributions to the profession. Stephen Denyer’s research interests are directed towards clinical application and include: microbial pathogenicity and medical device infection; microbial detection; antimicrobial systems; and the design of new biocompatible biomaterials for restorative surgery. 


Steohen Denyer

Robert van Deursen
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Cardiff University 


Robert obtained a BSc in Physiotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1981 and between 1982 and 1992 worked as a physiotherapist in various rehabilitation settings in the Netherlands, India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He studied at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Free University, Amsterdam for an MSc (cum laude) in Movement Science (1991-1994) and at the Center for Locomotion Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA (1994 – 1997) for a PhD in Biomechanics and Locomotion Studies. Robert joined the Department of Physiotherapy Education, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff in 1998 as Lecturer / Research Co-ordinator; established the Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology in 1999; and became Senior Lecturer in 2002. Appointed as Director of Physiotherapy in 2004 and became Chair of Research Strategy Committee, School of Healthcare Studies, in 2005.


Robert van Deursen