Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB is Chair of Public Health Wales – a NHS Trust responsible for the delivery of public health services at national, local and community level in Wales.
He is also Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University which offers to extend knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness, recovery, and rehabilitation. Sir Mansel is Professor of Public Health Education at Cardiff University. He is also Chair of the Bevan Commission, an independent expert group to oversee NHS reforms in Wales and to provide expert advice to the Minister for Health and Social Services.
In the 2010 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List he received a knighthood for services to health and healthcare. Previously he was made a Companion of the Bath in 2002. From 1996 to April 2005 he was Chief Medical Adviser, Medical Director and Chief Scientist to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions and Chief Medical Adviser and Head of Profession at the Veterans’ Agency, Ministry of Defence.
In 2012, he was appointed the first Ko Awatea Stephenson Visiting Chair at Counties Manukau District Health Board, New Zealand and Honorary Professor at Auckland University.
In 2016, he was elected to fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales.
He lives in Merthyr Tydfil, his home town, where, in 2013, he was made a Freeman of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough.