Dr Claire Bayntun


Assistant Professor
Clinical Consultant in Global Public Health; Head of Capacity Development for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team; and previous Director of Global Leadership Programmes

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

Claire is a medical doctor specialising in the field of Global Public Health, while continuing to clinically practice in Health Protection. She participated in the Ebola crisis in West Africa, supporting the development of services on the ground, reporting for the UN High Level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises, and evaluating the response of Medecins sans Frontieres in Sierra Leone.

Previously, Claire worked as a regional NGO Manager in West Africa, as a Management Consultant for the third sector and with WHO Collaborating Centres as an Academic Clinical Fellow, with a focus on health system strengthening and crises management.

Claire has qualifications in Psychology (BSc University of York), the Political Economy of Development, Conflict and Human Rights (MSc School of Oriental & African Studies, London), as an international photojournalist (PostGrad Diploma, University of London Arts), in addition to Public Health (MPH, Imperial College, and professional qualifications from the Faculty of Public Health), Medicine and Surgery (MBBS University of London).

Having completed the Chartered Institute of Management's training Certificate at Level 4, Claire has progressed to complete studies with the Institute of Leadership & Management, Executive Level 7. She is a trained mentor, accredited Executive Coach (ILM Level 7) and accredited Assessor and Facilitator for Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0).

Claire is an Examiner for the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes, and is Trustee and Vice President of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


Claire was the Director of the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership at LSHTM.

She has previously lectured at Imperial College, as Global Health lead for the MPH. 

Claire is an Examiner for the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes and Senior Council member of the Conflict and Catastrophe Forum. She is a member of the Education Committee and Trustee of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Claire is committed to supporting colleagues within and outside of LSHTM, as a designated Role Model for Women in Higher Education for the Aurora Leadership Programme (The Leadership Foundation).

For more information, see the Women Leaders Insight Series.


Claire has a long term interest in health in humanitarian crises. Claire has written for the Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine Practitioners Handbook (textbook for the Diploma for the Medical Care of Catastrophes), and served as President of the Catastrophes and Conflict Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). 

As part of her commitment to building resilient health systems, Claire is working with PHE to help strengthen African National Public Health Institutes, while exploring the impact of Leadership in health crises in her research.

  • Bayntun, C. (2016) Global Coordination for Research and Development (R&D) in outbreaks and emergencies. Round Table - Centre on Global Health Security, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
  • Bayntun, C. (2016) The use of PH surveillance data and knowledge; Global Public Goods for Health? Report for the Centre on Global Health Security, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
  • Bayntun, C. (2015) Profiles of successful responses to Ebola – Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. Report for the UN High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises.
  • Bayntun C, Houlihan C, Edmunds J. (2014) Ebola crisis: beliefs and behaviours warrant urgent attention, Lancet 2014 Oct 18; 384 (9952).
  • Bayntun, C. (2014) The role of health system levers in response, recovery and rebuilding to protect population health, in Third Edition of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine: A practical Guide, Ed Ryan, J. et al.
  • Bayntun C, Begley C, Milton T. (2013) Severe weather planning, in Royal Borough of Kingston Public Health Annual Report 2013, 213-217.
  • Bayntun C. (2012) A health system approach to all-hazards disaster management: A systematic review. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012 Aug 22.
  • Bayntun C, Rockenschaub G, Murray V. (2012) Developing a health system approach to disaster management: A qualitative analysis of the core literature to complement the WHO Toolkit for assessing health-system capacity for crisis management. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012 Aug 22.
  • Wright C, Bayntun C, Finlay S, McCloskey B, Murray V, Osman A, Rockenschaub G, Simpson J, Soomaroo L, Stanke C.  (2012) Assessment of health-system crisis preparedness: England - December 2011, World Health Organization Report.
  • Bayntun, C. (2012) Health Information and Climate Change: Getting the message across. Health Protection Agency Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, Issue 21:44.
  • Bayntun, C. (2005) What are we capable of? The Motivations of Perpetrators in South Africa during the Apartheid Era, Journal of Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 21(1): 3-18.    
  • Bayntun, C. (2004) Learning Medical Ethics - Innovative Teaching Methods, Bulletin of Medical Ethics.