The LEPH Oration is a hallmark of the LEPH conference series to inspire and unite global communities to work together to improve public safety, enhance community wellbeing, and safeguard the publics health. 

The LEPH2019 Oration will be given by Professor Sir Harry Burns FRSE, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde. Read more about Sir Harry Burns below:

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine in 1974 from Glasgow University. In 1984, he was appointed Consultant Surgeon in the University Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. Many of his patients lived in the east end of Glasgow and it was this insight to the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status, illness and recovery that began his lifelong focus: to reduce health inequalities. In 1990, following completion of an MSc Public Health, he was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Infirmary.

In 1994, he was appointed Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board and in 2005 he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.  He was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2011 and in 2014, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him with a lifetime achievement award from the Scottish Government in recognition of his service to the public.

In April 2014 he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University. In addition to research publications and supervision of doctoral students, Sir Harry leads on a number of major, multi-agency projects and is Chair of the University’s Centre for Health Policy.  He is a regular invited keynote speaker to local, national and international events and to academic programmes.  Among many appointments, he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of Diabetes UK Board; Chair of the Wheatley Foundation; a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Impact Investment Advisory Committee and a member of the Health Foundation’s Sciana Programme for International Health Leaders.

In November 2017, the Scottish Government published Sir Harry’s report on an independent review of targets and indicators in Scotland’s NHS.

The annual LEPH Oration is the preeminent keynote address in the conference program. It addresses overarching themes and is delivered by a distinguished person from one of the seminal fields related to law enforcement and public health. Past Orators have been:

LEPH2018 – Toronto


Sir Michael Marmot




LEPH2016 – Amsterdam


Allan Rock




LEPH2014 – Amsterdam


Clifford Shearing


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