Professor Jonathan Van-Tam
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, has been appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England by the Department of Health. Professor Van-Tam is a globally-recognised expert on the ‘flu virus and other respiratory viruses including epidemiology, transmission and vaccines. He was born and bred on the Lincolnshire Fens, attending Boston Grammar School. From 2004 he has been an advisor to the World Health Organization on preparations for pandemics and response to outbreaks and from 2010 was leader of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Pandemic Influenza and Research based at the University of Nottingham.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officers are senior public health leaders who support the Chief Medical Officer – the most senior advisor on health and medicine to the government. The announcement of Professor Van-Tam’s appointment was made by the current Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, who said: “I would like to congratulate Professor Van-Tam on his appointment. His track record speaks for itself; he will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the role and I look forward to working closely with him.”
I played over 550 games in all competitions playing in all four divisions for Grimsby Town, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic,Southampton, Bolton Wanderers, Carlisle United and Exeter City. I achieved 4 promotions, 2 from League One and 2 from the Championship to the Premier League. I also hold the record for the fastest post war FA Cup hat trick and Crystal Palace's fastest ever hat trick.
Thanks to my PE teachers as football was and still is a big part of my life... I still remember the day I arrived, really nervous to try and make the year 7 football team!!! Never dreamt it would have turned out as it did!! Thanks to everyone at BGS great memories!!
BGS gave me a great platform both in education and the PE department to fulfil my career in football... ”
Sports Journalist at the Daily Mail
I work as a sports journalist for the Daily Mail newspaper. My job involves reporting on Premier League football matches, interviewing elite sports stars and breaking news stories. I've been fortunate to travel all over the world watching and writing about sport and have interviewed the likes of Serena Williams, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Alastair Cook, Sir Ian Botham, Alistair Brownlee and Louis van Gaal. Journalism is a fast-paced industry where no two days are ever the same - and that's precisely why I love it so much!”
I feel incredibly lucky to have attended a school as excellent as Boston Grammar and was fortunate to be guided by some top class teachers. When I decided at the age of 13 or 14 that a career in sports journalism was for me, I was encouraged every step of the way. It was also an honour to serve the school as Head Boy during Sixth Form. Floreat Bostona!”
I was also lucky to have the country's oldest school newspaper, the Grammar Gazette, to hone my skills on.”