Benjamin Gray

Benjamin Gray

Email Benjamin Public Health Research Data Coordinator

Ben joined the Policy, Research and International Development Directorate in November 2014 in a dual position as Public Health Data Coordinator and Public Health Researcher. Ben has a number of responsibilities in his role, the main being the assistance with evaluation of programmes within other directorates of Public Health Wales whilst also actively pursuing research opportunities that are aligned to the strategic objectives of the organisation.

Prior to his appointment at Public Health Wales, Ben completed his PhD at Swansea University and studied the prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes at two workplaces and further examined the current risk prediction models for these conditions. For his thesis, Ben received the prize for ‘Best Doctorate in the Applied Sport, Technology, Exercise and Medicine Research Centre’.

Ben has presented at a number of conferences, both nationally and internationally including the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, ADA Scientific Sessions and most recently was awarded Early Career Research Star Runner Up at the HEPA Europe conference.

Recent Selected Publications

  1. Benjamin J Gray et al. (In Press) A non-exercise method to determine cardiorespiratory fitness identifies females predicted to be at ‘high risk’ of type 2 diabetes. Diab Vasc Dis Res.

  2. Benjamin J Gray et al. (2016) Cardiorespiratory fitness testing and cardiovascular disease risk in male steelworkers. Occup Med (Lond) DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqw131.

  3. Benjamin J Gray et al. (2016) A workplace-based risk assessment improves predicted lifetime cardiovascular disease risk in male steelworkers. Public Health 138:160-3.

  4. Benjamin J Gray et al. (2015) Cardiorespiratory fitness is a stronger indicator of cardiometabolic risk factors and risk prediction than self-reported physical activity levels. Diab Vasc Dis Res. 12:428-35. 

A full list of Ben’s research history and publications is available at

Research Interests

  • Health Benefits of Fitness/Physical Activity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Workplace Health