Our People

We have a London-based office with colleagues all over the country, including Darlington, Cheshire, East Sussex and Wiltshire. We work with researchers in universities and organisations across the UK and Europe in an ESRC-funded research programme.

We’re a collaborative Centre, so please feel free to contact us.

Meet our teams

Professor Paul Allin

Chair of the Advisory Panel

Professor Paul Allin

Chair of the Advisory Panel

Visiting Professor in Statistics, Imperial College, Formerly Director of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme at the Office for National Statistics

Paul retired in 2012 from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) after a career as a professional statistician and researcher in a wide range of government economic and social policy departments, including those dealing with the labour market, health and safety, equal opportunities, the national economic accounts, and culture, media and sport.

He also managed several programmes and projects concerned with developments to statistical systems, including options for a population register and alternatives to a mid-decade census.

His final post was as director of the measuring national wellbeing programme in the ONS.

Paul has a BSc Hons in Mathematics and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Manchester and has been a Chartered Statistician since 1993.

Jenny Edwards

Advisory Panel

Jenny Edwards

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Jenny is former Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and has worked at Homelessness Link, Arts Council England, National Campaign for the Arts and Camden Council.

 

Deirdre McAliskey

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Deirdre McAliskey

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Assistant Director, Northern Ireland, National Children’s Bureau

As Assistant Director, Deirdre contributes to the management and strategic direction of NCB’s practice development work in Northern Ireland. She also manages NCB’s work on participation and engagement.

Prior to this role, Deidre was Programme Manager for BELONG NI – an inter-agency family support programme that promotes a sense of Belonging amongst Black Minority Ethnic (BME) children and young people in Northern Ireland. She’s also worked for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International.

Most recently at NCB, Deidre has lead on the transfer of knowledge and practice from the BELONG NI family support programme to its statutory partners in health and education. She also established the Incredible Years Co-ordination Project for Northern Ireland (IYNI) and facilitates the IYNI learning community for practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Deirdre represents Northern Ireland on the European Incredible Years Implementation Network.

Before moving into the children’s sector, Deidre worked in TV and theatre, both as an actor and writer of children’s programmes and plays.

Dr Louise Smith

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Dr Louise Smith

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Director of Public Health, Norfolk County Council

Professor Paul Montgomery

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Professor Paul Montgomery

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Professor of Social intervention, University of Birmingham

Paul arrived at Birmingham University in 2017 to take up his current post after twenty years at Oxford University where he was Professor of Psycho-social Intervention. His work is methodologically based in three main areas: Systematic Reviews, Trials (many of them RCTs) and Methods Advances in Complex Interventions. Topically, his work is wide ranging and includes Sleep where he originally did his doctorate, Education Interventions for Children, Empowerment Interventions for Women in LMICs, as well as broader policy advice for policymakers.

Dafydd Thomas

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Dafydd Thomas

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Director at the Wellbeing Planner, and co-founder of Lles Cymru Wellbeing Wales

Dafydd has over twenty years of experience in the voluntary and public sectors in Wales ranging from award winning behaviour change projects; changing government policy and evaluating the impact of different programmes.

 

Dr Ruth Garside

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Dr Ruth Garside

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Senior Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis, University of Exeter

Prof Ruth Garside is a social science researcher specialising in systematic review and evidence synthesis.

She has over 20 years’ experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate a range of health and social care questions. Her work has informed policy customers including WHO, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Home Office.

Prof Garside is particularly interested in using a broad range of evidence to investigate complex public health issues and has a particular interest in methods of synthesis for qualitative research.  She coordinates evidence synthesis across the streams of ECEHH research and develops these methods within environment and human health.

Systematic reviews exploring interconnections between the environment and health include:

Working with a range of international colleagues, Ruth is part of an evidence-based conservation working group . This project examined the links between conservation activities and human health. It has produced a searchable evidence map of the current evidence base documenting linkages between nature conservation and human health outcomes, more detail is available here.

She is also committed to public and patient involvement in research and founder of HEPE, a network of people from across Cornwall who contribute to research  projects at the Centre.

Professor Angie Hart

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Professor Angie Hart

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Professor of Child, Family and Community Health, University of Brighton and Director of BoingBoing

Professor Angie Hart is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton and Director of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.

She is also Academic Director of the award winning Community University Partnership Programme. As part of that role, she was the Brighton lead for the HEFCE-funded South East Coastal Communities Programme. She undertakes participatory research into inequalities in health and social care in relation to children and families, especially in relation to resilience. Angie teaches on professional courses for health and social care practitioners and coordinates a large group of PhD students working on resilience and inequalities. She currently has a number of resilience-focused research projects under way, many of which are funded under the AHRC/ESRC’s Connected Communities Programme.

Read Professor Hart’s full bio on the University of Brighton website.

Dr Jane Moore

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Dr Jane Moore

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Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance at Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Jane Moore joined Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs as the Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance in October 2018. Jane has worked in the NHS and local government for over 25 years, mainly in the public health arena and is a Public Health Consultant by background.

Jane has held senior positions in Wales, London and the Midlands. She has extensive experience in system transformation and led a maternity reconfiguration during her time as a Director of Public Health and Quality in London.

Jennifer Wallace

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Jennifer Wallace

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Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust

Jennifer leads the Wellbeing and Towns team at Carnegie UK Trust. An experienced manager and public policy researcher and analyst, her work in the public and voluntary sector has led to positive change in legislation, policy and practice. A prolific writer she has authored more than 40 reports and 3 books and is a recognised expert on wellbeing, public sector reform and community empowerment.

She holds the degrees of MA (Hons) in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and MPhil in Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the REF 2021 Main Panel for the Social Sciences, a board member at Barony Housing Association and past Convenor of Evaluation Support Scotland.

Louise Aston

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Louise Aston

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Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community

In the context of responsible business, the aim of BITC’s Wellbeing Campaign is to create environments where individuals and organisations can be at their best by taking a preventative, whole person, joined up approach to physical, mental, financial and social health.

BITC’s annual survey in partnership with Mercer Marsh captures the state of the nation’s mental health at work and provides employer recommendations to improve line manager capability through the intersectional lenses of age, gender, race and LGBT+.

In partnership with PHE, BITC has co-produced a suite of freely available interconnected toolkits, consolidating the best evidence, resources and employer practice, including the challenging topics of suicide and domestic abuse.

Dr Peter Doran

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Dr Peter Doran

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Lecturer in Law at Queens University Belfast

Dr Doran has worked as a consultant writer with the UN Climate Change Convention, going back to the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol, and has written on the topics of climate change; mindfulness; environmental governance and activism on the island of Ireland; rights of nature, including a recent book on the ‘mindful commons and the attention economy’. He has worked in NGOs and in parliamentary settings on both sides of the border, and at the United Nations.

Professor Carol Graham

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Professor Carol Graham

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Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Carol Graham is Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Senior Scientist at Gallup. She has been a Vice President at Brookings and a Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Graham is the author of numerous books– most recently Happiness for All: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream (Princeton); The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being (Brookings); and Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford) – and has published articles in a range of journals including Science, the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Health Economics, and the Journal of Socio-Economics.

Her work has been reviewed in Science, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books, among others, and she received a Pioneer Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2017, and a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar award the International Society of Quality of Life Studies in 2018.

She has an A.B. from Princeton, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins and a PhD from Oxford University.

Professor Andrew Oswald

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Professor Andrew Oswald

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Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick.

His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being.

He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016). He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher.

Visit his website for his latest publications.

Sally McManus

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Sally McManus

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Research Associate, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

Sally McManus has worked in the Health team at NatCen Social Research since 1999. She is interested in the measurement of mental health and wellbeing.

Her current projects include using survey data for secondary analysis and the monitoring of inequalities.

She runs the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey and a Department of Health Policy Research Programme funded study into trends in self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

Fiona Adshead

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Fiona Adshead

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Deputy CEO at NCD alliance.

Fiona is an independent expert advisor on wellbeing, sustainability and public health. Formerly she was Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing and Public Health Officer, responsible for leading global commercial strategy on workplace health and wellbeing, prevention, behaviour change, partnerships, and sustainability.

Before joining Bupa, Fiona was Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government responsible for Health Improvement and Health Inequalities followed by being Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation.

She is a visiting Professor at UCL, and a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Programme, where she teaches regularly, and Chairs the UK Health Forum.