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

Nancy Hey

Executive Director

Nancy Hey

Executive Director

Nancy Hey is a global leader in the field of wellbeing. Prior to setting up the Centre, she worked in the UK Civil Service in nine departments as a policy professional and coach, delivering cross UK Government policies including on constitutional reform. 

She has worked with the UK’s top civil servants to introduce wellbeing into public policy and to establish the professional policy community in the UK. She has degrees in law and in coaching and development, specialising in emotions, and is a passionate advocate for learning systems. 

She holds a wide range of advisory roles across the UK and globally to bring evidence into decision making and to fill evidence gaps including on Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters Expert Advisory Group, Well Schools, Pro Bono Economics, Loneliness & Social Isolation Research Network and Early Intervention Foundation Knowledge Mobilisation.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,  a Fellow of Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate and a Fellow of the Zinc Academy.

Previous advisory roles include as specialist advisor on wellbeing to the UK House of Lords Life After Covid Inquiry into wellbeing impacts of the acceleration of digital of the pandemic, Brookings Working Group on Despair and Economic Recovery, the UAE Global Councils on Sustainable Development Goals, Department for Education Teacher & Leader Wellbeing, DCMS Loneliness Technical Advisory Group, Civil Service UK Strategic Framework, Stockholm City Region, Carnegie UK Trust’s Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, RSA & British Council Heritage for Inclusive Growth, Centre for Homelessness Impact Advisory Group, RSA & Carnegie Job Quality Metrics, UUK’s Mental Health in Higher Education and the British Academy Where We Live Now project, Inclusive Economy Partnership Farmer Stevenson Review implementation and City Mental Health Alliance Research Working Group.

Formal publications and contributions include

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Joanne Smithson

Head of Implementation & Learning and Local Government & Health Sector Lead

Joanne Smithson

Head of Implementation & Learning and Local Government & Health Sector Lead

Joanne works to understand what local government, health organisations, communities, and individuals can do to increase wellbeing and effectively translate this into practice. She is an experienced policy professional and has led service improvement activity across local government; the voluntary and community sector; housing associations; and secondary care.

Joanne is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, has a Masters in Public Health, and an MBA from Durham University.

She has a side hustle in coaching running fitness and is passionate about parkrun.

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Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Civil Society Lead (currently on secondment)

Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Civil Society Lead (currently on secondment)

Currently on secondment with the National Academy for Social Prescribing.

Ingrid works with charities, social enterprises and those who support them to develop effective programmes and build the evidence on what really works.

 Ingrid is co-founder and chair of trustees of The Mill, an asset-based community development project in East London. She has advised other charity boards, local authorities and social enterprises on asset-based approaches to community development.

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Magdalena Soffia

Work and wellbeing analyst

Magdalena Soffia

Work and wellbeing analyst

Magdalena is a Doctor in Sociology with experience on quantitative measures of job quality and wellbeing in European and Latin American settings. Before joining the Centre, she worked as a research associate for the University of Cambridge and Police Care UK. Magdalena was a consultant at the Population Division of ECLAC-United Nations for four years.

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Margherita Musella

Evaluation Lead

Margherita Musella

Evaluation Lead

Margherita Musella advises business, civil society and government audiences on the use of wellbeing evidence and methodologies to learn about “what works” to improve wellbeing. She manages the Centre’s reviews of evaluation research and leads the Measuring wellbeing series to spark debate about key issues in wellbeing measurement.

She holds an MSc in Social Policy, a PGDip in Psychology and has over 10 years’ experience using social impact measurement to evaluate employability, heritage and advocacy interventions in Italy and the UK.

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Stefanie Barczy

Corporate Services Manager

Stefanie Barczy

Corporate Services Manager

Robin Hewings

Programme Director - Campaign to End Loneliness

Robin Hewings

Programme Director - Campaign to End Loneliness

Robin Hewings is Programme Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness. He leads a team driving action on loneliness through research, convening and influencing. Highlights include publishing reports on the Psychology of Loneliness, Promising Approaches Revisited and Loneliness in Northern Ireland: A call to action.

Before working at the Campaign to End Loneliness he focussed on health: putting together evidence and communications to make change on issues such as the plain packaging of tobacco and the prioritisation of diabetes in the NHS.

Rahima Rahman

Work & Employers Wellbeing Implementation Lead

Rahima Rahman

Work & Employers Wellbeing Implementation Lead

As the Work and Employers Wellbeing Lead, Rahima focuses on the implementation of evidence informed workplace wellbeing activity across sectors and employers, working with partners to identify and fill evidence gaps.

She is on secondment from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) where she worked as a Senior Wellbeing Advisor to negotiate and secure wellbeing services to support DLUHCs national wellbeing priorities and commitment to develop an inclusive workforce for all staff.

Her previous roles include, Senior Public Appointments Manager, delivering innovative outreach strategy for Non-Executive Board Recruitment at DLUHC and she has held various roles in the Ministry of Justice overseeing operations to deliver transformation work.

Lizzy Hvide

Head of Communications & Digital

Lizzy Hvide

Head of Communications & Digital

Lizzy is a communication and digital strategist with extensive experience from the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her focus is on making the communication in all our channels inclusive, accessible and engaging to our audiences, telling the Centre’s story across the broad scope of our work.

Prior to joining the Centre, Lizzy worked at Nesta, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Knowit.

Stewart Martin

Civil Society & Community Wellbeing Lead

Stewart Martin

Civil Society & Community Wellbeing Lead

Stewart works with civil society representatives, local communities and professional researchers to fill evidence gaps, identify new research requirements, and communicate and use the existing global knowledge base about community wellbeing. His role is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Community Studies.
Stewart has degrees in Law, Public Service Management, and Philosophy (focusing on wellbeing) and is a trustee of Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service.

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Mhairi Grant

Community & Stakeholder Manager - Campaign to End Loneliness

Mhairi Grant

Community & Stakeholder Manager - Campaign to End Loneliness

Mhairi helps organisations to connect and share their experience and research in loneliness. Her work engages a wide range of stakeholders working on the issue of loneliness to create action focused dialogue and commitment to change.

Mhairi joins the team with over 10 years’ experience in partnership development and community engagement in the charitable and not for profit sectors. Her interest in loneliness comes from her voluntary experience and her role within a community charity.

 

 

 

Elena Mylona

Research Fellow

Elena Mylona

Research Fellow

Currently on secondment with the Centre for Time Use Research, UCL/University of Oxford, working with Prof. Gershuny and Prof Sullivan, on wellbeing indicators using time-use data. 

Elena is a final year ESRC-funded PhD student in Health Sciences, at Warwick Medical School, with a background in Quantitative Sociology. Elena’s research interests include social determinants of health, and time-use and measurement (survey, time-diary and accelerometery research).

Simona Tenaglia

Senior analyst

Simona Tenaglia

Senior analyst

Simona Tenaglia works on theoretical and empirical aspects of well-being at work and financial well-being. She also works on the analysis of wellbeing for different age groups. She is a Doctor in Economic Theory with experience in definitions and measures of subjective wellbeing and more than 10 years’ experience in labor and social policy analysis.

Jenny Manchester

Communications Manager - Campaign to End Loneliness

Jenny Manchester

Communications Manager - Campaign to End Loneliness

Jenny is responsible for planning and managing communications for the Campaign to End Loneliness which support the charity’s overall strategic objectives.  Her expertise has been honed through her previous experience of developing successful multi-media campaigns for local authorities, policy think-tanks and charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support.

Her interest in the issue of loneliness arose through her role as senior communications lead for an adult social care team.

Dr Helen MacIntyre

Head of Evidence - Campaign to End Loneliness

Dr Helen MacIntyre

Head of Evidence - Campaign to End Loneliness

Helen is an experienced mixed methods researcher who has worked within and beyond academia. Her recent academic work has focused on the importance of informal school contexts for children’s peer relationships, social development and wellbeing.

Alongside this, she worked as Research and Learning Lead for Ageing Better in Camden, researching and writing about very practical solutions to tackling social isolation and loneliness among older people.

From this combination of work, she brings a strong interest in and understanding of the importance of feeling connected, the detrimental effects of loneliness across the lifespan, and of methods for studying these issues.

Michael Kyriakides

Head of Finance

Michael Kyriakides

Head of Finance

Gus O’Donnell

Patron

Gus O’Donnell

Patron

Our patron is Gus O’Donnell is a former British senior civil servant and economist, who between 2005 and 2011 (under three Prime Ministers) served as the Cabinet Secretary, the highest official in the British Civil Service. Gus chaired the development group of founding partners setting up the Centre and the Commission on Wellbeing & Policy. He joined Frontier Economics as Senior Advisor in 2012 and became Chairman in 2013.

Peter Cheese

Chair of the Board

Peter Cheese

Chair of the Board

As well as the Board Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.

 

Helen Baker

Vice Chair of the Board

Helen Baker

Vice Chair of the Board

Chair, Shelter England

Helen took over the role of chair of Shelter in May 2018, bringing her wide experience of governance and leadership. Most recently, Helen’s been involved with chairing Charityworks, and is a deputy lieutenant for Oxfordshire.

Andrew Rzepa

Advisory panel

Andrew Rzepa

Advisory panel

Andrew Rzepa is a Partner at Gallup and leads Gallup’s Public Sector Team in the EMEA region, developing and implementing research-based global projects. Andrew is in charge of Gallup’s international policy and development practice and is responsible for Gallup’s partnerships with United Nations agencies.

This includes the measurement of two Sustainable Development Goal (“SDG”) indicators: one in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and another with the International Labour Organization. Andrew works across a variety of topics including hunger, risk, gender equality, wellbeing and mental health. Before joining Gallup, Mr Rzepa served as a management consultant to FTSE and DAX listed companies across a variety of sectors, working from offices in Brussels, Manchester and Hong Kong.

Sini Rinne-Kerridge

Advisory panel member

Sini Rinne-Kerridge

Advisory panel member

Sini Rinne-Kerridge is a Senior Consultant in evaluation and strategic planning, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services.

Sini has worked with a wide range of public and civil society organisations as an evaluator and strategy analyst, planning for and assessing impact and effectiveness of initiatives aimed at improving social and economic wellbeing. She has particular interest and expertise in

evaluating effectiveness and impact of policy advocacy and campaigning work
initiatives aimed at supporting those with ‘multiple and complex’ needs.
Sini has managed a broad spectrum of external evaluations and strategy development work, as well as trained and built capacity of organisations to develop and strengthen their impact practice.

Katie Alpin

Advisory panel member

Katie Alpin

Advisory panel member

Katie Alpin is the Interim Chief Executive of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. Before stepping up as Interim CEO in February 2020, Katie led Money and Mental Health’s research and policy work, driving improvements across essential services, mental health policy and beyond.

She has also worked as an economist in Westminster and the City, and holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. In her spare time, Katie runs a Brownie unit for girls aged 7-10 in the heart of Westminster.

John Wildman

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John Wildman

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I am a Professor of Health Economics at the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University. Before that I was in the Business School at Newcastle University and the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University.

My Ph.D. in Economics, from the University of York, investigated inequalities in wellbeing and health. Using quantitative methods to measure and understand inequalities in wellbeing and health has been at the core of my research ever since.

Kelsey J. O’Connor

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Kelsey J. O’Connor

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Kelsey J. O’Connor is a Researcher in the Economics of Well-Being with STATEC Research (part of the national statistics office of Luxembourg). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

Kelsey completed a Ph.D. in economics in 2017 at the University of Southern California, where he worked primarily with professors Richard Easterlin and Jeffrey Nugent. His goal is to contribute research leading ultimately to a redefinition of success in national discourse, thereby supporting systems, both public and private, to promote subjective wellbeing.

Dr Eleanor Bantry White

Advisory Panel member

Dr Eleanor Bantry White

Advisory Panel member

Eleanor Bantry White is a senior lecturer in social work at University College Cork, Ireland. Since her doctoral work at Oxford University, she researches social intervention primarily in the context of global population ageing.

Her current work applies mixed methods to examine the impacts of social and physical environments on ageing trajectories and experiences. She is also interested in the role of technology in supporting wellbeing in later life.

Jenny Edwards

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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.

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.

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

Chair of the Advisory Panel

Jennifer Wallace

Chair of the Advisory Panel

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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Sally McManus is interested in the measurement of mental health and wellbeing. She is a Senior Lecturer in health in the Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London and affiliated with the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), where she’s involved in the national child and adult mental health survey programmes. Her current projects involve secondary analysis of survey data for monitoring inequalities and population trends.

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.

Paul Najsarek

Board member

Paul Najsarek

Board member

Chief Executive Ealing Council

Paul is the lead chief executive in West London for growth and at Ealing Council and he is leading the Future Ealing transformation programme. His experience of partnership working includes leading for SOLACE on community wellbeing, adult services for London Councils and Thrive LDN, London’s initiative to promote mental health wellbeing.

 

David Hopkins

Board member

David Hopkins

Board member

David is Director of Community at Coin Street Community Builders, leading the award-winning social enterprise’s work in the community, nestled by the South Bank in London. This includes housing cooperatives, nursery, children’s centre, gym and sports facilities, youth work, social action and an enterprise, arts and wellbeing offer for adults and seniors.

David draws on 25 years of experience working with communities to create change. He started his career as a community worker – knocking on doors, turning pub lounges into parent and toddler sessions, and teaming up with residents to problem solve together.  He has never lost the instinct to listen for the bark of a dog before putting the leaflet through the letterbox!

Since then, he has run grant programmes helping community groups build new parks and greenspaces from scratch and supporting “at risk” young people to makeover their neighbourhoods and build leadership skills; led a consultancy team advising charities on strategy, fundraising and partnerships;  steered policy work and advocacy on green infrastructure; and designed and delivered large-scale philanthropy initiatives nationally and internationally across a range of cause areas for clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cabinet Office.  

David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Dr Anuschka Muller

Board member

Dr Anuschka Muller

Board member

Dr Anuschka Muller

Director Improvement and Innovation (Health), Government of Jersey (Channel Islands)

Anuschka currently works for the Government of Jersey and leads on the implementation of a new Health Care Model for the Island. She previously lead on strategic planning and performance management for the Government and has been a driver in implementing a comprehensive performance framework that reflects sustainable wellbeing at country level and aligns closely with the OECD Better Life Index and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Anuschka has over 15 years’ experience in driving better outcomes for people using data analytics, insight development and intelligent use of data in strategic planning, policy making and commissioning in the public sector. Anuschka is passionate about continuously improving public sector services to achieve a wider spectrum of well-being outcomes for people.

Prior to her current role, Anuschka held an executive director role with a large NHS community health service provider and worked as a senior leader for Local Government in the UK where she implemented a commercial data story telling approach to drive outcome focused decision-making. She previously held a range of academic research positions in Germany.

Anuschka has a PhD in Biology, a MSc in Biology, a MSc in Forestry and more recently received a postgraduate diploma in Digital Health Leadership from Imperial College.

Dr. Monika Misra

Board member

Dr. Monika Misra

Board member

Monika started her medical career as a General Practitioner. She subsequently became a specialist in Occupational Medicine, which she has practiced both in the public and corporate sectors.  

She is currently Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing, Europe at GlaxoSmithKline. She has experience in setting workplace wellbeing and mental health strategies and leading teams to operationalize these. She has a decade of experience in delivering resilience programs globally at team and individual levels. More recently she has been involved in creating the global manager mental health training program.  

She coaches all levels within organisations up to executive level.  She is a strong advocate of harnessing the power of mentoring and coaching to enable people to lead more fulfilling lives. 

Her interests outside work include practising yoga and mindfulness and supporting the mental health of school aged children.

Nikos Adamidis

Board member

Nikos Adamidis

Board member

Head of Analysis & Insights, National Highways

Nikos currently works for National Highways, a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. He is responsible for providing strategic and analytical advice to the Executive Team, Board and Ministers on emerging commercial, legal and policy issues, influencing multi-billion programmes.

Having worked across regulated and complex industries, such as energy, transport and utilities, Nikos has led the development and implementation of business and investment strategies, implemented complex analytical change programmes, and nurtured a culture of continuous improvement and outcome-focused decision-making.

Nikos is passionate about making a change to people’s lives either directly or through policies and programmes which lead to equitable, inclusive and thriving communities. In the past he has done so by driving industry-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives, leading the strategic development and robust governance of charities, and coaching others.

Dan Corry

Board member

Dan Corry

Board member

CEO of New Philanthropy Capital

Dan became Chief Executive of NPC in 2011 following a variety of posts in public policy and economics. NPC is a charity that operates as a think tank and consultancy aiming to improve the impact of the social sector. He was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010.

Dan has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. He was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting. He ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005, which was voted Think Tank of the Year in 2004 and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.

He is a trustee of St Mungo’s, 19 Princelet Street and of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and a former member of the Research Committee of the ESRC and of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards for Big Society CapitalImpetus–PEF, and the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and was a member of the Charity Tax Commission.

Sarah Blunn

Board member

Sarah Blunn

Board member

Partner, Commercial Property, Wedlake Bell

Sarah is a commercial real estate lawyer with a wide range of experience from many different types of commercial property transaction. She acts for both landlords and tenants, investors and developers and handles all aspects of commercial property work, including disposals and acquisitions, leases, property finance, property development and property management. Sarah also deals with the property aspects of corporate transactions.

Sarah considers herself a generalist, but has particular expertise advising corporate occupiers on HQ and regional office moves, property development and investment, portfolio management and clients in the Charities, Retail, Student Accommodation and Hotel sectors.

Dr Radha Modgil

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Dr Radha Modgil

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Dr. Radha is a practising NHS GP and broadcaster, appearing across many different platforms, communicating & campaigning for wellbeing.
She has a passion for connecting with & hearing people’s stories, and understanding how we can all learn from each other to facilitate our wellbeing. She has a particular interest in promoting the importance of emotional & mental health.

Professor Monder Ram OBE

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Professor Monder Ram OBE

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Monder is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject. He serves on a variety of advisory bodies and is a member  of the recently established APPG for BAME Business Owners. Monder is responsible for initiating the annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference in 1998, which has developed into the most important event in the calendar for disseminating policy and research on ethnic minority firms. Monder also holds the positions of Visiting Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Turku in Finland. He was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.

Professor Diane Coyle

Co-director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy

Professor Diane Coyle

Co-director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy

Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester. She has held a number of public service roles including Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (2006-2014), member of the Competition Commission (2001-2009), the Migration Advisory Committee (2009-2014), and the Natural Capital Committee (2016-2019). She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Dr Praveetha Patalay

Associate Professor at the Institute of Education and Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL

Dr Praveetha Patalay

Associate Professor at the Institute of Education and Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL

Dr Praveetha Patalay is an Associate Professor based across the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the IOE and at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, UCL.

Her research focuses on the development, risk/protective factors and the consequences of mental ill-health and the ways in which we can reduce the stigma around mental illness and promote well-being. She uses large national studies, including the British birth cohorts, to investigate mental health through the life course and works on evaluations of school-based intervention programmes to support and promote young people’s mental health.

Her recent research has highlighted the increasing levels of mental health difficulties faced by the current generation of young people in the UK.

She has received much recognition for her research, including the British Psychological Society’s Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology and was on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Science and Healthcare.

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Associate Professor of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Associate Professor of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL

Daisy studied at Oxford University and King’s College London before completing her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL. She subsequently undertook postdoctoral work in the Centre for Performance Science (a partnership of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music) before returning to UCL in 2017. Her research focuses on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement.

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Dr Emily Long

MRC Skills Development Fellow, Institute of Health & Wellbeing Social Sciences, at Glasgow University

Dr Emily Long

MRC Skills Development Fellow, Institute of Health & Wellbeing Social Sciences, at Glasgow University

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