Cllr Rachel Harris, Chair of Dudley Health & Wellbeing Board
Cllr Rachel Harris is cabinet member responsible for health and wellbeing at Dudley Council. She represents the Brierley Hill ward and, as well as being chair of Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board, Rachel is also a member of the Appointments Committee and the Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett Community Forum.
Paul Maubach, Chief Executive Officer, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
Paul Maubach has worked in the NHS for 24 years, is a qualified accountant, has a degree in mathematics from Warwick University and a masters degree in leadership and organisational development from Birmingham University.
The role of Chief Executive Officer means he has overall responsibility for ensuring the CCG meets the needs of Dudley patients, CCG employees, the taxpayer, the wider CCG membership and partnerships, and the law and statute within which the CCG operates.
Paul advocates a way of working that is driven by clear values; recognising that the NHS is all about people, both the staff who provide services and the public who receive them; with the ambition to maximise the potential for staff to work better together in the interests of their patients and for the public to take control over their own health & wellbeing.
Deborah Harkins, Chief Officer Health and Wellbeing, Dudley Council
Deborah Harkins has worked in public health for 24 years, 18 of which were in the NHS in south Yorkshire and the north west. She has been the chief officer for health and wellbeing (director of public health) at Dudley Council since February this year.
Previously she worked in Lancashire County Council as Director of Health Protection and Policy and prior to the transfer of public health to local government was Head of the Joint Health Unit between 2009 and 2012, which was a joint role between Lancashire County Council and the three Lancashire PCTs. Prior to working in Lancashire she was Deputy Director of Public Health in Bolton.
Deborah began her public health career working as a researcher on a community development for health project in Sheffield and interviewed 1,000 local people. This allowed her to see for herself the impact that social inequalities and poor health have on people’s lives, and since then she has continued to strive for health equity in all her work.
Dr William Bird MBE, CEO Intelligent Health
Dr William Bird is a GP with a special interest in the promotion of physical activity. While a GP in Sonning Common in 1995 he developed Walking for Health and the Green Gym, both national programmes that have got more than one million people more active.
In 2006-2011 he became Strategic Health Advisor to Natural England and developed the Natural Health Service together with the Department of Health. He currently sits on the Physical Activity Programme Board for Public Health England.
William is CEO of Intelligent Health, a Health IT Company he founded that gets more people active using Smart card technology and behaviour change. It developed the award winning Beat the Street and delivered the NHS London Olympic Legacy by training London GPs about the benefits of physical activity.
Through Intelligent Health, William has been commissioned by Cities, EU as well as the WHO in the Middle East to help develop physical activity strategies. He regularly gives addresses at conferences throughout the world including the Keynote address to the American College of Sports Medicine Annual conference in May 2014.
William has published papers in many journals and is currently co-editor for the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health, published by Oxford University Press.
In 2010 William was awarded the MBE for services to promote physical activity and health. He continues to work half time as a salaried GP in Reading.
Professor Kathryn Moore, President IFLA
Kathryn Moore, President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and Professor of Landscape Architecture at BCU, has published extensively on design quality, theory, education and practice, including her internationally renowned book Overlooking the Visual: Demystifying the Art of Design (2010), partly funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Her teaching and research, set within landscape architecture have clear implications for architecture, urban design and other art and design disciplines, in addition to philosophy, aesthetics and education more generally. She has been leading on the relationship between landscape, culture and governance, finance, health and community engagement within the context of the £52bn proposal for the new development for the HS2 stations and rail lines in the Birmingham region, as well as for the transformation of Thurrock, East of London.
Dean Hill, Primary Prevention Programme Manager
Dean Hill works within the Office of Public Health at Dudley Council. His portfolio covers physical activity, food and nutrition, sports development and parks physical activity programme. He focuses on environmental change and works closely with planning and transport colleagues at a local and regional level to enable this to happen. He is a steering group member of the West Midlands Planning and Health Group, The West Midlands Strategic Food Board, The West Midlands Physical Activity Network and the West Midlands Sustainability Network.
Dean has more than 20 years experience of working in the public sector, from personal training and tennis coaching through to cardiac rehab and strategy development, predominantly within the NHS (up to the transition of public health into local authorities in 2013) and with a focus on increasing physical activity. He has, for at least the last 10 years, been focusing on environmental change to provide increased activity opportunities and reduce barriers.
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