Consultancy

Interests

Since 2005, I have worked in the prevention of non-communicable disease (NCD) - in a nutshell, making it easier to be healthy: physical activity, better diet, and quitting smoking - since 2017 as a freelance consultant. Nothing makes me happier than getting my teeth into a good writing project, or using my extensive experience in this area to provide strategy advice.

 

I am passionate about making it easier to be healthy - which, as we all know, is no easy feat in the modern world. I have particular interests in the impact of the environment (the links between unhealthy lifestyles and climate change), on cities and health, and on human rights (in which I previously worked as a consultant at Maplecroft and for the International Business Leaders Forum, and in which I have a Masters from the LSE).

Skills
  • Research/writing

  • Making connections across traditional 'silos' in health  – striving for a ‘whole-of-government, whole-of-society’ approach to NCD prevention, as advocated by the UN and WHO

  • Network building and partnership working 

  • Communications, including social media – I am personally very active on Twitter and curate the website and Twitter account of the UK Working Group on NCDs

  • Copy-editing – I began my career as a copy-editor for academic publishers including Cambridge University Press

  • Presenting at events (national and international)

  • Strategy advice

  • Project managing

  • Events management – even when, as happened in 2010, a volcano strands most of the organising team half way around the world…

 

Recent portfolio of work

Since becoming freelance, clients have included:

  • UK: C3 Collaborating for Health, Cancer Research UK, Global Action Plan, Obesity Health Alliance, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, Sussex Cricket Foundation (trustee), World Cancer Research Fund International, World Obesity

  • Europe: Access to Nutrition Initiative, Danish Red Cross, International Red Cross, the NCD Alliance, WHO/Europe 

  • Elsewhere: Framework Convention Alliance (Canada) and VicHealth (Australia).

  • Previously, while at C3, I worked with organisations including The Health Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Bupa.

There is a detailed list of my writing work here and, in addition, my consulting portfolio in 2021 includes:

  • scoping report and roundtable on NCDs in humanitarian situations, with the ICRC Centre for Psychosocial Support 

  • chair of the UK Working Group on NCDs (including managing social media, organising a Parliamentary event, co-organising an event at Chatham House, overseeing a project on NCDs and international development, and writing briefing papers)

  • policy and strategy advising for World Obesity

  • several projects for the Access to Nutrition Initiative, including on Covid-19 and the global food industry and on the UK supermarkets and nutrition

  • contributing to a podcast on marketing to children

  • acting as rapporteur for three meetings of WHO/Europe (on healthy and sustainable diets, on the out-of-home food sector and on videogames and NCDs)

 

Previous projects include:

  • a six-month consultancy with WCRF International, drawing up a methods document for a scan of physical activity and nutrition policies in Europe

  • acting as lead rapporteur (heading a team of session rapporteurs) at the  Global NCD Alliance Forum (Sharjah - December 2017 and February 2020), including organising a team of youth volunteers to rapporteur the parallel session

  • researching and writing a report for VicHealth in Melbourne on digital marketing to children

  • presenting on workplace health in low- and middle-income countries at the International Conference on Urban Health (Portugal) and the Global NCD Alliance Forum 

  • consultancy on engagement and proofreading for the Health New Towns (NHS England) final report, as part of a Town and Country Planning Association consortium

  • advising on obesity and physical activity in Newham, east London

  • interviewing key stakeholders (e.g. for the Food Foundation, Global Action Plan and a project on social prescribing)

  • co-chairing event on workplace health, at CREATE Design architects

  • presenting to SMEs on the health impacts of air pollution in London

  • assessing the website of a new online network of professionals in design and the environment, including writing FAQs 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workplace health panel, International Conference on Urban Health, Portugal

Friends of the Earth, 10x Greener Cities event

International Conference on Urban Health

Photo credit from ICUH: Eric Boayake

Global NCD Alliance Forum, Sharjah, UAE

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Rapporteuring at WHO Europe,  Moscow