Amanda Atkinson United KingdomDr Amanda Marie Atkinson is a Senior Researcher within the Public Health Institute. Since joining the Institute in 2006, she has worked on a range of research projects, predominantly relating to young people, drinking cultures, alcohol and substance use. Her general research interests relate to consumption and identity, media representations, and gender relations. She has a particular interest in media representations of drug and alcohol use, media influence and the gendered nature of substance use. Recent research projects Amanda has led include an ARUK funded project exploring the role of Social Network Sites in young people’s drinking cultures and gendered identities, and the 2011/2014 European School Survey on Alcohol and other Drugs.
Rebecca Bates United KingdomRebecca has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminology and is currently a research assistant within the Violence, Alcohol and Nightlife team, Public Health Institute. It is through her current position within the institute that she has gained an increasing interest in violence related research, particularly in sexual violence, alcohol research and adverse childhood experiences. Rebecca has experience working on several research projects including; studies investigating the sale of alcohol to customers who are drunk in the night-time economy, Drink Less Feel Good, which aims to tackle high alcohol consumption and encourage people to drink less alcohol and a WHO project (Violence Information) which addresses five major violence types.
Mel Bowen United KingdomMel is the founder and Chief Executive at Spider Project on Wirral. He has 30 years of experience working with hard to reach groups. He has been an avid supporter of utilising the power of creativity for all and he is passionate about developing the use of creative arts and culture within community settings. He advocates upon the value of grassroots community being the community’s biggest asset. Mel is a singer songwriter who performs, writes and records regularly around the region. Much of his work experiences have inspired his song writing and equally, his song craft and creative expression has driven his belief in the power of creativity to improve health, wealth and wellbeing for all.
Issy Bray United KingdomIssy Bray is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of the West of England. She leads a module on Quantitative Health Research on the MSc Public Health. Her research experience includes working on randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies and cross-sectional surveys, with a particular interest in response rates. Much of this research has been in the field of mental health, from international comparisons of ‘happiness’ and ‘life satisfaction’ to suicide rates amongst military veterans. Current research interests focus on the relationship between physical and mental health, childhood obesity & body dissatisfaction and predictors in childhood of eating disorders and risky behaviours in adolescence.
Marcel Buster NetherlandsMarcel Buster (PhD) works at the health service of Amsterdam. He is involved in epidemiological research into public mental health care and forensic medicine, mainly focusing on drug users, homelessness and other vulnerable groups.
John Byrne United KingdomJohn Byrne is a Reader in The Uses of Art at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design. Byrne is also the Director of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ which forms part of Liverpool School of Art and Designs ART LABS Research Centre. Byrne is also currently LJMU/LSAD Co-ordinator for "The Uses of Art- the legacy of 1848 and 1989" (2013 – 2018) EU Funded Project: GA 2013-1183.
Ross Coomber United KingdomRoss Coomber is a Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this he was i.a. Professor and Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, in Brisbane and Gold Coast Australia. He has more than 30 years research experience in the drug and alcohol field and has published extensively and broadly in this area - particularly on the nature risk as it applies to drug use and illicit drug markets, nationally and internationally, and across different environmental spaces. His research is strongly inter/multidisciplinary and boasts collaborations with forensic chemists, medics, public health practitioners and researchers, as well as disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.
Anna Dylag PolandI am a doctor of economic sciences in the discipline of management sciences, and my PhD thesis concerns the involvement of residents in energy management processes in municipalities. I am also an expert of the European Commission for renewable energy in the Horizon 2020 program, I work, among others with municipal authorities, entrepreneurs and hundreds of people whom I advise on the implementation of projects in the field of renewable energy and energy management. I actively support the development of renewable and civic energy through participation in numerous conferences, movements or organizations working for climate protection (Climate Kic), civic energy (More than Energy) or civil society (Inspro).
Carlo Fabian SwitzerlandCarlo Fabian is a Professor, Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development. He has a degree in Health & Social Psychology, is a Specialist Psychologist in Health Psychology and has a Master of Advanced studies in Coaching Studies. After several years as researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich, the Swiss Institute for Health and Addiction Research and the FHNW, he worked at RADIX, where he developed many projects in municipalities with a focus on participation. Since 2011 he has led projects at the FHNW addressing the subject of urban development, participatory planning and well-being.
Walter Kamp NetherlandsCurrent position: policy employee/program manager for the City of Amsterdam, working for the Alderman, in the field of: ental health issues, substance abuse, and public mental health. Until recently his main professional interest was homelessness, the prevention of homelessness , the organization and financing of homeless services. Also the drawing up and execution of long term policy plans in cooperation with local and national stakeholders. Walter is a history teacher and he studied Law. He has been working for the City of Amsterdam for twenty years. Before that he worked for mental health and homecare organizations and as a teacher.
Xenia Koumi United KingdomXenia Koumi leads the Business Healthy programme within the City of London Corporation’s Public Health team, working with employers in the Square Mile to support them in improving their employees’ health and wellbeing across a wide range of aspects. Business Healthy has been instrumental in running the Square Mile’s first mental health campaign – “Release the Pressure” and supports other local health initiatives, including the City Mental Health Alliance and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s “This Is Me” campaign.
Patricia Leandro GermanyArchitect, Urban Planner and Master in Environmental Health. With large professional experience Spain, Brazil, the USA and Germany, she is committed to bringing back together architecture, urban planning and public health.
Catherine Lewis United KingdomCath is a researcher at the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. She has a background in nursing, and now works on a wide variety of projects for Champs Public Health Collaborative and Cheshire and Mereyside (C&M) Directors of Public Health. Recent projects have included looking at gambling across the Liverpool City Region, an evaluation of C&M Fire and Rescue Service ‘Safe and Well’ initiative, and, most recently, a qualitative evaluation of the ‘Saving Lives: Reducing the pressure’ initiative, which aims to detect high blood pressure in C&M through community screening.
Dave MacKintosh United KingdomHead of Community Safety for the City of London, and has also been the Policy Adviser/Director to the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) since 2001. He has been involved in a number of innovative campaigns around issues including drug driving, substance misuse in the workplace and improving awareness around drug safety in clubs and pubs. The LDAPF is funded by the City of London as part of its commitment to improving the life of all those who live and work in London. For the last eight years he has also been seconded to the Greater London Authority to provide advice around substance use issues and health inequalities.
Anita Maestri-Banks United KingdomI am a Senior Lecturer for Pre and Post Registration Nursing, Programme Leader for the Return to Practice Nursing Course and the Learning Disability Subject Lead in the School of Nursing and Allied Health at UMU. My main interests are therapeutic communication and the value of self and enabling others, organisational psychology in nursing, and learning disability in adult, mental health and child nursing. I am a Registered Adult Nurse and have had clinical experience in palliative care, drug and alcohol misuse and have worked with children and adults with chronic illnesses and a learning disability. As a registered Nurse Teacher, I have worked in several HEls and have an academic background in education, psychology and sociology.
Alan McGee United KingdomAlan McGee: In the mid-1980s Alan worked with the team that pioneered one of the first needle and syringe programmes in England and helped to develop harm reduction initiatives across Merseyside. Alan has held a number of posts within health and social care drug and alcohol services and between 2003 and 2009, was Trainer and Project Consultant with HIT where he delivered a number of training courses and projects including safer and hygienic injecting and overdose prevention. Alan is currently Public Health Lead for Substance Use and Sexual Health with Sefton Council Public Health Team and with Mark Whitfield developed the a local confidential enquiry panel for drug related deaths.
Elaine McNeill United KingdomElaine McNeill is a PhD student and Student Development Coordinator in the School of Art and Design. Her doctoral research investigates the use of art in participatory action health research as a medium to increase meaningful collaboration and effective dissemination of findings to influence policy change. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of health, art, theatre, comedy, narrative analysis and action research theories. Elaine is a founding member of MARTHA (Merseyside Arts and Health Assembly) a network for all those interested in creativity, arts and how it can impact on our health and well-being.
Jim McVeigh United KingdomJim McVeigh was appointed as the Director of Public Health Institute in November 2015. Jim has worked within health/public health for nearly 30 years, with an academic career starting in the University of Liverpool before moving to Liverpool John Moores University as a Research Assistant in 1999. He has gained significant management skills and leadership experience, while developing extensive links with external organisations and stakeholders at local, national and international level. Jim has an international reputation within his academic specialism of human enhancement drug use and has co-authored more than 100 research reports and 50 peer reviewed papers.
Nikhil Misra United KingdomNikhil Misra is a Consultant General and Trauma in the Major Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool. His specialist interest lies in the field of trauma and acute care surgery. He sits on the council for the National Forum of Acute Surgery, a member of the education committee of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and is a member of the Faculty of Education of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is co-Director of the Trauma Prevention Foundation, and an honorary Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, in the field of trauma prevention.
Simon Moore United KingdomSimon Moore was publicly appointed by the Welsh Minister for Health as an advisor to the Welsh Government on matters relating to alcohol misuse and substance abuse. Chaired the advisory panel (APOSM) on minimum unit pricing and led the authorship of the report to the Welsh Government. Contributed to reports on tramadol dependency and substance misuse in the elderly. Contributed to the Welsh Government's Public Health White paper (2014). I advise the Welsh Government and third sector agencies on the treatment and management of those suffering from alcohol-related brain damage, and contributed to the recent Alcohol Concern report on this topic.
Nora Morocza United KingdomNora Morocza is a PhD student at Liverpool John Mores University working on an interdisciplinary research that explores the motivations and perceived benefits of hillwalking. Her principal interest is the role of nature and green spaces in the connection between health and environmental sustainability. She has recently worked on a collaboration with the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group at Deakin University, and Living Links. The project explored the facilitators and barriers of park use in South-East Melbourne and aimed to identify pathways to promote the use of urban green spaces within the Dandenong catchment area.
Emma Murray United KingdomEmma was appointed as a lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law in December 2013. Her research is committed to studies of the military veteran in policy discourse, criminal justice practice, and socially engaged and participatory art practice. Emma approaches the issues faced by veterans through the concept she has developed ‘Veteranality’ which is dedicated to the voices and lived experiences of military veterans. Through multi-disciplinary forms of engagement her work seeks to bring together academics, the arts, policy makers and advocates with veteran communities. Testament to this is her leading role in the Reimagining the Veteran Project at the University.
Denis Parker United KingdomI am a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Liverpool John Moores University. I teach on the Pre-Registration BSc Mental Health Nursing Course, and run two Dementia Care CPDs at Level 6 and Level 7. I am the Disability Co-Ordinator in the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Since qualifying in 1986 as a mental health nurse, I have thoroughly enjoyed my career. It has given me experience in working in a wide variety of mental health settings. This includes working with older people and from 2012-2015 I worked on the European 'Innovate Dementia' project. I have also worked in acute psychiatry in-patient and community settings where I spent many years as a community mental health nurse, culminating in being deputy manager of a CMHT.
Constantin Rimis MoldovaA public health professional by background, Constantin Rimis (MD, PhD, MPH ) is the Health Promotion expert in the “Healthy Life project” to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in Moldova”, which is implemented by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He worked as an Associate professor at the School of Public Health Management. Was involved in World Health Organization consultancy missions to implement WHO recommendations on infection control in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Moldova.
Sara Ronzi United KingdomIn October 2018, I joined the NIHR Global Health Research Group CLEAN-Air(Africa) as the participatory research and public engagament lead. Prior to joining the CLEAN-Air programme, I have worked as a Lecturer for the Master of Public Health based at the University of Liverpool. I am passionate about public health and reducing health inequalities. My main research interests include participatory research and visual methods; public engagement; interventions to reduce exposure to household air pollution (HAP) from solid fuel use e.g. strategies to advance clean cooking fuels (such as bottled gas/LPG) in low-middle income countries (LMICs); social inclusion; ageing; and age-friendly environments.
Gavin Ryan AustraliaGavin Ryan, Executive Officer of Progressive Public Health Alliance. Growing up in regional Australia, Gavin has worked in leadership roles in not-for-profit, private enterprise and Government both in Australia and overseas, working in the Federal Labor Government and for Ministers in both the Bracks and Brumby Governments in his home state of Victoria. In late 2018, Gavin joined with health professionals, researchers and public health advocates in forming the Progressive Public Health Alliance, an alliance that works to advocate and campaign across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for universal publicly funded healthcare, and evidence based best practice in harm reduction and the treatment and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Mark Whitfield United KingdomMark Whitfield: Mark Whitfield is the Intelligence and Surveillance Manager at the Public Health Institute. He leads the PHI Intelligence and Surveillance team who manage the collection of data from a variety of sources throughout the north-west of England, covering areas such as needle exchange provision, A&E presentations and the delivery of brief interventions by low threshold services. Mark has also lead PHI’s work around drug related deaths, chairing panels for seven areas across Cheshire and Merseyside. Mark has a background in the field of drugs and alcohol having worked for 12 years originally within the scope of addictions services within a local mental health NHS Trust.