Andrew Foot, Head of Housing, Blackpool Council

Andy Foot has been at Blackpool Council for the last 12 years, and as Head of Housing is responsible for overseeing the Council’s work on transforming housing in the town and addressing homelessness. Andy has worked for housing associations and Government bodies in housing development and regeneration roles for over 25 years and is passionate about bringing new life to communities that need some love.

Clare Hyde, Policy Adviser, MHCLG
Clare is a Policy Adviser for rough sleeping at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Clare is currently working on the strategy and delivery of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway (RRP). The RRP brings together four policy interventions to support rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping to access the right support and settled housing they need to leave the streets for good. Her work includes supporting and advising local areas in delivering these interventions effectively, leading on a formal evaluation, and inputting key learnings into future policy development. Some areas are developing solutions to address the health needs of people who sleep rough through the RRP. Clare is particularly interested in enabling other areas to learn from those with an innovative model to help bring health services to these vulnerable groups. She has a research background, previously working at Cancer Research UK.
Damian Nolan, Divisional Manager for Adult Social Care, Halton Borough Council 
Damian Nolan is the Divisional Manager for Adult Social Care at Halton Borough Council, and having been a registered nurse for 23 years, his knowledge around the complexities and issues of medicinal management are that much more acute. Working closely on a strategic level with the council’s care providers, Halton outlined a strong business case for a digital approach in Medicine Management in Domiciliary Care and scoped the original bid for Social Care Digital Innovation funding. Damian is a key player within this multi-partner project investigating a digital approach.



Gemma Smith, Head of Independent Living, The Guinness Partnership



Jack Gould, Public Health Tameside Council
After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a Masters in History and Politics, Jack worked in Paris as a language tutor before moving back to his native Manchester in 2016 to begin a career in local government. Now working for Tameside Council as a project manager for Housing Growth, Jack’s role covers a broad remit from new housing developments and bringing empty homes back into use to research into issues such as delivering for an ageing population; improving standards in the private rented sector; and exploring the relationship between housing, community safety and poverty.

Jack also represents Tameside Council on the North West Strategic Migration Partnership and is a Tenant Director for Ashton Pioneer Homes, a community-based housing association. In 2019, he joined the National Housing Federation’s Board Member National Group, which looks to improve the Federation’s Offer to Board Members, by encouraging more diversity in housing association boardrooms.

Jacqui Dorman, Public Health Intelligence Manager, Public Health Tameside Council
Jacqui is the public health intelligence manager for Tameside Metropolitan Council, Greater Manchester, UK and works in the policy, performance and communications team. She has more than 12 years experience in public health and health intelligence, which includes contributions to public health intelligence teaching, mentoring and training. Her interests are varied but her focus areas of work are related to reducing health inequalities and promoting the use of evidence and intelligence in all decision making processes across the health and social care system.
Jan Blum, Service Design Lead, Futuregov
Jan has seven years experience working as a service designer in both the private and public sector. He has a strong interest in user research, developing end-to-end user experiences and delivering skills transfer and training for stakeholders. In addition, his background in graphic design supports Jan in creating visual outputs and prototypes for compelling digital service experiences.  

A firm believer that technology goes alongside human interactions and plays an important role to support good contacts between real people, Jan works alongside services to understand requirements and develop new ways of working. He ensures that he develops outputs in collaboration to enable continued development which can be used and adapted over time. 

Jane Cook, Health and Homeless Adviser, MHCLG
Jane is a Health and Homeless adviser with the Rough Sleeping Initiative (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government). Health is a key issue in addressing the needs of people who are homeless and Jane is involved in addressing health and homelessness at a strategic level as well as supporting local areas and providers in developing an integrated approach to homelessness that will meet the needs of people with complex and multiple needs. Jane is a Registered General Nurse and Public Health Specialist (Health Visitor) who has both provided and developed health care for people who are excluded for 34 years.  Jane  has worked with a wide range of individuals and families who experience exclusion (single homeless people, homeless families, asylum seekers, migrants, unaccompanied minors, Travellers and gypsies) in a variety of settings to deliver health care (hostels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation, day centres, prisons, accommodation centres and the street).
Judith Mills, Blackpool Council

Judith Mills has been a Consultant in Public Health in Blackpool for more than a decade. She is responsible for health improvement and health protection within the Public Health Directorate but recognises  that for Blackpool residents,  housing, mental wellbeing, work and  transience are the issues that create the greatest inequalities in health. Judith also works closely with the local NHS Primary Care Networks and CCGs to develop an asset based approach to improving health and wellbeing.

Lauren Foster, Population Health Programme Officer, Public Health Tameside Council
Lauren has a 10 year background working in nutrition, health and health promotion. She has worked in nutrition and weight management for adults in both the private and public sector in Greater Manchester, and has also ran programmes in schools for the Health and Wellbeing Service at Leeds City Council. In addition, Lauren has also supported schools to run surveys to gather data and worked to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Leeds.

Lauren now works for Tameside Council in Population Health, aiming to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the population aged over 50 using the 8 WHO Age Friendly Communities domains which include: transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services and outdoor spaces and buildings.

Irene Zdziebko, Business Development Manager, CC2i

Irene worked for technology developer Looking Local for 4 years before spreading her wings into the world of Welfare to Work. Now she’s back to work across the wide CC2i programme, with a special focus on our collaborative Adult Social Care projects. With a strong background in sales, Irene has now diversified her talents into campaign management and communications, with a bit of business development and management thrown in for good measure. Irene tells us that she likes to be kept busy, so we make sure that she is!


Michelle Wood, Head of Housing & Health, Torus

Michelle has worked within local government, for Registered Providers and the NHS. Michelle is currently employed by Torus, the largest Housing Provider in the North West.  She has recently been promoted to the role of Regional Housing Director and prior to that she held the role of Head of Housing and Health at Torus; as part of these roles she has been able to utilise her experience gained working for Liverpool CCG and Liverpool GP Federation.

Her role as Head of Housing and Health included working as part of St Helens Cares (an Integrated Care Partnership) on the establishment of Contact Cares, which includes “one front door” and a multi disciplinary team made up of professionals from health, social care and housing.In her new role of Regional Director, Michelle continues to work with St Helens Cares , which the latest project being the establishment of a locality model.

Rebecca Murphy, Healthier Wigan Partnership Director, Wigan Council

Rebecca Murphy is the Healthier Wigan Partnership Director for Wigan Borough.  She is a joint Council and health appointment working on the development of the Local Care Organisation.  For the past 18 months she has been working with health and care partners on the integration of local services, the development and implementation of a place based care model and the co-production of Healthier Wigan Partnership Alliance Arrangements.

Rebecca’s background in transformation and she has worked with a range of partners across her career in the public service.  Previous to her role within Wigan she spent five years heading up change and transformation in Greater Manchester Police, and has over 25 years’ experience in Local Government working at a national, regional and local level. She is passionate about delivering high quality services that are tailored to the needs of individual communities, building on the strengths of local people and resilient communities.


Peter Pawson, Thriving Communities & Health Improvement Programme Manager, Oldham Council

Peter Pawson is change professional who specialises in public service reform, transformation with health and care integration, having previously worked nationwide with KPMG and PA Consulting.  He has spent the last 2 years in Oldham Council developing their Thriving Communities, Health Improvement and Place Based Working Programmes – which is changing the services we develop and the way we deliver them across the borough.



Sarah Bullock, Assistant Director Communities, St Helens Council
Sarah Bullock is Assistant Director Communities working across St Helens Council and NHS St Helens CCG, and was the original programme lead for St Helens Cares, a local care management system covering 15 public sector organisations.Sarah has over 15 years of public sector experience working in change management across a range of organisations including the legal sector, the NHS and central and local government. Sarah lives in Greater Manchester and is married with three children. In her spare time she is a Primary School governor and keen runner.