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.
Gemma Smith, Head of Independent Living, The Guinness Partnership
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.
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.
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 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
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.