Public Health and Wellbeing Members and Advisors

Meet the members of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing:

Professor Jane Powell, Centre Director



PhD Students

Name Title of PhD Supervisors
Saadye Ali Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK Professor Selena Gray
Rob Brown Investigating Ways of Improving Trust and Cooperation between Patients and Staff at the Lennard Practice Professor David Evans
Lisa Dibsdall The Role of Occupational Therapy in Reablement Dr Stuart McClean
Faiza Gul A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Inter-Generational Differences on the Attitudes to Lifestyle Behavioural Change Among South Asian Migrant Population in the UK Dr Stuart McClean
Janet Ige Experiences, attitudes, barriers and facilitators of physical activity among first generation Somali migrants aged 50-plus in the UK (Bristol) Dr Paul Pilkington
Nasrul Ismail Impact of Macroeconomic Policy on Implementation of the Healthy Prisons Agenda in England Dr Nick de Viggiani
Penny Marno Transitions in Older Age: A Lifecourse Approach and Markov Modelling Professor Selena Gray
Jack Spicer Exploring County Lines: a study of an emergent drug market development and the measures to reduce associated harms Dr Nick de Viggiani
Linda Sumpter Maximising independence: The involvement of family carers in supporting older people in home-based reablement Professor Jane Powell

Visiting Research Fellows

Name About
Dr Kathleen Baird Kathleen is Head of Research at the Centre for Women's and New-born Research at Griffith University, Australia. Dr Baird’s research expertise is in the domain of intimate partner violence (IPV). She has an international reputation in this area especially in the area of IPV and its relationship with pregnancy, as well as the role of the health visitor
Dr Melanie Fraser Melanie’s PhD was entitled, “Manager’s Perspectives of Lactation Breaks: The context of infant feeding decisions among staff in one public sector organisation”. She will be supporting research in the area of infant feeding decisions, women and the workplace.
Christina Gray Christina studied social work before discovering public health as a means to address health as a social justice issue.  A former UWE Bristol Public Health student, Christina is pleased to maintain her association with the University as a Visiting Fellow and as a student mentor. Christina has been a Consultant in Public Health in Somerset since 2014 and in 2019 will take up the post of Director of Public Health for Bristol.  
Dr Billie Oliver Billie is recently retired as Academic Director of the Department for Health and Social Sciences. She will be supporting research in the area of mental health and community development.
Dr Sue Smith

Following her Professional Doctorate, Sue is supporting research on autism spectrum and the criminal justice system. Public mental health is an area for strategic focus in the centre.

Emeritus/Emerita Professors

Name About

Dr Robin Means


Dr Robin Means is Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol. He is Chair of both Care & Repair, England and also of West of England Care & Repair. He is a Trustee of Abbeyfield Research Foundation. He was President of the British Society of Gerontology (2012-14) and then Past President (2014-16).

From 1998-2012, he was an Associate Dean at UWE Bristol with responsibility for the overall development of research and knowledge exchange in his faculty. His research interests relate primarily to older people in such areas as the meaning of ‘home’ and ‘community’ in later life as well as issues relating to inter-agency working to support those with housing, health and social care needs.

From 2009-2012, he was Deputy Director of a research programme on civic engagement and older people in rural areas which was funded through the New Dynamics of Ageing initiative which was supported by all the Research Councils and administered through the ESRC. He is co-author of Community Care: Policy and Practice (Palgrave) which reached its fourth edition and also co-editor of Countryside Connections: Older People, Community and Place in Rural Britain (2014, Policy Press).

From 2014-16, he led the UWE Bristol evaluation of Bristol Ageing Better, a collaboration of partners lead by Age UK Bristol which has received £5.9 million from the Big Lottery Fund over 5 years to tackle loneliness and social isolation in later life. As part of this project, he helped to establish a team of 14 older community researchers. He also has a long standing interest in the history of health and social care services for older people and what this can tell us about the changing attitudes and perceptions of later life held by politicians, policy makers and practitioners.

Visiting Professors

Name About
Dr Hugh Annett Hugh has extensive experience in public health in Africa, Asia and Europe. When  Director of Public Health for Bristol (2006-12) he was responsible for public health policy and strategy, and for providing strategic leadership for reducing health inequalities while improving the health of the population.  He also had regional and national public health roles. Previously he was Head of the International Health Division at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which became a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Development during his tenure.
Professor Ala Szczepura Ala has over thirty years expertise in policy research and evaluation of the organisation and management of health care and presently holds a Chair at Coventry University. She has published widely in the area of economic evaluation of interventions and service organisation, and has also been actively involved in the NHS R and D programme since its inception.  She sits on the NIHR Research Fellowship Panel and the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme Funding Committee.
Professor Mark Pietroni Mark is Chair of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC West), Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire and worked in Bangladesh for 15 years, latterly as Medical Director of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research an international public health research centre.

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