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

Centre Director


PhD students

Name Title of PhD Supervisors
Saadye Ali Prevention of female genital mutilation in the UK. Professor Selena Gray
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
Daisy Hamm Co-producing de-stigmatising practices in the emergency food aid section (eg. food banks). 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). Professor Jane Powell
Nasrul Ismail Impact of macroeconomic policy on implementation of the healthy prisons agenda in England. Dr Nick deViggiani
Penny Marno Transitions in older age: A lifecourse approach and Markov modelling. Professor Selena Gray
Florence Neville Autism and anxiety: Key diagnostic criteria and self-management of anxiety in autistic adults. Dr Issy Bray
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
Christina Gray

Christina Gray is Director of Public Health for Bristol. 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.

Sheila Mackintosh

Sheila’s research is about housing policy, specifically how older and disabled people are enabled to remain living independently in their own homes.  As research fellow at UWE Bristol, Sheila led the National Review of the Disabled Facilities Grant in England for the Department of Health and Social Care; she was part of the team that produced an evidence review on home adaptations for the Centre for Ageing Better; and led the work in England on the lived experience of people in unsuitable housing for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.  In total, she has more than 30 years of experience in the following areas of research:

  • the interface of housing, health and social care policy
  • the condition of the housing stock
  • housing in later life and future-proofing of the housing stock
  • the operation and delivery of housing grants, including the Disabled Facilities Grant
  • tenure issues and equality of access to suitable housing
  • accessible and adaptable homes
  • inclusive design and the development of design centres
  • home improvement agencies, handyperson services and home from hospital services.
Dr Billie Oliver

Billie, who is now retired, was the Academic Director of the Department for Health and Social Sciences (now known as the School of Social Sciences) at UWE Bristol. She will be supporting research in the area of mental health and community development.

Matt Pearce

Matt is a Consultant in Public Health and currently Head of Public Health and Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council. He is a specialist committee member for NICE, advising them on the development of quality standards around public health. Matt is a member of the Faculty of Public Health and registered with the UK Public Health Register.

Matt has collaborated with UWE Bristol on several fronts. This includes teaching on a number of modules including the ‘epidemiology of non-communicable disease’ for the MSc Public Health and ‘health promotion’ for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing degree. He has also previously shared experiences as a postgraduate student and the benefits of studying at UWE Bristol with external stakeholder organisations. Matt supports development of apprenticeship programmes in public and environmental health. Developing capacity and capability in the multidisciplinary public health workforce is one of his passions and essential to his role as Head of Public Health in West Berkshire Council.

Emeritus/Emerita Professors

Name About
Emeritus Professor Robin Means

Dr Robin Means is Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care in the College of Health, Science and Society 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 five 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.

Emerita Professor
Judy Orme

Judy initiated and led the development and validation of the MSc Public Health Programme at UWE Bristol in September 2000 and became its first Programme Leader. She has co-edited two key texts in the field of public health and health promotion: Public health for the 21st century: New perspectives on policy, participation and practice (second edition) published by McGraw-Hill/Open University Press; and Health promotion: Professional Perspectives published by Palgrave. Her research interests extend across the field of multidisciplinary public health and include healthy settings and communities (particularly food culture); work, health and wellbeing; young people and risk taking behaviour (particularly alcohol related behaviour in higher education linked to NUS Alcohol Impact Programme) and public health workforce development.

Visiting Professors

Name About
Professor Kathleen Baird

Kathleen is Head of Research at the Centre for Women's and Newborn Research at Griffith University, Australia. Her 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.

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.

Professor Maggie Rae

Maggie was one of the early champions and role models for the opening up of training and registration for those from a non-medical background. She demonstrated her commitment by completing a Masters in Public Health at UWE Bristol in 2003 and completing her portfolio registration with the UK Public Health Register.

Her commitment to tackling health equalities was manifest through subsequent appointments as the Acting Director of Regions and Regional Associate Director of the Health Development Agency, South West Region (2000-2003), Associate Director of NICE (2003-2005), and Head of Health Local Delivery and Health Inequalities at the Department of Health.

Throughout the period of 2002-2007, she was the UK representative on the European Expert Working Group on Health Inequalities, a group sharing good practice and inputting into policy making in Europe. In her time at the Department of Health, she cogently argued that the NHS had a significant role to play in the reduction of health inequalities by ensuring high quality equitable services, particularly in areas such as secondary prevention of ischaemic heart disease, and she linked health inequalities to sustainable development.