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An overview of the health conference

About Us


Contact Us

To contact the Health Together team please use the details below.

Judy White
Director of Health Together,
Direct dial: 07780493024

Sue Rooke

Health Together Administrator,
Direct dial: 0113 812 1957

Postal Address:
Health Together, CL 518,
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences,
Leeds Beckett University,
Leeds, LS2 8NU

About Us

The Health Together team believe in the power of active citizens to improve health and wellbeing and help tackle inequalities. Judy White, Director of Health Together, says;

“We believe that healthy communities are those where people are actively engaged in the life of the community and in shaping services – including those people who have not previously got involved. We believe that in the future health and social care services will need to make community and patient engagement central to everything that they do.”

The core team of Health Together are all part of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University. Active for many years in the field of community engagement the core team have developed successful programmes and policies, conducted numerous research and evaluation projects and conducted large-scale reviews of evidence and knowledge on what really is effective.

  • Judy White, Director of Health Together
    Judy set up the early adopter Health Trainer programme in Bradford and helped develop health trainers regionally and nationally. She has evaluated health trainer and community health champion programmes and published numerous reports and articles. Judy is now a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University having spent 10 years in the voluntary and community sector and over 20 years in health promotion in the NHS.
  • Mark Gamsu, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Health and Wellbeing
    Mark has worked strategically at a regional and national level both in the voluntary and community sector and in local government. Mark’s particular expertise is in developing and implementing practical community led actions to meet local need in ways that are consistent with but not constrained by government policy. He has in-depth knowledge of areas that include, the Social Determinants of Health; Joint Strategic Needs Assessments; Health and Wellbeing Board Development and Citizenship and Health.
  • Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities
    Jane at Leeds Beckett University is one of the country’s leading experts on community engagement. She leads a research programme on active citizens, communities and health and has a national and international profile for her work on lay health workers and volunteer roles in health. Research and evaluation of public health practice and developing bespoke frameworks for practice in local government and the NHS are key areas of expertise.

Jenny Woodward, Research Fellow, Sue Rooke, Administrator, Kris Southby, Research Officer and Susan Coan, Research Assistant provide additional support and resource.

  • Jenny Woodward is an experienced qualitative researcher in the field of health promotion. Her work encompasses health trainers, health champions, older people, child weight management programmes and school meals research. Her background is in communications and marketing – and she uses the skills developed there to produce accessible, concise briefings of health promotion research and evidence. 
  • Sue Rooke is an experienced, efficient administrator with strong skills in event management, project management, IT and new media.
  • Kris Southby is a Research Officer with a wide range of experience particularly in qualitative approaches to data collection, data analysis and report writing. He led a review of learning disability respite services in Leeds and has worked on a programme to promote better working together between GP practices and voluntary and community organisations in Sheffield.
  • Susan Coan is a research assistant with experience of conducting both telephone and face-to-face interviews and focus groups with a wide variety of people. Susan’s expertise includes online surveys and use of SPSS as well as qualitative methods. She has worked on a number of evaluations and supported the development and testing of Healthwatch Quality Statements.

Jennie Chapman and Sarah Lockyer are Health Together Associates who work closely with us:

  • Jennie Chapman works with us to coordinate and deliver on projects, including reviews of patient and public involvement and development and evaluation of quality. Jennie worked for 15 years in local NHS organisations, as well as for the Health Development Agency, NICE and Government Office Yorkshire and Humber. She also spent a year as National Co-ordinator of the Health for All Network (UK) a national Voluntary Sector organisation before spending 7 years in Local Government as Neighbourhood Programme and Strategic Partnerships Manager with City of Lincoln Council. 
  • Sarah Lockyer delivers short training courses for us – principally these are Royal Society of Public Health courses for those volunteering as community health champions or working as health trainers.  Sarah’s career has combined management, education and training, research, public health and community development. She is an experienced educator and assessor, who has supported the achievement of a wide range of learners, mostly in West Yorkshire, over a career spanning more than 30 years.