Leeds Beckett Staff
Karl Witty is the Team Lead for Community Partnerships at Leeds Beckett University. Karl has a research background predominantly working on Men's Health research, but also substance misuse. Over the course of his research career Karl has worked on projects such as a patient narrative study of men's experiences of penile cancer, systematic reviews for NICE, and numerous evaluations of community projects. Most recently Karl worked on an evaluation of the Leeds Cab Drivers Project with partners from Hamara Healthy Living Centre.
Jane South is Professor of Healthy Communities at the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University, where she leads a research programme that links research, education and public engagement around the theme of community health and active citizenship with a focus on lay health workers and volunteer roles in public health. Jane started her professional life as a nurse, moving into health promotion research fifteen years ago, and later becoming Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University. She has built a portfolio of community health research and publications, along with evaluation and planning frameworks for public health practice. Jane leads the development of the CommUNIty initiative.
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Mark Gamsu is a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University and has a strong interest in the relationship between citizenship, inequality and wellbeing. As well as being a freelance public health consultant, he works part time for Health Action Partnership International, coordinating a European programme promoting Health in All Policies. He is also on the board of a number of voluntary organisations in Sheffield and is a Director of Citizens Advice. Mark has many years’ experience in health and social care at community, district, regional and national levels, including leading on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments policy when working for the Department of Health. Mark runs a regular blog on citizenship and health – (www.localdemocracyandhealth.com). Mark leads the development of the policy and practice workshops.
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Judy White is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett University and Director of Health Together, a newly formed university enterprise for community engagement policy, practice and evidence. She is actively engaged in the Centre for Health Promotion Research, leading on a number of evaluations of health trainers and community health champions. Prior to taking up an academic post, Judy worked in the voluntary and community sector for ten years and then in public health within the NHS for 22 years where she had an interest in participatory approaches, establishing several health promotion programmes in Bradford. She continues to be the regional lead for health trainers and a key member of the national Health Trainer network.
Sally Hayes is the Head of the School of Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University and a member of the Faculty Leadership team. Her professional background is in nursing and her current responsibilities include the leadership and management of the teaching and research agendas within the School. Prior to joining the university she worked as a Lead Nurse in a PCT working for part of that role with the Director of Public Health where her interest and involvement in tackling health inequalities started. As Head of School she actively promotes and develops opportunities for partnerships with community based groups, chairing the Strategic Partnership with Hamara and working to build connections with local communities and the organisations that serve them.
Sally Foster is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Leeds Beckett University, with an interest in health and health promotion. As well as having many years of teaching experience in higher education, Sally has also worked in the voluntary sector as an ante-natal teacher and breastfeeding counsellor. She is currently developing links with Hamara around student involvement through volunteering and placements.
Kris Southby is a Research Assistant in the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University. Kris studied at York St. John University and Durham University, where he completed his PhD in Social Policy/Sociology. His thesis examined the social benefits of football fandom for people with a learning disability. Kris has since worked for Mencap as a researcher and most recently as an employment coordinator.