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Plus Icon Dr Duncan Radley

Senior Research Fellow in Physical Activity and Obesity
Leeds Beckett University

Duncan has been involved in obesity research since the commencement of community-based child weight management interventions in the UK in 1999. Previously, he was a Research Manager for three leading providers: MoreLife, MEND and Mytime Active. He has conducted several evaluations of programmes both nationally and globally in Australia, USA and Canada. Duncan’s evaluation work covers community-based interventions including a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) evaluation of the UK’s largest children’s intervention.

As Whole Systems Approach theme lead for the Applied Obesity Research Centre and lead researcher on the PHE commissioned Whole Systems Obesity programme his published work and continued research interests focus on evaluation of complex adaptive systems, the obesogenic environment and whole system approaches to complex public health challenges.

Staff Profile: Dr Duncan Radley
Tel: 0113 8129108

Plus Icon Joanna Saunders

Senior Consultant
Leeds Beckett University

Joanna was one of the Lead Consultants on the Whole Systems Obesity programme, interfacing with local authorities and has significant experience in working with senior colleagues in LAs and the NHS to learn what really matters and to co-produce workable solutions. She has worked in senior Public Health roles in local government and the NHS for 20 years, and prior to that in varying roles in the NHS. Joanna has a Masters in Public Health and Certificate in Health Services Management from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, where she is on the Editorial Board of their publication “Perspectives in Public Health” and has provided advice on recent policy publications.  

Tel: 0113 812 7635 Mobile: 0734 203 2887

Plus Icon Professor Paul Gately

Professor of Exercise and Obesity and CEO of More Life
Leeds Beckett University

Paul has been at the helm of MoreLife since it was established at Leeds Beckett University in 1999 and it is now one of the largest specialist training and services provider for tackling childhood and adult obesity. MoreLife’s research was commended as an impact case study for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Paul has led a broad range of innovative obesity research from understanding the influence of obesogenic environments to the impact of high protein diets on obese children, always conducted with the needs of service users at the heart of his research activities. With a strong focus on the link between research and practice, he believes this approach has never been more important. In addition, Paul and colleagues contribute to policy and practice development in the public, private and not for profit sectors in the areas of obesity, nutrition and physical activity. He has secured contracts worth over £20 million from the NHS and Local Authorities and has acted as a principal investigator for £5million worth of grants from charities and research funding agencies.

Staff Profile: Professor Paul Gately
Tel: 0113 812 3579

Plus Icon Professor Anne-Marie Bagnall

Professor of Health & Wellbeing Evidence
Leeds Beckett University

Anne-Marie is an experienced researcher in evidence-based interventions to improve health and reduce health inequalities. She is an Associate Senior Lecturer for the UK Cochrane Centre, and has previously worked at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York. As part of her work, Anne-Marie carries out evidence syntheses, delivers training to internal and external learners on how to use and produce systematic reviews and meta-analyses, plus, she has a strong interest in using and developing new methodologies in evidence synthesis and knowledge transfer.

Over the last few years, her research has focused on evaluations and evidence syntheses of interventions that may reduce health inequalities, for example a NIHR funded systematic review of peer interventions in prison settings. She is part of the team delivering syntheses on community-level evidence for the national What Works for Wellbeing Centre, and a member of their national Methods Advisory Group.

Staff Profile: Professor Anne-Marie Bagnell
Tel: 0113 8124333

Plus Icon Dr Claire Griffiths

Reader in Obesity and Public Health
Leeds Beckett University

Prior to joining our School of Sport, Claire was the research coordinator for MoreLife, helping to develop and deliver weight management programmes to overweight and obese families. Her doctoral research investigated inequalities in childhood obesity prevalence and her current work extends from this, focusing on how people (e.g. occupation, ethnicity) and place (i.e. the environment in which you live) characteristics influence obesity and wider health inequalities. She is particularly interested in the implications of such research for policy and public health.

Staff Profile: Dr Claire Griffiths
Tel: 0113 81 26566

Plus Icon Professor Jim McKenna

Professor of Physical Activity and Health
Leeds Beckett University
Project Role: Project Evaluation Team Lead

Jim is Head of the Active Lifestyles Research Centre at Leeds Beckett University. He has an extensive portfolio of peer-reviewed publications and grants covering interventions and community evaluations in variety of settings.

Jim leads the evaluation team on the Battle Back Centrewhich is a staged residential recovery intervention for wounded, injured and sick service personnel in partnership with the Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence. In addition, he has led the evaluation for the Premier League Health project. The programme was aimed at young men, run through the Football Premier League in England which emphasised the promotion of healthy lifestyles, especially physical activity, capitalising on the unique draw of major football clubs.

Staff Profile: Professor Jim McKenna
Tel: 0113 8127483

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