Liverpool City Council
Liverpool, L2 2DH
Tel: 0151 233 1106
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Director of Public Health Lead: Mental Health & Wellbeing
Before taking up her current position, Sandra worked as Associate Director of Public Health for Liverpool PCT and later Liverpool City Council and had a lead role over health improvement programmes and public health commissioning.
Sandra’s background is in mental health promotion, public health and research. She obtained her first degree in Psychology in 1983 and then worked for a few years in Therapeutic Communities where she supported people with severe mental illness using psychodynamic approaches and group therapies. From there she went on to study for a PhD at Manchester University looking at the effects of psychosocial stress on low birth weight and pregnancy outcome, and then became a researcher for Manchester City Council looking at the impact of housing on health.
In 1991 she moved into Health Promotion and worked on a range of topics, including public mental health. She gained her MPH (Master of Public Health) from Liverpool University in 1999, and went on to manage the Liverpool Health Promotion Service in 2000. From there Sandra moved into public health and became a consultant in Public Health in 2007, leading on smokefree initiatives, obesity, alcohol, public mental health and wellbeing, and European funded programmes.
Sandra is a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She is very keen on physical activity. She played in women’s football teams across the country from the age of 12, and loves cycling and walking. She is a fan of St Helens Rugby League team and attends all their matches.