What Makes a Healthy City?


The Healthy Cities approach recognizes the determinants of health and the need to work in collaboration across public, private, voluntary and community sector organizations. This way of working and thinking includes involving local people in decision-making, requires political commitment and organizational and community development, and recognizes the process to be as important as the outcomes.

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Dr Ian Cameron- Leeds City Council Director of Public Health

Ian’s presentation will focus on how he has used his mandatory responsibility to produce an Annual Report of the Director of Public Health to highlight the public health benefits of good urban design.

This is set in the context of a politically sensitive housing growth challenge in Leeds. Ian’s report subsequently was awarded first prize in the national Association of Directors of Public Health Annual Report Competition.

Jenny Fisher- Principal Urban Planner- Leeds City Council

Recent work has involved exploring the potential for improving health and wellbeing in Leeds through drawing together the city’s priorities and fully engaging with colleagues across all council agendas: Age Friendly Leeds; Reducing Inequalities through Healthy Lifestyle; Physical Activity; Mentally Healthy City; and Child Friendly City. Her presentation will focus on this work but also explore the aligned areas of active travel and green infrastructure.

Michael Chang – Town and Country planning association

Michael is the Project and policy manager at the Town and Country planning association (TCPA) and is a chartered Town Planning for health initiatives since 2010 with a range of highly influencial guidance publications. He is currently leading TCPA’s role as a commissioned partner to NHS England on developing guidance on the next generations of healthy new towns.

Kate Nicholson - Group Ginger Architects- Young Architect of the Year finalist

Can collective action transform waste and waste space into a valuable resource? Group Ginger works with clients to identify opportunities which amplify development potential and celebrate activity. We work together to make a meaningful change to shift perception of place.

Commercial Estates Group – Developer

Market leading developer CEG will deliver a talk on one of the North of England’s most ambitious projects at Kirkstall Forge.The inspirational masterplan has secured planning permission for a thriving mixed community of more than 1,050 family homes, 300,000 sq ft of office space, a new railway station, shops, restaurants, a school, gym, crèche and other leisure facilities.