How to join

How to become a member

To become a member of the Network Local Authorities, towns and cities are required to demonstrate they meet our membership criteria as outlined in the table below.

Cities’ eligibility for membership will be assessed by the UK Healthy Cities Network Steering Group and the Network Coordinaton Team can provide support to cities in drawing up their applications. If you are interested in joining the UK Healthy Cities Network, download the Application Pack.

Membership Application Pack (Word version)

Membership Application Pack (PDF)

Membership criteria

Geographic focus

Membership is open to local authorities and city/town partnerships

Political commitment

Members should have an identified lead politician to support work on Healthy Cities themes and a Council Resolution or explicit commitment from the Council Leader or elected Mayor endorsing the 2008 Zagreb Declaration.


Members should have:

  • an identified lead or co-ordinator with appropriate administrative and technical support for taking forward Healthy Cities work,
  • formal local partnership arrangements that demonstrably focus on health and health equity and can steer Healthy Cities work

Products and outcomes

Members should have in place a range of strategies and activities to address the overarching goals and core themes of Phase VI of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network:

Overarching Goals:

  • Tackling Health Inequalities
  • Promoting city leadership and participatory governance for health

Core Themes:

  • Investing in health through a life course approach and empowering people
  • Tackling major health challenges and public health priorities
  • Strengthening people-centred health systems and Public Health capacity
  • Creating resilient communities and supportive environments

Members will be required to provide an annual update on activities and progress and will be asked to reconfirm their commitment at the beginning of each WHO Healthy Cities Phase.


Members should attend at least one meeting of the Network per year and actively participate in the work of the Network by:

  • sharing information about activities and learning with the wider network
  • participating in and contributing to communications and learning activities (both face to face and virtual).

Financial contribution

From January 2013 the UKHCN moved to a partial subscription model.

The annual fee for 2013 is £1500 +VAT for Towns/Cities - fees for County Councils / two tier authority areas are by negotiation. 


Network Members

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Gulab Singh MBE
Adult Services and Public Health
Lancashire County Council


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Lisa Gibson
Health Improvement Specialist Local Government
The Leeds Initiative
Leeds City Council

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Barbara Drummond

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Sharan Jones
Health and Wellbeing Manager
Nottingham City Council

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Stephen Hewitt
Healthy Urban Team
Bristol City Council/NHS Bristol

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Jonna Monaghan
Senior Health Development Officer
Belfast Health Cities

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Russell Jones
Public Health Programme Manager
Glasgow Centre for Population Health

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Natalie Pugh
Healthy Cities Partnership Team
Sheffield First Health & Wellbeing Partnership 

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Brighton and Hove

Annie Alexander
Public Health Programme Manager
NHS Brighton and Hove

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East Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Partnership

Hira Miah
Public Health Co-ordinator
Lancashire County Council
Public Health, Adult Services, Health & Wellbeing


Sandra Davies
Associate Director of Public Health
Liverpool City Council

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Stoke On Trent

Judy Kurth
Healthy City Manager
Stoke City Council

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Susan Toner
Principal Health Promotion Specialist
Public Health Wales

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Karen Graham
Assistant Policy Lead for Health
Sunderland City Council

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Darren Crossley
Deputy Chief Executive
Carlisle City Council

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Helen Wilding
Wellbeing for Life Development Lead
Newcastle City Council

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Nina Williams
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Swansea and Bridgend - Public Health Wales

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Derry Londonderry

Eamon O'Kane
Derry Healthy Cities

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Rimple Poonia
Senior Manager, Health Improvement
& Development Service
Portsmouth City Council


East Staffordshire

Sal Khan
Head of Service Commissioning,
East Staffordshire Borough Council



Dr Muna Abdel Aziz
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Warrington Borough Council

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Jonathon Fagge
Deputy Chief Officer /
Director of Operations & Clinical Transformation
Norwich City Council

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Paul Southon
Public Health Development Manager
Sandwell MBC

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Simon Clark
Head of Health Environment and Neighbourhoods
Chorley Borough Council

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Colin Cox
Assistant Director, Health and Wellbeing/
Director of Public Health
Cumbria County Council


Gulab Singh MBE
Adult Services and Public Health
Lancashire County Council


Mr Rob Barnes
Director of Health and Housing
Tamworth Borough Council

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Paul Brookes
Public Health & Protection Services Manager
Chelmsford City Council

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John Wilcox
Health Improvement Specialist – Engagement and Capacity Building
Wakefield Council

The UK Healthy Cities Network is an accredited member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Programme

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