WHO European Healthy Cities Network

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network consists of more than 100 cities and towns from 30 countries around the WHO European Region. They are also linked through national networks, which provide political, strategic and technical support to their members, represent a national resource of experience and expertise in health development and offer a dynamic platform for public health advocacy at the national and international levels. Additionally, there are regional, metropolitan and thematic networks.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network has six strategic goals:

  1. to promote policies and action for health and sustainable development at the local level and across the WHO European Region, with an emphasis on the determinants of health, people living in poverty and the needs of vulnerable groups;
  2. to strengthen the national standing of Healthy Cities in the context of policies for health development, public health and urban regeneration with emphasis on national–local cooperation;
  3. to generate policy and practice expertise, good evidence, knowledge and methods that can be used to promote health in all cities in the Region;
  4. to promote solidarity, cooperation and working links between European cities and networks and with cities and networks participating in the Healthy Cities movement;
  5. to play an active role in advocating for health at the European and global levels through partnerships with other agencies concerned with urban issues and networks of local authorities; and
  6. to increase the accessibility of the WHO European Network to all Member States in the European Region.

Source: WHO Europe, 2011

Cities and National Networks that are members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network are described as having ‘designated status’.  Cities and National Networks have the opportunity to apply for designation based on criteria that are renewed in five year phases. Within Europe, Healthy Cities is now in Phase V which runs to the end of 2013.  Work is already underway to evalute the last five year phase which will run into 2014.

Phase VI will be based on Health 2020 the European Policy Framework which in turn is based on the six core Marmot themes. The world Health organisation will be developing packages of support for both designated cities and national networks.

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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Colin Cox
Public Health Consultant
Manchester City Council

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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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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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Nicola Morrow
Commissioning Officer,
Health Housing and Adult Services
Sunderland City Council

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Keith Gerrard
Assistant Director Community Engagement
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 Rita Robertson
Director of Public Health
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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Jane Muller

Associate Director of Public Health

Cumbria County Council


Helen Clay


Elizabeth Blenkinsop
Service Manager Public Health,
Health Improvement Team
Wakefiled Metropolitan District Council

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

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