Health Equalities Group
Robin Ireland, Director of Food Active and Chief Executive of Health Equalities Group Robin Ireland has been Chief Executive of Heart of Mersey since the organisation’s launch in 2003 (becoming a charity in 2005) and CEO of the Health Equalities Group when this was established in March 2013. He is also a Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network CIC. Robin gained his Master of Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and was elected a Member of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction in 2015. Robin has served on two NICE public health guidance development groups and has worked internationally with WHO Europe. Robin has been an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool on the MPH programme since 2008 and also lectures on the Improving Health in Europe module. An experienced public health advocate and communicator, recent HEG campaigns and research around electronic cigarettes and sugary drinks have meant Robin is regularly called on by local and national media for comment. Robin is a keen cyclist and commutes to work by bicycle. He has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and from Liverpool to Paris raising funds for charity. --------------------- Nicola Calder, Project Manager, Food Active and Food and Nutrition Lead, Health Equalities Group Nicola Calder leads the Food and Nutrition Programme and is currently the Project Manager for Food Active, a regional healthy weight programme delivered by the Health Equalities Group on behalf of the North West Directors of Public Health. Nicola, who has a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health, has recently worked as a research associate with the Food Policy Team at the Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool. Nicola joined Heart of Mersey from secondment at the Department of Health North West in Manchester where she was part of the food and nutrition team. Previous to this Nicola worked as a Food and Health Advisor within a community Nutrition and Dietetic Department for 7 years.