Title: Programme Manager- Planning and Health
Organization: Public Health England
Location: London, England
Michael is an experienced and qualified Town Planner with the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has an undergraduate planning degree from New Zealand and postgraduate qualifications from the UK. For his achievement and contribution to public health in the UK, he is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Michael has a diverse range of spatial planning experience and practical knowledge, with specialist expertise in healthy urban planning. He initiated and led the Town and Country Planning Association’s Planning and Health programme producing seminal publications on the practice of delivering healthy places through the planning and development process, including engaging with the private sector industry. Currently as Programme Manager for an executive national agency, Public Health England, he provides expert spatial planning advice across the agency and other government departments to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
As part of his commitment to improve the art and science of public health spatial planning, Michael initiated and co-founded the Health and Wellbeing in Planning Network in 2018, is currently writing a book on improving the practice of Public Health Spatial Planning. He is involved in a range of advisory roles and appointments, including Visiting Fellow at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, Chair of the Essex Livewell Development Accreditation Panel, and was a Policy Fellow with the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, and Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar 2018 session on Building Healthy, Equitable Communities supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.