Gwen is a joint Assistant Director with her job-share partner Katherine Merrifield.

Gwen is an Assistant Director in the Healthy Lives team leading work to improve public health policy, systems and practice. Her work focuses on supporting the public health leadership system, influencing national, local and regional government to take joined up action to tackle the wider determinants of health and building insights into how to communicate health inequalities to the public. 

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Gwen had a twenty-year career in the Civil Service working on a range of social policy issues. With Katherine she led the drug and alcohol unit at the Home Office. She has also led work on childhood obesity policy, health system reform and supporting the third sector. 

Gwen is also a Social Mobility Foundation Mentor providing support to young people to progress their studies and careers.

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