AGM and Annual Workshop 2021

Virtual delegate pack 

Thank you for registering to join our virtual Annual Workshop this year. This is your virtual delegate pack, containing all the information you’ll need ahead of the session. Please be advised that we’ll continue to add to this page, so be sure to check back in for more updates. 

This year, both the AGM and Annual Workshop will be run using MS Teams. The joining link will be added to the calendar invitation a few hours before the session.

We advise that attendees join the call either on a desktop computer or a laptop. This will ensure that all delegates gain full access to breakout rooms and voting functionalities.

Prior to joining, please ensure:

  • That you have signed up for and downloaded Microsoft Teams onto your device
  • To avoid disruptive echo on the call, please use earphones where possible

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The Annual Workshop is a chance to explore and discuss key policy issues as well as challenges and opportunities within the PH system with fellow colleagues.

The session also includes the ADPH Annual General Meeting and the Annual Report Celebration. This year's interactive workshop is titled Levelling Up: Creating the conditions for a good childhood for all. The session will explore the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on delivering public health services during the pandemic and opportunities to build on innovations and insights for future design and delivery. Discussion will then turn to the key aspects of a levelling up agenda for a good childhood and the DPH role in providing local leadership. The full programme is included below:
12.00 | Welcome and introduction | Prof. Jim McManus, ADPH Vice President, DPH Hertfordshire

12.05 | Presidential reflections | Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, ADPH President, DPH Tameside

12.20 | Annual Report Celebration | Nicola Close, ADPH CEO
Overview of submissions and presentation of last year's highlights
12.30 | ADPH Annual General Meeting 

13.15 | Comfort break

13.30 | Interactive workshop - Levelling Up: Creating the conditions for a good childhood for all
Chaired by Prof. Jim McManus, ADPH Vice President, DPH Hertfordshire.

Speaker presentations followed by Q&A
  • Charlotte Ramsden OBE, President of ADCS
  • Prof. Sally Holland, Children's Commissioner for Wales
  • Alison Morton, Executive Director of IHV
  • Wendy Burke, DPH North Tyneside Council
14.45 | Group discussions
15.05 | DPH panel and plenary  
Commentaries by the panellists followed by Q&A
15.25 | Summary and closing remarks | Prof. Jim McManus, ADPH Vice President, DPH Hertfordshire

15.30 | Close

In order of appearance...

Jim McManus is Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire. He has worked in local government, the third sector, the NHS and commercial sector. Jim is Chair of the Behavioural Science in Public Health Network a Trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, London and recently a Trustee of the Notre Dame de France Refugee Centre.  He is an Hon Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He recently completed a Health Foundation Generation Q Fellowship with postgraduate studies at Ashridge Business School.

Jim is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Registered Public Health Specialist and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Jim is Population Health lead for the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP and leads the County Council’s corporate transformation Programme in prevention and demand management.

Jim has an interest in leadership and organizational development and has worked on leadership in a range of settings including recently joint leadership learning between local government, NHS and public health graduate trainees and registrars. Jim is one of a pool of leadership mentors for new DsPH and provides leadership training for people aspiring to practitioner registration with the UK Public Health Register. In 2011 he was awarded the Good Samaritan Medal for Excellence by Pope Benedict XVI, the highest honour for healthcare, the Vatican award.

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy is President of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), having been elected in May for 3 years (2018 - 2021). Jeanelle’s priorities as ADPH president are to continue to develop the Association as a well-respected and vibrant DPH member-led organisation, promoting our unique voice as local public health system leaders. She is also passionate about advocating for equality in all its forms.

Jeanelle joined Tameside Borough Council in Greater Manchester as Director of Population Health in August 2018. Prior to this, she was Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Haringey for 8 years; she helped establish the London Association of Directors of Public Health in 2012 and was co-chair until 2014. She was Deputy Director of Public Health in Nottingham before becoming Director of Public Health for Haringey. Jeanelle trained and worked as a doctor in South Africa and the UK before specialising in public health in the UK.

Charlotte qualified as a social worker 30 years ago in Manchester and worked in a variety of roles around Greater Manchester. She became the DCS in Salford in 2014 and a year later took on the DASS role to head the People Directorate. She has also been heavily involved in the GM devolution, as coordinator of the children’s programme, working with GM DCSs to create the GM CYP plan. In October 2020, Charlotte was awarded the OBE for services to Children’s Services.

Charlotte has previously been chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee in 2016 and assumed the Presidency of the Association on 1 April 2021.

In her inaugural address, Charlotte stated that she would use her platform to urge a long-term plan for children and families as part of the pandemic recovery. The plan will focus on “enabling all children to achieve their potential, whilst retaining a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable”. Click here to view Charlotte’s inaugural presidential address.

Sally is the independent children’s commissioner for Wales. Her role is to protect and promote children’s human rights. She has completed the first 6 years of her 7 year term of office and in that time she and her team have successfully campaigned for statutory guidance on bullying, a new law ending corporal punishment in Wales, statutory advocacy for all children receiving social care services and statutory guidance on a whole-school approach for mental health and wellbeing, amongst many other issues. Most recently they’ve been campaigning for a No Wrong Door approach to accessing mental health services.

Her priorities are guided by children through regular surveys, an extensive children’s ambassadors rights network and a strategic steering group of young people.

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Sally was Professor of Social Work at Cardiff University - a post she will return to in 2022.

Alison is Executive Director at the Institute of Health Visiting. She is driven to ensure that every child has the best start in life. Alison has an extensive background in health visiting practice, research, leadership and policy, and was one of the Professional Advisors for Health Visiting at the Department of Health from 2014. Her previous roles include: Best Start in Life Programme Manager at Public Health England; Head of Nursing for children’s public health in Hampshire and NIHR Clinical Academic with an interest in implementation science and co-production..

Wendy is an experienced public health specialist and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She has had a career in the NHS spanning 27 years as a nurse, health visitor and clinical manager. She has been employed by North Tyneside since 2013 and has been DPH in the council since 2016.  Wendy is responsible for around 100 staff including the Council’s in- house 0-19 Children’s Public Health Service (health visitors and school nurses) who TUPE transferred into the organisation from the NHS in 2017. Wendy is also the NE ADPH lead for children and young people. 

At this year's Annual Workshop, we will present an overview of the Annual Public Health reports received for the 2020-2021 submission round.

The presentation will be an opportunity to showcase the role of Directors of Public Health by shining a spotlight on the great work being carried out by local public health teams across the country, celebrating the success of all our members, and promoting the exchange of good practice.

Public Health Annual Reports 

Directors of Public Health in England have a statutory duty to write an Annual Public Health Report to demonstrate the state of health within their communities. It is a major opportunity for advocacy on behalf of the health of the population and as such can be extremely powerful both in talking to the community and also to support fellow professionals in public health.

Click here to read the ADPH guidance on Annual Reports.
Slides have been listed in order of appearance:

One of ADPH's priorities is supporting its members in their role as public health leaders. Click here to find out more about the benefits of membership.

This page contains further details about our COVID-19 support offer for members. All COVID-19 related publications can be viewed on this page, including briefings, statements and blogs.

We also run a Mentoring Scheme, which aims to offer DsPH who are relatively new in post and in interim/acting positions, support and guidance from colleagues who have had more experience in a substantive DPH role. The scheme also aims to support Associate members who are aspiring to become DsPH. Click here to find out more.
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