We’ve brought together experts to help realise our vision of a world where it’s easier to live healthy lives. Our small London-based team’s impact and influence is substantial and stretches beyond the United Kingdom. We also utilise our extensive network of experts and friends around the world to enrich our projects.
In addition to working with C3, our staff are deeply immersed in their specialties, often working on external projects and for other organisations, and sharing their expertise on advisory boards, steering groups and as trustees.
We leverage our staff’s knowledge and extensive connections to help you implement thoughtful, evidence-based projects. And, most importantly, we practise what we preach!
Christine Hancock after a career working in nursing and Britain’s NHS. When she was President of the International Council of Nurses she saw the impact the growing burden of chronic disease was having across the world. was the first person who made her aware that prevention was what was urgently needed.
Christine leads the small team at C3, building on the contacts she made when she was CEO at the Royal College of Nursing and before that as CEO of Waltham Forest’s NHS. An economist from LSE she believes in the power of data, clear evidence and a good case to secure support from all areas of society necessary to achieve the change that is needed to secure healthier lives, especially for the most disadvantaged people.
How Christine practises what she preaches:
Christine stays fit with a weekly Pilates session, she eats much more fruit and vegetables and her pedometer and the WalkIt.com web site have helped her find new areas of London.
Hester Rice is C3’s senior project manager and has been with the organisation since its inception in 2009. Before coming to C3 Hester worked for a political academic publishing house, developing an interest in the impact that social, political and economic constructs have on the way that people live their day-to-day lives. Hester was inspired to work with C3 because of the opportunity it offered to advocate for the social change that is needed to make our world a more healthful place.
Hester works across much of , overseeing and implementing projects, liaising with partners and coordinating C3’s internal processes. Hester works closely with C3’s monitoring and evaluation officer, particularly around the development of our overarching communications strategy. She has managed high-profile international health events in South Africa, Australia and India, as well as in the UK; overseen the production of numerous ; and she manages – a network of over 200 WPH professionals.
How Hester practises what she preaches:
After several failed attempts Hester finally gave up smoking on the eve of her first day at C3. She is a member of the London Publishers Softball League, she runs regularly and sometimes practices yoga in her sitting room. She always tries to walk rather than take public transport and spends weekends finding her way across London on foot, or on a country walk.
Sarah Clarke is monitoring and evaluation officer at C3. Sarah was drawn to public health, particularly C3’s NCD mission, after losing her father at a young age from lung cancer. Sarah’s background is in social and behavioural interventions in global health. Her most recent work was with the International Rescue Committee coordinating an intensive health case-management programme for refugees resettled in Maryland, USA. Sarah’s specialty is qualitative research, and she has completed projects with the IRC, Médecins Sans Frontières and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
How Sarah practises what she preaches:
Since joining C3 Sarah’s fruit consumption has increased significantly, her stair climbing has become much more ambitious, and she tries to get up from her desk at least once an hour.
Jane Abraham is the workplace health and wellbeing associate at C3. Jane developed her interest in this field after working in economic development and seeing the links between the improved health of the workforce and its impact on productivity and growth.
She is passionate about how using workplaces as a setting to improve individuals’ lifestyles can have significant impacts on the quality of life of individuals, benefit their wider communities, and can also bring about business success. A win-win scenario. She also wants to create more robust evidence about what really works so it is easier for businesses of all sizes to make good choices.
Jane is considered a specialist in her field with a wealth of experience in workplace health and wellbeing across policy, strategy, academia and with award winning delivery programmes. She has worked in this field for local government, across the UK in the areas of greatest health inequalities for the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) healthy communities team, and as one of the Regional Workplace Health and Wellbeing Champions delivering the Black report (2008) strategic outcomes in the SW of England. Jane has also been involved in extensive research with both UK and global academic research programmes, especially regarding engaging SMEs.
As well as working with C3 Jane is a Policy Fellow with the Joint Work and Health Unit (DH and DWP) and the Academic Lead on workplace wellbeing for University of Exeter business and medical schools.
How Jane practises what she preaches:
Before joining C3 Jane was an avid runner, completing many marathons. However, after many foot operations in 2015 she is not as light on her feet but walks wherever she can. As she hates the tube she is known to calculate walking times to all her meetings and can regularly clock up 20k steps per day. Jane tries to eat healthily (apart from chocolate occasionally!) and has never smoked and rarely drinks alcohol.
Pat Hughes is associate in nursing, health and development at C3. When Pat was a clinical nurse she loved working in fast-paced, intensive settings. She and her colleagues never considered how health promotion and prevention could be incorporated into their daily practice. Once Pat saw nurses’ potential impact in prevention, she was keen to get involved and joined C3.
Pat’s experience includes a variety of education, management and policy roles in the UK focusing on workforce and organisational development. Internationally, she worked with the World Health Organization, contributing to the organisation of the Second Ministerial Conference on Nursing and Midwifery; developed strategies for managing the nursing workforce; and established a pilot programme for community and home-based nursing in South East Asia. Her portfolio with the International Council of Nurses included professional regulation, education, women’s health and advanced nursing practice. She also managed a project providing refugee health information to health workers in Tanzania and Zambia.
Pat H.’s role:
Pat oversees C3’s health professionals projects, including the Healthy Nursing Collaborative and (WIN.).
How Pat H. practises what she preaches:
Before joining C3 it never occurred to Pat that she could walk instead of taking the Tube for only one stop (i.e., between Charing Cross and Oxford Circus). Now Pat is much more conscious of eating fruit and vegetables, joined a local Nordic walking group, practices mindfulness and meditation, and feels inspired every year by the pedometer step challenge through Global Corporate Challenge.
Michaela Nuttall is C3’s nursing associate. She is a cardiovascular nurse specialist with a unique and varied experience across the NHS and beyond. She developed her passion from prevention 20 years ago and has worked within it ever since.
Having recently left the NHS after 27 years, Michaela is the clinical director at Smart Health Solutions and is overjoyed to have joined C3 in 2016. Often seen as the voice of reason, and bringing balance and a pragmatic approach to prevention and health, she has been invited to join the Health Care Committee of Heart UK, Guidelines and Information working party of the British Hypertension Society, editorial boards and the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum. One of Michaela’s proudest achievements is founding the HEART UK NHS Health Check Awards.
Often not lost for words, she was delighted and overwhelmed when she won the Nutrition and Health Nurse of the Year Award in 2013.
Joining C3 has meant that Michaela can channel all her experience into prevention both in the UK and globally in supporting and driving forward the aims and goals this wonderful organisation.
Michaela leads on C3’s and NURSING YOU, a health and wellbeing app designed by nurses for nurses.
How Michaela practises what she preaches:
Since joining C3, Michaela now walks to and from the train station whenever she is in the C3 office. When no-one is watching she throws herself round the living room to a high intensity workout DVD 3 times a week. She already eats masses of vegetables every day. She has never been a big fan of fruit, so instead of increasing that she has cut down on any mid-week alcohol.
Beverley Walker is the accountant for C3 Collaborating for Health. She is also the founding director of Tall Horse Accounts Limited and is a Chartered Certified Accountant. She has worked in senior management positions at Blue Chip companies in London for several years, and now finds great satisfaction in sharing her knowledge and experience to assist small and medium-sized businesses.
Phil Veasey has a track record of creating and scaling high impact, sustainable strategies in local communities including: Building Powerful Scottish Communities, co-writing the recommendations for the Morgan Stanley ‘Healthy Cities London’ programme, the community sport element of the National School Sport Strategy, and the National Mini Tennis Programme, for the Lawn Tennis Association (now the way children are introduced to the sport globally). Phil currently sits on the Public Health England National Child Measurement Programme Board, and the Guys and St Thomas Charity Childhood Obesity Oversight Committee.
Phil became involved with C3 following his attendance at a C3 International Breakfast Seminar some 6 years ago, where visiting speaker Denise Stevens inspired him to further develop his passion for community engagement and development!
Phil now leads on community engagement at C3, with a determination to shift the public health conversation from the desk tops of clinicians to the doorsteps of communities. We have implemented community engagement projects with businesses such as Morgan Stanley and Nestlé, and with local authorities in various London communities including Wandsworth and Hounslow. To date, C3 has implemented community engagement projects in eight London boroughs and two United Kingdom communities.
How Phil practises what he preaches:
Phil is sporty! A typical week may include 2 rounds of golf, a tennis match, a swim, and a personal fitness session – followed by a weekly session with his physio!
Liz is research & projects officer at C3.
She is a chartered physiotherapist and continues to work as a physiotherapist alongside working with C3. Liz has worked in various areas of health including chronic pain, paediatrics, and women’s health, in addition to working in the acute hospital setting. Her interest lies in women’s health, in which she has completed a significant amount of post-graduate training, and educating all patients on health and lifestyle changes in order to improve their physical health and wellbeing.
Liz performs research for the various projects C3 is currently involved in. Her recent work includes obesity management.
How Liz practises what she preaches:
Liz enjoys keeping fit and anything that involves being outdoors. She recently completed an ‘intense’ stretch of the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain, and she enjoys regular 5-10km runs. She is also a Pilates teacher and teaches regularly alongside her physio work. She has recently discovered the joys of podcasts so tries to walk everywhere she can so she can listen to them!
Denise is president and founder of US-based MATRIX Public Health Solutions, creators of the CHESS™ community-engagement strategy used by C3. Denise was the Director of Evaluation for Community Interventions for Health (an Oxford Health Alliance programme) which was the first and most comprehensive multinational pilot study focused on the use of structural interventions with community coalition building, health education and social media to impact the burden of chronic disease.
She advises on evaluation, and C3’s CHESS community engagement programme.
Christopher Exeter is an associate at C3. He advises on strategy, fundraising, development and publications. Previously, he was a director at UnitedHealth Group, a senior fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, and a senior civil servant.
Vatsla Sharma is Public Health Communications Intern at C3. Vatsla holds a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and an MBA in Health and Hospital management. She became interested in public health during her clinical internship that made her realise the wider reach and impact of public health programs on populations.
Vatsla has seven years of progressive experience in global health. She has worked between India and the US for several organisations including Planning Commission of India, Jhpiego – non profit affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, Solidarity Bridge, DePaul University and Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. She has also completed projects for WHO, World Bank and United Nations. She possesses excellent health communication skills and is adept at engaging and liaising with key stakeholders and opinion leaders.
Vatsla’s expertise lies in program management, technical writing, monitoring and evaluation.
Vatsla’s role: At C3, Vatsla is involved in formulation and development of communications strategy and plan to reach and expand C3’s network. Her role entails designing and tailoring multimedia materials and content to disseminate C3’s key messages, including latest research findings as well as writing blog posts.
How Vatsla practises what she preaches: Vatsla recently graduated from the “Complete Health Improvement Program” (CHIP) – offered by the Lifestyle Management Institute which takes participants through 18 sessions running over two months aimed at lowering blood cholesterol, hypertension, blood sugar levels and excess weight by improving dietary choices and enhancing daily exercise thus aiding in prevention of several non communicable diseases. By the end of the program she had lost 4 pounds and had reduced her blood cholesterol level by 7 points. She continues to abide by the principles of the program by making a concerted effort to reduce her sugar intake, avoid processed food, increase dietary fibre and walk 10,000 steps each day.
Charlotte Langbo is interning at C3 during her semester abroad in London. She is in her third year studying biochemistry with a minor in Italian studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Drawn to C3’s approach to addressing chronic diseases through behaviour changes, Charlotte is looking forward to connecting her studies to public health in this role. In the future, she hopes to work in the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery research or clinical trial operations.
Charlotte’s role: Her day-to-day tasks vary from compiling research and writing a blog post to attending C3’s collaborator’s events. She works on whatever needs to be done around the office.
How Charlotte practises what she preaches: Charlotte loves to cook, and she often experiments with new veg recipes. She is an avid runner, striving to run a marathon in the near future. Hiking, surfing, skiing, and exploring the outdoors are some of her favourite activities.
Jessica Brock is an intern with C3, alongside completing an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her major interest is in research and advocacy surrounding the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors, which she developed during her undergraduate degree in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Jessica was drawn to C3’s commitment to tackle NCD risk factors by collaborating with all sectors of society, which she recognises as important if we are to take a whole systems approach to the prevention of NCDs.
Jessica’s role: At C3, Jessica undertakes research to support various projects C3 is currently engaged in.
How Jessica practises what she preaches: When she is not busy studying, Jessica loves to engage in lots of different physical activities, from running around her local green spaces in London, to bouldering and attending Zumba classes with friends. She also loves to practise yoga, and cook healthy and nutritious food for her and her friends.
Emily Cline is interning at C3 while studying abroad in London from January to May of 2019. She is 3rd-year student at the University of Notre Dame studying the liberal arts, anthropology, and economics.
While she has always had a passion for health and wellbeing, she became particularly interested in the field of public health after experiencing blood clots and a pulmonary embolism at the age of 19, the risk factors and symptoms of which she had no knowledge of at the time. After making a full recovery, she recognised the importance of outreach and public health programs in the prevention of non-communicable diseases and wanted to get involved with similar initiatives. Emily was attracted to C3’s holistic view of health and the variety and breadth of their projects, and hopes to use what she’s learned from her social science and humanities courses in real-world applications as an intern.
Emily’s role: At C3, Emily conducts research on various global health-related topics, attends local public health events, and assists with social media posting and other communications support.
How Emily practises what she preaches: Emily enjoys spending time outdoors and often goes running as a way to explore her local community. She has also Irish Danced since she was 4
years old, and has a passion for experimenting with healthy recipes.