Becky Pollard has been appointed as Bristol City Council's new Director of Public Health and will be starting in her new role on 16 February within the Neighbourhoods Directorate.
Becky is an experienced Director of Public Health with almost 30 years' experience of developing and delivering public health interventions in a variety of settings. She previously worked for NHS North Somerset before leading on the integration of Public Health within North Somerset Council. She has also worked for Severn Deanery and Suffolk Health Authority where she set up the county's first multi-agency health partnership.
Becky has a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of the West of England.
Alison Comley, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods said: "Becky brings great energy and enthusiasm to drive forward the public health agenda within the city and a commitment to reducing health inequalities and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Bristol's citizens."
Becky said: "I am delighted to be taking up this role and am committed in particular to tackling the root causes of inequalities in health, building a strong and effective public health function within the council to deliver key public health programmes and working closely with our local partners through the Health and Wellbeing Board."
Key priorities will be to increase physical activity and uptake of NHS health checks, reduce uptake of smoking, reduce harm from excess alcohol use, tackle obesity, promote good sexual health and five ways to better mental health.
Becky adds: "I believe in making healthier choices easier choices by helping people to take control of their own health and wellbeing through providing information and support services alongside creating healthier environments."
Past significant achievements include: