Place and Wellbeing

Place and Wellbeing’s purpose is to provide world class evidence, data and public health expertise to drive improvements in the health of the Scottish population. This includes working at local, regional and national levels in areas such as the economy, poverty, healthy and sustainable places, mental wellbeing, health behaviours, and child public health.

Claire is responsible for work on place-based approaches to health and wellbeing, poverty and the economy, and health & care, which includes cancer, mental wellbeing, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gambling. Claire is a Corporate Parent and co-chairs the Wellbeing Group in PHS.

She worked initially in the NHS in England, and for many years as an auditor looking at value for money, which she applies in her work now at PHS.

Matt is responsible for supporting the local system including Community Planning Partnerships, Local Government, Health and Social Care Partnerships, GP clusters, Territorial NHS Boards, Spatial Planning and Place-making, Inclusion health, Racialised inequality and Gender-based violence.

Matt has significant experience in local and national government, and public health. He was appointed as Head of Communities and Local Partners upon the formation of Public Health Scotland.

Areas of responsibility include public mental health, reproductive, maternal and child public health, sexual health analytics, social care, alcohol, drugs, gambling, tobacco and vaping, diet, healthy weight, physical activity, primary care, women’s health, chronic conditions, cancer analytics and adult screening. 

Richmond has significant experience from NHS, academic and private sectors. He is a registered Mental Health Nurse and Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science. He is also non-executive director and trustee at the Scottish Library & Information Council.

Pamela is responsible for health and work, poverty, social security, community wealth building, regional and local economies, transport, environment, housing and climate challenge.

Pamela has worked in local government focusing on economic development and poverty. Prior to joining PHS she was on a secondment working alongside Scottish Government and COSLA  to transform the employability support system in Scotland.

Last updated: 06 October 2022