About us

Shared Health Foundation (SHF) is an initiative of the Oglesby Charitable Trust (OCT), which is seeking to tackle health inequalities across Greater Manchester.

There is growing evidence to show that health inequalities are hitting deprived communities. Those living in the poorest areas are facing a life expectancy over a decade shorter than those in most affluent areas and in turn, GPs working in these communities require a different approach to address those health needs effectively.

The team at SHF is working with programmes that have already proven to be successful to support them to run at a larger scale. The OCT has previously commissioned several reports about health inequality in our city region.  Read these here

Key People

Michael Oglesby- Founder Shared Health Foundation

Michael is Chairman of the Oglesby Charitable Trust and founder of Bruntwood, one of the leading commercial property owners in the North West. Michael has long held the belief that the only way to resolve the acknowledged disparity between healthcare in different sections of the community is to convince people to take greater responsibility for their own health.  He believes that if we are to help those most in need we have to do things differently. His hope is, that The Shared Health Foundation, which has similar aims to the health devolution agenda in Greater Manchester, will be pivotal in bringing about this change.

Key People

Elaine Griffiths- Steering Group Member

As CEO and co-founder of the Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust, Elaine is passionate about the potential role of SHF in being able to help to improve the health outcomes of people in the less affluent areas of Greater Manchester. With a professional background in food and nutrition, and 20 years experience in community led regeneration, Elaine strongly believes that there are many local community, voluntary groups and charities that already hold the answers.

Key People

Jane Oglesby - Steering Group Member

Jane is a trustee of the Oglesby Charitable Trust and has a keen interest in improving people’s health. Jane is a qualified GP and through this has gained keen insights and experience, which she brings to Shared Health Foundation. Jane is particularly interested in how food and nutrition affect health and the link with food production and the impact on health.

Key People

Steve Connor - Steering Group Member

Steve is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Creative Concern, the North’s leading issues-based communications agency and has a long track record of working on major strategic issues for Greater Manchester such as climate change, sustainable transport, fuel poverty and city brand. He leads a team of 30 writers, designers, filmmakers and marketeers from the company’s city centre base.


Key People

Louise Magill- Steering Group Member

Relationship Manager Oglesby Charitable Trust 

Louise is passionate about the role of the third sector in contributing to our society. Louise is inspired by the passion, commitment, good stewardship and innovation the third sector brings. Louise has worked alongside many organisations supporting them in growth, structure and development, always focused on achieving successful outcomes. 

Key People

Laura Neilson- Project Lead

Laura initially became interested in health inequalities when she was a member of an Eden Project in Fitton Hill, Oldham. In response to this experience she set up Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC, a not for profit organisation delivering NHS services in deprived areas of Greater Manchester. Laura is married with three boys and is a junior doctor.


Key People

Marie Marshall - Team Member

Marie is a clinical academic nurse with many years of experience and is passionate about nursing. Working at Central Manchester Childrens' Hospital she specialises in childhood diabetes.  Marie completed a PhD looking at how diabetes affects relationships and expectations amongst children, young people and their parents. Marie is committed to enabling people to engage with their health and wellbeing.  She finds the young people in her clinics inspiring and is humbled by how they adapt to their diagnosis and are determined to live life to the full.


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