About Us

In July 2015, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, published 'A Shared Responsibility: Tackling Inequalities in Health Across Great Manchester'. The report marked the culmination of an 18-month study. Analysing case studies from a range of effective voluntary sector and community organisations, highlighted ‘what works’ when tackling complex health and social care problems.

It recommended, the essential ingredients for effective change should include: a person-centred approach, strong relationships with local institutions and neighbourhood networks to unlock additional routes to good health, mutual support from commissioners and social services and fostering a shared responsibility for health.

And so, combining the expertise from health, education and VCSEs, Shared Health Foundation was formed.


The Team


Dr Laura Neilson

At the helm of Shared Health Foundation (as well as Hope Citadel and Focused Care) and as a practicing A&E doctor...


Emma Roe
Operations Manager

Emma is a registered nurse with experience in Manchester Children's Hospital A+E. Emma is the Operations Manager for Shared Health and Focused Care.


Dr Jen Davies
Clinical Psychologist

Jen Davies is a clinical psychologist and has worked for the NHS for 17 years. She has always been passionate about...


Angie Ouattara
Maternal Health Lead

Angie is an experienced midwife and Focused Care Practitioner, passionate about giving babies the best start in life...


Dr Andrew Elliott
Deprivation GPST Training Programme Director

Andy is a practicing GP with Hope Citadel and is the programme director for our GP Speciality Training programme...


Ischia Wise-Martin
Deprivation GPST Programme Administrator

Ischia is motivated by ensuring those in areas of deprivation are given the best care and attention. Her role focuses...


Jo Spurling
Community Impact Lead

Jo has primarily worked in the third sector in various roles and initially moved into the field of health to...


Matt Frosdyck
Focused Care Practitioner for Homeless Families

Matt’s background is as a support worker across mental health and substance misuse services. As an experienced...


Alison Gomersall
Focused Care Practitioner for Homeless Families

Alison is an experienced Social Worker who has worked in both Adult and Children’s Social Care...


Rebecca Kennedy
Therapeutic Counsellor

Rebecca is a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She works in...


Sam Pratt
Policy and Communications Lead

Having previously founded and run a production company for a decade, Sam knows what it takes to ensure the right...


James Banks
Digital Content Creator

James has a BA in Film Studies and Video Production and has had a wide range of experience working as Content Creator, Creative Project Manager, and Video Editor...


Iva Pehlivanova
Digital Content Creator

Iva is an experienced Video Editor, Videographer and Content Creator for social media platforms. She has a BA in Film and TV Production and is interested in storytelling...


Daniel Brown
Data Evaluation Coordinator

Dan has worked across various sectors in the NHS from pharmacy, Primary Care Support England, Hospital, and GP Practices. This gives him a broad understanding of the systems and practices that patients interact with...

Anna Pratt
HR and Cultural Lead

Anna has always worked in Primary Care and understands the nuances and complexities of working and living in areas...


Amarildo Mendes
Operations Coordinator


Beth Stone
Finance Administrator

Board members


Jane Oglesby - Chair

Jane’s background is as a GP working across the North West. Due to family commitments, she stopped work as...


Dr Laura Neilson

Laura is a practicing A&E doctor as well as founder of Shared Health Foundation, Focused Care CIC and Hope Citadel CIC...


Kate Vokes

After careers in food and management consultancy, Kate turned her people-focused approach to property...


Jane Platt

After graduating with a degree in Economics from Cardiff University, Jane returned to the North West to...