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.

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The Team

Laura Neilson

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...

Charlotte Cockman

Charlotte Cockman

A Weight Management and Obesity Dietitian by trade, Charlotte is passionate about mitigating the impact of poverty...

Anna Pratt

Anna Pratt

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

Sam Pratt

Sam Pratt

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


Beth Knowles

Beth has a wealth of experience working in advocacy and communications within politics, policy and the NGO sector.

Jen Davies

Jen Davies

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

Sarah Cockman

Dr Sarah Cockman

Sarah is a paediatrician working in Bolton. She has delivered outreach clinics in B&Bs with families experiencing homelessness...

Jo Spurling

Jo Spurling

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

Emma Longstaff

Emma Longstaff

Emma worked as a primary school teacher in Salford for 17 years. She started with Shared Health delivering the Healthy...

Abi Turley

Dr Abi Turley

Abi is a junior doctor in the NHS, where she is training to become a Psychiatrist. She has a particular passion for the mental...

Angie Ouattara (2)

Angie Ouattara

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

Matthew Frosdyck

Matt Frosdyck

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

Sally Cross

Sally Cross

Sally has a degree in Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology and while studying developed an interest in unique...


Dr Andrew Elliott

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


Ischia Wise-Martin

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

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...

Laura Neilson

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...