Coventry City Council has named a new Director of Public Health & Wellbeing to lead the drive towards a healthier, more active city.
Liz Gaulton, who has been serving as Interim Director of Public Health, is to take over the role on a permanent basis.
Liz succeeds Dr Jane Moore, who has moved to take up a regional position with the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Liz will be responsible for leading the City Council’s public health work to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the city.
The team works to reduce inequalities in health and leads projects in areas such as tackling obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles to encourage everyone to do more to keep themselves healthy for longer. It is also working to ensure it is an integral part of 2021 when Coventry is UK City of Culture.
Cllr George Duggins, Leader of the City Council, said: “I am delighted that Liz has been appointed to the post of Director and will continue to lead the outstanding work of the team in Coventry.
“During her time as Interim Director she has shown how committed she is to tackling health inequalities and making Coventry a healthier and more active city – which is a vital part of our future plans.”
Cllr Kamran Caan, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport added: “I know Liz and her team will help to further that good work and continue to change lives in our city.
“We now have a greener city centre with improved footpaths and cycle routes. We are European City of Sport 2019, our parks have new fitness trails; there are exciting new developments such as the waterpark and 50m swimming pool; and next year we celebrate Coventry’s Year of Wellbeing.”
Liz said: “I am really honoured to be named the new Director of Public Health & Wellbeing for Coventry.
“The city is changing and developing all the time, with exciting times ahead and I am looking forward to working with councillors, senior officers and other organisations to make sure the health and wellbeing of the people of Coventry is at the heart of everything we do.”
To find out more about its work, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/publichealth