Fit For Purpose’10: Keynote Speakers

Fit for Purpose Conference 23rd April 2010
Keynote Speakers

Dr Lynne Friedli works across Europe to support the development of public mental health, as well as delivering training and policy advice within the UK. She is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health. She wrote “Making it possible: improving mental health and well-being in England” on behalf of the National Institute for Mental Health in England and contributed to the Bamford Review of mental health promotion in Northern Ireland and the UK Government’s Foresight programme Mental Capital and Wellbeing.

Her report for WHO Europe and the Mental Health Foundation on Mental health, resilience and inequality was published last year and she has just completed (with Michael Parsonage) an economic analysis of the benefits of mental health promotion for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Mary Allison started working life studying music and drama then gravitated to a degree in leisure studies.  After graduation she spent many years in research-related roles. The overall theme of quality of life was strong throughout her research and led to a particular interest in better health and wellbeing. She then took up her first post in Health Scotland as Research Specialist for Physical Activity, Older People and Environment. After a couple of years she went on secondment to Scottish Executive where she stayed for three years, returning in 2005 to be Head of Health Topics. In October 2008, she took up post as Director of Programme Design and Delivery.