I joined UCLan in 1995 to set up its Healthy University initiativeI and my team are engaged in research, evaluation, teaching, training, network development and programme delivery. We currently lead the UK Healthy Cities Network and the UK National Network of Healthy Universities and help co-ordinate the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health and Prisons. I have a background in health promotion, public health, community development, healthy cities and environmental and sustainable transport policy – and have worked in a range of roles within the health service, voluntary sector and local government. I have been a consultant to WHO Europe and a member of its Healthy Cities evaluation team. I have published widely and am a member of the Editorial Board for Critical Public Health. I was co-chair of the UK Health for All Network from 1992-1994 and chaired the International Union of Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings from 2007-2011.