Meet the Team

Alison Farrar
Alison Farrar: Public Health Workforce Lead, HEE NW

Public Health Workforce Lead, HEE NW


Working as part of the Health Education England working across the North West Team wider transformation team, Alison's role is to build public health capacity and capability across the healthcare system in the North West.

Her work has focused on health improvement and associated education resources such as a Making Every Contact Count e-learning education programme for the health, care and voluntary sectors.

Alison originally trained as a nurse and midwife at Lancaster before settling on the Wirral to work and raise a family. Experience as a practice nurse and in the private sector led to a career change in public health in order to pursue a particular interest in preventing illness and health improvement.

Programme Support, HEE NW

Working as part of the Health Education England across the North West, Terri and Holly provide administrative support to the Public Health Workforce Lead, Alison Farrar, coordinated by Christina Thomson.

Terri Ashton
Terri Ashton: Programme Support Administrator
Christina Thomson
Christina Thomson: Programme Support Officer
Holly Miller
Holly Miller: Programme Support Assistant

Terri has previously worked in the Credit Documentation Department of the Royal Bank of Scotland and as an Administrative Clerk in the Radiology Department of Stepping Hill Hospital before joining the North West HEE team in December 2021.

Christina has a background in project management and is a Prince2 practitioner. She most recently worked at Manchester Metropolitan University on their Covid-19 response project and the development of the new £65 million Science and Engineering new build and renovation. She joined HEE in November 2021 as the Programme Support Officer for the NW Nursing and Midwifery Directorate and coordinates the administrative duties for the PHPN programme.

Holly graduated from the University of Leeds in July 2020 and has since worked as a Booking Clerk at Ysbyty Enfys Vaccination Centre, Llandudno and as a Ward Clerk on the Gastroenterology Unit, Glan Clwyd Hospital, North Wales. She joined HEE in October 2021.

Nick Lowden
Nick Lowden: Project Manager - Public Health HEE NW

Project Manager Public Health, HEE NW NW


I am Nick Lowden, I am the Public Health Project Manager at HEE from May 2022. I was the Senior Workforce Development Officer at OHID North West from May 2021 after working in Greater Manchester developing and supporting workforces that aimed to reduce inactivity. I will bring knowledge and experience from previous roles to support the wider workforces in their role in supporting protecting and improving the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.

Richard Phillips
Richard Phillips: Workforce Development Manager, OHID NW

Workforce Development Manager, OHID NW


I have been Workforce Development Manager with PHE North West for the past five years working in conjunction with HEE to build capacity and capability in the public health workforce.

Success stories over this time have included the introduction of the UKPHR Practitioner Registration Scheme in the NW and the introduction of the Public Health Degree Apprenticeship.

I look forward to continuing my contribution to the development of the public health workforce and creating new opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in this area.

Stephen Peters
Stephen Peters: C&M Champs Public Health Collaborative Lead

C&M Champs Public Health Collaborative Lead


Steve joins the Champs Support team leading on Population Health Workforce Development in Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M). He brings a wealth of experience of workforce development, stakeholder engagement and programme management from his regional and national roles in the sport and physical activity sector.

Steve has ten years of strategic leadership experience as chair of trustees for an Active Partnership in the West Midlands and as a director of Rounders England. Steve has also lectured in Higher and Further Education.