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Established in 2015, and initially known as the Academic-Practitioner Partnership for Healthier Housing (APPHH), the Healthier Housing Partnership (HHP) is an independent partnership of academics, housing, environmental health and regeneration practitioners and housing and health researchers. 

Our aims are to promote healthier housing and raise the standard of existing and new housing which we believe will achieve wider social and economic benefits.


We promote a holistic concept of healthier housing and living conditions, recognising the importance and interrelationship of the dwelling, its users and the wider determinants of health. 


Building on a legacy of over 50 years’ experience, our members have worked in advocacy, research and/or on the front-line:

  • dealing with the unhealthy state of individual dwellings;

  • working on positive actions to improve the condition of types or areas of housing;

  • undertaking research into the consequences of people experiencing unhealthy, insecure and/or unsafe housing and living conditions; and

  • developing, implementing and promoting innovative actions and policies that have been used to tackle these problems.  


We operate as an evidence-led partnership providing leadership, advocacy and capacity building, and co-operating with a wide range of stakeholders across relevant sectors.

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About Us

Our Members

Peter Archer

Founder member and former Chair and Trustee of Care and Repair England; Past President, International Federation of Environmental Health

Dr Stephen Battersby MBE

Environmental Health and Housing Consultant; Past President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

John Bryson

Housing, Health and Regeneration Consultant; formerly Trustee and Chair of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Sheffield City Council

Dr Surindar Dhesi

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Risk Management, University of Birmingham

Frances Heywood OBE

Formerly Trustee, Care and Repair England and Senior Research Fellow, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Martin Hodges

Independent Consultant, formerly Research Associate with Care and Repair England, and with Bristol City Council

Gill Leng

Director, GLHS; formerly National Lead: Homes and Health, Public Health England

Jade Lewis

Advocate for a healthy, sustainable built environment
Zena Lynch

Honorary Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Health and Risk Management, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham and Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Sheila Mackintosh

Housing Consultant; Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England

Dr Rachael McClatchey, BMBS, MSc, FFPH

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Senior Research Fellow in the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol & doctoral candidate, Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of England

Professor Alan Murie

Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham

Simon Nicol

Director for BRE Housing, Building Research Establishment

David Ormandy

Professor and Visiting Academic, School of Law, University of Warwick


Karen Saunders

Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead, Public Health England, West Midlands

Jon Stevens

Housing and Communities Research, University of Birmingham, formerly Chief Executive of a Birmingham Housing Association

Barry Toon

CP4SO; Birmingham Selly Oak Caretaker Society

Dr Richard Turkington FRSA

Director, Housing Vision, former Trustee, Care and Repair England, member of the European Network for Housing Research

Liz Webster

Head of Environmental Health, Public Protection, Economy & Environment,

North Lincolnshire Council

Bob Young

Urbanist and Housing Practitioner

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