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Professor Kate Ardern

Director of Public Health
Wigan Council

Kate read Medicine at Manchester University and has an MSc in Epidemiology and Health and Membership of the Faculty of Public Health. She was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health 2006. Kate is an Honorary Professor at Salford University and a Visiting Professor at Chester University. She is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity strategic advisory board, the Chief Medical Officer’s advisory roundtable on public health research, and is a member of General Advisory Council of the Kings Fund.

In addition to her substantive post as Director of Public Health for Wigan where she also is the Borough’s Chief Emergency Planning Officer, Kate is the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Lead DPH for Health Protection and Emergency Planning and in that role co-chairs the GM Local Health Resilience Partnership and is a member of the GM Resilience Forum. Throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic, Kate has been a core member of the Greater Manchester Strategic Coordinating Group overseeing the development of GM’s very successful integrated contract tracing system and is a senior officer adviser in attendance at the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Emergency Committee. In recognition of her contribution to pandemic response, the Financial Times magazine in Dec 2020 named her as one of their eighteen international “Women of the Year 2020”.