Staff

Staff

Emma Rigby
Chief Executive

Emma has led AYPH since it was set up in 2008 working at a national level to improve young people’s health. She leads the Young People’s Health Partnership (YPHP) a consortia of youth and young people’s health charities, and represents AYPH and YPHP in a number of strategic forums including the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Emma works closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England championing young people’s participation and better understanding of young people’s health needs and experiences. Previously she worked in a range of membership organisations including as Capacity Building Director at the International Alliance of Patients Organizations and as Development Team manager at AdviceUK.

Ann Hagell
Research Lead

Ann is a chartered psychologist with a specific interest in young people. She has a masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry. She has published widely on young people’s health and has worked with a range of funders, think tanks and universities in the field of adolescent development. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescence for 15 years, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for various journals and funders in the field.  Ann is also a member of the World Health Organisation GAMA (Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health) Advisory Group.

Vicky Robinson
Office and Partner Manager

Vicky is the Office and Partner Manager for AYPH, specialising in supporting policy work and events. Previously she worked in the domestic and sexual violence sector, providing comprehensive administrative and HR support to organisations and facilitating training events.

Lindsay Starbuck
Young People’s Participation Co-ordinator

Lindsay has extensive experience working with young people in the voluntary sector. She worked on AYPH’s innovative Be Healthy project involving young people affected by sexual exploitation and also runs training for professionals based on the model.

Jeremy Sachs
Project Manager with Health Practitioners

Jeremy has an extensive history designing, facilitating and managing front line services and artistic programmes for young people from marginalised backgrounds across the UK. Particular focuses have been on managing long term health conditions, mental health, exploring creativity and psychosocial wellbeing.

Lizzie Wortley
Research Associate

Lizzie is a paediatric registrar training in London.  Her special interests are health inequalities, young people’s health and advocacy. She is a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and sits on their Health Improvement Committee.

Rachael McKeown
Inequalities Policy Fellow

Rachael joined AYPH to lead our programme on how health inequalities are experienced by young people from different groups and backgrounds, building on earlier work from AYPH and the Health Foundation on the Young People’s Future Health Inquiry. Rachael previously worked at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, leading on publication of State of Child Health 2020.

Lucy Ross
Research Intern

Lucy has joined the team at AYPH as a Research Intern working on the publication of Key Data 2021. She is currently studying towards a masters in Social Research Methods and Statistics, with a particular interest in the social determinants of health inequalities. Lucy has interned with the Department for Education, where she worked on a project tracking the academic progress of children and young people based on various levels of intersectional disadvantage. Lucy has also been involved with the Peterloo Institute, acting as a research lead on a current project investigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food insecurity in Manchester.

Eva Whitaker
Research Intern

Eva is currently working with AYPH as a Research Intern. Eva has just completed a degree in Psychology, graduating with First Class Honours. She was very involved with charity fundraising whilst at university and is now interested in a career in research in the voluntary sector. During her internship she is helping the team on their release of Key Data 2021