Joan Devlin; Chief Executive Belfast Healthy Cities & Head of the WHO Secretariat European Healthy Cities Network
Joan Devlin is Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities. In delivering the WHO Healthy City requirements, Belfast Healthy Cities has been instrumental in pioneering new approaches to health and inequalities and in placing health and well being on the agenda of many sectors. In her role, Joan works with government departments, local government agencies, statutory, voluntary and community organisations.
Joan has worked within the WHO Regional Office for Europe on the European Healthy Cites programme since 2004, she was elected chair of the WHO Advisory Committee in 2004 – 2008, during which she also chaired the WHO Sub Network on Health Impact Assessment. In 2009 she became Head of the WHO Secretariat European Healthy Cities Network
Prior to working for Belfast Healthy Cities, Joan was employed by Save The Children and worked locally and across the UK in the areas of childcare; family work; community development; poverty & health and evaluation. Joan is a founder member and chair of CDHN (Community Development & Health Network, Northern Ireland) (1995- 2000), a member of the UK & Ireland Healthy Cities National Network Steering Committees and a member of the Executive Programme Group of the Belfast Strategic Partnership.