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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

Belfast Healthy Cities Staff

Anne McCusker

Programme Manager

Anne graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 with an MSSc in Social and Community Development and in 2004 with a BA in International Business Studies from Ulster University. Anne joined Belfast Healthy Cities in 2013 as Policy and Project Officer. Prior to this she worked for voluntary sector organisations developing and delivering programmes on health and wellbeing. Currently Anne is leading the development of the Health Literacy programme and also supports the Health Inequalities and Healthy Ageing programmes. Recent work includes the Reducing Inequalities: Getting Results Flagship Training Programme and development of the Walkability Assessment for Healthy Ageing tool. Anne has experience delivering training across a number of these work themes. Anne has a keen interest in holistic therapies and sports.

Caroline Scott

Office Manager

Caroline graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1994 with a degree in Sociology. Prior to joining Belfast Healthy Cities in 2002, she worked for Praxis and The Cedar Foundation. Since joining Belfast Healthy Cities she has worked in a number of roles and is currently Secretariat for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, which the Belfast office has held since 2009. Through her various roles she has developed a range of skills, in particular extensive experience in conference and event facilitation and management. She also completed a Certificate in Public Health Promotion at the Open University. Outside work, Caroline enjoys music, theatre, film, travel, reading and sport.

Maeve Brennan

Programme Officer

Maeve joined Belfast Healthy Cities in November 2023, coming to the organisation with a Master of Public Health degree and background in health promotion. Maeve has worked in a variety of health education and health promotion setting including the at the nonprofit and university level. She has used her degree to create university campus communities that promote positive health behaviours and teach young adults how to develop lifelong healthy habits. Maeve joins the team from the United States, with a keen interest in the connections between the built environment and health as well as health impacts of climate change. Maeve hopes to use this role to build health places which gives the most vulnerable an equal chance at living long healthy lives. When not at work Maeve enjoys baking, running and learning to play Gaelic football.

Charlene Brooks

Chief Executive

Charlene is an experienced and dynamic leader with a network of established relationships across the voluntary, public and private sectors.  She graduated from The University of Dundee with a Degree in Leadership and Management and Queens University Belfast, with a Diploma in Community Work. 

She has worked her entire career in the Voluntary and Community sector and has approximately 25 years experience of developing and promoting early intervention programmes and services. 

Charlene has significant leadership experience having led Regional Charity, Parenting Focus for over 7 years before joining Belfast Healthy Cities.  As well as leading Belfast Healthy Cities in her role as CEO, Charlene is the current Vice Chair of NICVA and Chair of the Charity Commission NI Independent Stakeholder Forum.