Meet the team

Meet the Team

We’re a dedicated team of public health advocates, behaviour change experts, nutritionists and communications specialists passionate about developing sports stadia as health-promoting settings.


Matthew oversees the strategic direction of the Network, and is responsible for stakeholder management (including members and country focal points), business development activities, and management of key projects.

Dr. Matthew Philpott

Director, European Healthy Stadia Network

With a MA and PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Warwick, and a background in academic research, Matthew now has over twelve years’ experience in marketing-communications and project management in both the private and charity sectors.


Robin has been Chief Executive of Heart of Mersey since the organisation’s launch in 2003 (becoming a charity in 2005) and CEO of the Health Equalities Group when this was established in March 2013. He is also a Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network CIC.

Robin Ireland

Director, European Healthy Stadia Network

Robin gained his Master of Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and was elected a Member of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction in 2015. Robin has served on two NICE public health guidance development groups and has worked internationally with WHO Europe. Robin has been an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool on the MPH programme since 2008 and also lectures on the Improving Health in Europe module.

An experience public health advocate and communicator, recent HEG campaigns and research around electronic cigarettes and sugary drinks have meant Robin is regularly called on by local and national media for comment.


Sandra is the Director of Public Health for Liverpool City Council and has been Chair of the European Healthy Stadia Network CIC since setting up as a social enterprise in 2012.

Dr. Sandra Davies

Non-Executive Director & Chair

Before taking up her current position at Liverpool City Council, Sandra worked as Associate Director of Public Health for Liverpool PCT and later Liverpool City Council and had a lead role over health improvement programmes and public health commissioning.

Sandra is a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She is very keen on physical activity, playing in women’s football teams across the country from the age of 12, and loves cycling and walking.


A keen public health advocate and communicator, Michael started at the UK-based Health Equalities Group in May 2015 on a voluntary basis, supporting the delivery of the Food Active and Give Up Loving Pop! campaigns and quickly migrated to Healthy Stadia to support the expansion of the organisation.

Michael Viggars

Development Officer

Having studied locally with Liverpool John Moores University, Michael has a background in Sports and Exercise Sciences and digital communications, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the design and delivery of Healthy Stadia’s bespoke community interventions and larger advocacy projects.


Alex is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Chester and a PGCert in Health Psychology from City University.

Alex Holt

Food and Nutrition Lead

Alex was instrumental in the construction of Healthy Stadia’s Healthy Match Mark, an interactive tool designed to capture data on professional sports clubs catering offers.

Alex leads on our training requirements for food and nutrition programmes which includes Healthy Goals and Give Up Loving Pop!

Prior to this Alex worked in both design and marketing and welfare-to-work before returning to university to pursue a passion for nutrition and health.


Andrew leads on our training requirements for smoking cessation programmes, in particular our Smokefree Squad campaigns, stadium steward / security training on tobacco control enforcement, and healthy lifestyle training for community coaches delivering our Healthy Goals programme.

Andrew Bennett

Alcohol and Drug Misuse Specialist

Andrew has worked in public health for almost 30 years. His work has focused on some of the biggest challenges to public health included alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, health inequalities, obesity, unintentional injuries and violence. Andrew designs and delivers health improvement programmes, which incorporate a range of approaches including behaviour change interventions; social marketing; advocacy; workforce development and research and evaluation.