Meet the team

Professor Liddy Goyder

Liddy is the Health Inequalities Theme Lead and the Section Director and Reader in Public Health Medicine.

Liddy joined ScHARR in September 1998 and is a Professor of Public Health and Deputy Dean of ScHARR. Since completing higher specialist training in general practice and public health, she has pursued interests in both developing the public health evidence base and getting evidence into practice through research and teaching. Liddy has an NHS honorary contract with NHS Sheffield and contributes to public health training in both East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber regions. She has a research programme in the fields of type 2 diabetes and health inequalities, currently with a focus on evidence-based public health – both evidence synthesis and knowledge translation.

Dr Annette Haywood

Annette is the Public Health & Inequalities Theme Manager and she also manages the Yorkshire Health Study ( 

She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a PhD in women’s reproductive health from the University of Sheffield. She has a varied research and evaluation portfolio, which includes the development of a telehealth system for people with long term conditions, exploring older people’s perceptions of the built environment in acute care and examining the range of services available to young people moving from adolescent to adult mental health services. She also has NHS experience as a Research Lead for a Primary Care Trust in Sheffield.

Dr Liz Such

Liz Such is a Research Fellow for CLAHRC YH working in the field of Public Health and Inequalities with a focus on ethnicity and health. Liz has a background in physical activity and family life and spent several years working as a government researcher in the area of labour market inequalities, particularly relating to ethnicity.

Dr Sarah Salway

Sarah joined the Department of Sociological Studies at University of Sheffield in October 2017, having worked at ScHARR from January 2013.  Sarah has a background in sociology, demography and public health and formal training and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methodologies. She gained her PhD in Public Health Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1997 and then spent extended periods of time living and researching in India and Bangladesh.  Sarah’s work remains international and for the past 15 years or so she has worked extensively on the health needs and experiences of migrant and minority ethnic populations in the UK. As well as working with Liz Such on the ‘Tailoring interventions to address ethnic inequalities’ sub-theme of CLAHRC for Yorkshire & Humber, Sarah is currently engaged in work under the umbrella of the NIHR National School for Public Health Research.  Sarah leads the cross-faculty Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group

Professor Paul Bissell

Paul Bissell is Professor of Public Health and Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences. Paul has a background in the social sciences, having studied economics, politics and sociology (BA Econ) as an undergraduate, followed by an MA (Econ) in Applied Social Research Methods, and subsequently a PhD, all from the University of Manchester. Most of his academic career has been spent working in an inter-disciplinary capacity in the health sciences. Prior to working at the University of Huddersfield, he was Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR, University of Sheffield), one of the largest schools of public health and health services research in the UK. Whilst remaining an active researcher, Paul is equally passionate about learning and teaching, strongly committed to ensuring that students get the best possible experience and outcome from their studies. Paul was Director of the Public Health Section in ScHARR (University of Sheffield) from 2010-2014 and a member of the senior management group for over ten years. Previously, he worked at the School of Pharmacy, University of                                                             Nottingham, and maintains strong academic links with colleagues in pharmacy practice both nationally and                                                      internationally.

Catherine Homer

Catherine is a Research Fellow who joined Sheffield Hallam Universty in March 2011. Catherine also works as a Public Health Specialist in the public health team at Rotherham Borough Council and is currently undertaking her PhD on the experience and expectation of bariatric surgery patients.

Catherine was awarded her MA in Public Health with distinction from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. Previously she completed her BSc (Honours) Physical Activity, Exercise and Health at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003.

Catherine's research and professional interests include obesity and weight management, fuel poverty, cold homes and related harm and health inequalities. At the centre, Catherine's role is funded through Clahrc-YH (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research Care- Yorkshire and Humber) working within the Public Health and Health Inequalities theme to lead a project identifying and fulfilling priority evidence needs for local authorities. Over the course of the next five years the project will aim to 
develop a regional platform for research priority setting and project development with a focus on tackling 
health inequalities.

Work priorities within the local authority include leading work on fuel poverty for the health and wellbeing strategy and the commissioning of the healthy weight service framework. Catherine has 10 years' experience in Public Health and previously Sport and Physical Activity Development.