Meet the team

Professor Liddy Goyder | Staff profile

Liddy leads the Public Health and Inequalities theme in CLAHRC YH and is Professor of Public Health, and Deputy Dean, at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).

Liddy joined ScHARR in 1998 and having completing higher specialist training in general practice and public health 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 the 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 | Staff profile

Annette is the Theme Manager for the Public Health and Inequalities theme of CLAHRC YH and also manages the Yorkshire Health Study.

Annette 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, including 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 experience of work in the NHS as a Research Lead for a Primary Care Trust in Sheffield.

Dr Liz Such | Staff profile

Liz is a Research Fellow in Public Health at ScHARR with a particular focus on minority ethnic and migrant health equity.

Liz previously worked as a policy lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and a social researcher for the UK government in the fields of employment, skills and equality; a lecturer in Canada and a Beltane Parliamentary Engagement Fellow for a sedentary behaviour project in the Scottish Parliament.  Liz was seconded to Public Health England in 2017 to work with their health equity team on modern slavery.

Her work in the Public Health and Inequalities theme of CLAHRC YH is within the ‘Tailoring interventions to address ethnic inequalities’ work stream. 

Professor Sarah Salway | Staff profile

Sarah joined the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, in 2017 as Professor of Public Health, having previously worked in ScHARR and Sheffield Hallam University. She gained her PhD in Public Health Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1997 and then spent extended periods researching in India and Bangladesh. 

Sarah has a background in sociology, demography and public health and expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methodologies.

Sarah has worked extensively on the health needs and experiences of migrant and minority ethnic populations in the UK and her work for CLAHRC YH is within the ‘Tailoring interventions to address ethnic inequalities’ work stream. 

Sarah is currently engaged in work under the umbrella of the NIHRNational School for Public Health Research.  Sarah leads the cross-faculty Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group

Professor Paul Bissell | Staff profile

Paul became Professor of Public Health and Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, in 2017. Prior to this he was Professor of Public Health at ScHARR, University of Sheffield, one of the largest schools of public health and health services research in the UK.

From a strong background in the social sciences, with BA, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Manchester, Paul’s academic career has concerned inter-disciplinary work in the health sciences. He remains an active researcher and strongly committed to student experience and outcomes in Higher Education.

Paul leads the Healthy Weight work stream within the Public Health and Inequalities theme of CLAHRC YH, exploring and sharing new directions in healthy weight/obesity work in academia and local authorities, and promoting the development of research.


Catherine Homer | Staff profile

Catherine is a Research Fellow who joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) in Autumn 2017. 


Catherine also works as a Public Health Specialist in the public health team at Rotherham Borough Council and is currently completing her PhD on the experience and expectation of bariatric surgery patients.


Catherine's research and professional interests include obesity and weight management, fuel poverty, cold homes and health inequalities. Her work in the Public Health and Inequalities theme of CLAHRC YH concerns identifying and fulfilling priority evidence needs for local authorities, to develop a regional platform for research priority setting and project development, with a focus on tackling health inequalities.