Harry Rutter, Director of Halsa Consulting, was the founder director of the National Obesity Observatory;  led the establishment of the Department of Health National Child Measurement Programme; and was a core contributor to the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool for Walking and Cycling. He has a long track record of work at local, regional, national and international levels on transport and health, especially the relationships between active travel, physical activity, public health, built environment, and sustainability. He uses techniques such as health impact assessment and health needs assessment to identify solutions to difficult public health challenges.

He is a senior clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he is leading a project with The Health Foundation on new models of public health evidence, and led on the recent SPOTLIGHT project. He teaches on both climate change and obesity at undergraduate and graduate levels for the Department of Public Health at Oxford University where he is an honorary senior clinical lecturer. He is an adjunct professor in both the Department of Public Health at University College Cork and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and an external examiner for the MSc in Health Policy at City University.

He was a member of the project management team for the Foresight obesity project, and of the Department of Health Expert Advisory Group on obesity and its Expert Group on social marketing. He recently sat on two NICE Programme Delivery Groups: he chaired the group developing guidance on Walking and Cycling, and sat on the group developing guidance on ‘Preventing Obesity – working with local communities‘. He chairs the scientific advisory board for the Irish Health Review Board Centre for Health and Diet Research, and sat on the International Advisory Board for the Canadian CAPTURE project on evaluation.

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