Emma Rigby, Chief Executive

Emma has led AYPH since it was set up in 2008 working at a national level to improve young people’s health. She leads the Young People’s Health Partnership (YPHP) a consortia of youth and young people’s health charities, and represents AYPH and YPHP in a number of high level strategic forums including the stakeholder group of the NHS England CYP Transformation Programme and as co-chair of the #iwill Health and Social Care Alliance. Emma works closely with NHS England, Public Health England, Government Departments, Universities and others championing young people’s participation and better understanding of young people’s health needs and experiences. Previously she worked in a range of membership organisations including as Capacity Building Director at the International Alliance of Patients Organizations and as Development Team manager at AdviceUK.


Ann Hagell, Research Lead

Ann is a chartered psychologist with a specific interest in young people. She has a masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry. She has published widely on young people’s health and has worked with a range of funders, think tanks and universities in the field of adolescent development. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescence for 15 years, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for various journals and funders in the field.  Ann is also a member of the World Health Organisation GAMA (Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health) Advisory Group.


Vicky Robinson, Office and Partner Manager

Vicky is the Office and Partner Manager for AYPH, specialising in supporting policy work and events. Previously she worked in the domestic and sexual violence sector, providing comprehensive administrative and HR support to organisations and facilitating training events.


Lindsay Starbuck, Young People’s Participation Co-ordinator

Lindsay has extensive experience working with young people in the voluntary sector. She worked on AYPH’s innovative Be Healthy project involving young people affected by sexual exploitation and also runs training for professionals based on the model.


Jeremy Sachs, Engagement Project Manager

Jeremy has an extensive history creating and managing front line psychosocial and health services for a range of service users. He leads on various projects covering a range of different methodologies and engagement strategies for multiple stakeholders. He is also an integrative trauma psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups with a specialist focus on sexual trauma recovery, longterm health conditions, the LGBTQI+ community and young people.


Lizzie Wortley, Research Associate

Lizzie is a paediatric registrar training in London.  Her special interests are health inequalities, young people’s health and advocacy. She is a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and sits on their Health Improvement Committee.


Rachael McKeown, Inequalities Policy Fellow

Rachael joined AYPH to lead our programme on how health inequalities are experienced by young people from different groups and backgrounds, building on earlier work from AYPH and the Health Foundation on the Young People’s Future Health Inquiry. Rachael previously worked at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, leading on publication of State of Child Health 2020.


Esta Orchard, Education Lead

Esta leads on the design and development of training and education at AYPH. Esta is a trainer and environmental psychologist with a specialist interest and experience in participatory approaches to involving children, young people and families in policy and the design and delivery of services and research. She has extensive experience in delivery of training to professionals, parents and carers and young people around children, young people, participation and youth mental health. Esta is also a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and provides support for the Child Health Unit at Imperial College around the participation and involvement of children and young people.


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