The team

Dr Matthew Philpott

Executive Director

Matthew is Executive Director of both Health Equalities Group and its social enterprise European Healthy Stadia Network CIC. In his role for Health Equalities Group, Matthew is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, including management of staff, finance and reporting to the charity’s Board of trustees on a quarterly basis.  

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Robin Ireland

Robin Ireland - Health Equalities Group

Director of Research

Robin is the former Chief Executive of the Health Equalities Group having led the Heart of Mersey charity from its launch in 2003. Robin stood down as CEO in December 2016 and is now Director of Research (Honorary) for Food Active and Healthy Stadia. Robin's research concerns lie in the relationships between sport and commercial interests and in local food policy.

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Michael Viggars

Michael Viggars – Development Officer

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 Food Active and Give Up Loving Pop! campaign and quickly migrated to Healthy Stadia to support the expansion of the organisation.

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Magdalena Kolka

Project Manager, Hearty Lives Project

Magda is the Project Manager for the Hearty Lives Looked After Children project in Liverpool.

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Alexandra Holt

Food and Nutrition Lead

Alex is the Food and Nutrition Lead for Health Equalities Group, her main focus of work is Food Active, a programme of work to promote healthy weight across the North West.

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