What We do

Belfast Healthy Cities is dedicated to promoting a healthier, more sustainable Belfast by integrating health and well-being into all aspects of our lives.

Through innovative programs and partnerships, we work to address health inequalities and promote environments where everyone here thrives.

Healthy Cities | Belfast
Healthy Cities | Belfast


Our Mission and Values

Our mission is to make Belfast a leading example of innovative practices that improve health and well-being for all its residents – the people that live, work and visit here. 

We value collaboration, equity, sustainability, and innovation in all our efforts to create a healthier city that we can all enjoy.

What is a Healthy City?

A Healthy City is one that is continually creating and improving physical and social environments and expanding community resources. That enables people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.

As part of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, we are committed to promoting health and sustainable development at the local level, here in Belfast.



Our vision is to ensure Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city for everyone.


Meet the Team

Our team is made up of dedicated professionals from health, urban planning, and community development sectors, working together to bring about positive change in Belfast.

Get in touch with us by e-mailing info@belfasthealthycities.com or click one of our social links below.


Charlene | Belfast Healthy Cities
Charlene Brooks
Chief Executive Officer
Healthy Cities | Belfast
Anne McCusker
Programme Manager
Maeve Brennan
Programme Officer
Healthy Cities | Belfast
Caroline Scott
Office Manager
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Dan Quee
PR & Communications


Governance and Board

Our governance structure ensures that Belfast Healthy Cities operates with transparency and accountability, guided by a non-executive board of sector leaders in public health, urban planning, and community engagement.

Our Board Members are:

  • Mr Michael Boyd, Chair – Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Ms Linda Armitage, Vice Chair – East Belfast Community Development Agency
  • Prof Ian Montgomery, Treasurer and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee – Ulster University
  • Mr Alistair Beggs – Department for Infrastructure
  • Dr Sue Christie – Independent
  • Dr Martin Cunningham, Audit & Risk Committee – General Practitioner 
  • Prof Ruth Hunter – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Ms Maureen Mawhinney (Associate Member) – Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Dr Elizabeth Mitchell, Audit & Risk Committee – Independent
  • Mr Danny McQuillan, Audit & Risk Committee – Start 360
  • Ms Dolores Palmer – Department of Health
  • Dr Lizzy Pinkerton – Belfast Hills
  • Ms Carol Ramsey – Independent
  • Mr John Tully – Belfast City Council
  • Prof Jonathan Wallace – Ulster University
BHC Board 2024

Partner Organisations

We collaborate with a wide range of partner organisations, including local government, NGOs, educational institutions, and community groups, to maximise our impact.

WHO Europe

As part of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, we align with WHO Europe’s strategic goals to promote health, well-being, and equity across Europe and globally. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations members in 2015, created 17 world Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They were created with the aim of “peace and prosperity for people and the planet…” – while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.