Based in Birmingham, Dr. Justin Varney is currently Director of Public Health at Birmingham City Council, leading work across the Council and partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of England’s second city.
Prior to this he was the National Strategic Advisor on Health and Work at Public Health England, the Government National Public Health Institute for England. In this role he leads the interface between public health and the business sector focused on improving the health of working age adults, as well as working in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care’s Joint Unit on Health and Work.
Given his passion for public speaking and innate ability to capture and hold the attention of audiences at large national and international conferences alike, he is often considered to be a catalyst in his own right.
Dr. Justin Varney also played a crucial part in the development and distribution of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, which was released in June 2018. He edited and co-produced elements that were ultimately utilized in the official plan, and advised on the foundational strategy of the organisation’s media campaigns. Furthermore, Dr. Varney played the key role in coordinating efforts between the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and the WHO programme team during development and launch of the action plan.