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Professor Tracy Daszkiewicz appointed as Gwent's new Director for Public Health

Professor Tracy Daszkiewicz will join Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on April 3rd as the new Director for Public Health for Gwent.  Bringing more than 25 years’ experience working in health and social care across the NHS, Civil Service, Local Government and Voluntary Sector.

Tracy has a track record in transformation, system change, and developing services to meet the needs of local people. Tracy was also the Director of Public Health for Wiltshire during the nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury.

The newly appointed Director for Public Health Tracy Daszkiewicz said:

“My passion is for reducing vulnerability and tackling inequalities. With Gwent recently becoming Wales’s first Marmot Region I am delighted to join the Health Board to lead the Public Health Team.

“The impact of low income, job instability, poor housing and isolation has on our health is immeasurable. My ambition for Gwent is for healthier, safer places, access to excellent education, warm homes, prosperity, and community connectedness. These key building blocks to a healthy and fairer life are everything that the Building a Fairer Gwent work promotes.

“In short, I believe all children should have the best start in life through to adulthood where everyone has a job, a home and a friend. Through our work with both the Public Health Team and together with our partners across Gwent, I look forward to supporting the people of Gwent to live well and live longer.”

The Director for Public Health, as part of the Health Board’s executive team, is responsible for the leadership and delivery of a variety of key health promotion programmes in Gwent, including Healthy Weight, Smoking Cessation, Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as responsibility for Health Protection.

Nicola Prygodzicz, Chief Executive of the Health Board, said:

“This role is vital in supporting our communities across Gwent to make good choices about their health, for both themselves and for their families. Tracy will also lead the health protection response to any public health emergencies when needed. We are thrilled to welcome Tracy to the Health Board and we look forward to seeing the impact she will make in leading the Gwent Public Health Team in supporting our communities across Gwent.”

Further Information

Tracy is also Vice President of Faculty of Public Health as well as a visiting Professor at the University of West of England in Public Health where she also holds an Honorary Doctorate for contributions to Public Health, she holds a second from the Open University. She is a Visiting lecturer with Exeter University in Health Protection.

For any questions please contact Scott Wilson-Evans, Strategic Head of Communications for Population Health