Dr. Harry Rutter

Harry Rutter is a public health physician based in Oxford. He is a senior clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a senior strategic adviser to Public Health England, an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford, and an adjunct professor of public health at both University College Cork, Ireland, and the Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway. He was the founder director of the National Obesity Observatory for England, chaired the Programme Development Group (PDG) for guidance on measures to promote walking and cycling for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), sat on the NICE PDG For whole system approaches to obesity, led the development of the National Child Measurement Programme childhood obesity surveillance system, and sat on the management group of the Foresight Obesities project.

Harry was a founder member of the steering committee of the European Health Enhancing Physical Activity network. He sits on the WHO Europe steering groups for the Cycling and Walking Health Economic Appraisal Toolkit (WHO HEAT); the European Health and Environmental Economics Network (EHEN); and the Child Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). He is co-chair of the public health and prevention task force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and sits on the scientific committee of the EASO annual conference. He has a broad interest in the evaluation of public health approaches and interventions within complex systems; the relations between all aspects of transport, sustainability, built environment and health, in particular the health impacts of walking and cycling; the development of tools to support evidence-based public health policy and actions; and using public health knowledge to support healthy public policy.

“The INHERIT project provides a valuable opportunity not only to improve the health of European citizens, but also to promote and enhance environmental sustainability. Health and sustainability are intimately connected, and it is essential to build on the synergies within these links to create a Europe that is not only healthier and more equitable now, but also for future generations. Successful identification of the impacts of policies and interventions on these factors will provide important evidence to promote health and sustainability across Europe.”