Obesity Theme Advisory Group

Terms of Reference

1. To inform the strategic direction of the theme in order to achieve the overall objectives of CLAHRC and the specific objectives of the theme.

2. To monitor the progress of the overall programme of work undertaken within the theme and advise on any modifications that may need to be made in order to ensure timely delivery of outcomes.

3. To review and approve proposals for individual projects within each subtheme.

4. To provide specialist scientific, methodological and/or professional advice to the obesity theme team.

5. To facilitate the engagement of colleagues from partner organisations in the work of the theme where appropriate.

6. To advise on the strategy for the dissemination of learning across the CLAHRC, with partner organisations, nationally and internationally.

7. To inform the development of a strategic approach to evaluating the success of the theme.

8. To review the progress of the Project Management Groups and advise on any issues of concern.

Frequency of Meetings

x4 pa


Membership is drawn from academic partners at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and the University of Sheffield (UoS) and our partner organisations. Membership will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it reflects the needs of the theme.

Theme LeadPaul Bissell
Theme ManagerDr Christine Smith
Workstream Leads

Cohort: Clare Relton
Evaluation: Christine Smith
Children and Adolescents: Rob Copeland
Sustainability: Ruth Bacigalupo
Coproduction: Angela Tod
Families: Paul Bissell

NHS Obesity LeadsBarnsley PCT: Sharon Stoltz/Alison Millbourn
Doncaster PCT: Rachel Manners
Rotherham PCT: Gill Harrison/Joanna Saunders
Sheffield PCT: Sue Grieg/Carol Weir
Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority: Tony Baxter
Clinical Trials Research Unit DirectorCindy Cooper
Statistician/Yorkshire and Humber Research Design ServiceTracey Young
Research FellowJoanna Blackburn, Barnsley Hospital NFT
CollaboratorsHora Soltani, Reader, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, SHU
Ian Brown, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, SHU
Mick Bond, Derbyshire PCT
Clare de Normanville, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, SHU 
Neil Wright, Consultant, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
PPISue Wood, Barnsley Metropolitan Council
AdministratorDawn Johnson, Barnsley Hospital NFT