Register your Interest
Apply for a Stand

Sue Dewhirst

Older Adults Policy Implementation Manager
Public Health England (Confirmed)

Sue has worked for Public Health England (PHE) since 2014 and currently leads on the dementia programme. She was previously based in PHE South East Centre, leading on dementia and older people’s health, increasing links with local authorities and wider partners, including academia, introducing the concept of ‘dementia risk reduction’ in Wessex, and through dementia friendly communities. She works closely with PHE teams (such as NHS Health Check, pharmacy, physical activity, mental health, diet and obesity and health equity) and a range of national organisations to raise awareness of how adopting healthier lifestyles can help to reduce the risk of dementia, by promoting ‘What’s good for your heart is good for your brain’ through a variety of networks and projects and increasing opportunities to share dementia risk reduction ‘good practice’, tools, evidence and resources. Sue trained in Biochemistry and Science teaching at the University of Leeds and has a Masters in Health promotion from University of Southampton. She developed her career in public health through working on National Healthy Schools award in Hampshire, then moved to research and evaluation in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Southampton, including leading on the evaluation of the Wessex pilot for Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and the development of a health and well-being curriculum for all trainee teachers at University of Southampton. Sue is a registered Public Health Practitioner and qualified in Healthcare leadership (the Mary Seacole Programme 2016).

  • Exploring the dementia landscape and current approaches to reduce dementia risk
  • Implementing effective strategies to reduce the annual cost of dementia to society
  • Emulating success: translating the learnings of reducing cardiovascular risk to dementia
  • Increasing the profile of dementia as preventative: outlining Public Health England plan to raise the profile of dementia risk factors