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ITS 2016 Research Seminar Programme – ‘Barriers to Active Travel? How hard can it be?’

April 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Presented by Alison Millbourn (MPH), Kirklees Council


Alison will deliver a short presentation detailing the ‘journey’ she has undertaken over the last few years in her quest to get more people travelling actively.  On the face of it, this seems like a fairly easy objective to achieve, but Alison has learned (sometimes the hard way) that things are not as simple as they seem.  This presentation will detail some of the barriers present to achieving this – the conflicting aims and interests, and how she has managed to overcome some of them.


Alison has been a Senior Public Health Specialist for 12 years.  Originally trained as a Fitness Instructor, she soon became interested in utilising her skills to improve the quality of life for people with co-morbidities, and branched out into a more specialised field within the fitness industry; gaining GP Exercise Referral and Falls Prevention qualifications, amongst many other fitness based courses.

As an MPH graduate, Alison has led and commissioned many different programmes of work, which have included Physical Activity; Men’s health, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening; Diabetic Retinopathy Screening; NHS Health Checks; Obesity and weight management services; Health Trainer Services; Active Travel.

Alison has many years’ experience leading and commissioning programmes of work to increase the numbers of people travelling actively.

Alison currently works within the ‘Wider Factors’ theme in Kirklees Public Health, enabling her to work across various Council Directorates to ensure that health and wellbeing are aligned to economic growth and integrated into current work programmes.  This involves working with colleagues both internal and external to the council within Planning Policy and Development; Road Safety Teams; Highways Design; Environmental Health (Air Quality) and Housing amongst others.

Alison is passionate about enabling the population to integrate physical activity into their everyday lives, ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice by implementation of effective planning policies.

When Alison isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time pursuing her outdoor interests, including walking and cycling.


Practice Nursing – 2010 – Be Active: Promoting physical activity in overweight people.  R J Copeland, H Crank, A Hall, A Millbourn.

BMC Public Health – 2011 – South Yorkshire Cohort: a ‘cohort trials facility’ study of health and weight – Protocol for the recruitment phase – C Relton, P  Bissell, C Smith, J Blackburn, C L Cooper, J Nicholl, A Tod, R J Copeland, A Loban, T Chater, K Thomas, T Young, C Weir, G Harrison, A Millbourn, R Manners

No booking required.

For further information about the ITS Seminar Series please see: www.its.leeds.ac.uk/about/events/seminar-series/


April 28, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




Geography East Building LT (G.23), University of Leeds