The core SHRN team is based at DECIPHer’s Cardiff office, details on who we are and what we do can be found below.

Joan Roberts
School Health Research Network Manager
Joan is a teacher and has spent many years working in the field of school health in Wales. She has worked with DECIPHer on a range of school research projects and supported the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes by working with individual schemes and running training and writing resources for the Welsh Government. She is also a WNHSS National Quality Award assessor.

Her role in the Network is to manage its development, ensuring it meets the needs of schools, researchers and key health and educational stakeholders. She will provide support for the Network schools and manage the offer of resources from the partners and other organisations.

Dr Gillian Hewitt
Research Associate
Gillian joined DECIPHer in 2012 having previously worked in the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care at St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. Gillian’s role is to help develop the network and collect the information needed to assess its feasibility and sustainability. She will be developing and testing ideas about how we can make research projects less burden-some for schools, as well as developing a system to organize and manage research projects within the Network.

Prof Simon Murphy
Principal Investigator of the School Health Research Network
Simon is the director of DECIPHer’s Cardiff office having worked at Cardiff University since 2004. Simon’s interests are in children and young people’s health behaviours and working with policy and practice to improve health improvement efforts.

Cheryl Briscombe
Research Network Administrator
Cheryl joined DECIPHer in 2011 having worked in the NHS previously. Cheryl is responsible for the day to day coordination of the Network.

Dr Graham Moore
Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences and Health
Graham is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), Cardiff and a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health. He has an international reputation as a specialist in methodology for evaluating complex interventions, having led the development and authorship of new high impact MRC guidance for process evaluation of complex interventions.