Centre for Public Health

Liverpool John Moores University

Public Health Institute - Liverpool John Moores University

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention

Part of the Liverpool John Moores University

Matthew Ashton

Matthew Ashton

Visiting Lecturer


Matthew Ashton was appointed as the Director of Public Health for Knowsley in August 2013, having held the position of Acting Director of Public Health since October 2012.

Matt heads up a public health team of 30 people, covering strategy & intelligence, quality & health protection, and public health improvement & commissioning, and has responsibility for a public health budget of more than £15 million.

Matt is currently working on the integration of public health functions into the local authority, and the establishment of Knowsley’s Health & Wellbeing Board.  Priorities contained in the Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Knowsley include mental health, alcohol, respiratory disease, and the appropriate use of services.

Prior to taking up the Director role, Matt’s substantive post was Deputy Director of Public Health, with responsibility for strategy development, public health intelligence, research & evaluation, health inequalities, and wider determinants of health.  Matt was also the lead consultant working with NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, and is the strategic lead for intelligence for the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health Cluster.

Matt has been based in Knowsley since 2005, and has previously held positions at the North West Public Health Observatory / Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, and at Health Protection Agency North West.