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Nicky Knowles joined the WHO CC in February 2022 as a Senior Behavioural Science Specialist based within the Behavioural Science Unit at Public Health Wales. Nicky is a trainee Health Psychologist currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Nicky’s role focuses on increasing behavioural science capability and capacity across the system with a view to maximising the impact of public health policies, services, and communications.

Nicky has twenty years’ experience in the health and social care sector working for a number of providers, within a variety of settings, and with diverse populations, in both operational and strategic roles. Within public health, Nicky’s portfolio has included Tobacco Control, Substance Misuse and Whole System Approaches to Obesity. Through this experience Nicky has developed, delivered and evaluated a range of evidence based, behaviour change interventions and policies at individual, community and population levels. In her spare time, Nicky loves yoga, walking, and exploring the great outdoors.