Rachel Toms

Healthy Places Unit, Public Health England

Rachel champions the role of the built environment in supporting health.  She is part of Public Health England’s Healthy Places Unit, where she runs PHE’s housing and health programme.  Rachel has led healthy place-making research, advocacy and guidance projects, including for NHS England’s ‘Healthy New Towns’ programme and for Design Council, which helps organisations use design to improve people’s lives.  A qualified landscape architect, she has designed streets and public spaces in the UK, Ireland, India and Nepal, delivered town centre regeneration and managed social housing.  Rachel previously worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, advising local authorities, developers and designers on development and regeneration proposals across England, and running a design advice programme for secondary schools for the Department for Education.  She leads on built environment for the Mayor of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce and is a member of the Wandsworth Design Review Panel.  As part of the community group Wandsworth Living Streets, Rachel campaigns for people-friendly streets in south-west London.