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Meet the WM Directors of Public Health


Ruth Tennant - Director of Public Health, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

The appointment was formally ratified by Full Council on Tuesday 9 October.

Since 2015 Ruth has been the Director of Public Health at Leicester City Council where her remit includes public health and leisure services. Prior to this she was Deputy Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, said: “I’m delighted that Ruth is joining our team in Solihull. She is a superb leader of Public Health and public services, and we are really excited that her work will now impact on Solihull people, our region and public health system.”

Ruth has also held roles at the European Parliament, Audit Commission and King’s Fund. She was also a lay member of South Southwark Primary Care Group and Non-Executive Director of Southwark Primary Care Trust.

On her new appointment, Ruth said: “I am thrilled to be joining Solihull Council early next year and working with such a great council and community. There are lots of exciting initiatives underway and on the horizon within public health, and I am very much looking forward to leading these and seeing the positive outcomes for local residents.”

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