Sheila Beck is a Principal Health Adviser in NHS Health Scotland where she is responsible for dealing with issues about how the places in which people live can impact upon their health, wellbeing and behaviours and how this can, in turn, contribute to health inequalities.

In Health Scotland, she manages a team of Public Health Advisers who work on a broad range of public health topics, she also leads the issue framing arm of the Good Places, Better Health initiative; and participates in the GoWell study, which is evaluating the health impacts of regeneration activity in Glasgow.

Sheila has a wealth of experience and a long standing interest in the links between green space and health and is a member of a number of steering and reference groups in this area. She is also a member of the Board of greenspace scotland.

Sheila originally trained as a zoologist and embarked upon a career as a scientist studying the malaria parasite. Following research in Glasgow where she gained a PhD, Sheila moved to Africa for two years. On her return to the UK, Sheila joined the NHS, working first in a hospital and then moving to work in Public Health in 2001.

Our Vision for Central Scotland

‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The CSGN is a national development within the National Planning Framework which aims to make ‘a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development’. It involves public agencies and stakeholders working together to align their policies, programmes and actions to achieve a common aim.