Edel O’Doherty joined Developing Healthy Communities as Chief Executive after an extensive career in the Health and Social Care services. Edel worked as Deputy Chief Officer for the cross border partnership Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) for the past 17 years. She is a strategic leader having been at the forefront of planning, programme development and delivery of large-scale cross border projects for many years.

Edel is a passionate advocate for supporting Community Development as a mechanism for tackling health inequalities. She has a wide range of professional interests and expertise in areas such as, mental health, population health, primary care and digital health. Prior to joining CAWT, Edel was the Assistant Manager of the Health Improvement Department of the WHSCT.

Edel joins Developing Healthy Communities in the organisation’s 30th year and will build on its long history of working with communities, businesses and statutory agencies to make it easier for people to live healthy lives across Northern Ireland

Edel is married with two children