Rachel McIlvenna

Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager

North East and North Cumbria ICB


Rachel McIlvenna is the Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager for the North East and North Cumbria ICB. In her role Rachel is leading the system wide implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan smoking ambitions in the regions’ 10 NHS Foundation Trusts and providing strategic leadership across multiple tobacco programmes. Prior to joining the NHS, Rachel worked in local government for over 11 years in multiple public health roles including on tobacco control and smoking cessation programmes and led on a number of long term conditions portfolios. Rachel is a UKPHR registered public health practitioner and in 2019 was the first recipient of the UKPHR Alison Thorpe Award for ‘Translating Evidence into Practice’.

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