Christine Hancock founded C3 Collaborating for Health a global NGO, headquartered in London, which works with diverse stakeholders to focus on the 3 risk factors which cause the 4 major non communicable diseases(NCDs): lack of physical activity, tobacco, poor diet including abuse of alcohol, which are responsible for over 50% of the world’s premature and preventable deaths.
She is an experienced clinician and health service manager: was ward sister at London’s National Heart Hospital, CEO for Waltham Forest’s (London) health service, and for 12 years CEO/General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.
As President of the International Council of Nurses from 2001-5, she visited 50 countries, meeting health ministers and looking at healthcare around the world. She worked closely with other health professions, WHO and other parts of the UN system.
Founding C3 in 2009, she leads a team which has developed a global nursing programme, an innovative community engagement programme, works with businesses, governments and others that are serious about addressing good health, prevention of NCDs and providing healthier workplaces.
She qualified as a nurse at London’s Kings College, is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the London Business School, has been a Governor of De Montfort University, and is a Trustee of a charity providing life skills to homeless people in London.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I work with a talented group of people bringing together diverse people and organisations who together can help prevent chronic diseases, like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer and dementia. These chronic conditions are responsible for a large and growing global epidemic which affects mainly the developing world but also the poorest people in rich nations. Much of this heavy burden of disability and premature death could be prevented by stopping tobacco smoking, eating and drinking less and better and being physically active.
2- Who inspires you?
Two people really introduced me to these shocking facts:
- Derek Yach was the director who led the development of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity.He moved to head up Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo and is now Chief Health Officer for Vitality,
- Lise Kingo worked for Novo Nordisk, the Danish insulin manufacturer, where she showeda dedication to social responsibility and sustainability while still achieving business goals and driving growth. She introduced the “Triple Bottom Line” approach addressing People, Planet, Profit ; she is now the executive director of the United Nations Global Compact
Both encouraged me to start C3 Collaborating for Health and showed that engaging all sectors is essential to progress
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
The end of tobacco cigarettes: it is the biggest killer and completely unnecessary except for the tobacco companies
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
More understanding that it is not a question of individuals having to change: the whole of society and the whole of government have to change
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
The movement about sedentarism gives opportunities to those who can’t manage vigorous physical activity
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Believe you can help in this fight; come to our events, become a Trustee, help with funds: not just for us but for the cause (website here)