Emma Spencelayh Senior Policy Fellow

Healthy Lives team

Emma Spencelayh is a Senior Policy fellow working in the Healthy Lives team leading on developing our programme of work on business and economic strategies for health. She joined the Health Foundation in October 2013. 

Emma has over a decade of experience in designing, implementing and analysing health policy as well as operational management experience. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Emma was a Senior Fellow at the Nuffield Trust. While at the Nuffield Trust, Emma led the secretariat for the Ratings Review commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health. She has since led a similar review for the Health Foundation on GP quality indicators. Before joining the Nuffield Trust, Emma worked for the Department of Health where she was a Senior Policy Advisor in the NHS Policy and Strategy Unit. Prior to this, she worked on a variety of high-profile policy areas as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream Programme. Emma started her career on the NHS management graduate scheme.

Emma has an MSC in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Latest articles


Building back better by focusing on health


Emma Spencelayh explores the critical role councils play in ensuring the economic recovery also...

Research report

Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities

Research report

This report sets out how economic development can be used to improve people’s health and reduce...


Sustainable Development Goals: Is enough happening to keep us healthy?


Meeting the Sustainable Development Goal targets on health will require efforts well beyond the...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

While policymakers' response to COVID-19 has necessarily been short term, Sir Andrew Dilnot argues the pandemic has… https://t.co/4f7fk3TkJS

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more