South East Coastal

Communities Kent and Medway

University Partners
The three Universities at Medway who are involved in South East Coastal Communities Kent and Medway are:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University;
  • University of Kent; and
  • University of Greenwich.

Each university has appointed a dedicated ‘Academic Lead’ who will work closely with individuals and community groups in putting together their bid application. 

The SECC Project Manager employed by Canterbury Christ Church University will be the key point of contact from the earliest stages and will guide bidders from their initial ideas through the bid process.

Details of the contacts within each university are below.

Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Annmarie Ruston
Academic Lead
Annmarie joined Canterbury Christ Church University as Professor of Health and Social Care Studies in September 2006 having spent the last fifteen years managing and delivering health and social care research and knowledge transfer projects within higher education. Prior to moving into higher education she worked in the NHS as a public health epidemiologist.

Her current role is Head of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. The Centre for Health and Social Care Research offers an inter-professional approach to applied, practice focused and policy research under three broad programmes: Public Health, the Organisation and Delivery of Health and Social Care and Mental Health.

Annmarie has secured income from a wide range of funders to support the delivery of these research programmes including the Department of Health, Government Agencies, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts, professional bodies, medical research charities, the voluntary and community sector, industry and the British Academy. She has worked closely with the community and voluntary sector on a variety of projects including examining carer's experience of looking after a relative with head injuries, developing the public health skills of the sector in relation to the prevention of coronary heart disease, identify and mapping voluntary sector skills in relation to preventative work with children, identifying training needs amongst ethnic and minority populations and engaging the community in identifying their own health needs.

Professor of Health and Social Care
Head of Centre for Health and Social Care
Canterbury Christ Church Medway Campus
Chatham Maritime Court
Kent ME4 4UF


University of Greenwich - Home page... Dr Allan McNaught
Academic Lead
Dr Allan McNaught has been with the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Greenwich since 2002.  His main teaching and research interest are in the area of leadership studies and public health development.  Prior to joining the University he was a Managing Consultant in an international health economics practice, based in Washington DC.  Allan has also worked as a General Manager in the UK NHS, as well as a resident Long Term Advisor on major health reform projects in the Caribbean, Southern Africa and Central Asia.  His PhD research was in health planning and management.

Allan also has a record of consultancy and advisory work with national and local voluntary organisations and at one time worked as a Community Relations Officer in the London Borough of Southwark

Principal Lecturer & Enterprise Lead
Health Development Department
School of Health and Social Care
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Road

London  SE9 2UG


Professor David Shemmings
Academic Lead
Professor David Shemmings has been with the University of Kent since September 2007, prior to which he spent two years at Middlesex University as Profsessor of Social Work Research.  David also spent 17 years working at the University of East Anglia in Norwich where he was Director of Post-Qualifying Studies in Advanced Professional Practice with Adults for five years.

David is currently the Principal Investigator of a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) entitled ‘An Action Research Project to Increase the Confidence and Capability of Academic Social Work Researchers across the UK’. The project is part of the ESRC’s Researcher Development Initiative and involves six UK universities from November 2007-2009.

David is also directing research in an inner London Borough into how Integrated Children’s Services develop and work in practice.

Chair of Social Work/Deputy Head of School
University of Kent at Medway
The Medway Building
Chatham Maritime
Kent  ME4 4AG

South East Coastal Communities Kent and Medway Velibor Milovanovic
Project Manager
Velibor Milovanovic was appointed as Project Manager for South East Coastal Communities (SECC) Kent and Medway in January 2008, prior to which he spent time working in South Eastern Europe.

He has worked on aid and capacity building projects for international organisations funded by the European Community Humanitarian Office, DA Inc.(USAID), UNDP and the corporate sector. His work was primarily in the area of public finance reform, democracy and governance.

Velibor holds an M.A. in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a B.A. (Hons.) in East European Languages, Literature and Regional Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.