Charlie Foster is a global leader in systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the evidence base for physical activity, with reviews on epidemiology, correlates, interventions and evaluation of natural experiments. He has worked in schools, industry and the NHS before his academic career.
He has published over 200 papers including research in JAMA, the Lancet and the BMJ, with over 100 as senior author. He has global policy and advocacy experience working with WHO, EC, and CDC USA.
Since 2015 he has been the Chair of the UK CMOs Expert Committee for Physical Activity. He has led the work on the update of the UK CMO 2019 physical activity guidelines, provide support for the Expert Working Groups (EWGs) and produced the final report. He was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list for services to physical activity promotion.
He feels the promotion of physical activity is both an art and a science.