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Sir Michael Marmot's
IHE team

The Team

Dr Jessica Allen

Dr Jessica Allen is a Deputy Director of the Institute of Health Equity. Her main activities are working to embed a social determinants approach to health inequalities in England and globally. She was co-director of the Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region and was previously Project Director of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review). She has worked closely with national and local governments, third sector organisations and the NHS and published widely on social determinants of health. Prior to her work at UCL she was head of Health and Social Care at IPPR, Research Fellow in Public Health at the Kings Fund, and worked at Unicef and LSE. She has published and broadcast widely on issues relating to health and social care policy. She holds a doctorate from the University of London.


Dr Ruth Bell

Dr Ruth Bell is a Senior Advisor at the Institute of Health Equity and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL. Ruth is active in research and advisory roles to develop a social determinants of health approach in different contexts. Ruth coordinates advocacy for health equity to national and international policy and research fora. Her current activities include knowledge synthesis and analysis for European and other international projects in the area of social determinants of health. Ruth develops and leads international workshops on the social determinants of health. She directs the UCL international summer school on Health and Society: Social Determinants of Health and coordinates a module on social determinants of global health for the MSc in Social Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She was a Senior Research Fellow in the UCL based scientific Secretariat within the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-08) that was set up by the World Health Organisation. Prior to that Ruth’s research was in environmental factors and carcinogenesis.


Luke Beswick

Luke Beswick is Finance and Project Coordinator at the Institute. Prior to this he worked for the Medical Research Council Head Office as a grants administrator and then most recently as manager of the grants payment team. He has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Manchester.


Kit Codling

Kit Codling is a researcher at the Institute of Health Equity. He provides research support for the IHE’s collaboration with NHS England on the New Care Models programme. The collaboration is seeking to embed action on health inequalities in the New Care Models Vanguard sites. Prior to joining the IHE, Kit worked in the NHS managing surgical waiting lists for an acute trust in Manchester. He has also previously worked in the media researching for channel 4’s Dispatches and the BBC’s Panorama programmes. He has an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BA in Politics from Keele University.


Sorcha Daly

Sorcha Daly is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Health Equity. To date her focus has been on the social determinants of healthy ageing, and the impact of the built environment on health.  Prior to working at the Institute Sorcha worked for over 10 years in the voluntary sector, in various areas, including migrants and refugees, substance misuse, criminal justice and specialist women's support services. Sorcha holds a BSc in Anthropology from University College London.  

Dr Angela Donkin

Dr Angela Donkin is a Deputy Director at the Institute of Health Equity. She leads work on children, indicators, employment and income. Before joining IHE in 2012, Angela was the senior civil servant responsible for overseeing the independent reviews on Early Intervention in the Cabinet Office. Prior to that she led on health, work and wellbeing for the Cross Departmental Health Work and Well-Being Initiative. Earlier in her civil service career Angela steered, set up and analysed a number of longitudinal studies, with a focus on income, wealth, health, life expectancy, work, and pensions.  Before joining the civil service Angela was an academic at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Nottingham.


Dr Peter Goldblatt

Peter Goldblatt is a Senior Advisor at the Institute. His main activities are in the field of measurement and monitoring and in co-ordinating European and other international project to review the social determinants of health. He was previously at the Office of National Statistics (ONS). He was seconded from ONS to University College London (UCL) for the duration of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review). While at ONS, he was the Chief Medical Statistician from 1999 to 2008, principally concerned with leading the Divisions that were the key providers of ONS analyses of health and demographic statistics. Prior to joining ONS, he had worked at the Home Office, the Department of Health, the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, City University and Manchester University.


Laura Grobicki

Laura Grobicki is a Research Assistant for the Institute of Health Equity. Her interests include global health, rural health and health system strengthening for health equity.  She was co-author on the report, ‘Ensure Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All: Addressing Social, Economic and Environmental Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the Context of Sustainable Human Development’ that IHE produced in collaboration with UNDP. She has gained urban and remote healthcare work experience in Australia and South Africa. She has an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL and a BSc in Physiotherapy from Curtin University, Western Australia.


Patricia Hallam

Patricia Hallam is Administrator at the Institute of Health Equity. She assists both Deputy Directors and supports the full research team in their daily and long term agendas. Patricia also works to coordinate events for the institute and manages online content. Prior to the Institute, Patricia worked as Research and Communications Assistant at a specialist agency, supporting research, communications and advocacy strategies for not-for-profit and public sector organisations in the UK and globally. Patricia holds a BA (hons) in English and Cultural History.


Joni Jabbal 


Prof Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael Marmot is the Director of the Institute of Health Equity. More information about Michael is available here.


Felicity Porritt

Felicity Porritt is Head of Communications for the Institute. She works across the media relations and public affairs briefs. Former BBC Journalist, Which? campaigner and award winning communications strategist, Felicity Porritt has worked with Michael Marmot since 2007. She launched Fair Society, Healthy Lives February 2010 and the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health final report, which won Communique's Best International Media Relations Campaign 'highly commended'. Felicity also drew up and managed the communications strategy behind the headline hitting coverage of the World Cancer Research Fund's landmark report on cancer prevention in November 2007. The launch won 'Best Healthcare Campaign' from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 2008. Felicity holds a BA in Politics and Economics from Loughborough University, and an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health from Bristol University.


Sara Thomas