About Us

The Institute of Health Equity Team

Professor Sir Michael Marmot 
Professor Sir Michael Marmot
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is the Director of the Institute of Health Equity. 

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Dr Jessica Allen 
Dr Jessica Allen
Deputy Director

Jessica’s main activities are in working to embed a social determinants approach to health inequalities in England and globally. She led work on the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (published March 2021), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas and the Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region.  She was previously Project Director of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review) and in February 2020, co-authored the Marmot Review 10 Years On report and in December 2020 led work on Build Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmot review. 

Jessica has worked closely with international organisations, national and local governments, third sector organisations and the NHS and published widely on social determinants of health. She is a member of several advisory groups in England and internationally.   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 Micky Alexander 
Dr Micky Alexander
Researcher

 

Micky works as a researcher with the IHE team.

A junior doctor based in Hackney, London, his primary interest is in health inequalities. He has previously served for a number of years on the Executive committee of GLADD, the Association of LGBTQ+ Doctors and Dentists. He has written on LGBTQ+ healthcare issues for the i newspaper and the King's Fund.

Dr Ruth Bell 
Dr Ruth Bell
Senior Advisor at the UCL Institute of Health Equity and Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL

Ruth’s main activities are in working to provide evidence and strategic policy advice for integrated action across sectors to tackle health inequalities. She has a particular interest in the social determinants of non-communicable diseases. She currently leads work to evaluate innovative interventions within two HORIZON 2020 projects: INHERIT and Cities-4-People. Ruth has developed evidence-based reports for UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development and Public Health England. Ruth leads a Masters level taught module on the social determinants of health at UCL, and the annual UCL Health and Society Summer School.

Luke Beswick 
Luke Beswick
Finance and Project Coordinator

Luke manages all finances and budgets for 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. 

  

 

Dr Tammy Boyce 
Dr Tammy Boyce
Senior Research Associate

 

Tammy’s main activities are collating and analysing data on the social determinants of health inequalities and providing evidence on policies and programmes across sectors which aim to reduce health inequalities. She is co-author of both the Marmot Review 10 Years On and the 2010 Marmot Review as well as: Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester; Build Back Fairer: Achieving Health Equity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and Sustainable Health Equity: Achieving a Net-Zero UK.

Tammy has worked with a number of international organisations, national and local governments and voluntary/third sector organisations. Prior to her work at the Institute of Health Equity, she worked for organisations including the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Kings Fund. She has published widely on issues relating to health and social care policy and the social determinants of health.

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Professor Peter Goldblatt 
Professor Peter Goldblatt
Senior Advisor

Peter’s main activities are in the field of measurement and monitoring and in coordinating 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).  He was a co-author of the 2020 Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On report.  In March 2020, he authored the Seasonal Effects on Stalling Mortality in England report.

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.

Patricia Hallam 
Patricia Hallam
Research Support and Communications Administrator

Patricia supports the Deputy Director and research team with daily administrative tasks and long term agendas. She also works to plan and coordinate events and collaborations for the Institute. She manages online content and communications as well as coordinating the design and development of publications. Patricia has also worked as temporary Executive Assistant to Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

Previous to the Institute, Patricia worked at a specialist communications agency, supporting research, communications and advocacy for national and international, not-for-profit and public sector organisations.

Outside of her work at the Institute, Patricia  has completed a MSc in Global Public Health and Policy at Queen Mary's University London, and worked to support other research groups within the  Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL.

Dr Matluba Khan 
Dr Matluba Khan
Research Associate in Evaluation Research and Public Health

 

Dr Matluba Khan works in the capacity of Research Associate for the Institute's EU Horizon 2020 INHERIT (Inter Sectoral Health and Evironment Research for Innovation) project.

She is interested in built-environment research focusing on exploration of the relationship between design of environment and people's behaviour. Her research experience includes studies on the outdoor learning environment of children at primary schools and urban residential areas in the context of Bangladesh and Scotland. As part of her PhD, Dr Khan co-designed and developed a schoolyard in Bangladesh engaging children, teachers and the community and evaluated its impact on children's learning and well-being. Her co-designed schoolyard won the Honor Award by American Society of Landscape Architects in 2017 and Great Places Award in Place Design category by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 2016.

Dr Khan conducted workshops with teachers and trainee teachers on the role of  environment for learning and engaged children in several workshops for co-creation of outdoor environments. Before Dr Khan tutored in Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the University of Edinburgh at undergraduate and postgraduate levels from 2015 to 2017. Before embarking on her PhD in the UK she held a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. She completed her B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the same institute respectively in 2009 and 2012 awarded with Shamsunnahar Khan Memorial Gold Medal and Anisur Rahman Gold Medal.

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Felicity Porritt 
Felicity Porritt
Head of Communications 

Felicity 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'.   In February 2020, she co-ordinated the launch of the Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On report.

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.

Scarlet Willis 
Scarlet Willis
Executive Assistant to Professor Sir Michael Marmot
 

Scarlet works primarily as Executive Assistant to Professor Sir Michael Marmot. She also works as a Research Assistant with the IHE team. She has a BA in Philosophy from University College London.