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

Jessica and Michael have worked together since 2011 to build the IHE and strengthen action on health equity and the social determinants across the UK and around the world. In her role as Deputy Director she has shaped the strategic direction of the Institute and overseen its work and development.  She has worked closely with international organisations, national and local governments, businesses and the economic sector, third sector organisations and public health and health care systems. She has published widely on the social determinants of health and led much of the Institute’s work. 

 

She leads the IHE’s work with global organisations including the UN, leading the current WHO Special Initiative, UNAIDS, and led the production of WHO regional health equity reports including the Eastern Mediterranean Region Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, 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 co-author of the 2010 Marmot Review Fair Society, Healthy Lives, the 2020 Marmot Review 10 Years On report and Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot review.  Jessica has also been involved in national reviews including most recently for Norway, Hong Kong and Taiwan and is also involved with Marmot Places in the UK.  She has led many of the Institute’s evidence reviews on a wide range of social determinants of health and health inequality assessments. 

 

She is a member of several advisory groups in England and internationally. Prior to her work at IHE she was head of Health and Social Care at IPPR, Research Fellow in Public Health at the Kings Fund, and worked at UNICEF and the London School of Economics. She has published and broadcast widely and holds a doctorate from the University of London. 

Professor Peter Goldblatt 
Professor Peter Goldblatt

As well as his role in the Institute of Health Equity, Peter Goldblatt is a statistical advisor to the UK Department of Health and Social Care and an expert advisor to WHO European Office. His main activities are in the field of measurement and monitoring and contributing to European and other international project to review and monitor the social determinants of health. He was previously the Chief Medical Statistician at the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). He was seconded from ONS to UCL for the duration of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review). Following this review, he co-ordinated reviews of health inequalities in the WHO European Region, for WHO, and a review of health inequalities in European, for the European Commission (EC). He has subsequently contributed to several other projects, including European Parliament pilot projects, an EC project on drivers of health inequality, a UNDP project on inequalities in health and its determinants, , a review of equity and health inequalities in the Americas, a review of 10 years on since the Marmot Review, a review of non-communicable diseases in Belgium, reviews of health inequalities in Norway and in local areas in England and several projects on the unequal impact of COVID-19 and its containment measures. 

Dr. Angela Donkin 
Dr. Angela Donkin

Dr Angela Donkin rejoined IHE in 2023 after working at the National Foundation for Educational Research as their Chief Social Scientist. Angela has a wealth of experience in managing research, evaluation and analysis projects across a number of social policy areas, but has particularly deep knowledge relating to inequities arising from early years, education, and work. Angela was at IHE prior to NFER and before that led the secretariat for the Graham Allen Review, the cross-departmental health, work and wellbeing unit at the Department for Work and Pensions and also worked on pension policy. Angela previously worked at ONS on inequalities in life expectancy.

Dr Tammy Boyce 
Dr Tammy Boyce
Senior Research Associate 

Dr Tammy Boyce leads on IHE’s Marmot Places work.  She started working with Professor Marmot in 2009 as one of the co-authors of the 2010 Marmot Review.  She returned to IHE in 2020 to co-author the Marmot Review 10 Years On and her publications with IHE include Fuel Poverty, Cold Homes and Health Inequalities in the UK and Sustainable Health Equity: Achieving a Net-Zero UK

Tammy has worked with a number of international organisations, national and local governments and 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. 

Felicity Porritt 
Felicity Porritt

Head of Communications

Felicity works across communications, strategy and advocacy, including media relations. 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 works remotely as communications consultant within WHO's European Office for Investment for Health and Development, assisting in the progress of well-being economies. Prior to working at IHE, Felicity 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.

Alan Higgins 
Alan Higgins

Health Equity Network Lead

Alan is the lead for the IHE Health Equity Network. The network was launched in January 2023 with the aim of providing a platform for people working in health equity across the UK to connect with each other and to support the further development of a UK movement for health equity. In a separate but related role, Alan is working with Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network as strategic lead on implementation of the area’s Marmot programme, All Together Fairer.

Alan comes to both roles after extensive experience working as a Director of Public Health in both the NHS and local government. He was Director of Public Health in Oldham from 2002 to 2018, leading the transition of public health from the NHS into local government and in the development of the Greater Manchester devolved public health programme. After two years working in Liverpool City Region to develop the Wealth and Wellbeing Programme Alan worked during the Covid pandemic as a Programme Director for NW PHE/UKHS.

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. 

  

 

Antia Castedo 
Antia Castedo

Senior Researcher

Antia is interested in looking at how public policies can be used to reduce health inequalities by acting on the social determinants of health. She is also keen on increasing public understanding and generating awareness of inequalities in health. 

Since joining the IHE, Antia has co-authored the Rapid review of inequalities in health and wellbeing in Norway since 2014 and Health inequalities in Hong Kong: A Lifecourse Approach. She has also produced literature reviews for the World Health Organization (WHO) and is currently focused on studying the interplay between inequalities and pandemics and the role of social protection.

She previously worked as a researcher focusing on employment-related health inequalities for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and has consulted for the Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization. 

Antia is a former BBC journalist and holds a degree in Political Science.

Alison Biedron 
Alison Biedron

Health Equity Network Coordinator, Researcher and Communications Administrator

Alison co-manages the Health Equity Network alongside Alan Higgins. She has also been involved in the redesign of the IHE website, and the development of social media followings. She has contributed to the most recent publication on Cold Homes and Health with Angela Donkin commissioned by Friends of the Earth and is currently working on the UNAIDS Pandemic Council project with Jessica Allen and Antia Castedo.

Alison holds a BA Hons. from NYU in Gender and Sexuality Studies with concentrations in Global Public Health and Science in Society. She recently completed the MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL focussing on HIV rates amongst border-crossing female migrants into South Africa.

Scarlet Willis 
Scarlet Willis
Executive Assistant to Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Researcher
 

Scarlet works 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. 

Jamaica Noferini 
Jamaica Noferini

Researcher

Jamaica has a BA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Since joining the IHE in 2022, Jamaica has worked on a number of projects. She jointly led the production of an evidence review on interventions on the social determinants of health for the World Health Organization (WHO). She also led the evidence review on Skills and Health Inequalities in London as well as an evidence review on Structural Racism for the Greater London Authority. She is also involved in a programme of work for Legal & General exploring the role of the development industry in building health equity, and is leading a report on Inclusive Economies for the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Owen Callaghan 
Owen Callaghan

Owen works as a research assistant with the IHE. He has been involved with the IHE’s work in Leeds, Gwent, Greater London, Waltham Forest, Lancashire and Cumbria, and Cheshire and Merseyside. Owen has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Reading.