WEP Patrons

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Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA

Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health).

Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association.He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (2004).

Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lowns Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 14 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years.  He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO Euro n 2014.

He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  He set up the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is President of the British Lung Foundation.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.  He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and a former Vice President of the Academia Europaea.  He won the Balzan Prize for Epidemiology in 2004, gave the Harveian Oration in 2006, and won the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2008.





Sir Keir Starmer KCB, QC, MP

MP for Holborn & St Pancras

After studying law at Leeds University (LLB) and Oxford University (BCL), Keir Starmer co-founded Doughty Street Chambers in 1990 working to protect human rights, internationalism, and a commitment to represent those less able to represent themselves. In 2002, he became a Queen’s Council (QC).

He is the author of several key texts on the law, including The Three Pillars of Liberty: Political Rights and Freedoms in the UK (Routledge), European Human Rights Law (LAG) and Human Rights Manual for Africa (BIICL).

From 2002-2007, he served as the human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland. My job was to monitor whether the newly formed Police Service of Northern Ireland (replacing the RUC) complied with the Human Rights Act.

From 2008-2013, Keir was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).  In that role, he developed policy and guidelines on issues such as assisted suicide, violence against women and girls, social media and child sexual abuse.

After stepping down as DPP, He worked with Baroness Doreen Lawrence to develop Labour’s 2015 proposals for a law to protect victims’ rights, building on his experience in tackling violence against women and girls.

Keir was elected to Parliament in May 2015, succeeding Frank Dobson.