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Professor Kevin Fenton, the Regional Director of Public Health England (PHE) London and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London has been named the second most influential black person in Britain

Professor Kevin Fenton, the Regional Director of Public Health England (PHE) London and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London has been named the second most influential black person in Britain

Professor Kevin Fenton, the Regional Director of Public Health England (PHE) London and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London has been named the second most influential black person in Britain for his work leading the fight against coronavirus and features on the UK Powerlist 2021.

Professor Fenton was ranked just behind the six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and is being recognised for leading London’s response to coronavirus, including minimising the impact on BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities. At PHE, he works closely with London’s public health leaders and borough council chairs in how best to respond to coronavirus and also advises London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He believes that recovery post pandemic must have an equity lens and advance racial equality.  He is to be admired for his wish to always “payback” and to be a mentor to others. He was a leading practitioner tackling HIV and Aids issues for three decades prior to becoming London’s regional director at PHE in April 2020. He joined the PHE in 1999 as director of the HIV and STI department, before working at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, where he encouraged HIV prevention work among African American organisations. In 2012 he returned to the UK to join PHE, where he guided several policies including combatting tobacco use and obesity, and promoting mental and sexual health issues.

The annual list of the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK is ranked by independent judges chaired by retired High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs, in partnership with law firm JP Morgan.

Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he held for seven years from November 2005. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency. He was born in Glasgow, UK, but grew up in Jamaica. His interest in public health was sparked when he began medical school at the University of the West Indies in 1985, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Jamaica also made him understand the need to engage communities and the role of community action in advocacy. He obtained his master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports. He is world renowned speaker and also speaks Spanish and French.

Edited – extracts from Pamela Das and news sources. 

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