Kevin Fenton


  Kevin  Fenton

Kevin Fenton

Strategic Director Place and Wellbeing, Southwark Council

Professor Kevin Fenton is the Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing and Director of Public Health at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, which incorporates the statutory functions of the Director for Public Health, he works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing, sustainability and equity in all policies and programmes. Key priorities include social regeneration, developing and supporting sustainable, high-quality and integrated health and social care systems, and improving health and reducing inequalities for all of Southwark’s residents.

Professor Fenton is on secondment to Southwark Council from Public Health England (PHE), where he was the National Director for Health and Wellbeing leading PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, public mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. He also led PHE's health equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health and promoting place-based approaches to health improvement.

Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centres 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 attended medical school in Jamaica, 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. 

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