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Influential scientist: the PHE expert shining light on Covid and inequality

Kevin Fenton has been named second most influential black person in UK in 2020’s Powerlist

Prof Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s regional director for London, has lived in a lot of places over the past five decades. Born in Glasgow in 1966, he went to school and university in Jamaica, and worked in public health in the US for 10 years. But it’s the UK, where he and gained his PhD, that he calls home.

He was particularly moved and humbled to be named the second most influential black Briton in this year’s Powerlist, behind the Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, and followed by the grime artist Stormzy, the actor and screenwriter Michaela Coel, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful OBE, and the chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dame Donna Kinnair.

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