Southwark Council appoints Professor Kevin Fenton as Director of Health and Wellbeing
Southwark Council and Public Health England (PHE) have announced that Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE's Director of Health and Wellbeing, will be seconded to the council for three years as Director of Health and Wellbeing (incorporating the Director Of Public Health statutory role).
The move gives Southwark and PHE a unique opportunity to bring together national and local health agendas, and will allow Southwark to inject fresh and expert views into programmes to improve the lives of local people. It will also give Professor Fenton the opportunity to see first hand how national policies work on the ground, identify opportunities to do things better, and work with the council to overcome some of the barriers to delivering public health locally.
In his current role as Director of Health and Wellbeing, Professor Fenton is responsible for a number of national projects that fall within local government's remit, including the prevention of smoking, obesity and HIV. He has over 20 years' experience in public health medicine, infectious disease epidemiology, HIV prevention and sexual health. He is also the Visiting Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London with research interests in HIV/STI prevention, sexual behaviour, health inequalities, and migration and health.