Speaker Group: Speaker 2023


John is a public health physician and epidemiologist currently Director of Public Health Analysis at the Department of Health and Social Care and Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Exeter.  He is also Garden Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians in London, and President of the Scientific Advisory Board of… Read more »

Prof Virginia Berridge

Virginia Berridge is Professor of History and Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has recently published E-Cigarettes and the Comparative Politics of Harm Reduction (with Ronald Bayer, Amy Fairchild and Wayne Hall ) (Palgrave  Macmillan 2023). She is currently deputy chair of the London Drugs Commission which is producing… Read more »

Eve Taylor MSc

Eve Taylor joined King’s in 2019 as a Research Assistant after completing her MSc in Addiction Studies. She is currently a PhD student with the Nicotine Research Group investigating smoking and vaping related biomarkers among people with mental health conditions. As well as her PhD, Eve works as a research assistant across many different projects,… Read more »

Pascal Diethelm

Pascal Diethelm spent most of his professional career working at the World Health, in biomedical computing and as chief of information technology. Since his retirement, he has taken an active role in tobacco control, both at the national level and internationally. WikiLeaks and Wikipedia list him as a tobacco whistleblower. In 2001, he revealed, with… Read more »

Dr Ruth Sharrock

Dr Sharrock is a Respiratory Consultant at Gateshead Health NHS FT and Clinical Lead for Tobacco Dependency within the NENC ICS. Ruth’s passion to treat tobacco dependency arises from seeing the harm caused by tobacco on the front line within the NHS. Ruth has worked across NENC to support Foundation Trusts to implement the Tobacco… Read more »

Assistant Prof Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, UMass Amherst. She’s recently moved from the University of Oxford in the UK, where she retains an honorary contract. She is an expert in evidence synthesis and an editor for Cochrane. She leads multiple high impact Cochrane reviews in the areas… Read more »

Sarah Jackson

Sarah is a Principal Research Fellow in the UCL Alcohol and Tobacco Research Group. Her work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of smoking cessation aids and interventions on an individual and population level. To do this, she makes use of large, population-based datasets such as the Smoking Toolkit Study. She sits on Action on Smoking… Read more »

Rachel McIlvenna

Rachel McIlvenna is the Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager for the North East and North Cumbria ICB. In her role Rachel is leading the system wide implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan smoking ambitions in the regions’ 10 NHS Foundation Trusts and providing strategic leadership across multiple tobacco programmes. Prior to joining the NHS, Rachel… Read more »

Ailsa Rutter OBE

Ailsa originally trained as a nurse and has worked in tobacco control since 1998. Her early work included heading up the Queensland Quit Campaign in Australia, managing Gateshead and South Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking Service and being Regional Tobacco Policy Manager for the North East. In 2005 Ailsa working with others launched Fresh the UK’s… Read more »

Assoc Prof Abigail S. Friedman

Abigail S. Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the policy determinants of tobacco use and disparities therein, with the overarching goal of informing and facilitating evidence-based policymaking to improve population health and reduce inequality. A health economist… Read more »