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Diversity & Inclusion Core Team

Together with the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and with the support from our working groups and networks we lead a strategic agenda for Diversity & Inclusion at the IoPPN. 


di-ann-mcneillProfessor Ann McNeill (Addictions Sciences) - SAT Chair

Professor Ann McNeill is Chair of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Self-Assessment Team (SAT), King’s College London.  

Ann successfully co-led the Athena SWAN silver submission in 2014 with Professor Elizabeth Kuipers OBE and is now leading IoPPN’s silver renewal and the wider IoPPN D&I strategy, with support from the core team: Dr Stephani Hatch and Zoe Kennedy; as well as the D&I SAT. 

Ann is a member of the Institute Management Board and Institute Executive and leads a number of executive level initiatives.  She is Professor of Tobacco Addiction in the National Addiction Centre at IoPPN and her research aims to understand how best to make the combustible tobacco cigarette obsolete and the contribution that less harmful nicotine delivery systems can play in this.  

Ann believes an essential part of her role is enthusing, engaging and nurturing new and early career researchers and that building a diverse research workforce is critically important for success.  Ann is Deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies and Past President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco European Chapter.  She is on the Thomson Reuters highly cited list of science and social science researchers ( and has an established international reputation in tobacco addiction, receiving a World Health Organisation World No Tobacco Day award for contributions to tobacco control in 1998.



Dr Stephani Hatch (Psychological Medicine) - SAT Deputy Chair

Stephani currently combines her background in sociology and psychiatric epidemiology as a Reader at the IoPPN. Stephani is the IoPPN Diversity and Inclusion Deputy Chair and was recently Co-Chair for the KCL BME Staff Network and Co-Chair of KCL King's Diversity Community which encompasses race, gender and LGBT+ initiatives. 

She was also a member of the successful KCL SAT team for the Race Equality Charter Mark submission for the Bronze award. Her research focuses on urban mental health and inequalities in health and health service use.

She also leads the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) for public and service user engagement in the local community on topics of equality and inclusion.

Zoe Kennedy (Dean & Seceretary's Office) - Diversity & Inclusion Co-ordinator

Zoe's work promotes the embedding of good diversity and inclusion practice in all IoPPN's activities. Since starting as IoPPN D&I Coordinator in February 2018, she has focused on supporting the six working groups and IoPPN’s Athena Swan Application. Zoe works closely with the academic diversity and inclusion (D&I) leads and advise the senior leadership team on D&I.

Before joining the IoPPN Zoe worked as a regulatory economist in Australia and at a Women's Charity based in London.

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