Sir Michael Marmot, Director at the UCL Institute of Health Equity, has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Good Governance Award. He will be honoured at the Good Governance Institute’s (GGI) annual lecture on 22 September 2021.

GGI is awarding Sir Michael Marmot for his extensive and dedicated work on health inequalities. 11 years ago he wrote the original review into health inequality asking for a ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’. A recent follow-up report showed that little has changed, as outlined in a recent GGI article. Today, Boris Johnson addressed this in a key speech, in which he refers to ‘levelling up’ the country by ‘rewriting the rulebook’ on local power to ensure all areas of England have the same power to have the ‘tool to make things happen for their communities.

GGI’s Chief Executive, Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan said: “Sir Michael Marmot has played a significant part in providing evidence-based decision making in the public sector. He has also delivered excellent work on the good governance principle of fairness through addressing inequalities in society.”

In his long and prestigious career, Sir Michael has achieved so much in his work across health, social care, academia and environmental behaviour.

Before becoming the Director at the UCL Institute of Health Equity, he was a member of the Royal Commission Environmental Pollution before becoming chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Previously he has served as president of the World Medical Association and has authored several books including ‘The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World’ (2005).

Other Awards

Dame Janet Smith
Recipient of the GGI Award 2020

Dame Fiona Caldicott
Recipient of the GGI Award 2019

Dame Julie Moore
Recipient of the GGI Award 2018

Sir Liam Donaldson
Recipient of the GGI Award 2017

Sir William Wells
Recipient of the GGI Award 2016

Judge Mervyn King
Recipient of the GGI Award 2015