Dr Katherine Severi (née Brown) is chief executive of the Institute of Alcohol Studies. Before joining IAS, Katherine worked for the UK Civil Service promoting public health information campaigns.
Katherine has a Doctorate in Public Health awarded by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Masters in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.
Her area of research interest is the role of corporations and managing conflicts of interest in public health policy.
Katherine is a board member of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance and sits on the Home Office Health and Enforcement Alcohol Forum and the Public Health England Alcohol Leadership Board.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Sadie leads on the delivery of IAS’s research strategy. This includes conducting and supervising in-house research, collaborating with academics in the UK and elsewhere, co-ordinating commissioned projects, and managing the IAS Small Grants Scheme.
Sadie is an experienced alcohol researcher who joined IAS in August 2019. She is also an expert on alcohol for the Science Media Centre and a visiting researcher at King’s College London.
Before joining IAS, Sadie worked as a research fellow on randomised controlled trials in the addictions field at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.
Sadie completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL in 2013. She also has a Master’s degree in Health Sciences from Newcastle University and a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University.
Jem joined IAS in May 2021 and works on internal and external communications, including liaising with the media, disseminating IAS and partner publications, and publishing news and educational materials on IAS’s website.
Before IAS, Jem worked in a healthcare communications agency where he worked on health awareness and patient support campaigns, primarily in HIV and pulmonary hypertension. His role included leading on an educational public awareness campaign about HIV in today’s world, which aimed to reduce stigma and change people’s perception of the virus.
Between this role and IAS, Jem took a sabbatical to work and study site carpentry and has worked on eco new builds, Mayfair apartments and Grade II listed townhouses.
Jem has a degree in History from the University of Leeds and an NVQ in carpentry.
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Lisa previously worked in Parliament for a number of MPs, as well as in political lobbying and communications.
Lisa joined the AHA as Policy and Advocacy Manager in May 2023. Prior to this, she worked in Parliament for a number of MPs, as well as in political lobbying and communications. She has worked for backbench MPs holding key roles on select committees and APPGs, as well as for MPs with ministerial positions spanning health, foreign affairs and defence.
She has also worked in mental health and frontline local authority homelessness services, and most recently at a city council leading on their strategies on tobacco, alcohol and drugs, homelessness and rough sleeping, and domestic abuse.
Lisa is an Ambassador for Bee Sober, and a trained facilitator for the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s Resilience Programme for schools. In 2019 she completed a charity ‘Year of Fear’ to fundraise for Alcohol Change UK and Action on Addiction.
Lisa has a degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham.
Lucy joined IAS in October 2016. As well as her work with IAS, she is a Lecturer in Criminology for the Open University. Lucy holds a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics; she is currently studying for a PhD in Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
Anu joined in September 2021, working at the Alcohol Health Alliance UK.
Prior to joining, she completed an MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics with distinction and a BSc in Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Bristol
Anu has worked on alcohol-related issues and policies for years, being involved in the area through internships, academia, and research opportunities. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on analysing key factors affecting Estonian alcohol policy changes between 2014-2018.
Kat’s previous work has focused on investigating the effects of recreational drug use on mental health and addiction. Kat is a final year PhD student at the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath.
Kat joined IAS in April 2023 and works on contributing to the delivery of IAS’s research strategy. Their previous work has focused on investigating the effects of recreational drug use on mental health and addiction.
Kat holds a BSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London, and an MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London.
As well as their work with IAS, they are a final year PhD student at the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath.
Poppy joined the IAS and AHA as Advocacy Support Officer in January 2022. Prior to this, she was a Senior Editorial Assistant at Palgrave Macmillan, facilitating and commissioning Sociology and Social Policy research.
Poppy recently completed an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at UCL with distinction, specialising in Systematic Reviews. Her dissertation mapped evidence on people’s views and experiences of mental health, wellbeing, and inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While at UCL, Poppy also volunteered as a Research Assistant with the International Public Policy Observatory, supporting the production of a systematic map of social science research evidence on COVID-19, and a rapid review on remote learning during the pandemic.