Harold Moody Lecture 2023

Tuesday 5 December

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is proud to host the 2023 Harold Moody Lecture, an evening celebrating the legacy of the great Black Briton Dr Harold Moody. A Jamaican-born medical student at King’s, Moody graduated top of his class in 1910. He became a much-respected GP in Peckham and founded Britain’s first civil rights movement.


The Harold Moody lecture series was created as an annual event to platform and celebrate King’s diverse alumni and current academic staff and champion race equality.


The event will be introduced by Professor Ajay Shah, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the event and panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Seeromanie Harding.

Keynote lectures by Dr Karen Joash and Dr Hannah Rayment-Jones will be followed by a panel discussion on Addressing Black maternal and infant health inequalities, with each panel member providing an overview of their research and advocacy in this important topic. There will also be a chance for audience members to ask questions.

Our panelists are:

Chair: Professor Seeromanie Harding

Seeromanie Harding is Professor of Social Epidemiology at King’s College London, where she leads the Population Health and Nutrition Research group. Her expertise spans social and ethnic inequalities in health over the life course, international comparative studies, and community-based interventions in low resource settings.

Seeromanie’s expertise spans social and ethnic inequalities in health over the life course, international comparative studies, and community-based interventions in low resource settings. Seeromanie has a keen interest in using community-based participatory methods and systems perspectives to engage with the complex socio-cultural-political contexts that drive health disparities.

Dr Karen Joash

Dr Karen Joash is the Head of School for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, London at Health Education England and expert in maternal inequalities. Karen is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who is passionate about delivering high quality care to all women. Karen has been working in obstetrics and gynaecology for over ten years and is well known for being a skilled labour ward practitioner. Expertise: High risk obstetrics, perinatal mental health, postnatal care, maternal medicine, general gynaecology, outpatient hysteroscopy, menstrual disorders, early pregnancy, acute gynaecology.

Dr Hannah Rayment-Jones

Dr Hannah Rayment-Jones is a midwife and Advanced NIHR Research Fellow in the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s. She has worked in a range of clinical midwifery and obstetric settings, including the provision of continuity of care for women with social risk factors. Her research focuses on maternal and child health inequalities and has been largely informed by her clinical experience and strong interest in equity and social justice.

Her current advanced NIHR fellowship focuses on the long-term health and social outcomes of women and children with no recourse to public funds and irregular migrant status. She is working alongside lived experience groups, migration experts, policy makers and charities including Maternity Action and Birth Companions.

Agnes Agyepong

Agnes Agyepong is the Founder and CEO of The Global Black Maternal Health Institute. As a maternal health advocate in the UK and former Head of Engagement at a national charity, Agnes has published articles and spoken extensively about the need for maternal health research to become more diverse and inclusive. As a key speaker her credits include the British Medical Association, The Royal College of Midwifery, Royal Society of Medicine, NHS and the Westminster Health Forum. Agnes is also a named author on the Babies in Lockdown Report and supported the UK government on the flagship Early Years Healthy Development Review, a review into improving health and development outcomes for babies in England.

Dr Raquel Catalao

Dr Raquel Catalao is an Academic Clinical Fellow in the Section of Women’s Mental Health and a trainee in psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Raquel’s research interests include maternal and adolescent health, the interface between physical and mental health and reproductive rights. Racquelstudied graduate entry Medicine at Oxford University after an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at UCL. Raquel completed the Academic Foundation Programme in North East London where she had the opportunity to work in Public Health alongside her clinical placements.