Speakers at Expo 2017

Our speakers at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 included some of the most influential and high-profile people from across health and social care.

View our full Expo 2017 agenda across main stage and theatre sessions

Simon Stevens

Chief Executive, NHS England

Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.

Alongside his 16 years work for the NHS and UK public service, Simon spent a decade working internationally at UnitedHealth Group, including as its Medicare CEO and as president of its global health division, leading health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health

Jeremy Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012. He has overall responsibility for the business and policies of the department, including financial control and oversight of all NHS delivery and performance, along with leadership of all aspects of mental health and championing patient safety.

Jeremy was elected Conservative MP for South West Surrey in May 2005. In May 2010 he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and he was formerly Shadow Culture Secretary 2007 to 2010 and Shadow Minister for Disabled People 2005 to 2007.

Before his election as an MP, Jeremy ran his own educational publishing business, Hotcourses. He also set up a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa in which he continues to play an active role.

Professor Jane Cummings

Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England

Jane Cummings is the executive lead for maternity, patient experience and the professional lead for nursing and midwifery in England.

Before progressing into general management, Jane’s nursing specialism was in Emergency Care. She has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive, alongside national lead roles in emergency care and patient choice. Before joining NHS England, Jane was Chief Nurse for NHS North West and later the NHS North cluster, with executive responsibility for the professional leadership of nursing, quality and performance.

Jane was the Senior Responsible Officer for Learning Disability at NHS England until January 2016 and now has executive oversight of this area. In January 2016, Jane also became executive lead for Patient and Public Participation.

Jane was awarded a Doctorate by Edge Hill University and is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St George’s University, London.

She is also Director and trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical Ambassador for the Over the Wall Children’s Charity where she volunteers as a nurse providing care for children affected by serious illnesses. Jane tweets @JaneMCummings and you can read her blogs here.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

National Medical Director, NHS England

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors. He is responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation.

Formerly, Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He was Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL. He has been President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary-General of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, International Director of the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and President of the Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Healthcare Commission. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2003. Sir Bruce tweets at @drbrucekeogh, and you can read his blogs here.

Professor Hashim Ahmed

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Imperial College Hashim Ahmed
Healthcare NHS Trust and chair of urology at
Imperial College London

Hashim is an internationally renowned expert in prostate cancer diagnosis, imaging and biopsy as well as minimally invasive therapies for prostate cancer such as HIFU and cryotherapy – either whole-gland or focal therapy for primary prostate cancer or radiorecurrent disease. He has taught dozens of surgeons in these techniques in the UK and around the world and given numerous invited international lectures in this area. He has an extensive research portfolio with about £6M in grant income as a principal applicant and co-applicant to a research programme of approximately £14M.

The team he led recently was awarded the BMJ/BMA Innovation Award 2015 and the Health Services Journal Acute Sector Innovation Award 2016.

Professor Kate Ardern

Director of Public Health, Wigan CouncilProfessor Kate Ardern

Kate attended Manchester High School and read Medicine at Manchester University. She was awarded the RCGP Professor Patrick Byrne Prize for General Practice. Kate has an MSc in Epidemiology and Health and Membership of the Faculty of Public Health. She was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health 2006. In addition to her honorary Professorship at Salford University, Kate is also a member of the External Advisory Board for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Central Lancashire. Kate is Lead Director of Public Health for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities for Health Protection and Emergency Planning & Response, in addition to her substantive post as Director of Public Health for Wigan. She is currently also lead DPH for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution early implementer priorities of alcohol harm reduction and public protection transformation, including the development of a multi-agency antimicrobial resistance programme for the conurbation. Recently Kate became a trustee of the Royal Society of Public Health and she was one of the external experts consulted on the Scottish Government’s national public health review.

Camilla BallCamilla Ball

Young Carers Health Champion, Blackpool Carers

Before becoming a Health Champion for the NHS Camilla worked with a successful local legal firm, whilst gathering experience in criminal law and family law where she became the Crown Court and Magistrates Clerk. During this time her Mum fell ill with multiple sclerosis closely followed by significant Mental Ill Health. As a result of her health conditions this contributed to her Mum becoming reliant on Alcohol as a coping mechanism. This meant that Camilla gave up her work within the legal profession to focus on providing care for her mum.

Through her experience as a Carer Camilla became involved with a local Carers Centre , Blackpool Carers. This led to employment opportunities close to her heart.

Camilla is truly passionate about creating a better life for unpaid carers across the nation and is dedicated to voice the opinions of Young people, especially views and opinions related to health.

Camilla tweets at @Camilla_Ball94.

Juliet Bauer

Chief Digital Officer, NHS EnglandJuliet Bauer

Juliet leads all patient-facing digital technology projects for NHS England. This includes the transformation of the NHS Choices website and the development of digital experiences that will help people to manage life-long conditions.

Prior to joining NHS England, Juliet led similar technology programmes at a range of businesses from start-ups to major media companies. This included leading the transformation of The Times digital experience to a subscription product.

Learn more about Juliet’s role and background by listening to her podcast interview with Tech-Talks or reading her blog for The Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network. Juliet tweets at @JulietBauer.

Henry Black

Chief Financial Officer, North East London STPHenry Black

Henry has over 20 years’ experience within the NHS Finance function, with 10 of those operating at very senior level. He has covered roles in both commissioning and provider organisations, including Deputy Director of Finance at a London Acute Hospital, before joining THCCG as CFO in May 2013. Since the middle of 2016 Henry has been working as the lead CFO for East London Health & Care Partnership covering the whole North East London area.

Henry is deputy chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council Chief Finance Officers’ group and is a member of the NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) Finance Forum.

Professor Tim Briggs

National Director for Clinical Quality and Effectiveness, NHS Improvement

Tim is Chair of the Getting It Right First Time programme and National Director for Clinical Quality and Effectiveness at NHS Improvement.

He is also a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London.





David Buck

Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s FundDavid Buck

Before joining the Fund, David worked at the Department of Health as deputy director for health inequalities. He managed the Labour government’s PSA target on health inequalities and the independent Marmot Review of inequalities in health. While in the Department he worked on many policy areas – including on diabetes, long-term conditions, dental health, waiting times, the pharmaceutical industry, childhood obesity and choice and competition – as an economic and strategy adviser. He has also worked at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London and the Centre for Health Economics in York where his focus was on the economics of public health and behaviours and incentives. David tweets at @davidjbuck.


Chris Burghes

Chief Executive, Royal Free CharityChris Burghes

As the CEO of the Royal Free Charity, Chris has overseen the strategic change of the organsiation from a grant making body to direct service provider, merging other organisations into the Charity and growing the income by 400% to over £16m. Together they were the primary reasons why he was identity as one of the five rising stars of the third sector by Charity Times as well as being voted Charity CEO of the Year.

Previously he was the Director of Business Development at the Fire Fighters Charity. He has also worked for the National Farmers’ Union as both their Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager. He was educated in both the UK and the USA and completed his MBA in 2001. Chris tweets at @chrisburghes.

Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater ManchesterAndy Burnham

Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. In this role, he steers the work of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and its subsidiary Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.


Dr Nav Chana

Chair, National Association of Primary Care (NAPC)Nav Chana

Nav was elected in 2014 and has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 180 primary care home (PCH) sites across England. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South London for over 25 years and is Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme. Previously, he was Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education.

Professor Matthew Cripps

National Director, NHS RightCare, NHS England

Matthew is National Director of NHS RightCare, a part of NHS England that focuses on population healthcare improvement and helping the wider health service to identify and use techniques, tools and methodologies to increase value in healthcare.

Matthew is a chartered accountant and was an NHS Director of Finance before he moved into change management. In addition to his NHS career, Matthew is Emeritus Professor of population healthcare improvement at the University of Salford, Visiting Professor at Warwick Business School and was previously Professor of Business Processing and Knowledge Transfer at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Matthew has also written six publications on finance, business planning and healthcare system improvement, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and the Healthcare Finance Managers Association. He holds positions on numerous boards, including chairing NHS England’s Programme Budgeting Board and being a member of NHS Improvement’s Getting it Right First Time board.  Professor Cripps also leads the Commissioning for Value programme for NHS England, in partnership with Public Health England.

The NHS RightCare programme is actively addressing unwarranted variation with all 209 local health economies in England. Its focus on increasing value at system level, for individuals and the population. The approach and the principles of NHS RightCare’s flagship Commissioning for Value programme are embedded into the Future Focussed Finance programme. Matthew tweets @matthew_cripps1.

Amen DhesiAmen Dhesi

Founder, Imagine Bradford

Amen became a carer at the age of 13 as his father has Bipolar disorder. He manages his own mental health issues which he openly speak about to help inspire others. He is now 22 and completing an MSc. in Psychology of Sport & Exercise. They challenge societies views and perception of mental health issues at the organisation he founded: Imagine Bradford.


Sir Andrew Dillon

Chief Executive, National Institute for Health
and Care ExcellenceAndrew Dillon

Sir Andrew Dillon joined the NHS in 1975 and has held a number of senior management positions, including General Manager of the Royal Free Hospital and Chief Executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.

He joined the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as its founding Chief Executive in 1999.


Michelle Dixon

Director of Communications, Imperial College
Healthcare NHS Trust

Michelle has over 25 years’ experience as a professional communicator in the health and wider public sector. Before joining the Trust in 2014, she was director of communications at the British Medical Association. She has also held the posts of interim director of communications at the Cabinet Office, director of communications at The King’s Fund, head of public affairs for the Royal College of Nursing and director of communications and fundraising for homelessness charity Crisis.


Ian DodgeIan Dodge

National Director – Strategy and Innovation, NHS England

Ian Dodge joined NHS England in July 2014. His directorate leads the organisation’s work on: NHS strategy; sustainability and transformation; planning and implementing the Five Year Forward View; vanguards and the new care models programme; giving power to patients through personalisation and choice; commissioning strategy and development; and prioritising science and innovation.

Ian was Director of the NHS Group and Head of Policy Profession for the Department of Health. In 2005/06 Ian was the Prime Minister’s senior adviser on the NHS. Ian is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London.


Mark DoughtyMark Doughty

Patient Leader/Senior Consultant, Leadership & Organisational Development, King’s Fund

Mark is part of the leadership and organisational development team and he brings an in-depth knowledge and experience of developing patient and community leaders to the Fund. His work focuses on supporting the development of new relationships between patients, communities, and health and care professionals by embedding collaborative and partnership working across the health and care system. He is currently the co-director of the Leading Collaboratively with Patients and Communities programme at the Fund.

Mark is co-founder and director of The Centre for Patient Leadership. He has designed a number of award-winning patient leader programmes and advised organisations, including NHS England, on patient leadership. He has consulted on and facilitated the development of organisational cultures that support new relationships (including collaborative and partnership working) between staff, patients and local communities. He also works as an executive coach supporting senior leaders with their personal and professional development.

Mark tweets at @markjdoughty

Gavin EslerGavin Esler

Award winning television and radio broadcaster, a writer and a journalist

He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books. His most recent publication, entitled Lessons from the Top, is inspired by Gavin’s conversations and interviews with numerous heads of state & world leaders. It examines how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change.

Gavin was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent for eight years, based in Washington, and has reported from countries as diverse as China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudia Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands, as well as all across Europe. On returning to the UK, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme Newsnight.

As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, Gavin was also awarded a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, Letters from Guantanamo.

He is currently writing a third non-fiction book on the decline of trust in the business and political worlds.


Dr Navina Evans

Chief Executive, East London NHS Foundation TrustDr Navina Evans

Navina was appointed as ELFT CEO in August 2016, having previously undertaken the roles of Deputy CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the Trust. She has clinical experience in Psychiatry and Paediatrics. Navina has previously been involved in Medical Education at Barts and The London Medical School as Honorary Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, and provided pastoral care to medical students. Navina tweets at @NavinaEvans.

Glen Garrod

Trustee, Association of Directors of Adult Social ServicesGlen Garrod

Glen joined Lincolnshire County Council in March 2012, initially as Assistant Director. He was appointed as Director of Adult Social Services in February 2013. He was previously the Area Director for Adult Social Services in Hampshire County Council. Glen’s background is in clinical psychology, social work, applied research and then obtained an MBA. Glen has worked in Scotland, Wales, England, India and the USA. He has also spent a month studying Health and Social Care in New Zealand. Glen began his career as a Community Service Volunteer. He has worked at all levels of local government: districts, unitaries and county councils. His previous roles have included responsibility for adult and children’s services and housing and leisure. He was until recently the East Midlands Branch Chair for the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) and relinquished this role in March to become the Vice-President of ADASS nationally. He chairs the Lincolnshire Task Group responsible for producing the Lincolnshire Better Care Fund. He is a married to a South African GP and has a 12-year-old daughter. Glen tweets at @GarrodGlen.



Celia Ingham Clark MBE

Celia Ingham Clark is the Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness at NHS England.  Celia is also the interim National Director of Patient Safety at NHS Improvement.

She trained in Cambridge and London and was appointed as a consultant general surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in 1996.

After early work in medical education she developed an interest in quality improvement and this took her through several medical management roles to become Medical Director of the trust from 2004-2012.

More recently she worked as national clinical director for acute surgery and enhanced recovery, and as London regional lead for revalidation and quality.

For two years from 2014, Celia was the NHS England Director for reducing premature mortality, and in 2016 became the Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness. She was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to the NHS.

Jacqueline Mallender

Partner, Optimity AdvisorsJacqueline Mallender

Jacqueline is Partner of Optimity Advisors and a respected international economist specialising in the fields of health, justice and education. Having started her career as a UK government economist, she went on to work with a “big-five” consultancy before founding an independent consultancy which evolved to become Matrix. In August 2014, Matrix became the European practice of Optimity Advisors. Jacqueline has worked in many areas of healthcare throughout her 30 year career. Her experience includes: the economics of public health; service and care-pathway design across all diseases and population groups; healthcare systems including contracting and financing; and access to healthcare and disparities for vulnerable groups.

Dr Malte GerholdMalte Gerhold

Executive Director of Strategy & Intelligence, Care Quality Commission

Malte joined CQC in 2013 as Director of Policy and Strategy, and later was responsible for setting out CQC’s new five-year strategy through to 2021.

Malte started his career as a strategy consultant, before working as an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, from where he was appointed Deputy Director of the Strategy Unit at the Department of Health. Before joining CQC he lived and worked in Sierra Leone, leading a team advising the president on the implementation of the government’s priorities in health care, energy, agriculture and investment.

Malte has a BSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Oxford. He has a particular interest in improvement, new technologies and innovation, and better use of data.

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBEMalcolm Grant

Chair, NHS England

Malcolm Grant is Chancellor of the University of York, and immediate past President and Provost of University College London from 2003-2013. He is a barrister and a Bencher of Middle Temple.

As an academic lawyer he specialised in planning, property and environmental law, and was Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy (1991-2003) and pro-vice chancellor (2002-2003) of Cambridge University, and professorial fellow of Clare College.

He has served as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England, of the Agriculture and Environmental Biotechnology Commission and the Russell Group.

He is currently a Trustee of Somerset House, President of the Council for At-Risk Academics, global chair of the PLuS Alliance, a director of Genomics England Ltd and a UK Business Ambassador.

Professor Huon Gray MD FRCP FESC FACCHuon Gray

National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England

Huon was appointed consultant adult and interventional cardiologist to Southampton University Hospital in 1989. He was President of the British Cardiac Society (2003-5) and co-chaired the Dept. of Health’s National Infarct Angioplasty Project (2006-8) which led to the subsequent roll out of primary PCI for ST elevation myocardial infarction. He was clinical adviser to NICE on acute coronary syndromes (2007-10), and chaired its guideline on ST elevation myocardial infarction (2011-13). He chaired the International Council of the American College of Cardiology (2008-13) and sat on the ACC’s Board of Trustees (2012-16).

Huon is honorary professor at Queen Mary’s University, and University College, London, and has published on various aspects of cardiology and health service delivery. He was Deputy and then Interim National Clinical Director for Heart Disease at the Department of Health (2007-12), and was the National Clinical Director for Cardiac Care in NHS England from 2013-16.

Professor Sir Muir Gray

Muir Gray entered the public health service by joining the City of Oxford Health Department in 1972. The first phase of his professional career focused on disease prevention, followed by the development of the NHS screening programmes as well as services aimed at bringing knowledge to patients and professionals, including the NHS Choices.

He has also been instrumental in setting up the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration in Oxford.  During this period, he was appointed as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS in England.  In 2006 he joined the Department’s Commissioning Directorate and published the first Annual Population Value Review in 2006.

In 2010 he set up the NHS RightCare programme with Phil de Silva and remains an adviser to the programme and to Public Health England on population healthcare.

Ann GreinerAnn Greiner

President & Chief Executive Officer, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Ann Greiner serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (The Collaborative). In this role, she is responsible for leading the overall organizational strategy, managing a high-functioning internal staff, and fostering strategic partnerships across the nation’s health care sectors.

At a critical time in U.S. health policy, Ann directs The Collaborative’s policy agenda, working across a diverse stakeholder group of more than 70 executive member organizations to advance an effective and efficient health care system built on the strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The Collaborative’s membership includes a broad group of public and private organizations, including payers, providers, consumer/patient organizations and other non-profits and leading corporations dedicated to transforming health care. It achieves its mission through the combined work of its executive members, Stakeholder Centers, clinicians and thought leaders focused on the key issues of delivery reform, payment reform, and patient engagement, to drive health system transformation.

Ann has dedicated her entire career to advancing the quality of U.S. health and health care. She has more than 20 plus years of experience, including senior-level policy, research, and communications roles at prestigious national not-for-profit organizations. Prior to leading The Collaborative, she served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Quality Forum where she increased the visibility and influence of NQF on Capitol Hill and across the country while also leading efforts to engage NQF members on a number of timely policy issues.

Before working at NQF, Ann held high-profile policy, research, and public affairs roles at the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In these roles, she worked with others to pioneer research to help the field and the public understand the extent of the U.S. health care quality problem (Institute of Medicine), published some of the first-ever quality ratings bringing needed transparency to health care (NCQA), and helped Congress and other policymakers to understand and support the use of high-quality measures to drive improvements in care (National Quality Forum).

Ann has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Chief Medical Officer and Global Director, Dr Paul Grundy
Healthcare Transformation, IBM HCLS Industry

Member IBM Industry Academy

Dr. Grundy known as the Godfather of the PCMH is the Chief Medical Officer and Global Director of Healthcare Transformation, Healthcare Life Science Industry IBM Corporation has spent 4 decades focused on population health.

Winner of the Barbara Starfield Patient Centered primary care, NCQA Quality and the Sappington awards.

He is a healthcare ambassador for the nation of Denmark Honorary Life Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Irish National Association of General Practice and the National Association of Primary Care In the United Kingdom.

Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco Department of Family and Community Medicine and the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

He is a member of National Academy of Science’s National Academy of Medicine, director of the ACGME and member of the national advisory board of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education.

Dr. Grundy is the founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Dr. Grundy served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush 1 and Clinton administrations and is a retired senior diplomat with the rank of Minister Consular U.S. State Department.


Kathryn HalfordKathryn Halford

Chief Nurse, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Kathryn joined the Trust in January 2016 from Walsall Healthcare where she was the Director of Nursing.

She qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and then as a registered sick children’s nurse in 1987.

Since that time she has held a number of senior nursing roles within secondary and tertiary care settings and has led a number of national programmes including a focus on new roles and an independent review into children’s palliative care whilst working at the Department of Health.

Professor Chris Harrison

National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS EnglandChristopher Harrison

Chris was appointed from 1st February 2016 and combines this role with the post of Executive Medical Director at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Chris leads the implementation of the national cancer strategy as part of the National Cancer Team. He holds an honorary Clinical Professor position at the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre and continues to hold an honorary professor position at Imperial College, London.

Chris was the Medical Director and Responsible Officer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from 2013 until 2016 during which period he was also the vice chairman of the London Clinical Senate. As Medical Director e was responsible for all aspects of the clinical strategy, clinical governance and medical professional leadership for a London teaching hospital with over 1000 doctors. He was also the executive director with responsibility for research and medical education.

Before moving to London Chris was Medical Director at The Christie between 2005 and 2013. During this time he led the work leading to development of the networked radiotherapy satellite facilities in Salford and Oldham and established the long term clinical strategy for the Christie. He established Manchester Cancer an integrated cancer system which has since evolved into the Greater Manchester Cancer programme and designated as part of the national cancer vanguard. Between 2010 and 2012 he was seconded part time to NHS London to lead development of cancer services across the capital, establishing the arrangements for the two London based integrated cancer systems which are also part of the national cancer vanguard.

He had previously held posts as head of the regional cancer team at North West Regional Office, deputy regional director of public health at North West Regional Office, director of the Greater Manchester Health Protection Unit and medical director and director of public health at Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority. From 1992 he was director of public health for The South Lancashire Health Authority (Ormskirk, Chorley, South Ribble) and in 1996 director of public health and commissioning for North West Lancashire Health Authority (Preston and Blackpool). During this period he was the executive director responsible for overseeing the development of the new radiotherapy service in Preston.

He has been involved in numerous national and international committees relating to cancer care, quality of care and standards of clinical practice. He led the first region wide cancer peer review programme and later chaired the accreditation committee of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes which oversaw the peer review programme for cancer centres in Europe. He is frequently invited to lecture on cancer care policy in the UK and abroad.

Sue Hartley

Executive Director of Nursing, Birmingham and Sue Hartley
Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

Sue joined the Trust as Executive Director of Nursing in April 2014 and was previously Director of Nursing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Sue has a strong background in nursing, performance management and service redesign. She is a registered nurse and trained in Birmingham at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sue has held various nursing and management posts and has worked in a number of senior management positions including Deputy Head of Performance at the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

She has a passion for nursing and allied health professional (AHP) leadership, with a focus on the quality of care and experience given to service users and their carers.

Emily HoughEmily Hough

Director – Strategy Group, NHS England

Emily joined NHS England’s Strategy Group in 2014, taking over as Director of the Group in July 2017. The Strategy Group is focused on supporting the strategic priorities and sustainability of the NHS. It also runs a number of priority programmes set out in the Five Year Forward View, including Healthy New Towns, Test Beds, Health and Work and Healthy Workforce.

Emily’s previous NHS experience includes supporting a major service reconfiguration in North Central London, advising the first Trust Special Administrator appointed to an NHS Trust in South East London, developing a Commissioning Support Unit’s Strategy and Transformation practice and supporting the development of London’s Clinical Commissioning Groups. Prior to joining the NHS Emily was a management consultant, specialising in strategy.

Emily tweets at @emhough1.

Julia Hunt

Director of Nursing, James Paget University Julia Hunt
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Current Executive Responsibilities include: Lead for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP’s; Co-Director/Joint Executive with Medical Director for Clinical Practice; Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC); Safeguarding Lead; Nurse/Midwifery Revalidation; End of Life; Learning Disabilities; Dementia; Non-medical education; Chaplaincy.

Julia is a registered nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 28 years. She has spent the majority of her career as a medical nurse performing a variety of clinical role & senior management roles including; Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Named Lead for Safeguarding Adults and Matron for Emergency Care Services. She is responsible for the development of the existing acute learning Disability Liaison Service which has been recognised nationally and locally for its work in promoting partnership working across the health & social care system for those people living with Learning Disabilities in the Gt Yarmouth & Waveney area.

Dr Luke Kane

London GP traineeLuke Kane

Luke is a final-year GP trainee working in South London with a keen interest in international health, expedition medicine, refugee health and infectious disease.

He recently took part in Channel 4’s “Mutiny” in which we faithfully recreated the famous maritime survival voyage that Captain Bligh made in 1789.

During the 2013-2016 Ebola Crisis, he volunteered as part of the NHS/UK Government response working for Doctors of The World as a clinical doctor in an Ebola Treatment Centre where he worked with inspiring Sierra Leonean health care workers.

After his foundation programme at Newham General Hospital in East London, he completed the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He then spent time working for a non-profit agency in Cambodia helping to co-ordinate a large study on emerging malaria resistance to standard treatments.

Luke trained at King’s College, London, after reading Biological Sciences at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Throughout my higher education and junior doctor years he has tried to gain as much overseas experience as possible. he started by becoming a minor expert on Indonesian sea urchins before experiencing work as a Hong Kong paediatric trainee and obstetric doctor in a busy Bangkok hospital. He spent his elective on the infectious disease ward in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

Dr James P Kingsland OBE

President, National Association of Primary Care (NAPC)James Kingsland

James is the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West of England. He has a wealth of experience in primary care, medical education and medical politics.

He is President of the National Association of Primary Care (UK) having previously served as Chairman from 2004-08. He is the co-author of the new care model for the NHS, the Primary Care Home, and is now one of the two national leads for the programme.

He served as a senior GP advisor at the Department of Health to both ministers and the senior civil service from 1999 -2002 and from 2009 – 2013

He was the National Clinical Lead for the English Department of Health’s implementation programmes for Clinical Commissioning, firstly for Practice Based Commissioning and latterly for the NHS Clinical Commissioning Community. In this role he was also the Primary Care Lead on the DH Board of the National Clinical Directors.

He has also held advisory positions with NICE, CQC and Monitor.
He continues as the clinical lead for the National Primary Care Network, extending the work he developed in his most recent DH role.

He is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals and immediate past NED at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust where he was the Senior Independent Director. James also previously served at Board level, for 4 years, as Primary Care Advisor to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT.

He is immediate past Chairman of the Jhoots Pharmacy Group, the largest independent community pharmacy chain with national coverage in England, the governance advisor to a virtual GP provider service , Editorial Director for a specialist commissioning publisher and consultant to The Sound Doctor.

He is a founding director of Waring health Ltd, an international specialist medical consultancy firm.

He was a GP trainer for 20 years and an undergraduate tutor for the medical schools of Liverpool and University College London.

He is the resident doctor for BBC Radio Merseyside and regularly provides expert advice on national television and radio for both news and current affairs programmes.
His inspiring presentation skills have established him as a national and internationally renowned speaker.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year 2012 Honours List for services to Medicine and to Healthcare.

Married to Sarah, they have 2 teenage daughters and live in the Wirral.

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Vice Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing BoardCllr Richard Kemp

Cllr Richard Kemp is the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Liverpool City Council and is the longest serving councillor with 35 years’ service. He is now the deputy chair and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the LGA’s Community Well Being Board where he leads on public health and community based health activities. He is former leader of the Liberal Democrats on local government and international spokesperson for the LGA.

He is married and lives close to the world famous Penny Lane with his wife and former councillor and Lord Mayor Erica Kemp. He has 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren to take up all his spare time.



Jenny KleemanJenny Kleeman

Award-winning journalist

Jenny Kleeman is a documentary maker who specialises in hunting down and telling unique stories. She’s fronted a number of films for Channel 4’s foreign affairs documentary series Unreported World. Covering stories from across the globe; from the depths of the Amazon rainforest to the film sets of Afghanistan’s movie industry, via Liberia, Cambodia, Nigeria and Honduras. Back on home turf, she’s reported for BBC 1’s The One Show, and reviews the newspapers on Sky News and BBC News Channel.

Jenny has also written extensively for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Observer and Vice Magazine.

Jenny won the One World Media Television Award in 2011 for ‘Manila: The City with Too Many People’, and was Shortlisted for the Amnesty International Gaby Radio Journalism Award in 2012.

Nicki Latham

Executive Director of Performance and Nicki Latham
Development, Health Education England (HEE)

Nicki is responsible for performance reporting at HEE, is HEE’s Senior Responsible Officer for the Values Based Recruitment project and is the executive lead for research and innovation and information systems. A key part of her role was the development of the 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), following their authorisation in 2013.

Nicki was made Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University in May 2013 and has contributed to the work of the Health and Social Care Faculty.

Nicki was previously Chief Operating Officer for Information Systems at the National Institute for Health Research and has 20 years’ experience in Higher Education, including at Leeds Metropolitan University where she completed her PhD in health education of diabetes. Nicki tweets at @hee_nicki.

Helen Lee

Head of Quality Improvement and Experience,
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Helen Lee

Helen leads the quality improvement and experience team and the implementation of Always Events throughout the Trust. This includes the participation in the national Always Event pilot, working with NHS England, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Picker Europe. Helen is a qualified nurse with experience of working in both acute and community settings. Helen is passionate about people being at the heart of everything we do, co-design and quality improvement. Helen is a faculty member at the IHI and is a founding cohort participant of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded with NHS England.

Dr Arvind Madan

Director of Primary Care, NHS England

Dr Arvind Madan was appointed as NHS England’s Director of Primary Care in October 2015 with view to him providing clinical leadership for the transformation of primary care provision.

Arvind is a practicing GP based at the Hurley Group, a large multi-site general practice and urgent care provider. He retains this regular clinical commitment looking after patients in East London.

Arvind has a strong track record of using new technology and redesigned ways of working across care boundaries to improve outcomes and deliver better value for money. Arvind tweets at @arvindmadan.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chair

NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme

Sarah-Jane is Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Chair of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme.

She joined the NHS via the Graduate Management Scheme, holding various roles in primary and secondary care and at the Department of Health, before promotion to Director of Planning and Productivity at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Appointed Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in December 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in March 2009, the hospital has been under her leadership for almost eight years and was named ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ by the Health Service Journal in 2015.

In 2015, Sarah-Jane took on the additional role of Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, before going on to integrate the two hospitals in February 2017 to create Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its kind in Europe.

She also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham – another UK first.

Sarah-Jane chairs the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme Board, which aims to make maternity care across England safer, and give women greater control and choice. Sarah-Jane tweets at @BWCHBoss.

Ruth May

Executive Director of Nursing, NHS ImprovementRuth May

Ruth May was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement in April 2016 following her role as Director of Nursing at Monitor. She is also Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and National Director for Infection Prevention and Control. Ruth has a theatre nursing background and over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and is passionate about reducing avoidable pressure ulcers and so she personally champions the national Stop the Pressure programme. Ruth tweets at @RMayNurseDir.

Professor Keith McNeil

Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS EnglandProf Keith McNeil

An internationally recognised expert in the fields of lung transplantation and pulmonary vascular disease, Keith was appointed as the NHS’s first CCIO In July 2016. He took up this role having previously served as CEO at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and prior to that as CEO of one of the largest health services in Australia – Metro North Health Service in Brisbane. In his new role, he is overseeing the implementation of the national digital agenda for health IT. He is committed to ensuring patients receive high quality, safe care in a sustainable system construct, through the digital transformation of the National Health Service.

Keith spent two years as a senior transplant fellow at Papworth Hospital and a further five years working jointly at Papworth and CUH as a cardio-pulmonary transplant and respiratory physician and director of the pulmonary vascular disease unit. During this time, Keith was pivotal in establishing the UK’s centre for pulmonary endarterectomy at Papworth and was an adviser to the Department of Health on pulmonary hypertension.

Keith began his chief executive career in 2007 in his native Australia at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, a 980-bed teaching hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the southern hemisphere. In 2008 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Keith also served in the Australian Special Forces where he was trained in survival techniques and as a weapons expert.


Dr Liz MearLiz Mear

Chief Executive, Innovation Agency

Dr Liz Mear is Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast and Chair of the national AHSN Network. In these roles, she supports the health and care sector to adopt innovation and also the economic growth of businesses that can support this aim. Liz helped to set up the Innovation Agency when she was Chief Executive of the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network.

She sits on a number of Boards – Northern Health Science Alliance; Well North, Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance Test Bed and Health Service Research UK. She is co-chair of the NIHR Dissemination Centre; chair of the North West Procurement Development Board; and vice chair of the North West Coast Genomics Medicine Centre.

Prior to joining the NHS Liz worked in local government, holding a variety of senior customer service roles. Liz has also worked as a senior management consultant, specialising in public sector business performance improvement and change management.

Liz tweets at @MearLiz.

Chris Moran MD FRCS(Ed)Chris Moran

National Clinical Director for Trauma, NHS England

Chris is Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital. He is a full-time trauma surgeon with a special interest in polytrauma, complex fractures and the treatment of nonunions. He has a busy on-call commitment for emergency care of trauma and continues as a Trauma Team Leader.

He has chaired regional and national clinical advisory groups for the development of Major Trauma Networks throughout England and has also authored many scientific papers, clinical guidelines and protocols on the management of complex trauma.

Chris also has a long-term interest in the management of older patients with fragility fractures. He is co-chair of the National Hip Fracture Database and co-authored audit standards for hip fracture care that have become the basis for best practice.

Chris believes that NHS-England should provide comprehensive trauma care including children, adults and older people, from the point of injury through treatment, rehabilitation and a return to work or education. This system must include accident prevention and also the management of osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) to prevent future fractures in older patient.

Baroness Delyth Morgan

Chief Executive, Breast Cancer NowBaroness Delyth Morgan

Baroness Morgan sits as a cross bench peer in the House of Lords. She previously held the CEO role at both Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Appointed to Government in 2007, she served as Children’s Minister, Intellectual Property Minister and Department of Work and Pensions Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords.

She is a Fellow of University College London and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Cancer Research and Cardiff University, Patron of Pancreatic Cancer UK, The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, Honorary President of Cancer 52 and Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute.


Carol MuntCarol Munt

Patient Partner & Advocate

Carol’s aim is to make sure patients and carers are at the heart of all the NHS does.
“She inspires and challenges; pushing groups to work differently; saying how it is with a smile, acronyms banned and new work developed with patients from the beginning. Her impact has been immeasurable; contributing her experiences and those of the wider community, patients, carers and families through her extensive networks. Her passion for patient empowerment and involvement is infectious”
She is an inspiring public speaker, regularly tweets, emails, and attends meetings in order to share great ideas and practice.

In 2014 Manchester Medical School awarded her an Honorary Lectureship (Teaching and Research). She is also one of their Doubleday Affiliates.

She was recently accepted by the Q Community and remains one of Health Service Journal’s Top 50 Patient Leaders.

Carol tweets at @muntma.

Claire MurdochClaire Murdoch

National Mental Health Director, NHS England

Claire is a registered mental health nurse for 34 years, and joined NHS England in April 2016. She is also chief executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. With a wealth of clinical and leadership experience she is leading delivering the national mental health programme for NHS England. Claire tweets at @ClaireCNWL.

Eve Roodhouse

Executive Director for Implementation and Eve RoodhouseProgrammes, NHS Digital

Eve is Interim Executive Director for Implementation and Programmes at NHS Digital and Chair of the NHS Digital Women’s Network.

Eve is passionate about supporting the NHS and Local Authorities to make the most of our digital products and services and working with colleagues across the organisation to ensure we become more responsive to our customers. She established the new Implementation and Business Change function in April 2017 which remains part of her portfolio.

Eve has almost 17 years of experience working in complex delivery environments (14 being in NHS informatics), with a breadth of experience that takes in all aspects of the programme management lifecycle from stakeholder engagement, business case development, procurement and supplier management, to software development, change management and managed closure. She graduated from the Major Project Leadership Academy in February 2016.

Eve started her career as a management consultant at Deloitte where she worked at Transport for London on the successful delivery of the London congestion charging scheme.

When she is not at work Eve enjoys running with her local running club, Harrogate Harriers, and spending time with her family.



Jon Rouse

Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health
and Social Care PartnershipJon Rouse

Jon Rouse was appointed Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in August 2016.

Before joining the Department of Health as Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnership in 2013, Jon was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Croydon, following similar roles at both the Housing Corporation and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

He has also held a wide range of non-executive positions with organisations including English Partnerships and Homelessness International and was a non-executive director on the Department of Health’s board until 2010.

Tony RuddTony Rudd

National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England

Tony is a stroke physician based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London. He has run the stroke programme at the Royal College of Physicians since 1995 producing National Clinical Guidelines and running national stroke audits.

Since 2010 he has been the clinical director for stroke in London, overseeing the implementation of a radical reconfiguration of services.

He is a trustee and vice chairman of the Stroke Association.

Duncan Selbie

Chief Executive, Public Health England

Duncan has been the Chief Executive of Public Health England since its formation in 2013.

Until 2012, he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England.

From 2003 to 2007, he was Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and the first Director General of NHS Commissioning.

Prior to this, Duncan was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that Chief Executive of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Adam Sewell-Jones

Executive Director of Improvement, NHS ImprovementAdam Sewell-Jones

Adam was previously Executive Director of Provider Sustainability at Monitor, the healthcare sector regulator whose responsibilities transferred to NHS Improvement on 1 April 2016. He joined Monitor in August 2015.

He has 23 years’ experience within the NHS and was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In this post he had responsibility for strategy and the transformation programme, which underpinned a wide range of service developments to improve the quality of the healthcare services provided.

A qualified accountant, Adam held a range of roles at Basildon including:
• Director of Finance and Continuous Improvement
• Chief Operating Officer
• General Manager of Medicine

He has also worked in finance roles at trusts including University College London Hospitals and Redbridge Healthcare. Adam tweets at @AdamSewellJones.

Will Smart

Chief Information Officer, NHS EnglandWill Smart

A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, he is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.

Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free’s acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under the NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust’s digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model.

Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing. Will tweets at @nhscio.

John Stewart

Acting Director of Specialised Commissioning,

NHS EnglandJohn Stewart

Prior to his current role; John was Director of Clinical Policy and Strategy, working for Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. Before joining NHS England, John held various senior roles within the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office for over twelve years.


Vicky Stobbart

Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Vicky Stobbart
Safeguarding, NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG

Vicky Stobbart is the Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Safeguarding with NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG, a position held since October 2013. She is a fully voting member of the CCG’s Governing Body and the Executive Nurse. She is responsible for the Surrey-wide commissioning of: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Complex Childrens Services, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, on behalf of 6 CCGs in Surrey. Vicky is the NHS Executive Lead for safeguarding children and adults and a member of the local safeguarding children and adults boards. She also sits on the Surrey Corporate Parenting Board. In July 2016, Vicky took on the Joint Senior Responsible Officer role for Transforming Care in Surrey.

Vicky qualified as a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) in 1993 and since then has developed a broad portfolio in clinical, management and leadership roles at a senior level. She has developed a reputation for collaborative working and building partnerships in complex, changing and challenging environments. Vicky has extensive experience both in front line community nursing and the management of multi-disciplinary teams.

She has worked at national level and was the Assistant Director for Safer Solutions (Learning Disabilities) at the National Patient Safety Agency from 2002-2006. Following the completion of a Masters Degree in Action Learning, Vicky was appointed to lead the integration of 3 learning disability services, bringing together health and social care professionals in the London Borough of Southwark.

Vicky is committed to leading the development of strong multi-agency partnerships that deliver person-centred outcomes for people.

Dr Amanda Sullivan

Chief Officer, Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and Newark and Sherwood CCG

Amanda is the Accountable Officer for two CCGs and SRO of the Mid-Nottinghamshire Better Together programme, which is a Vanguard Primary and Acute Care System (PACS) site, with an Alliance across health and local government.

Amanda has a clinical background, working as a nurse and a midwife before moving into senior management. In 2001 Amanda was awarded PhD for research investigating decision-making during pregnancy. In her capacity as a consultant midwife, Amanda worked at regional and national levels. She chaired a working group on behalf of the National Screening Committee, which developed national standards for ultrasound consent in pregnancy. She has also edited midwifery text books.

Andrea Sutcliffe

Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

Andrea has nearly 30 years’ experience in health and social care managing a range of services including those for children and older people.

Andrea joined CQC in October 2013.  She leads on the regulation and inspection of adult social care including care homes, domiciliary care and hospices.  Andrea is also responsible for the registration team supporting all health and care sectors.  She joined CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where she was Chief Executive from April 2012.

Previously Andrea was Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission and was an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for 7 years.

Andrea is an advocate for the use of social media to share information and learn from others. She tweets at @Crouchendtiger7 and writes a weekly blog for the CQC website.  Andrea is passionate about people who use services, their families and carers being at the heart of everything the CQC does.

Matthew SwindellsMatthew Swindells

National Director – Operations and Information, NHS England

Matthew joined NHS England in May 2016 from the Cerner Group and his role as Senior Vice President for Population Health and Global Strategy. He has over 25 years’ experience in health care services and has worked in the Department of Health as a Chief Information Officer and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health. Prior to this he served as a Principal Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Service Reform.

Matthew began his career at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in the early 1990s, and went on to become Director of Clinical Services of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital and later Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, in the early 2000s.

He is visiting professor and chair of the advisory committee in the School of Health Management at the University of Surrey and Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Population Health Management.


Neil TesterNeil Tester

Deputy Director, Healthwatch

Neil has led our policy, communications and external affairs work since 2015 and became Deputy Director in April 2017. He has a focus on developing how we maximise our impact and show the difference it makes to health and social care services when people talk to their local Healthwatch.

Neil started out in journalism on The House Magazine and The Parliamentary Monitor before moving into communications, marketing, policy, strategy, public affairs and network development in a range of leadership roles in membership organisations including the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, in federated charities such as Girlguiding UK and Relate, and in the public sector.

Richard Vize

Commentator on public policy and public services reformRichard Vize

Richard Vize has been a commentator on public policy and public services reform for 25 years. He is a columnist for the Guardian Healthcare Network, contributes to the British Medical Journal and works with a range of organisations across health and local government.

Richard is a former editor of both Health Service Journal and Local Government Chronicle, and spent a year as head of communications at regulator Ofsted. He and his teams have won a number of awards.

He is a trustee of the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work. Richard’s passions are photography, independent travel and political history. Richard tweets at @RichardVize.


Louise Watson

Programme Director, New Care Models, NHS England

Louise has over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS. During that time she has held Board level roles spanning both commissioner and provider organisations ranging from Clinical Commissioning Director of a large commissioning organisation, Commercial Director of a Foundation Trust to Chief Executive leading an organisation through transition.

Most recently Louise operated as the NHS England Regional Operations and Delivery Director for the South of England. Louise specialises in leading teams through change and ensuring delivery of strategic plans. Louise started her working career as a management trainee in the retail sector before training as a management accountant. Louise holds a Masters in Health Executive management along with other post graduate health service management qualifications. She tweets at @lcewatson.

Dan Wellings

Senior Fellow, The King’s FundDan wellings

Dan works in the policy team at the Fund, where his particular areas of interest include patient and staff experience and public perceptions of the NHS and social care system.

Before joining The King’s Fund in April 2017, Dan was Head of Insight and Feedback at NHS England. The Insight and Feedback team is responsible for the commissioning and running of a number of national surveys including the GP Patient Survey, the Cancer Patient Experience Survey and the Staff Survey. In addition, the team oversees the patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) programme as well as the implementation and development of the friends and family test.

Dan has also worked as Research Director at Ipsos MORI, specialising in public attitudes to the NHS and social care. He has a Masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dan tweets at @danwellings.

Francis WhiteFrancis White

NHS Innovation Fellow, AliveCor Ltd

A passionate advocate for health engagement, Francis brings a fresh perspective to the sector as a published thought leader on the exciting frontier of Digital Health. With a 26-year career in leading Medical Device Companies that serve many clinical areas, now helping create a new category of artificial intelligence (AI) powered wearable medical technology; the Kardia brand from AliveCor.

Enthusiastically driving successful adoption Direct to Consumer, B2B and through the more traditional channels of Primary Care and Hospitals.

Francis is a Senior Leader of AliveCor, leading International expansion, and an NHS Innovation Fellow.

Francis tweets at @francisww.

Professor Keith WillettKeith Willett

Director for Acute Care, NHS England

Professor Keith Willett is the Director for Acute Care to NHS England and is the Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford. An NHS consultant surgeon for 24 years he has extensive experience of trauma care, driving service transformation and healthcare management. He has taught surgery and leadership extensively across the NHS and internationally.

In 2003 he founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education focusing on the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. This year IMPS, a children’s safety charity he launched, celebrated 20 years and over 250,000 children trained in risk awareness, first aid and life support.

He was the co-founder of the unique 24-hour consultant-resident Oxford Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in 1994. Building on that model, in 2009 he was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care to the Department of Health and was charged with developing and implementing government policy across the NHS to radically improve the care of older people with fragility hip fractures and to establish Regional Trauma Networks and Major Trauma Centres. By 2012 both re-organisations and care pathways were successfully in place and are now credited with marked improvement in patient care and survival.

In his current role, he has the national medical oversight of acute NHS services ranging from pre-hospital and ambulance services, emergency departments, urgent surgery, acute medicine, children’s and maternity, armed forces, and health and justice services and national major incidents. He is now leading the transformation of the urgent and emergency care services across the NHS in England.

He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years Honour’s List in 2016 for services to the NHS. On receiving this honour he said “I have been exceptionally privileged to build a career as part of the collective commitment of so many dedicated individuals and friends who are our NHS”.

Kim Wylie

Head of Customer Change and Culture, Kim Wylie
Google Cloud Professional Services Team

Kim is Head of Customer Change and Culture, within the Google Cloud Professional Services Team. She is an expert in change management, the psychology of change, digital transformation and organisational culture. She designed and developed the change and transformation methodology which has been used by tens of thousands of Google’s customers globally to help them use Google technology as a platform to drive business and cultural change. Kim has been with Google for ten years, holding multiple roles in a variety of divisions, including AdWords & YouTube, People Operations and the Cloud team. She has a postgraduate certificate in the Psychology of Change and Organisational Development. Kim is a regular keynote speaker and has been published in The Economist and Forbes. She is also a regular guest lecturer at London Business School and is one of the founding professors at ‘The College of Extraordinary Experiences.’