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New Horizons speaker biographies

Morning plenary speakers
David Radbourne
Dr Shahed Ahmad
Professor Tony Young
Professor Sir John Bell
Session 1Session 2Session 3
Rick MowerFiona WiseNigel Foster
Barry StormontAlison AlexanderDr Asma Kahlil
Andrea KingCouncillor David CoppingerNicki Bromwich
Angela JessopDr Adrian HayterMr Ben Turney
Lucie Smith
Jenny Hartnoll
Session 4Session 5Session 6
Dr Jane BarrettProfessor Matthew CrippsJanet Waters
Professor Derrick CrookHelen ShawProfessor Marion Lynch
Dr Ranjit ManchadaDr Ruth PearceAlex Coulter
Dr Ingrid SladeRob SchaferOliver Sampson
Tim Joss
Afternoon plenary speakers
Rt Hon Norman Lamb
Joel Gibbard
Dr Christine Blanshard
Rachel Pearce

David Radbourne
Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS England (South East)

As Director of Commissioning Operations for Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thames Valley, David works from the three main local NHS England bases – which include Jubilee House in Oxford and Premier House in Reading, as well as Oakley Road. His role involves working with the local NHS and partners to support the delivery of the Five Year Forward View in the area.

David has been with the NHS since 1995, working in a variety of roles including providers, commissioners and Strategic Health Authorities. He joined NHS England in July 2016 as Regional Director of Assurance and Delivery for NHS England South, and prior to that led the West Herts Whole System Strategic Review, and was Chief Operating Officer for Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Shahed Ahmad
Medical Director, NHS England

Dr Shahed Ahmad is the Responsible Officer for the 3,200 NHS GPs in South Central. Appointed to the Medical Director role in August 2016, Shahed is also the NHS England South Central director lead for the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer function and Clinical Programmes, and Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks and Senate.

Shahed is an experienced NHS Director, performing director posts in Primary Care Trusts (PCT) since 2002. Shahed was the lead director in his PCT for Fitness for Purpose and producing the Commissioning Strategy Plan. Shahed has benefitted in his career from the advice and mentoring of others and has a strong commitment to workforce and leadership training.

At the time of public health transition to local government, Shahed led on a leadership development programme for Public Health Consultants in London.

Shahed’s passion is to improve the health outcomes of the populations he serves. In both Newham and Enfield, he led evidence based programmes that led to reduction in mortality and improvements in life expectancy which were amongst the fastest in the region.

Professor Tony Young 
National Clinical Director of Innovation, NHS England

Professor Tony Young is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded four Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus.

In 2014 he was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England, and in February 2016 became the first National Clinical Lead for Innovation. In this role he provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England and drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation and helps make the NHS the go-to place on the planet for medical innovation. In 2015 he founded the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme, which has become the world’s largest entrepreneurial workforce development programme for clinicians.

Rick Mower
Managing Director, RAW Workshop

For several years, Rick built a successful career in advertising agencies working on some of the world’s biggest brands. Until one day, when he woke up and realised that a bigger telly, faster car and nicer house doesn’t make you happy. Vacuous daily activity, paid stupidly well or paid very little is bad for the soul and can play havoc with your mental health. No activity at all is worse still.

So, he speedily jacked in all the shiny London stuff and leapt into social enterprise. He first started at Aspire, at that time a small homeless charity with 12 ‘service users’ and helped turn it into a thriving social enterprise working with 200 people a year and running three commercially viable enterprises, becoming CEO in the process. For the last two years, in partnership with Response, he has been MD of RAW. RAW creates in excess of 7,000 hours of human social impact a year, recycles 600 tonnes of wood and reduces local carbon emissions by over 10,000 KGs. RAW’s mantra is be ‘exceptional not the exception’ and, whilst engaging, supporting, training and employing people who face prejudice and disadvantage, it successfully sells products and services to many large public and private customers.

Barry Stormont
Operations Manager, Emotional Health Academy

Barry Stormont manages the Emotional Health Academy, West Berkshire’s innovative early intervention emotional health service. He and his team set up and developed the service from the points of its establishment in April 2016. Since then they are proud of the number of children the team has reached, and the difference made to their lives and emotional wellbeing. This work was made possible by our strong partnerships with the Clinical Commissioning Group, Berkshire Health Foundation Trust, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service, GPs, schools, the third sector, Public Health and the Local Authority.

Before relocating to the UK, Barry practiced as a psychologist in Australia. Throughout my career he has delivered treatment to sexual offenders, and adults with serious substance abuse issues. Working with these populations taught him the importance of intervening early in a person’s life to prevent the significant and complex problems seen in adulthood. Barry has always had an ambition that we can be much better at intervening earlier.

As a consequence of this ambition he moved into working with looked after children, particularly those with severe and complex needs. However, the Emotional Health Academy has afforded him the opportunity to be involved in the delivery of true early intervention.

Andrea King 
Local Authority Advisor, NHS England

Angela Jessop 
Transformation Manager, Long Term Conditions, Prevention and Supported Self Care, Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Angela works within the LTC, Prevention and Supported Self Care team at Buckinghamshire CCG. Her portfolio of programmes include, Live Well Stay Well, Obesity and Social Prescribing.

Lucie Smith
Public Health Practitioner, Chiltern District Council

Lucie Smith is an Advanced Public Health Practitioner working in the Public Health team at Buckinghamshire County Council. Lucie leads on areas including healthy weight for adults and children, oral health and healthy eating. Lucie has been involved in the development of the Live Well Stay Well service which started in April 2018. Lucie has worked in public health at both local and regional levels for over 17 years and is a registered Nutritionist and Public Health Practitioner.

Jenny Hartnoll
Service Lead, Health Connections Mendip

Jenny Hartnoll has been working in community development for the past 28 years in a variety of roles and settings. From helping set up one of the first Sure Starts to working in drug and alcohol detox centres, adult mental health day centres, theatre companies in Italy and older people’s charities. Jenny moved from Harlesden, London to Somerset and set up Health Connections Mendip in 2013. Jenny is excited about to bringing community development into general practice. Jenny believes that trust, compassion and creativity are key to her work.

Fiona Wise
Executive Lead, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire (BOB) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

Fiona Wise is an experienced leader who has been operating at Board Level as a Chief Executive for over 25 years, working in acute, mental health, learning difficulties and community services.

Her previous posts have included Chief Executive roles at Enfield Community Care Trust; Stoke Mandeville NHS Trust; Ealing Hospital Trust and the North West London Hospital Trust. She was Improvement Director for Monitor at United Morecambe Bay Hospitals Foundation Trust and was until recently Interim Chief Executive at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust.

Fiona took up post in March this year as Executive lead of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP_ and will be leading the work of one of the largest non-metropolitan STPs – a partnership which covers a population of 1.8 million people, seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (soon to be merged to three CCGs), six NHS Trusts, 14 local authorities and 175 GP surgeries. The partnership has two first-wave Accountable Care Systems – Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West.

Alison Alexander 
Managing Director, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Alison Alexander is Managing Director and Director of Adults and Health Services at Windsor and Maidenhead, a post she has held since April 2017. In that role she covers two statutory functions: Managing Director – Head of Paid Services and Director of Adults Services.

Between January 2016 and April 2017 Alison held the three statuary functions of Managing Director – Head of Paid Services Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adults Services. During this time she assisted the council to transform into a Commissioning Council. Forming significant partnerships and transforming 50% of the councils workforce, and functions (accounting for 70% of the council’s budget) into partnerships covering: Adult, Children’s, Highways and Parking functions.

Since April 2017 she has led a boundary review in the borough realigning ward boundaries that reduces Cllr numbers by 25%; a full constitutional review following a peer review in the Borough; overseen the submission of the Borough Local Plan; the development of a regeneration programme in Maidenhead and the formation of joint venture partnerships for the development of 3,500 homes.

Councillor David Coppinger
Bray Ward, Lead Member for Planning, Health and Sustainability, Deputy Chair of Cabinet, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Councillor David Coppinger is one of two deputy leaders at the Royal Borough Of Windsor and Maidenhead. He is the lead member for Health, Planning and Sustainability and deputy chair of Cabinet. He has been chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board since its inception and together with officers has been responsible for building strong relationships with both the Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Frimley Park Accountable Care System. He is a former member of the Local Government Association Community and Wellbeing Board and is strongly committed to developing strong relationships  with all suppliers and partners who provide services to residents. He has spent his career in the food industry, primarily in customer- and consumer-facing roles, both in the UK and Europe.

Dr Adrian Hayter 
Locality Lead, East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Adrian has been a GP in the Windsor area for nearly 20 years and chair of Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since April 2013. He has previously supported the Primary Care Commissioning (PCG) agenda in roles relating to older age care and represented health on local older age partnership boards in both PCGs and Primary Care Trusts as well as supporting local Falls initiatives in East Berkshire.

Adrian continues to provide GP services for patients of his practice and has in the past contributed to the development of a local out of hours GP service as a Medical Director. He is currently involved as CCG representative on the Thames Valley Local Training and Education Board and on the Thames Valley Oversight committee of the Strategic Clinical Network. His overall passion is to effect change by working as a collaborative leader building communities with a healthier future.

Nigel Foster 
Director of Finance and Information Management & Technology, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Nigel joined Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust as their Director of Finance and Information Management & Technology in August 2017. Prior to this he was Director of Finance for the three Clinical Commissioning Groups  (CCGs) in East Berkshire, and he continues to have strategic oversight of the CCGs’ finances in his new role. He has been working in the NHS since 2002, originally with Wokingham Primary Care Trust and then NHS Berkshire West where he held a variety of senior finance roles. From March 2012 he led the formation of Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit (CSCSU) and became their Chief Finance Officer. He joined the CCGs in East Berkshire in November 2013.

Nigel is a CIPFA qualified accountant who started his career with Oxfordshire County Council before a spell in the private sector working for the business process outsourcing firm Liberata, where amongst other things he managed a pan-European shared service centre for a subsidiary of ICI. He is now heavily involved in working with colleagues across the Frimley Health Integrated Care System, and also leads the ‘Connected Care’ IT interoperability project in East Berkshire which is enabling the sharing of patient records between primary, secondary and social care.

Dr Asma Kahlil 
Consultant Obstetrician, St George’s Hospital, and Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Asma Khalil is a Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital, University of London. She gained her MD at the University of London in 2009. She also has a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MRC scholarship.

She has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers, and many published review articles and chapters. She was awarded many research prizes, both at national and international meetings. Her research interests include hypertensive disease in pregnancy and fetal growth restriction. She is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice and believes that they could reduce inequalities in care across the NHS. She is one a NICE Fellow, a member of the NICE Quality Standards and co-chairs the South West Maternity Network. She also chairs the Steering Committee of the Maternity Engagement Project to improve the outcomes of multiple pregnancies. She has active collaborations with international societies, particularly in developing countries.

She is an active member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (RCOG), British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS), International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) and Society of Reproductive Investigation (SRI).

Nicki Bromwich 
Head of Strategic and Industry Partnerships, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Nicki is a clinician with 30 years’ experience in the NHS. Since joining Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in 2014 Nicki has led a successful £2.4m collaborative bid for a Life Sciences Innovation Centre in Buckinghamshire, which will open towards the end of 2018. Nicki leads the Digital Health programme within the Oxford AHSN region, and as Head of Strategic and Industry Partnerships, Nicki manages strategic partnerships with companies, universities, and NHS organisations. Nicki has worked both nationally at NICE and locally within the Buckinghamshire healthcare system for 10 years in quality improvement, service redesign and acute care commissioning.  Nicki has also worked as a consultant for pharmaceutical companies and for a market access consultancy.

Mr Ben Turney 
Bernard Senior Clinical Researcher in Urology, Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon, University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Having completed his medical school training in Cambridge, Ben Turney moved to Oxford and undertook research for both an MSc and DPhil. He obtained a diploma in university teaching in 2006 from the University of Oxford. He is the Bernard Senior Clinical Researcher in Urology (Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences) and a Consultant Urological Surgeon employed by both the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Ben is a Senior Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford UK. Since 2007, he has led the Oxford Stone Group which has examined many aspects of stone disease and its management. He leads collaborations with multiple departments in Oxford University.

He is a co-founder and a Director of UroScreen Ltd, which provides urologists and their patients with StoneScreen technology, and co-founder and a director of Oxbridge Courses Ltd, which provides training in management and leadership to senior trainees and junior consultants. Since 2001, he has been a co-director of Premed which provides educational courses to school leavers interested in a career in medicine. Ben has also acted as a medical advisor to industry partners.

Professor Sir John Bell 
Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University

Professor Sir John Bell (GBE, FRS, FMedSci) is the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. Sir John went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to train in medicine and undertook postgraduate training in London and at Stanford University.

At Stanford he developed research interests in the area of immunology and genetics with a particular focus on characterising the molecular events associated with susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. He returned to Oxford as a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow in 1987 and was elected to the Nuffield Professorship of Clinical Medicine in Oxford in 1992. In 1993, he founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, one of the world’s leading centres for complex trait common disease genetics. In 2002, he became the Regius Professor of Medicine.

Sir John served as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 2006 to 2011. He was responsible for the working party that produced the highly influential Academy of Medical Sciences ‘Strengthening Clinical Research’ report that highlighted the need for the UK to focus some of its attention on developing expertise in translational research. He was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2006 to Chair the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR) and in December 2011, he was appointed one of two UK Life Sciences Champions by the Prime Minister. On 30th August 2017, the UK Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, written by Sir John, was published. The report, was written in collaboration with industry, academia, charity, and research organisations, provides recommendations to HM Government on the long term success of the life sciences sector.

In 2008 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to Medical Science. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to medicine, medical research and the life science industry.

Professor Bell has been extensively involved in the development of research programmes in genetics and genomics and in the development of a clinical research programme across the UK. He sits on a wide range of advisory panels for public and private sector bodies responsible for biomedical research in Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and the UK and is a founding director of three biotechnology start-up companies.

Dr Jane Barrett 
Senate Chair, Thames Valley Clinical Senate

Dr Jane Barrett is well known locally through her roles as Consultant Clinical Oncologist and as Director of the Berkshire Cancer Centre and Medical Director of Thames Valley Cancer Network from its inception in 2001 until 2007. She has had a long association with The Royal College of Radiologists and was elected its President in 2010, the first from the Faculty of Clinical Oncology to be elected by the Fellowship and the first woman President from the Faculty. Jane left full time NHS work in October 2013 but still works part time. In addition to her role as Senate Chair, she has worked both clinically and as a strategic advisor in Scotland England Wales and Eire as well as chairing hospital inspections for the CQC. She chairs the National Guideline Alliance Consortium Board for NICE continues some international work in oncology.

Professor Derrick Crook 
Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Professor Crook studied Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; obtained the Diploma of Tropical Medicine (London), specialised in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, USA. He obtained his boards in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He trained in clinical microbiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford and obtained both his FRCP and FRCPath. He is a practicing clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is the Director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England and oversees communicable disease control for England, UK. He is also co-director of the Oxford Biomedical Research, Infection Theme, and leads a large research consortium, Modernising Medical Microbiology, which focuses on translating whole pathogen sequencing into routine practice. He is the principle investigator of a large 15 country international research programme, CRyPTIC, which aims to comprehensively describe the genomic variation that confers antituberculosis drug resistance.

Dr Ranjit Manchada 
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Barts Cancer Institute

Ranjit’s research interests are focused around population based germline testing and precision medicine approaches for risk prediction, stratification, and targeted screening and cancer prevention. He has a keen research interest in health economic issues related to his areas of research. He is the Principal Investigator on the PROMISE Pilot study (Feasibility of population-based risk prediction and stratification for targeted ovarian cancer screening and prevention), GCaPPS trial (RCT on population based BRCA testing in the Jewish population), PROTECTOR trial (salpingectomy for ovarian cancer prevention in high-risk women) and SIGNPOST study (evaluating outcomes of germline panel and somatic tumour testing in ovarian cancer). He chairs the Barts Health Gynae-oncology trials group and leads the leads the Barts Familial Gynaecological cancer service. He is a member of the NCRI Ovarian Cancer Surgical Sub group, and other advisory bodies and oversight committees. He has served as President of the European Network of Young Gynaecological Oncologists (ENYGO) and member of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) Council from 2011-2013. He has a strong interest in training in gynaecological oncology and led a number of training initiatives in and outside Europe. He is a member of the International Gynecological Cancer Society (IGCS) Education Steering Committee and BGCS International Subcommittee.

Dr Ingrid Slade 
Director, Centre for Personalised Medicine

Ingrid is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow based at the Ethox Centre in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. She has a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics research award for her work entitled Clinical Genomic Medicine and the Need for a Public Health Ethics Account.

Ingrid studied medicine at the University of Bristol (MBChB, BSc Biochemistry). She went on to train in paediatrics and clinical genetics before undertaking her PhD (Identification and Characterisation of Genes which confer Susceptibility to Childhood Cancer, Institute of Cancer Research, University of London). During her PhD it became evident that genomic medicine was becoming increasingly population driven and Ingrid chose to train in public health medicine to increase her understanding of healthcare systems and population health.

Professor Matthew Cripps
Director, Sustainable Healthcare

Professor Matthew Cripps created and developed the RightCare approach and embedded NHS RightCare as a national programme in NHS England, active in every local health economy, with a focus on population healthcare improvement to deliver the best care to patients. He now leads on spreading the concepts of population healthcare, optimal value, improvement and clinical and financial leadership in improvement and is a member of NHS England’s Medical Directorate senior team.

Matthew is a Professor at Warwick Business School, with a focus on sustainable health systems, Honorary Professor of Population Healthcare Improvement at the University of Salford, and was previously Professor of Business Processing and Knowledge Transfer at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Matthew is also a chartered accountant and has written six publications on sustainable healthcare system improvement, finance and business processing, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and the Healthcare Finance Managers Association.

Matthew holds positions on numerous boards, including the National Stroke Board and the NICE Implementation Collaborative Board. He is chair of NHS England’s Programme Budgeting Board. He works closely with key stakeholders on population healthcare, including in partnerships with Public Health England, NICE, national charities and clinical colleges.

Helen Shaw 
Principal Knowledge Facilitator, Public Health England Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service

Helen currently works in knowledge mobilisation, supporting public health teams to use Public Health England’s data and tools for population health and service planning. She previously managed national health intelligence projects, which sparked her interest in communicating health data and led to an MSc in Public Health and a teaching qualification. She has a particular interest in the development of data to support work on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing.

Dr Ruth Pearce 
Social Researcher, University of Leeds

Ruth Pearce is a Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. Her work explores issues of gendered inequality, marginalisation, power and political struggle in institutional contexts. She is currently working on an international project that explores transmasculine people’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. Ruth’s book, ‘Understanding Trans Health: Discourse, Power and Possibility’, is available from Policy Press. She blogs about her work at

Dr Rob Schafer 
GP and Educational Lead, Luther Medical Centre

Rob has worked since 2007 as a GP at Luther Street Medical Centre – a primary care centre set up in 1985 to serve the health needs of the homeless, hostel dwelling and vulnerably housed population of Oxford. His key interest is improving the confidence and skills of all doctors to successfully manage the complex issues that patients experiencing homelessness or social exclusion often have.

He runs the ‘homelessness and health’ component of the University of Oxford undergraduate medical programme, and is a visiting educator at both the University of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire GP training scheme, as well as training GPs across the South of England on applied motivational interviewing. In 2013 he established the College Of Medicine’s Thames Valley homelessness CPD network.

Janet Waters
Senate Lay Member, Thames Valley Clinical Senate

Janet has chaired the Patient Participation Group at her local Henley-on-Thames practice for the past six years. She is also a member of the South East Locality Forum and the Townlands Community Hospital reference Group.

In the past year she has lead an initiative to promote wellbeing and health education in the community through a series of consultant led talks at Townlands hospital organised in conjunction with Dr Toni Chan, Royal Berkshire Hospital. There is considerable interest in the community to meet the consultants and have the opportunity to learn about the latest treatments and innovations in health care.

Janet is a qualified dance teacher through the Keep Fit Association. She attends regular Continuing Professional Development events including learning about falls prevention and teaching the older class members to move, maintain flexibility, strength, balance and to benefit from a social class in the community.

She combines her lay activities with working as an executive coach and learning consultant and facilitator of leadership, change, management development and action learning. Janet has extensive background experience in management, leadership and organisational development both in the UK and internationally and works in the public and private sector in UK and internationally

Alex Coulter 
Chair of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and Project Manager for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Alexandra Coulter has been Director of Arts & Health South West (AHSW) since 2010. She has been working in arts and health since 1998 and was the Arts Coordinator at Dorset County Hospital for 15 years. AHSW is a regional networking, advocacy and support organisation with 2000 members. AHSW delivered the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in June 2017 which was attended by over 400 delegates and speakers from 23 countries. AHSW is the lead organisation for the new Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, an Arts Council Sector Support Organisation that launched in March 2018. Alex provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and project managed a 2 year Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Inquiry Report Creative Health was launched in parliament in July 2017. The APPG is now supporting the implementation of the ten recommendations in the report.

Professor Marion Lynch
Deputy Medical Director, NHS England (South Central)

Marion Lynch is Deputy Medical Director NHS England South East and leads on patient leadership with Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy. She is a Visiting Professor with University of West London and her academic work centres on the use of arts and humanities to improve health and wellbeing.

Oliver Sampson
Recovery Worker, Turning Point

Tim Joss
Chief Executive and Founder, Aesop

Tim is a social entrepreneur and bridge-builder. He is Chief Executive & Founder of Aesop Launched in 2014, Aesop connects the worlds of health and the arts, helping health and social care harness the power of the arts and helping the arts contribute effectively to health and social care. Aesop’s breakthroughs include: a £2.1 million early stage roll-out of Dance to Health (a response to older people’s falls which cost the UK health system £2.3 billion a year); the first programme linking the arts with health economics; the first evaluation framework for arts in health (commissioned by Public Health England and endorsed by Arts Council England); the first national arts in health conference and showcase for health decision-makers; and the first UK survey of older people’s dance activities.

Tim has founded several other national organisations including the Bath Literature Festival, National Numeracy and the Arts Impact Fund, the first arts-specific social investment fund.

Past positions include Artistic Director & Chief Executive of the Bath International Music Festival and director of a charitable foundation. He was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.

Rt Hon Norman Lamb
MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012, and served in this position until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015. As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time. He was the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson between 2015 and 2017, and was elected Chair of the Science & Technology Select Committee in July 2017.

Joel Gibbard 
CEO and Co-founder, Open Bionics

Joel started work on robotic hands as a teenager. Since then he’s designed hundreds of prototypes and assembled a team of engineers to help him bring his vision of affordable bionic hands to fruition. Joel has shared his ideas at TEDx and ‘Hello Tomorrow’ and has pioneered a movement of affordable and open source bionic prosthetics.

Dr Christine Blanshard 
Medical Director and Deputy CEO, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Christine Blanshard graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1986 and has over 25 years NHS experience. She trained in East Anglia and London, and became a consultant gastroenterologist and general physician in 1998. She has undertaken a variety of managerial roles alongside her clinical work and before joining Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, was Director of Strategy and Associate Medical Director at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Christine has been the Medical Director at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, alongside this role, she was recently appointed as Deputy CEO.

Rachel Pearce 
Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS England (South West North)

Rachel has worked in the NHS for over 25 years in every type of NHS organisation – commissioning, acute, community, ambulance and clinical support units.

As Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England’s South West North patch, Rachel is responsible for the strategic oversight of healthcare across Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. She is also part of NHS England’s South West regional management team and co-chairs the Maternity Transformation Board.

Rachel is passionate about the role of the third sector in supporting health and social care. She was named as one of HSJ’s Top Innovators in 2014 for her work with The Young Foundation in Arden to connect third sector and community organisations with Clinical Commissioning Groups to find new solutions to local health problems.

She has also worked as Vice Chair of a non-statutory organisation providing mental health and drug and alcohol services, and was associated with the organisation as trustee for 13 years.