The Spectator Health Summit

Starts 7 December 2020, 9:00am

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The annual Spectator Health Summit, chaired by Alastair Stewart, is a unique opportunity for health and care leaders to examine the unprecedented challenges to the NHS, social care and research and development caused by Covid-19.

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Alastair Stewart (chair)

Nadhim Zahawi MP

Nadhim Zahawi MP is Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment.

Lord O'Shaughnessy

James O’Shaughnessy has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2015, serving as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health between 2016 and 2018. As Minister James led efforts to improve innovation within the NHS and to grow the UK’s life science & healthtech industries. His responsibilities included the Life Science Industrial Strategy, delivering a new pricing scheme with the pharmaceutical industry, chairing the National Genomics Board, and the digital transformation of the NHS. James currently holds a number of advisory and Board roles in health and life sciences and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. He writes widely on policy issues from health to housing, education to civic renewal, and is Chair of the Repairing our Social Fabric programme at the think tank Onward. Previously James served as No.10 Director of Policy to Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2010 he authored the Conservative Manifesto An Invitation to Join the Government of Britain, and led the development and implementation of the Programme for Government in the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition. Prior to health James was involved in education reform, where he is regarded as one of the originators of the Conservative Government’s free school programme. Today over 500 of these schools are open in England, including two primary schools that James founded to bring a ‘knowledge + character’ approach into schooling. He has a strong entrepreneurial streak and has set up a number of organisations – Floreat Education, the International Positive Education Network, Edspace – to put his ideas into action.

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams is a business unit director at MSD in the UK, with responsibility for the Vaccines, Diabetes, Women’s Health and Cardiovascular portfolio. In her role, Catherine is responsible for the leadership and strategic shaping of a portfolio of products that span across a varied lifecycle, differing commissioning environments and variety of healthcare users. She has developed sound commercial experience through a variety of sales and marketing roles and has the ability to lead and inspire others through collaborative working and encouraging shared accountability. Catherine has lead through significant change and periods of ambiguity by developing a clearly understood vision and strong team culture, whilst delivering improved operational contribution to the business. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has grown the presence of MD’s Women’s Network across Europe. Catherine was born in the North of England and has always worked hard to remain true to her upbringing, bringing an authentic leadership style built on her personal values of fairness, respect and desire.

Richard Murray

Richard Murray is the chief executive of The King's Fund. He was appointed in January 2019, after five years as the director of Policy. Before joining the Fund in January 2014, Richard was chief analyst at NHS England and previously held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including director of strategy, director of financial planning and chief economist. Richard initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co before returning to the Department of Health.

Anita Charlesworth

Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Martin Green

Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of The National Aids Trust. In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University. In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2019 he was presented with the Health Investor Outstanding Contribution award. Martin Green writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News and Care Talk magazine.

Caroline Abraham

Caroline Abrahams is Charity Director at Age UK where she oversees all the charity’s influencing and charity marketing/ brand activities. She is also the charity’s lead spokesperson. She has been at Age UK for 8 years having previously worked in the voluntary sector, for the Local Government Association, as a senior civil servant and adviser in Government and Opposition.

Natasha Curry

Natasha Curry is Deputy Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent health think tank. Natasha has an interest in international health and social care systems and leads the trust’s work on social care policy including international comparisons with Japan and Germany, comparisons within the four countries of the UK and the principles underpinning well organised social care, including funding. She has researched and published on a range of topics, including clinical commissioning, integrated care, primary care, long-term conditions and NHS reform. Previously, Natasha has worked as a consultant in health at Matrix Research & Consultancy Ltd and as the Evaluations Officer at the Chinese National Health Living Centre, prior to which she spent time living and working in China. Natasha has a degree in geography from Cambridge University.

Danny Mortimer

Danny Mortimer is the interim Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation having previously served as its Deputy Chief Executive. Danny has been Chief Executive of NHS Employers since November 2014, leading work relating to workforce policy and practice. Danny first worked in healthcare as a porter and a CSV care assistant before becoming a management trainee in Stoke-on-Trent. He worked in the NHS in Bath and Brighton before taking up his first director post in West Sussex. He then worked in Executive roles in hospitals in Hertfordshire and Nottingham before joining NHS Employers. Danny is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and the NHS Retirement Fellowship and chairs the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health organisations.

Tina Woods

Tina Woods is a social entrepreneur and technology adviser who brings diverse stakeholders together to address the system changes needed to improve health for all. She is Founder and CEO of Collider Health and works with the National AHSN AI Network, NHSX AI Lab and UK Research & Innovation on the Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Tina is also Secretariat Director of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity and acting CEO of Business for Health. Tina’s book, ‘Live Longer with AI: How artificial intelligence is helping us extend our healthspans and live better too' was published in October 2020.

Matthew Whitty

Matt Whitty is the Interim Director of Innovation, Research and Life Sciences, NHS England and Chief Executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative. He is a trained Pharmacist and has worked in a variety of clinical roles and as a management consultant before joining NHS England and Improvement.

Professor Paul Burstow

Paul Burstow has a wide range of public policy and leadership experience. He currently holds a number of non-executive leadership roles across the health and social care sector. As the Independent Chair of Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) he is working with system partners across local government, NHS and community and voluntary sector to develop population health working and integrated care. He has also recently been appointed as Chair of St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with complex mental health needs. Paul for 18 years Paul represented the constituency of Sutton and Cheam as a Liberal Democrat. He was appointed Minister of State for Care Services in 2010, during which time he was responsible for developing the government's mental health strategy, No Health Without Mental Health, and for drafting the care provisions of the Care Act. He is also Chair of the independent charity SCIE (The Social Care Institute for Excellence) which works with local government, independent sector and Government by sharing knowledge about what works, translating policy into practice and supporting transformation to improve the lives of people who use care services. He combines his interests in social care with an interest in technology enabled care (TEC) as President of the TEC Services Association where he advocates citizen centred service design that makes the best use of data and technology to enhance outcomes. Paul interests in mental health saw him appointed Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he is involved in promoting the Trust’s work in developing and deploying new models of children and young people’s mental health and new approaches to workplace resilience. As a part-time Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, Paul Chaired the Mental Health Policy Commission and is working to promote the findings and recommendations of its report.


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