10 November | Birmingham
February 2024 | London
Developing better leaders in health and care


Amit Nigam

Deputy Editor in chief, BMJ Leader, Professor of management, Bayes Business School

Amit Nigam is the Deputy Editor in Chief of BMJ Leader journal and is also a professor of management at the Bayes Business School.

Dr. James Mountford

Editor in chief, BMJ Leader, Health Strategy Officer, Galileo Global Education, France

Dr James Mountford is Health Strategy Officer for Galileo Global Education. Based in France, Galileo runs a network of universities and colleges internationally spanning many disciplines (from creative arts to business to health professions). Galileo’s mission is to bring higher-and vocational-education within everyone’s reach, and to equip people to have rewarding careers in areas which matter to society. James qualified in Medicine at Oxford and has a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard. He worked initially as an NHS doctor, then in consulting. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Commonwealth Fund/Health Foundation Harkness Fellow based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), both in Boston. James was Director of Quality at UCLPartners and then at the Royal Free London hospital, during which he led a multi-year programme to embed improving quality into routine practice and to put greater focus on what matters to staff, patients and families. James has also worked centrally in the NHS as Director of National Improvement Strategy for NHS England. In 2020 he was Chief of Quality and Learning at the NHS Nightingale Hospital, a field ICU hospital built in London’s ExCel conference centre to treat patients with COVID19. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal BMJ Leader, and serves on the International Advisory group of PAQS (the Belgian national improvement body) an is Associate at the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA). During 2022 James volunteered with Solidarité Ukraine, a grass-roots organisation based in St. Omer, France set up to support people displaced by the war to find safety, employment and to rebuild their lives in northern France until it is safe to return home.

Adam Tasker

Foundation Doctor, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

Adam is a Foundation Doctor at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Prior to starting his medical training, Adam served for 17 years as a Helicopter Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy. He qualified on the Sea King Mk7 helicopter and his appointments included deploying on operations as a Mission Commander, teaching student aircrew as a qualified aircrew instructor, and serving in UK, NATO and EU headquarters as a maritime aviation specialist. In July 2023, he graduated from Warwick Medical School. Adam has an interest in leadership, team performance, and workplace culture and is keen to use his experience and transferable skills from military aviation in his new career. He is an advocate of the implementation of a Just Culture within healthcare and has conducted research and written on this subject.

Gabrielle Matthews

Children and Young people's advocate and Academic foundation doctor, University College London

Gabrielle is a multi-award-winning children and young people’s health advocate. A long-term patient, she role models the inclusion of patients in strategic decision-making as a member of the NHS Assembly. She sits as an Oversight Board member to the Research and Economic Analysis for the Long-term (REAL) centre at the Health Foundation and is a member of the General Advisory Council at the King’s Fund. Her advocacy work extends beyond healthcare; She is a board member of the #iwill movement and a trustee of UK Youth, an organisation that supports over 7000 youth organisation and collectively reaches 4.1 million young people. Gabrielle is an academic foundation doctor in North Central London with an interest in co-production and power in both research and policy development.

Roger Kline

Research fellow, Middlesex University

Roger Kline is Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School. He has authored several reports on race equality in the NHS including “The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS” (2014) and co-authored The Price of Fear (2018) on the financial cost of bullying in the NHS, Fair to Refer (GMC 2019) on disproportionality in GMC referrals, Being Fair (2019) on disciplinary action and No More Tick Boxes (2021) on fair recruitment and career progression. Roger designed the Workforce Race Equality Standard. Roger was voted one of the top 30 Most Influential UK HR thinkers by HR Magazine in 2021 and 2022