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

Keynote speakers

Mala Rao, OBE

Professor & Director, Ethnicity and Health Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London

Bob Klaber

Consultant General Paediatrician & Director of Strategy Research & Innovation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Bob Klaber is a Consultant General Paediatrician & Director of Strategy Research & Innovation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. Bob also trained as an educationalist alongside his paediatric training in London. He has a strong interest in individual and systems learning, quality improvement, behavioural insights work and leadership development.

Bob is also a strong advocate for child health and co-leads the Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) integrated child health programme in North West London www.cc4c.imperial.nhs.uk, which is focused on developing whole population integrated care models of service and training within paediatrics and child health.

Perhaps most importantly, Bob is increasingly convinced that we need to do more to reconnect our colleagues, teams & organisations with the extraordinary mission and purpose that is healthcare. And a focus on kindness needs to be at the heart of this.

Dominique Allwood

Chief Medical Officer, UCLPartners and Director of Population Health, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dominique is Director of Population Health, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a large teaching hospital in London. She is also Chief Medical Officer at UCLPartners, a health innovation partnership serving 5 million people across north London and Essex. She provides leadership and expertise on a range of areas including improving equity and population health, anchor institutions, environmental sustainability, clinical engagement, and quality improvement.

A Consultant in Public Health Medicine by background, she is a medical leader with almost 20 years of experience in healthcare in the NHS, management consultancy, charities and think tanks. She previously undertook a Darzi Fellowship in Clinical Leadership and has completed the NHS England NExT Director Programme to increase diversity in Non-Executive Director roles.

She holds an MPH, is an Associate Editor for BMJ Leader Journal, a Board Member of The Patient Revolution and a Governor of University College Hospital in London. She is currently completing an MBA at Henley Business School.


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.

Daniel Collard

Mental health nurse, Workforce Race Equality Standard Team, NHS England

Dan Collard is a Mental Health nurse with over 20 years NHS experience. Dan’s passion for inclusion and equality has been an integral part of his own leadership journey which has covered: Clinical roles, temporary staffing management, deployment & engagement, staff support group chairing and his current role as Programme Manager for the WRES Team.

Denise Rosembert

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow 2021/22, Lead Pharmacist Biologics, Homecare, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Denise is the Lead Pharmacist for Biologics and Homecare services at Cambridge University Hospitals. As well as being an independent prescriber, Denise has worked on Trust -wide digital transformation and health technology innovation projects, medicines optimisation, antimicrobial stewardship and cost improvement projects.

Denise has done a Masters degree in Clinical Pharmacy Practice and has recently completed the Chief Pharmaceutical Officers’ Clinical Fellowship programme with the Specialist Pharmacy Service. She led on several projects during the Fellowship and worked alongside the behavioural change team at NHS England. Denise is a compassionate and ethical leader and has promoted equity and diversity throughout her career. She believes that developing colleagues, creating a safe, honest space and building strong relationships allows a team to flourish and innovation to flow.

Emma Morley

Associate Director, Work Psychology Group

Emma is Associate Director at Work Psychology Group. She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and an Occupational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. Emma has expertise in the area of assessment, selection, evaluation and innovation in the healthcare professions; her role involves designing and evaluating bespoke and innovative solutions, informed by the latest research literature to disseminate key learnings. Emma recently led a piece of work to develop a specialty choice tool for the BMA, which won an award from the Association of Business Psychologists, Excellence in Using Business Psychology for Social Impact.

Fiona Patterson

Director, Work Psychology Group

Fiona is a leading international researcher in selection, assessment, evaluation and innovation. She is a founding Director for Work Psychology Group, a research-led consulting practice, providing advice to a range of organisations internationally. She has worked closely with representatives from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, individual Colleges, GMC, BMA, alongside others, to conduct high quality research and evaluation within medical education. In recognition of her work in developing GP selection, in 2012 Fiona was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RCGP. Fiona publishes regularly in the highest-ranking journals in medical education with over 100 peer-reviewed articles published.

Jay Mehta

Chief Medical Information Officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker bio coming soon.

James Mountford

Director of Quality, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust and editor-in-chief, BMJ Leader

James Mountford is the Director of Quality at Royal Free London FT (RFL) and leads an ambitious system-wide improvement journey. In the past, he worked for McKinsey and completed a Harkness Fellowship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Editor of BMJ Leader.

Joseph Hartland

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, Deputy Education Director for Student Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 3D (Disability, Disadvantage and Diversity) Helical Theme Lead, Bristol Medical School

Dr Joseph Hartland (they/them) left clinical medicine in 2018 and is now a full-time Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol Medical School, where they currently hold the role of Deputy Education Director for Student Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Additionally, they lead on the inclusion of marginalised voices in undergraduate teaching, inclusive educational culture change, and sit on the Executive Board for the Medical Schools Council EDI Alliance. Outside of academic work they are a queer activist, and the lead author on the GLADD UK Medical School Charter on So-Called LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy.

Katie Wallace

Clinical Oncology Consultant, Gloucestershire Hospitals, Leadership course facilitator, HEE

Katie is the black sheep of a farming family so often felt like an imposter through her training. She is now a consultant developing her ideal career with a focus on supporting and developing colleagues by being a 360 facilitator and supervisor. Katie developed and now facilitates leadership courses in Yorkshire and the South West. She completed a fellowship in the Yorkshire and Humber future leaders programme, was formerly on the FMLM trainee steering group and have held multiple BMA roles.

Laure Cabantous

Course Director of the Executive Master's in Medical Leadership, Bayes Business School

Speaker bio coming soon.

Marie Gabriel, CBE

Chair, NHS North East London ICS

With over 20 years of NHS Board experience, Marie is currently the Chair of the NHS North East London ICS, Chair of the NHS Race and Health Observatory and an Associate NED for the UK Health Security Agency. Prior to this, Marie chaired mental health and commissioning organisations with budgets up to £3bn. Her first NED role was as Vice Chair of an acute Trust. Regionally, Marie is Co-Chair of the London People Board and a member of the Greater London Authority’s London Health Board. Internationally, she has worked with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement to deliver workshops on the Board’s role in quality improvement. Marie’s background is in local government and the voluntary sector, with particular experience in social justice, regeneration and equity. Marie’s contribution to the NHS was recognised through the award of her CBE and her contribution to her community was recognised by the award of Freedom of the Borough.

Millie Saha

Director of Primary Care Clinical Services, HCA Healthcare UK

Speaker bio coming soon.

Morvia Gooden

Culture Transformation Lead, People Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Morvia has over 40yrs experience in the NHS, working at a clinical and managerial level.

Morvia qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1985 and has since qualified as a Midwife, Health Visitor, haemoglobinopathies counsellor and sexual health nurse. As a student midwife during her community placement, she got a taste for community working. Preferring the challenge of defying the nurse power over patient relationship, as often experienced in a hospital setting, and favouring an equal playing field being an invited guest on the patients own turf.

Morvia has worked in the Voluntary sector responsible for coordinating the direction of the service, ensuring service user involvement at all levels of the decision making processes.
She has also managed and been responsible for sexual health promotion designing and delivering targeted teenage sexual health provision establishing several nurse-led clinics for young people on “their turf” in the most deprived areas of the City of Nottingham.

Morvia has an MSc in Healthcare Leadership, is a 360 feedback facilitator, executive coach and an ALS facilitator and is passionate about developing and leveraging the potential of others.

As Senior Programme lead for Inclusion and systems Leadership at the NHS National Leadership Academy, Morvia specialized in Leadership development and support for senior staff seeking director &CEO level positions, co-designing, and developing positive action programmes targeted at BAME workforce. Up to 60% of participants were recorded as achieving career progression during the life of the programme.

Much of her drive now leads her to providing strategic inclusional support at a national level for NHSEI, developing leaders who are more innovative and can create a climate where inclusivity and innovation can flourish.

Niomie Warner

Head of Research, Evaluation and Insights, Leadership and Lifelong Learning and Talent Management, NHS England

Niomie Warner has over fifteen years’ experience working in the health sector, in a wide range of sectors including acute, mental health and community providers, commissioners, regulation and national arms-length-bodies working in analytics, insights and research roles. She leads the Research, Evaluation and Insights teams – delivering new and innovative research with key partners, to develop leaders across health and care and provide a key evidence base for our leadership interventions. Niomie is an analyst by background and has a passion for innovation and continuous improvement and specialises in using data, research, and intelligence to drive improvement, make evidence-based decisions and evaluate impact.

Rammina Yassaie

Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care, Sheffield Hallam University

Rammina is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Sheffield Hallam University, which involves the delivery of leadership education to multi-professional colleagues, alongside research and scholarship activity. Prior to this, she worked as a freelance leadership development practitioner, having co-founded the HEE Yorkshire and Humber Leadership Faculty. She is Alumni of both the HEE Future Leaders Programme and FMLM Regional Fellow programmes. She qualified as a medical doctor over a decade ago, having previously worked as a paediatric registrar followed by undertaking GP training in Harrogate. She strongly believes in leading with humanity and, in turn, cultivating leaders who do the same.

Rasleen (Ras) Kahai

Highly Specialist Respiratory Dietitian, Disability Network Co-Chair, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

Rasleen (Ras) Kahai is a Respiratory Dietitian & the Disability & Wellness Network (DAWN) Co-Chair at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals (part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust). Ras supports with first Respiratory Dietetic group in the UK to champion for specialist nutritional intervention for respiratory disease. She is also passionate about equalities, supporting to create accessible change & improving cultural competence. Her favourite hobbies are eating and sleeping!

Sarah Merriefield

Clinical Lecturer, University of Manchester, Locum GP, NHS, Leadership Course Facilitator, HEE & Seventeen Seconds

Sarah is a Clinical Lecturer and GP.

She previously completed a 2 year Fellowship on Yorkshire and the Humber’s Future Leaders Programme. Whilst undertaking this role she created a regional leadership faculty to deliver an improved offer for doctors in postgraduate training. She continues to facilitate courses for medical trainees at all levels in Yorkshire and in the South West.

She has a strong interest in medical education and also works as a GMC associate, question writer and OSCE examiner.

Steph Meech

Paramedic, South East Coast Ambulance service, Trans Lead, National Ambulance LGBT+ Network, Diversity and Transgender equality Champion

Steph Meech works as a Paramedic for South East Coast Ambulance service. She is one of the first openly Trans Paramedics in the UK. Steph is a Specialist Paramedic in Urgent and Emergency Care, an Operational Team leader and Eastbourne CFR trainer. Steph is the Trans Lead for the National Ambulance LGBT+ Network, Diversity and Transgender equality Champion. She works tirelessly to increase Trans awareness in health care. Steph also sits on the Diversity Steering Group for the College of Paramedics and is an advisor for Trans in the City. Steph is passionate in championing trans awareness and has spoken about this topic to numerous organisations and NHS trusts around the UK. Steph will be talking about inclusive leadership, what this looks like and challenging everyone to be more inclusive in their practice.

Susan Edwards

Director, WonderIf

Curiosity led Susan to do what she loves, which is to understand what motivates people to do the work that they do. With over 18 years’ experience, Susan has had the opportunity to support hundreds of clinicians with their career & leadership coaching. She trains teams and organisations focusing on leadership and management, communication and career wellness. Working with ICB’s, PCN’s and NHS and Community Service Trusts Susan runs Compassionate & Inclusive Leadership Programmes, she is on the Faculty Leadership Skills & delivers Team coaching. Susan predominantly works in science, healthcare, academia and business. As an RSA Fellow, she is part of a coaching community that aims to turn coaching into a social contribution through events, discussions and the sharing of best practice coaching methodology and techniques. Qualifications include a MA, MSc, Post Grad Dip in coaching, MBTI practitioner, visual thinker and happiness facilitator.

Trevor Bibic

Learning, Development and Careers Consultant, Brightbloom Training Ltd

Trevor has been working in personal and professional development training for 10 years, delivering a wide range of workshops, webinars and one-to-one coaching. With the BMA, BMJ, Health Education England and the AOP Trevor has developed and delivered training on a variety of skills and careers areas including leadership, time management, assertiveness and interviews. He has held various management and leadership positions throughout his career. In addition, he has been involved in recruiting for over 20 years. This gives him an excellent understanding of dynamic working environments and challenges.