Introducing our Speakers

Rob Andrews

Rob Andrews is a Consultant Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and an Honorary Consultant Physician at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton. At the University he leads a group that researches the role that exercise and diet can play in the prevention and management of the metabolic syndrome. Ongoing studies include the development of a brief evidence-based tool to assess dietary intake and promote healthy dietary change for people with Type 2 diabetes; how exercise can affect beta cell function in Type 1 diabetes (EXTOD); the long term effect of diet and diet and activity intervention in patients with Type 2 Diabetes (ACTID follow-up) and which bariatric operation is best (BYBAND).

In Taunton, Rob is the Clinical lead for obesity. In the latter role he has overseen the development of one of the largest multidisciplinary obesity services in the country. This is a holistic service offering specialised dietary and exercise programs, drug therapy and bariatric surgery as well as running clinics for people with eating disorders and complications post-surgery. In recognition of this service, in 2009, Taunton was designated an International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, one of only 2 European centres to achieve this status.

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Upper Limb Surgery at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on the west coast of Scotland. He qualified at Westminster Medical School in 1983 before Orthopaedic training at The Royal Free London and then on a Fellowship in upper Limb Surgery in Brisbane Australia before completing his training in Glasgow. Steve is actively involved in the training programme for undergraduates and post graduates in Orthopaedics in Scotland. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and was Medical Officer for Motorcycle Racing at Brands Hatch and Knockhill Circuits. He enjoys restoring and riding old motor bikes.

David Brown

David Brown is a Consultant Occupational Physician who since 2011 has been the Principal Medical Officer for EDF-Energy Generation where he has responsibility for occupational health provision to the UK’s 8 Nuclear Power Stations. His occupational medicine training was in the Royal Navy, where he specialised predominantly in submarine and radiation medicine, and was the last military trained radio biologist. Other posts included Professor of Naval Occupational Medicine, and Director of Health (Navy).

David was heavily involved in planning of operations in the Gulf and Afghanistan and completed two tours in Washington DC initially as a radiobiology research scientist and then as a medical liaison officer with the US government. His final 3 years were spent as Medical Officer-in- Charge of the Institute of Naval Medicine in Alverstoke, during which time he was the RN lead in occupational medicine and was appointed as Honorary Physician to the Queen. He has had an interest in occupational medicine training and has held various Faculty posts, remaining active as an examiner and appraiser. He retains military links as Civilian Consultant Adviser to the Royal Navy and is a Member of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee.

Geoff Cox

Geoff Cox has worked in HSE for over 30 years. He started as an inspector and has held a number of operational, policy and HQ roles. His current remit includes health and social care, central and local government, the MOD and emergency services.

Panagis Drakatos

Panagis Drakatos is a specialty doctor in sleep medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. He is a Chest Physician accredited in Greece and a Ph.D. researcher in the field of sleep medicine at the University of Patras, Greece. He initially started as a honorary fellow in sleep medicine at GSTT in 2012 and currently one third of his time is dedicated in clinical research with a special interest in hypersomnias of central origin, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, periodic limb movements during sleep and parasomnias. He has published in high impact peer review journals in the field of sleep medicine and was awarded with "expert in sleep medicine" at the European somnologist examinations in Tallinn in 2014. He is a member of a multidisciplinary team at GSTT and his clinical experience covers the whole spectrum of sleep medicine, managing patients referred to a Tertiary Hospital with several implications of their sleep related diseases in their lives.

Naomi Fineberg

Naomi Fineberg has more than 20 years’ experience in the systematic investigation and treatment of OCD. In 2003 she was invited to serve on the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence Guidelines Committee for OCD, and in 2004 as an international representative for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on the DSMV Spectrum Disorders Working Group. In 2005 she was elected Secretary of the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, whose remit is to promote international collaborative research in the field. In 2012 she was invited to join the World Health Organization Working Group on the Classification of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Her training and experience allows her to bridge the divide between pharmacological and psychological approaches to the disorder.

Naomi’s findings relating to the neuropsychopharmacological basis of OCD, with specific reference to pharmacological endophenotypes of the disorder, have been widely disseminated in internationally renowned publications and scientific congresses. She has access to one of the largest systematically assessed cohorts of OCD patients in Europe, as consultant in charge of the NHS, National Specialised Services Commissioning Team National Service for Refractory OCD and the Herts Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Specialist OCDs Service, based at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City (>100 active OCD cases at any one time). Treatment refractory and comorbid OCD may represent separate endophenotypes. Her position as a psychiatrist in a general hospital facilitates her research into relevant comorbidities including OCD with depression and schizophrenia, and mental disorders occurring with a range of physical diseases.

Dr Crawford Foster

As a qualified General Practitioner and Consultant Occupational Physician, Dr Foster spent 23 years as a commissioned Medical Officer in the Royal Navy where he worked in a wide variety of roles. He now has a full time civilian consultant position delivering underwater medicine and other aspects of military occupational health at the Institute of Naval Medicine.

Professor Diana Kloss MBE

Professor Diana Kloss MBE, is one of the country’s leading authorities on occupational health with a career spanning over 50 years as an academic lawyer, barrister, judge, author and government adviser. Diana graduated from King’s College London in 1959 with first class honours and went on to write her Master’s thesis on comparative law after winning a Fulbright scholarship enabling her to study at Tulane University, New Orleans. Upon arriving back in the UK Diana took up what was billed as a temporary lecturership in the Faculty of Law of Manchester University. She is still working in the University, now as an honorary Senior Lecturer in the Centre of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with Professor Raymond Agius. In the 1980s she was asked by the then professor of occupational medicine, Professor Tim Lee, to give three lectures on law to the M. Sc. students. This led to the publication of the first edition of Occupational Health Law in 1989, now in its fifth edition with a sixth in preparation, known as the Bible for anyone involved in occupational health.

Although she had qualified as a barrister several years before she did not go into practice until the age of 50 after the premature death of her husband from cancer in 1990. “I was the oldest pupil on the Northern Circuit,” Diana says. “I remember going into court one day and realising that not only had I taught the QC on the other side, I’d taught the judge too. Within a few years Diana had been appointed a part-time judge of employment tribunals, a post she held for 17 years. At the same time she continued to teach part-time, while her growing expertise and influence led to increasing demand for her services as an adviser at the highest level. She has been a member of a number of government committees, including the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, and has been appointed MBE for services to occupational health.

In 2011 Diana was appointed visiting professor at London South Bank University. She is currently Chair of the UK Council for Work and Health representing all the professions involved in the provision of occupational health services. As well as continuing to publish books and journal articles, Diana is also in demand for training occupational health professionals, safety advisers and human resources professionals in employment law. She has recently been a member of a NICE Public Health Advisory Committee and is contributing to a European Union project on supporting people living with cancer at work.

Prof Andrew Parkes

Andrew Parkes joined the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) following research appointments at Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Universities. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors. He is Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems.

Andrew has published over 200 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction. iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour. He is an invited speaker and technical organiser at many international conferences, a member of review panels for academic journals and frequent evaluator of research for UK Research Councils and the EU Framework programme. He is Chair of TRL Ethics Committee and PhD supervisor in areas of biomechanics, neuropsychology and cognitive ergonomics.

Mike Rejman

Mike Rejman has over 30 years experience in applied psychology and human factors in a number of safety-critical industries including aviation, road, rail and healthcare. His specialist expertise lies in accident investigation and the setting up and running of confidential reporting systems.

Mike read psychology at St Andrews University before carrying out postgraduate research on stress and human performance for the Medical Research Council at Stirling University, where he also completed a PhD on short-term memory. He then joined the UK scientific civil service within the MOD to work on man/machine/systems interface issues. Gradually his interests focused on human error and this led him into accident investigation.

As Head of the Human Factors Unit for the UK Army Air Corps, he had sole responsibility for giving human factors advice to Army aviation. During this time he investigated over 30 major aircraft accidents and serious incidents. He also set up and ran their confidential reporting scheme, and started a number of proactive training initiatives designed to reduce the risk of accidents. Since then Mike has been translating his experience in human and organisational error into other safety-critical domains.

For example Mike left the civil service to take up a post as Assistant Director for Patient Safety within the newly formed National Patient Safety Agency where he taught techniques of accident investigation and advised on the setting up of a national reporting service for the NHS. Later he left the NHS to take up the role of Director of the confidential reporting service for the UK railway industry.

Now retired from formal roles, Mike still carries out some freelance work while spending much of his time caring for aged relatives in Scotland and carrying out baby-sitting duties for three grandchildren in the south of England. In between, he plays lawn bowls, to county standard.

Philip Tucker

Philip Tucker’s research considers the impact work hours have upon the health and safety of the employee. One of his main areas of study is the role of circadian rhythms in relation to the effects of shift working. He has published several papers looking at how various aspects of shift system design impact upon sleep, alertness on-shift and well-being. Philip also researches other non-circadian aspects of work scheduling, such as the timing and distribution of rest breaks, long work hours, innovative work schedules (i.e. time banks) and the impact of free time activities on recovery from work. His research involves a range of methodological approaches, such large scale questionnaire surveys, epidemiological analysis of accident data, field studies using both objective and subjective measures of sleep, stress and cognitive performance. Most recently, his research has focused on shift work in relation to a number of topics including aging; diet and the development of metabolic syndrome; doctors’ working time arrangements; work time control.

Dominic Way

Dominic Way is a 4th year Ph.D. researcher at King’s College London specialising in risk research. He completed a B.A. Geography degree (1st Class, Hons.) and M.Sc. in Risk Analysis (Distinction) at King’s. He has published peer review articles (e.g. on transparency, pharmaceutical regulation, social amplification and decision-making science) and lectured on risk regulation, management, communication and assessment to both public and private institutions at international conferences, workshops and other events (e.g. at the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada and EU regulatory agencies).

His primary doctorate research is empirically measuring and evaluating the effects of pharmaceutical transparency policies in building trust in institutions and confidence in decision-makers. Dominic recently finished lecturing as a visiting research fellow at Maastricht University, has organised high-level international workshops on risk regulation and is an active member of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA): treasurer/secretary for the Risk, Policy and Law (RP&L) Speciality Group (2013-2015).

David Wilcox

David Wilcox is the service lead for the South West. Veterans Mental Health Service and provides clinical treatment for ex-forces personnel. He served as a regular in the Army between 1988 and 1992, seeing active service in the first Gulf War. He has worked in the Cardiff Traumatic Stress Service, part of which was the role of CBT therapist for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service - taking referrals from Occupational Health usually. He also currently involved with the Avon & Somerset Police. As a new development David is now leading the South West Traumatic Stress Service which offers trauma focussed psychological therapy to people who have witnessed or involved in traumatic experiences at work and to refugees and asylum seekers.

Dr Tony Williams

Dr Tony Williams, Medical Director of Working Fit, has over twenty years’ experience as a consultant occupational physician. Having trained in rowing and medicine at Caius and St Thomas’s he ended up as commanding officer of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance and Chairman of Army Canoeing. A Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, he has been an examiner for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and teaches on the course for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

He has helped produce guidelines for return to work following surgical procedures for both the RCS(E) and RCOG. He has also produced evidence-based guidelines for the Fire and Rescue Services and is currently producing evidence-based guidelines for the MoD. He completed his LLM in Law and Employment Relations in 2007 and has published research on the evidence provided by doctors for employment tribunals. An advocate for the benefits of exercise on health and work, he enjoys cycling home from clinics along the quiet lanes of East Kent, running over the local hills with his dogs and telemark skiing.

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