Introducing our Speakers

Dr Joanne Crawford

Ergonomic Adaptations to help older workers cope (Wednesday), Managing night work and shift work – the evidence for intervention research (Friday)

Joanne is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors specialist and a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. She has more than 20 years' experience working in higher education as a lecturer and senior lecturer in ergonomics and since re-joining IOM in 2007, in research. Her research has included systematic reviews covering topics such as ageing and work, mental well-being, firefighter health risks and the health of health professionals. She has also carried out research with groups including remote and mobile workers and telecommunication workers. Her research work has been supported by different sources including IOSH, BOHRF, DH, the European Commission and other industry sources.

Mr Billy Courtney

Using AT Software to overcome disabilities in the Workplace

After serving in the Grenadier Guards and following an accident in 1997, Billy is now a wheelchair user. Since that time Billy has achieved a BSc in Computing for Business, Diploma in Management, as well as a Certificate in Education and a Certificate in Higher Education in Counselling, with the intention of enabling him to support others with disabilities and difficulties.

Billy was nationally recognised for his work with disabled people and awarded the National Training Award Winner 2003, the National Teaching STAR Award 2009 and the Business Excellence Award 2009.

To help provide support to a wide range of disabled people, Billy has also achieved British Sign language level 2.

In 2011 Billy joined AbilityNet as Assessment Services Team Manager, leading the team that carries out workplace assessments across the UK. Billy provides assessment services for both organisations and individuals in the state, private and voluntary sectors. Billy is also the DSA Newcastle centre manager, providing disability needs assessments, to students attending HE education.

Dr Steve Hankin

What the Occupational Health Practitioner needs to know about… nanotechnology

Steve Hankin is Director of the Analytical Division at IOM and a Senior Consultant in Chemical Risk Assessment. He has BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry and PgDs in Medical Toxicology and Epidemiology. Post-doctoral research in femtosecond laser mass spectrometry of particles and their adsorbed toxic organic species was carried out at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences in Ottawa and then the University of Glasgow, before he worked as a Research Scientist at Health Protection Scotland. He moved to the IOM in 2007 and leads the Analytical Division providing research and consultancy services in analysis, exposure measurement, toxicology and risk assessment. His expertise is in characterisation, exposure assessment, and risk management of chemical substances, for safety assessments and regulatory compliance.

Dr Hazem Gallagher-Alagha

HAVS in the Shipyards

Dr Hazem Gallagher-Alagha , Consultant Physician in Occupational Medicine and current head of Occupational Health Department at Qatar Airways Group in Doha. After graduating from Marmara University in Istanbul, he moved to the UK to train in Surgery then specialise in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He subsequently retrained in Occupational Medicine in Salus Occupational Health and Safety in Scotland under Professor Ewan MacDonald. He completed the final part of his training in the Shipyards in Glasgow and Barrow in Furness, providing OH to BAE Surface ships and submarines. This is where he worked with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and wrote his MFMOM dissertation on HAVS in the Shipyards. He won the Society of Occupational Medicine's Sandy Elder Award for best dissertation. The prize money funded the statistical analysis. He subsequently moved to AXA PPP Occupational Health to head their Health Surveillance before he was headhunted to establish a new Occupational health Department for all Qatar Airways Group employees. He is supported by his new employer to complete a Diploma in Aviation Medicine. He subsequently moved to AXA PPP Occupational Health to head their Health Surveillance before he was headhunted to establish a new Occupational health Department for all Qatar Airways Group employees. He is supported by his new employer to complete a Diploma in Aviation Medicine. Dr Gallagher-Alagha continues to lecture at University of Glasgow post graduate courses on HAVS and Lead. He has established links with Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha - Qatar to continue to lecture there.

Dr Lynne Hutton

Assessment of Medical Fitness to Drive - Medical fitness to drive, assessment and decision making process and outcomes of patients undertaking assessments by the (SDAS)

Dr Lynne Hutton, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Astley Ainslie Hospital. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Dr Hutton continued her medical training in Aberdeen obtaining MRCP and developing an interest in Rehabilitation Medicine. She undertook specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine in Edinburgh, allowing her to develop more fully her interest in mobility rehabilitation, being appointed as Consultant at Astley Ainslie Hospital in 2004. This role includes being clinical lead to the Scottish Driving Assessment Service, which led to being invited to be part of Driving Mobility Expert Panel, and part of a group working with CIECA to develop European wide standards of Assessment of Medical Fitness to Drive.

Professor Diana Kloss

Professor Diana Kloss MBE is a barrister and former employment tribunal judge. She is the author of a number of texts including Occupational Health Law and Discrimination Law and Occupational Health Practice. She writes a regular legal column in Occupational Health at Work. Diana has been a member of a number of government committees, including the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. In 2009 she was appointed MBE for services to occupational Health. Diana is an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and an honorary life member of the Society of Occupational Medicine. She is an honorary Senior Lecturer at Manchester University, visiting professor at London South Bank University and honorary lecturer at Cardiff University. She is currently the Chair of the UK Council for Work and Health.

Dr Fiona Leitch

Lap vs Open vs Robotic Surgery

Dr Fiona Leitch is Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Ms Fiona Leitch has been a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland since 2015. Her subspecialty interests lie in abdominal surgery, surgical nutrition and critical care. She is passionate about good communication between patients and healthcare professionals and managing expectation of outcome of surgical intervention. Fiona graduated with MB.ChB from the University of Glasgow in 2001 and was awarded her MSc(R) in 2015, from the same institution. She became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) in 2004 and was admitted as a Fellow to RCPSG in 2014, with award of the ASGBI Gold Medal for her FRCS exam performance. Fiona mentors and educationally supervises medical students, foundation doctors and surgical trainees and provides pastoral care to the surgical foundation year 1 doctors at FVRH. She also is surgical/GI lead for ANP students at the University of Stirling, teaching and examining for this Masters-level course twice yearly. Fiona is Secretary of the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) Medical division, and an Ordinary Member of the West of Scotland Surgical Association committee.

Prof. Ewan B Macdonald OBE

Health of older workers

Professor, University of Glasgow
Head, Healthy Working Lives Group
Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow 

Educational Qualifications
·   MB ChB - University of Glasgow
·   FRCP - Glasgow, London, Edinburgh
·   FFOM(UK,I)

Employment History
Ewan is Head of the Healthy Working Lives Group which he established at the University of Glasgow in 1990. Previous experience includes being Director of Salus Occupational Health & Safety which is the largest NHS based Occupational Health & Safety service in the UK. Other roles have involved being Chief Medical Officer to Alcan UK and Europe, Chief Medical Officer to IBM (UK) and Chair of the IBM European OH Board (EU, Middle East and Africa).  He also started his career in Occupational Medicine after training in internal medicine, in the UK Coal-Mining Industry.

As well as leading the Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Group he has always combined academic research and teaching with clinical practice. He is a Past President of the UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and Founder and Past President of the OM section of the Union of European Medical Specialists. He developed the Healthy Working Lives Paradigm and this was adopted as policy in Scotland. Subsequently he stimulated its review which led to the Health Works Policy. During 2011 he chaired the implementation group of the first Health Works pilot to introduce a redesigned musculo-skeletal service in the Health Service in Scotland with the aim of ensuring a more patient-centred faster service with a focus on return to maximum function including work, where appropriate.   He is a member of the National Advisory Group, Healthy Working Lives, Health Scotland and has recently been invited to be an expert advisor to the newly formed Scottish Government Disability Advisory Group. Ewan also proposed the OHS Extra service which was the forerunner of the “Fit for Work” service across the UK.

Research includes extending working lives, working age population, sickness absence and he has recently published the first OH study of high altitude climbing Sherpas.   His research has evolved from a focus on the health problems caused by work to the health problems caused by worklessness and he believes that worklessness is the major contributor to increased morbidity, mortality, health inequalities and social exclusion in Scotland. He established with others, the Scottish Observatory for Work and Health which is based in his group at the University and current research projects include evaluation of return to work initiatives, the biological changes underpinning health inequalities, long working hours and doctors’ health and health and safety in equine vets. Research income over the past 20 years has exceeded £9 million and includes research for the MRC (Medical Research Council); the Scottish Government; NHS Lanarkshire and the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).

Ewan is the Course Director for postgraduate CPD courses for Lead, Asbestos, and Ionising Radiation Regulations, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Vocational rehabilitation case management and Effective Leadership and Management.

Dr Terry J Quinn MD, MRCP, MBChB (hons), BSc MedSci (hons)

Pitfalls in Neuropsychiatric Testing

Terry holds the post of joint Stroke Association and Chief Scientist Office Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Glasgow.  Terry has a broad research portfolio, his principal research interests are around trial methodology, functional assessment and neuropsychological consequences of cardiovascular disease. Terry has published extensively on stroke, cognition and test accuracy (2016 H index 27).  He is Principal Investigator for a number of studies and holds the inaugural CSO/Stroke Association priority program grant to research cognitive outcomes following stroke.   Recent notable outputs include co-authoring best practice guidance for test accuracy studies in dementia; creating online training for stroke trials and developing short form assessment scales.

Terry is passionate about evidence based practice and raising standards in clinical research.  He holds editorial board positions with various journals including Stroke (American Stroke Association); Frontiers in Neurology (Frontiers) and PLOS (Public Library of Science). He is coordinating editor for the Cochrane Dementia Group; deputy chair of the Scottish Care-Homes Research Collaboration and member of the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit. Previous roles include the guideline writing group for the European Stroke Organisation; Question Writing Group for the Royal College of Physicians and Scientific Committee of the British Association of Stroke Physicians.

Within the University, Terry has a number of teaching and supportive roles.  He is primary supervisor to three PhD students having supervised to completion PhD, MSc and BSc (Med Sci) students.  He is vice chair of the MVLS ethics committee, advisor of studies for undergraduate medical students and part of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.  Terry has worked with colleagues in ICAMS and NHS to introduce new content to the undergraduate curriculum around care of the older adult and inter-professional learning.

Terry combines his research portfolio with active teaching and clinical commitments in the stroke units of the major Glasgow hospitals.
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Dr Paul Reading

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – The assessment and consequences of excessive daytime sleepiness.

I graduated in 1987, undertaking my training at Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Newcastle. I completed a PhD in the behavioural assessment of embryonic neural grafts in models of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.

I am currently based at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. I have developed an academic and clinical interest in sleep medicine and I am a past president of the British Sleep Society. My interest include narcolepsy, abnormal sleep in neurodegenerative disease (particularly parkinsonian syndromes) and parasomnias.

Ms Melanie Schwindt


Ms Melanie Schwindt is a Senior Associate at Morton Fraser LLP

Dr Chris Stenton

Work-related respiratory disease

Consultant Physician, Qualified Queen’s University Belfast in 1981. Dr Chris Stenton trained in both general and occupational medicine. Consultant chest physician at Newcastle since 1984 with an interest in occupational lung disease. Head of the occupational lung disease unit there 2000-2017. Research interests in occupational asthma, airway responsiveness measurements, inhalation challenge testing, and epidemiology of asthma and COPD. Published over 70 papers, review articles and book chapters. Now semi-retired

Dr Roger Smyth

Common Mental Health Disorders

Roger Smyth is Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His main area of clinical interest is the psychiatric issues in organ transplantation. His main area of research interest is psychological predictors of completed suicide. He is lead author and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry.

Mrs Sarah Jane Walls

Posture, Pilates and General Musculoskeletal Health. Impact upon the Biopsychosocial model of wellbeing.

Sarah Jane Walls is a skilled Pilates and Posture Practitioner and owner of the largest equipped Pilates Studio outside London. Sarah Jane has taught Pilates for over 20 years, and during that time her enthusiasm for Joseph Pilates’ exercise style has led to her thirst for knowledge of the sheer engineering feat that is the human body - and in particular, Posture and Biomechanics. Like many of her clients, Sarah Jane discovered Pilates after years of exercise, starting with representing Scotland on the running track before moving on to Personal Training and instructing in a range of fitness disciplines including Body Pump, Exercise to Music, and a host of other exercise styles with the same mantra….” harder, faster, more reps…if you are not sweating, you are not working hard enough!” Not too surprisingly she suffered several injuries and it was through her rehabilitation she discovered Pilates. She is the first to admit her impression of Pilates was very dismissive! However, she was quick to realise how mistaken she had been and on her return to fitness qualified in Pilates Teaching and opened her studio. She then progressed to studying Posture and Manual Therapy through the American Posture Institute and is Certified in Posture, Posture Neurology and Posture Ergonomics. Currently, she is studying Podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University, aiming for a PhD. Her studio is a hive of activity with clients of all ages and from all walks of life and cultures, but all with the same goal – improved movement, improved posture and the ability to take responsibility for their own health. As Sarah Jane says, “Motion is Lotion!”

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