Introducing our Speakers
Biographies will continue to be added as information is confirmed
Dr Laura CrawfordDr Laura Crawford is an Occupational Health Physician who has been working at Health Management Limited for over 5 years, based in London. She works with a number of clients in the City mainly in the financial services, professional services and legal sectors, as well as Central and Local Government agencies. She also works on site in a light engineering business, where the role involves tackling more traditional Occupational Health and Safety challenges.
Mr Aldo Diana
Recently retired London Firefighter. Who was on duty as Crew Manager on the night of the Grenfell fire, rescuing nine people and attended many serious incidents in his 26 year service. Was active member of the Extrication Team, winning national and international awards. Won the World’s Fittest Firefighter in 2008, both as individual and as a team. Specialised in Urban Search & Rescue and based at one of five technical rescue stations in London.
Earlier career was in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. Holds the record for the Northern European Command Infantry competition. Was part of 42 Commando Reccé troop, parachute trained and Artic warfare trained.
Aldo is in the Guinness book of records for rowing across the Atlantic. He ran the Marathon Des Sables, six desert marathons in six days. Retirement enables Aldo to focus more time on his stained glass window creations which began as a hobby over 20 years ago. He continues to support his local community as an on-call Firefighter in Kent.
Dr Steve Forman
Dr Steve Forman is an Accredited Specialist and Consultant in Occupational Medicine and is Principal Medical Adviser in HSE. He is the lead on regulatory matters in the Centre for Workplace Health.
Steve provides medical expertise to HSE’s investigations. He also advises stakeholders, both internal to HSE and externally, on occupational health issues.
He provides the clinical oversight for the Approved and Appointed doctor systems for statutory medical surveillance and fitness to work assessments. This includes lead, ionising radiation, diving and work in compressed air.
Steve is regularly involved in training delivery at HSE and is also an Honorary Lecturer at Manchester University.
Professor John Harrison
I am a specialist in occupational medicine with an established track record of practising in healthcare, with a particular interest in the health of doctors. I am now embarking on a new phase of my career as I set out on a new journey to use my experience and leadership experience with the police. I occupy a number of leadership positions and am committed to establishing the discipline of occupational health to promote the health and prosperity of working age people within a global market place.
I am actively working to develop an occupational health workforce that is equiped to take advantage of the changing healthcare and business economies. This will require new ways of thinking and new ways of working. I have a longstanding interest in and commitment to occupational medicine education and intend to its profile, quality and national status to complement other changes in the leadership and quality assurance of training. Strengthening the UK academic base in occupational health will be an essential component of this.
Dr Jules Holroyd
Dr Jules Holroyd is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the ways that our cognitions are influenced by, and complicit in, injustices that track social identity, such as gender and race. She has published extensively on implicit bias, and has managed interdisciplinary research projects investigating the nature of implicit biases and how to combat them. She recently ran a workshop ‘What Works? Empirically Informed Bias Training’ for bias training providers, and her research team regularly provide implicit bias workshops for members of the judiciary, legal firms, and education providers. She is currently working on a contract with the Cabinet Office to improve diversity and inclusion within government.
Dr Kanna Jayaprakasan, MD, DNB, MRCOG, PhD
Kanna Jayaprakasan is a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, working as Fertility Unit lead at Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK, IVF consultant at CARE Fertility, Nottingham and as honorary Associate Professor at University of Nottingham, UK.
He obtained MBBS from the University of Calicut in 1994; MD from the University of Pune in 1998 and MRCOG in 2002. He was awarded PhD in 2009 by the University of Nottingham, UK for his work related to standardizing the methods of ovarian reserve assessment with particular focus on 3D ultrasound markers. He has published widely on fertility and ultrasound topics in peer reviewed journals (see Kannamannadiar Jayaprakasan's profile on ResearchGate.net) and has edited textbooks including “Ultrasound in Subfertility – Routine applications & Diagnostic challenges” and “Clinical management of pregnancies following ART”.
He served in the UK’s NICE fertility guideline committee (2016) as topic expert member. He serves as expert adviser for NICE centre for guidelines, member of RCOG's scientific advisory committee, member of RCOG’s Quality Assurance Committee, StratOG module editor StratOG module editor and Associate Editor of RCOG’s journal “The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist” (TOG).
Dr Robert (Bob) Jefferson BSc, MB BS, MRCGP, CMIOSH, FFOM
Bob is a senior and experienced Occupational Physician with a wealth of experience. Before joining International SOS in the summer of 2017, he was Regional Medical Director for Health Management in UK. In his current role he advises companies based in Europe regarding their occupational health needs and provision and spends his time working in Newcastle, London and Europe.
In addition Bob is a recognised expert in toxicology, radiation incidents and CBRN Medicine and has devised both table-top and practical scenario exercises for Department Heath (UK); Ministry of Defence (UK); UK Special Forces; Public Health England and EU.
Prior to this he was the Medical Lead for Europe for IBM advising on occupational health provision and health & safety. Previously, he was chair of the UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s Ethics Committee and sat on the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Ethics in Medicine.
Before joining IBM, he was Senior Lecturer in Environmental Medicine and Deputy Director of the Medical Toxicology Centre at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and advised the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England), UK Ministry of Defence, UK Special Forces and NATO on chemical and radiation incidents. He was a member of the Advisory Group on Military Medicine (AGoMM) in UK.
Bob has published several scientific papers and contributed and edited several textbooks. He is the lead author :“Diagnosis and treatment of polonium poisoning”. He was one of the main contributors to Oxford Desk Reference: Toxicology.
He has extensive experience of occupational medicine particularly in the engineering and aerospace industries, environmental medicine, toxicology, radiation and occupational health & safety. Bob was previously Head of Occupational Health for Rolls Royce plc with global responsibility for the civil airlines and nuclear segments of the business. He was Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Isle of Man Government after successfully setting up a consultant lead occupational health and safety service.
Bob gained a degree in Genetics before studying Medicine. He has also lived and worked in Japan as a research fellow at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Dr Philip Johnson
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Dr Sanjith Kamath
Dr Sanjith Kamath is the Executive Medical Director at St Andrew’s Healthcare. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2007, working in both the NHS and the private sector before joining St Andrew's Healthcare to work in the Women’s Services in 2012.
Dr Kamath was appointed as the Clinical Director for the Women’s Mental Health Pathway in 2015 and has been involved in developing new services including a low secure service for older women, and a women’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). More recently, he has been heavily involved in implementing outcomes driven, value based healthcare across the organisation. His clinical interests include working with individuals with chronic serious mental illnesses and also individuals with personality disorder.
Kiran Kenth has recently been appointed as Director of National and Regional Programmes for the Royal Society for Public Health. This post has responsibility for providing system level public health leadership in increasing the contribution of the wider public health workforce to improve public health across England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, as well as supporting national health improvement education and workforce development programmes the society is commissioned to deliver.
With the 2015 summer launch of “Rethinking the Public Health Workforce” RSPH report, priorities over the next 12 months in supporting the wider public health workforce will be to champion current public health initiatives delivered by the early adopters of public health; Fire and Rescue Services, Community Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals, Health Trainers and Social housing providers; identify with these professions where more can be done, and support the further development of public health delivered by the wider workforce. This will include working with commissioners in the NHS and Local Government to raise awareness of the public health contribution of early adopters and encouraging more academic involvement in public health initiatives led early adopters.
Kiran has 15 years of public health experience working across the NHS and local authority and CCGs. Specialist interests are health inequalities, lifestyle services and community engagement and health education. Kiran is a forward thinking, energetic Health Improvement Specialist dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and well being. Passionate about supporting the public's health and working with the wider workforce and local communities across a life course approach in tackling health inequalities and wider determinants of health.
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 Adrian Massey
Adrian graduated from Southampton University in 1997 and specialised full-time in occupational medicine in 2002. He has been Consultant Occupational Physician since 2007 and a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) since 2014. During his career, Adrian has been Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to a wide range of organisations spanning the public and private sector including local authorities, government agencies, police forces, insurers, financial institutions, charities, telecoms and media, retailers, brewers, engineering and logistics.
He has helped to steer opinion within the speciality during his time on the Executive committees of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers (ALAMA). Adrian feels strongly that the key challenge for occupational health is to empower managers in self-managing common health problems within the workplace, so that the health budget is targeted more effectively to the rehabilitation of those employees who are in greatest need of professional support.
Dr Iqbal Mohiuddin
Born, bred and educated in London, Iqbal graduated as a medical doctor from University College London (UCL) Medical School in 1999. He is a well-respected psychiatrist working in the NHS (part-time since 2016) in Luton and Bedfordshire since 2000. He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for people of working age (General Adult Psychiatry) since 2008 and has also been successfully treating private patients out of hours since 2007.
Appreciating the mind-body link, he effectively uses talking therapies and medication in combination for the safe and timely recovery of patients. Having also completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Human Givens Therapy, he follows a biopsychosocial and holistic approach to treatment and recovery.
As well as having extensive experience in successfully treating mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders, Iqbal also has a special interest in Addictions Psychiatry. He is the visiting Consultant Psychiatrist for Cassiobury Court in Watford, Hertfordshire, a private residential treatment centre specialising in addictions and anxiety treatment, and holistic rehabilitation in the UK.
Dr Tara Lai Quinlan
Dr. Tara Lai Quinlan is a US-trained lawyer and UK-based legal academic whose research and teaching focus on criminal law and justice, policing and implicit bias. Dr. Quinlan is currently a Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University, having previously served as a Lecturer in Law at University of Sheffield from 2015-2018. Dr. Quinlan’s current research projects include writing a book on police diversity under contract with Policy Press, and co-leading an experiment measuring implicit race and class biases. Dr. Quinlan is a member of StopWatch UK, an advocacy organisation dedicated to improving UK stop and search practices, and serves on the South Yorkshire Police Stop and Search Review Committee.
Dr. Quinlan previously practiced law in New York City, where she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, an Employment Litigation Attorney at Outten & Golden LLP, and as General Counsel to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Dr. Quinlan earned her Doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, her Master of Laws from King’s College London, her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Quinlan is a member of the New York State Bar.
Jonathan Rees is an author, speaker and facilitative trainer specialising in enabling people to thrive and enjoy - rather than just endure - their work.
Since 2010 he's been busy delivering workshops and keynote speeches to build resilience, personal effectivity, leadership capacity and team synergy with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors including: Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Durham Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police, Kent & Essex Police, Intel, HFMA, EasyJet, EE, O2, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Life and the University of Bristol where he’s a visiting fellow and lecturer.
Since running a workshop at the 2017 Police Superintendents Association national conference, he's delivered resilience workshops with more than 600 police officers across the UK and Ireland whilst developing the material for his book 'The Resilience Toolkit: Powerful ways to thrive in blue-light services’, which has a foreword written by Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie of Avon & Somerset Constabulary.
Before 2010 he hid behind a mask of extensive experience in international IT. He's also run the London Marathon (in 2:51, once) !
Dr SALIM SHAFEEK, MD, FRCP, FRCP(Ed),
Dip RcPath(Haem); FRCPath (Haem)
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Katie Spence is a Deputy Director with Public Health England West Midlands Centre, and leads on Health Protection, managing the Health Protection Team who cover the West Midlands. As well as dealing with 20,000 health protection cases, incidents and situations a year, the Team lead on Air Quality, Quality and Governance, Emergency Planning, Antimicrobial Resistance and Tuberculosis for the Centre.
Katie has worked in Public Health in the West Midlands for over 20 years. She has worked in Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Local Authorities most recently Public Health England. She has worked in a variety of public health roles leading on health protection, NHS working, emergency planning, mental health, primary care, community development, smoking, public health commissioning, and quality and safety.
Dr Jason D L Williams
Dr Jason Williams undertook his dermatology training in the North West of England, before travelling to work as a Research Fellow at the Occupational Dermatology and Education Centre with Rosemary Nixon in Melbourne, Australia for two years. Since returning to the UK he has taken up his post as Director of the Contact Dermatitis Investigation Unit at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He has been Meetings Secretary for the BSCA and was also recently President of the BSCA. His research interests include occupational dermatology and he has strong links with the University of Manchester in the Department of Pathophysiology of Cutaneous Allergy.
Steve Williams, RN, CEN, CFRN
Steve Williams has over 30 years of experience as an emergency flight nurse, emergency manager and disaster responder. He started his career training as a registered nurse at St Mary’s Hospital in the UK and then worked in Central America before moving to the US in 1989. Starting work in a New York City trauma center, Steve then moved to South Florida working at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Emergency Department. In 1993 Steve took up the position as Director of Emergency Services at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach. Steve also served as Chief Flight Nurse for the South Florida Lifeflight helicopter program until 1999 flying over 2,000 hours with critically ill and injured patients on a Sikorsky S76 and also MEDEVAC flights with the US Coast Guard.
Steve has spent the last 17 years running medical operations for Carnival Cruise Lines and then at Royal Caribbean where he supervised a team of 85 physicians and 165 nurses providing medical and emergency care on 40 cruise ships worldwide. Steve led the design team that developed the first electronic medical record for cruise ships, established the first CARE teams in the cruise industry and implemented a whole fresh blood transfusion program at RCCL. Steve’s most recent cruise ship posting was as Deputy Medical Director at MSC Cruises. A graduate of the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Critical Care Air Transport course, Steve has been an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor for over 18 years. Steve also sits on the State of Florida Steering Committee for the State Medical Response System. He serves as Deputy Team Commander for the International Medical Surgical Response Team, part of the US federal government, National Disaster Medical System. In 2006 Steve was asked by the State of Florida to lead development of the Florida Advanced Surgical & Transport Team and currently serves as Team Commander for the FIU-FAST Team.
Steve is currently based in South Florida and serves as Director of Air Medical Operations for REVA Air Ambulance, the largest air ambulance company in the USA.