Introducing our Speakers

Dr Sam Ackroyd

Dr Sam Ackroyd is Consultant haematologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He was a medical student at Leeds University and also did a degree in Psychology. The Pennines have enchanted him so he has remained in Yorkshire since then and completed speciality training in haematology in 2008. He is the Haemophilia Director of Bradford Haemophilia Centre. His other specialist areas are Myeloid malignancy and non-malignant haematology. He is the Consultant Lead for haematology research and is keen in developing the portfolio and including more non-malignant trials. He lives in Halifax with his wife and 3 children and has a keen interest in cycling.

Professor Marios Adamou

Marios Adamou is a Consultant Psychiatrist in neurodevelopmental psychiatry (ADHD and ASD) at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Head of Specialist Service Development and Foundation Trust Governor at the same organisation. He is a board member (Director) at the Governing body of East Ridings Clinical Commissioning Group and has National posts with NHS England, Monitor and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Marios Adamou holds offices at the Royal College of Psychiatrists where he is a Fellow ( FRCPsych). He is presently the Regional Advisor for the Yorkshire Region, elected member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry whose is the policy lead, and co-opted member for the Northern and Yorkshire Division.

His Medical Training (MD) was completed at the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and his Psychiatric training at Guys, Kings and St Thomas's scheme in London. He held full time research positions at the University of Kent and Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Marios Adamou has academic qualifications in a number of disciplines. He completed postgraduate degrees (MSc) in Mental Health Studies, MA (History), LL.M (Medical Law), MBA (Business Administration) and PGCE (Medical Education). He earned a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Medicine (DOccMed) awarded by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. He completed a PhD by research.

He is an International Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds and Executive Committee Member at the UK adult ADHD Network (UKAAN). He is the Chair of the Northern Adult ADHD Clinician’s Group (NACG). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH) and the Society of Biology (FSB). He is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (MFMLM). He is a member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD). He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).

Dr James Briscoe

Dr James Briscoe, Consultant Psychiatrist. MB ChB, MRCPsych, MMedSci Dr Briscoe qualified in medicine from University of Birmingham Medical School in 1988 and was elected as a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1994. He gained a Master of Medical Science (Birmingham) degree in 1996. He was appointed as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in 1997 and since then has worked in community mental health teams, home treatment teams and as an inpatient consultant, developing expertise in assessing and managing patients with a wide range of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety and phobic disorders, alcohol misuse, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, medically unexplained symptoms and personality disorders. He is currently Consultant Psychiatrist with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT). He was a Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mental Health, University of Birmingham, past Medical Director at Woodbourne Priory Hospital and past Deputy Clinical Director at SSSFT. He has written a number of peer reviewed academic papers and book chapters.

Dr Briscoe has also worked as an independent Consultant Psychiatrist since 1997. He has specific expertise in occupational mental health and has developed a special interest and expertise in assessing and managing people suffering from work-related stress and its psychiatric and psychological consequences. He was visiting consultant psychiatrist to the occupational health department for Jaguar Land Rover from 2003-2006. Dr Briscoe has published peer reviewed articles and written book chapters on stress, personality disorder and mental health policy.

Dr Nicola Cordell

I am an experienced consultant occupational health physician, researcher and educator, passionate about developing further understanding of organisational performance and health. To support this aim, I have developed an alternative business model for delivering occupational health which tailors a full range of services to an organisation's needs and strategic goals. This embeds education, training, early intervention in addition to traditional services. I am a consultant with the clinical panel of PricewaterhouseCoopers advising on occupational health matters and involved in research projects with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester also involved in a number of research projects which include fitness for work standards and development of professionals.

I am currently undertaking PhD at Oxford Brookes University researching the factors influencing the ability to work for employees with a long term health problem or disability. I completed my specialist training in 2004 with the British Army, after serving as a general practitioner since Feb 1995, During my service, I developed skills in health strategy, practical research on assessment of fitness for work in addition to general leadership and management of clinical teams. I undertook an MSc in Medical Education with Cardiff University which has developed my interest in developing the speciality through education and professional development of all clinical specialities.

I am a Fellow of and examiner for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and have been involved in the delivery of training for both the Society of Occupational Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine (Occupational Medicine Section). Specialist Interests: Promoting accessibility and the support of those with a disability in employment, organisational Performance and health in business and evidence based assessment of fitness for work.

Dr Gregory Dollman

Medical Advisor, MDDUS. Greg qualified in South Africa in 2003, having previously obtained a postgraduate degree in applied psychology. He has specialist experience in psychiatry and medicine for the elderly. Greg joined the MDDUS in 2014, and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law in 2015.

Professor Neil Greenberg

Professor Neil Greenberg BM, BSc, MMedSc, FHEA, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, MInstLM, MFFLM, MD, FRCPsych Professor of Defence Mental Health Professor Greenberg is a consultant academic psychiatrist at King’s College London. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Neil has published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters many of which are on occupational and traumatic stress management. He is a past President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead for Military and Veterans’ Health and runs March on Stress ( a psychological health consultancy which aims to promote better mental health within organisations

Ms Nicola James

Ms Nicola James - CEO and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Nicola is the founder of Lexxic Ltd, a consultancy she established in 2007, to work with public and private sector organisations to help them better. A dyslexic individual herself, Nicola has been fortunate enough to receive support from the Dyslexia Centre at Nottingham University, and is now passionate about helping other people with similar difficulties. She has most recently founded a neurodiversity e-learning platform for employees and line managers on strategies to manage neurodiversity at work. Nicola is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

Dr Zainah Khan

Chakra was launched in April 2016 by Zainah Khan, a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor who has worked in a number of corporate environments historically, including financial services and education, and experienced the stress of highly pressurised teams which ultimately leads to low retention rates and absences related to poor mental health. Zainah has supported clients in personal therapy with Victim Support and the Domestic Violence Unit, and has provided one-to-one therapy to students aged 11-16 in the Academies across Leeds. In the corporate world, Zainah has delivered training programmes around mental health awareness, managing denial and defence mechanisms and silencing inner critics to clients such as the Institute of Directors, Lupton Fawcett Solicitors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the NHS and DLA Piper. One of the most recent successes was in training 52 staff members at Specsavers in "Building Your Mental Strength Toolkit".

The Specsavers team have just been awarded Health&Wellbeing Practice of the Year by the Association of Optometrists as a result of implementing and embracing the learning. Chakra won a Business Advantage Award of £5000 in Legal Support in 2016, and gained significant publicity in a number of press publications including the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph&Argus newspapers, as well as contributing to the "Ask the Expert" section in Bestfit Health and Fitness Magazine.

Mr Winston Kim

Winston Kim is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, with his practice focussing on arthritic conditions of the hip and knee, particularly early hip and knee arthritis, including conditions arising from hip and knee sporting injuries. Mr Kim graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1996, completed his Orthopaedic training in the North West rotation, obtaining the FRCS (Orth). He underwent sub specialist training in Vancouver at Clive Duncan’s unit at UBC, Vancouver. He was recipient of the British Orthopaedic Foundation Travelling Fellowship award visiting the world renowned Mayo Clinic, Minnesota and the Hospital of Surgery (HSS) in New York, USA. He was a Visiting Surgeon at the Steadman-Philippon Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

Mr Kim's elective NHS and private practices encompass all aspects of hip and knee surgery. He performs optimally invasive hip and knee replacements incorporating enhanced recovery techniques. He has an interest in advanced surgical techniques for the management of early hip and knee osteoarthritis. He has a large sports injuries practice managing hip labral tears, meniscal and ACL injuries.

Mr Kim has a strong research background and has lectured widely in national and international meetings such as the British Hip Society, British Orthopaedic Research Society, European Orthopaedic Research Society, British Trauma Society and the British Orthopaedic Association. Winston has garnered several awards and prizes, including prizes for best basic science research (Peter Mallimson Prize, Best Fellow Research Award UBC, Vancouver), Ronald Ravens Barbers Award and the Sir John Charnley Trust Award and the British Hip Society Poster Prize in 2015. He was awarded the Harvey Green Surgical Teacher Prize in 2005.

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 Christopher Malkin, MB ChB (Hons), MD, MRCP (UK)

Dr Malkin was trained in Sheffield achieving an honours degree and post-graduate MD. In 2010 he secured a competitive interventional fellowship in the Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. He was appointed to Leeds Teaching Hospitals as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist in 2011.

Dr Malkin is one of highest volume operators in the region. His outcomes for coronary intervention are excellent and are published annually on the NHS Choices website. He is comfortable with all adjuvant techniques and particularly favours pressure wire guided coronary intervention to ensure the most effective and safe use of coronary stenting.He is a key member of the Leeds trans-catheter aortic valve implantation programme and personally performs more then 100 aortic valve interventions a year and participates in major clinical trials of new technologies and training programmes for start up centres.

Dr Malkin set up a referral point for severe hypertension and performed the first renal artery denervation procedures (a treatment for severe hypertension) in West Yorkshire. He believes in open discussion, informed choice and consent. He takes the time to make the correct diagnosis and ensures his patients receive accurate information to make the appropriate choices for their healthcare. Current posts - Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Leeds General Infirmary. Personal interests - Skiing, wild swimming and cycling.

Mr Nick Pahl

Nick Pahl is CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), which supports members with an interest in occupational health in their career and professional development. Members receive its journal, Occupational Medicine, e news, appraisal services, free webinars, discounted events and a leading conference. SOM is also a national leader advocating for a multi-disciplinary approach to occupational health. SOM's Patrons are Lord Blunkett and Norman Lamb, MP.

Nick was previously CEO of the British Acupuncture Council, and held senior posts in the NHS, a national hospice charity and Marie Stopes International. He has completed a Windsor Leadership Trust and ACEVO next generation CEO training, has a diploma in management, a degree in Economics and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Mr Daniel Reeves

Director, The Computer Clinic Bicester Ltd (TCCB). Daniel has spent the last 10 years in the IT industry, building a team of experts, that cover all aspects of IT, including Cyber security. In a world that is becoming more and more digitally connected, there are growing concerns over the security of connected devices, Daniel and his team have spent years assisting companies to walk through the minefield associated with Cyber security and more recently GDPR compliance.

TCCB has created a team of engineers from diverse backgrounds with a combined IT knowledge of over 50 years, their joint skill set ranges from Cyber security, network infrastructure and server administration to virtual server, cloud and desktop systems. As well as this skill pool TCCB have home grown talent through apprentice schemes, IT Technicians that can deal with a whole range of issues from Cyber attacks and Hardware replacements to network cabling and general IT support.

The Computer Clinic Bicester is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality IT services. We provide value that can be measured by our results, our friendly yet professional approach creates trusted long term relationships, to give you peace of mind that your IT Services are in safe hands.

Dr John Smyth

Dr John Smyth is Assistant Director for the GMC case examiner team, overseeing the team’s decisions whilst contributing to the work of the GMC senior fitness to practise management team. GMC case examiners make decisions about investigation outcomes and in doing so they are required to weigh the evidence and apply relevant legislation and guidance. Decisions must be jointly agreed between medical and lay case examiners and are subject to significant internal and external scrutiny.

He has been significantly involved in reviewing the GMC’s approach to the investigation and monitoring of doctors with serious health issues and is working with GMC colleagues to implement wide ranging changes designed to lessen the impact of investigations.

He trained at Manchester Medical School and, after completing vocational training, worked as a GP partner in Bolton (Lancashire) for 9 years before moving to a portfolio career. Since leaving GP partnership he has worked as a salaried GP, taught undergraduates at the University of Liverpool and obtained a teaching qualification and a Masters Degree in Medical Ethics and Law. He joined the GMC as a part-time medical case examiner in 2006.

Dr Jake Timothy

Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon. Associate Professor University of Leeds. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Full biog to follow...

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