Introducing our Speakers


Dr. Tracey Boyle

Tracey Boyle is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist and Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists. She has been practicing for 29 years and has worked in the consultancy, industry and regulatory sectors. As a co-director of an occupational hygiene consultancy, Tracey is involved in supporting companies and consortia with their obligations to produce exposure scenarios under REACH, including the gathering of robust exposure datasets, and acts as an expert witness in civil litigation in relation to occupational disease claims and in asbestos management litigation.   She is the current President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and will be passing on the baton from the end of April this year.


Dr. Anthony T Cross, FRCS.
  • Training: University College Hospital London, St George's Hospital London.
  • Substantive consultant appointment: Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital, 1978.
  • Special interests: Trauma, intramedullary long bone fixation, spinal surgery, hip surgery.
  • Academic activities: Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Medical student examiner, tutor, trainer. Multiple papers on trauma management, spine surgery and spinal fusion.
  • Orthopaedic politics prior to retirement: past member of BOA Council, Regional Adviser (orthopaedics), Northern Region. Clinical director, orthopaedics, Sunderland Royal Hospital.
  • Present appointments: Honorary Consultant Spinal surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital. Senior trustee, AO International Associate Assessor, General Medical Council.
  • Reviewer: Bone and Joint Journal, Injury.
  • Honours and distinctions: CCST, 1979; gold Clinical Excellence Award; Trainer of the year award, 2009.

Prof. David Fishwick MBChB, FRCP(UK), AFOM, Diving Physician 2d, FFOM (hon), MD

David is currently a Consultant Respiratory Physician in Sheffield, with a major clinical and research interest in workplace health and particularly in respiratory health. He also works as the Chief Medical Adviser for HSE and for Northern Ireland and is an Honorary Professor of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Medicine at the University of Sheffield. He also works within the new Science Division of HSE. He is also a qualified diving physician level 2d.

His research interests are focussed around the broad interface between the work environment and respiratory health. This work has led previously to the development of professional standards in this area, including standards of care for asthma and COPD at work. He also retains strong links with his research collaborators in New Zealand, as he lived and worked in Wellington for 2 years. One of his current main clinical and research interests is exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

He currently chairs the British Lung Foundation Northern regional group, chairs the British Thoracic Society Occupational Lung Disease Specialist Advisory Group and sat on the ERS taskforce for occupational specific challenge testing, in addition to being a member of the GORDS group. He is currently part of the new ATS/ERS COPD burden of occupational disease taskforce and he also chairs the BTS SIGN ERG for occupational asthma.


Prof. David Hunter MA PhD HonMFPH FRCP(Edin)

David is a graduate in political science from the University of Edinburgh. He has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University since 2000 where he is director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health (www.dur.ac.uk/public.health), a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Fellow of Durham Global Policy Institute, Durham University. He is director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action. David is Deputy Director of fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, (www.fuse.ac.uk) and lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He is a member of the executive group for the NIHR School for Public health Research (2012-2017). He undertakes research on health system transformation, partnership working and public health policy. He is currently co-leading an evaluation of new care models in the English National Health Service.

Among his previous posts, from 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he worked at the King's Fund Institute in London.

Among his various responsibilities, David is a non executive director on NICE’s Board (2008-2016); an Appointed Governor of South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors; a special advisor to WHO Europe; a member of the People in UK Public Health Group (2015-), an advisory group providing independent advice to the UK health departments on an overarching strategy for the public health workforce; Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (2012-); a member of the External Advisory Group, Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Former advisory positions include the Marmot Commission on health inequalities in England (2010) and the House of Commons Health Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee. He was specialist advisor to the Health Committee on its recent review of the public health system in England (2015-16). He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the following journals: Social Science and Medicine (2014-), Public Health (2014-), Journal of Integrated Care (2013-). He was section editor for health policy for BMC Public Health (2012-2015).

Selected Publications

  • Hunter DJ (2016) The Health Debate. Second edition. Bristol: The Policy Press
  • Holmes B, Best A, Davies H, Hunter DJ, Kelly M. Marshall M, Rycroft-Malone J (2016) Mobilising knowledge in complex health systems: a call to action. Evidence & Policy 1-21 (online access 15 August)
  • Hunter DJ (2015) Role of politics in understanding complex, messy health systems: an essay by David J Hunter. British Medical Journal 350: h1214
  • Hunter DJ (2015) Health policy and management: in praise of political science. Comment on ‘On Health Policy and Management (HPAM): mind the theory-policy-practice gap’. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 4(6): 391-94.
  • Hunter DJ, Erskine J, Small A, McGovern T, Hicks C, Whitty P, Lugsden E (2015) Doing transformational change in the English NHS in the context of ‘big bang’ redisorganisation. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29(1): 10-24.
  • Hunter DJ, Perkins N (2015) Partnership Working in Public Health. Bristol: The Policy Press
  • Greener I, Harrington BE, Hunter DJ, Mannion R, Powell M (2014) Reforming Healthcare: What’s the evidence? Bristol: The Policy Press

Dr. Dominic Johnson

I started my career in dentistry graduating from Newcastle University with BDS (Hons.) in 1996 and then FDSRCS(Ed) in 1999. I graduated in medicine at Newcastle with Distinction in 2002. I did my higher training in Forensic Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. I worked as Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in London for 18 months with an interest in personality disorder and psychodynamic risk assessment.

I was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer for NUMED Malaysia in June 2011 and then Dean of Clinical Affairs in October 2012. I returned to the UK in August 2014 and was appointed Clinical Sub Dean for the Tees Base Unit in February 2015. I am undertaking a part-time PhD looking at the experience of medical students resitting Final year and am the MBBS Course Lead for professionalism.


Prof. Diana Kloss

Prof. Diana Kloss MBE needs no introduction. She is one of the country’s leading authorities on occupational health and held in the highest regard by ALAMA. Her frequent presence at these conferences is always considered a highlight and greatly appreciated by members and delegates alike. We would like to welcome her again. For the few who may not know Diana she is the author of Occupational Health Law, known as the Bible for anyone involved in occupational health. Now in its fifth edition there is a sixth in preparation. She has been a part-time judge of employment tribunals for 17 years. At the same time she has continued to teach part-time, while her growing expertise and influence has 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 was appointed MBE for services to occupational health. In 2011 Diana became 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. Diana is also in demand for training occupational health professionals, safety advisers and human resources professionals in employment law


Mr. Edward Kunonga

Edward is the director of public health and public protection for Middlesbrough Council and interim director of public health for Redcar and Cleveland Council. He is an experienced public health consultant and his higher specialist training at the Northern Deanery in the North East of England. He also holds an MSc in Epidemiology form the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MBA from the University of Leicester. He is an Honorary fellow with the Centre for Policy and health. School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Durham University. Edward is passionate about improving public health outcomes and the key role workplace health plays in this agenda. In Middlesbrough he has lead a healthy settings programme, ExtraLife, that now has the local university, college, hospital, mental health trust and football club signed up to being health promoting settings.


Dr. John Leeds

Dr John Leeds is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Pancreaticobiliary Physician and was initially appointed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was a crucial part of the HPB team and ran the advanced endoscopy service including biliary manometry, biliary RFA and Spyglass. He was also part of the team that set up and ran the multidisciplinary chronic pancreatitis clinic. He has continued to contribute to the area of pancreaticobiliary medicine and has published a number of papers and reviews in this area. In June 2015 he moved back to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne to join the HPB team. His main areas of interest are advanced EUS/ERCP, exocrine pancreatic function and trying to speak like a Geordie.


Dr. Stephen Lord


Dr. John Mansfield

Dr Mansfield is a consultant gastroenterologist in Newcastle upon Tyne, his main interest is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, its treatment and genetics. He runs a large NHS teaching hospital IBD clinic. He is secretary of the BSG IBD section committee, Chairman of the BSG IBD clinical research group and a member of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation CLINCOM committee. He has been medical advisor to the Hadrian branch of the Colitis and Crohn’s UK charity for more than 10 years up to 2016.


Dr. James Macfarlane

Dr James Macfarlane is a Consultant Respiratory Physician in Newcastle, with specialist interests in Occupational Lung Disease (OLD), lung infection and TB. He runs a weekly regional OLD clinic with Dr Chris Stenton, following 12 months’ post-CCT training in Newcastle, with placements in Birmingham, London and Manchester. He is a member of GORDS (Group of Occupational Respiratory Disease Specialists) and the BOHRF Occupational Asthma Guidelines update team, due to report in 2017.


Mr Steve McCuskin

Steve McCuskin is a career Civil Servant with many years experience in DWP supporting disabled people in the employment arena. He led the delivery of the Access to Work programme in the North East for 10 years and has worked in both policy and operational roles in the department. He has more recently taken responsibility for working with partners across North East England Group, with a focus on the wider Health and Work agenda and the government’s disability employment challenge.


Dr. Sanjay Miranda

Sanjay Miranda is a Specialist who has trained in Orthopaedic Surgery and had further training to specialise in Hand, Upper Limb and Peripheral Nerve surgery. He has been a full-time Hand Surgeon since 2003 and a Consultant since 2005.

His Orthopaedic training has been in Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Coventry. He has additionally spent 2 years of Fellowship training in internationally recognised centres of excellence in Hand & Upper Limb surgery in Derby and Sydney.

He and his Team treat on average over 100 patients a week through his practice. His patients include professional and amateur sports-persons and musicians.

His clinical and research interests are in hand fractures, wrist ligament injuries, scaphoid fractures and peripheral nerve conditions. Many organisations and groups have invited Sanjay to give talks in areas of his expertise and interest. He enjoys teaching and education is involved in hand Surgery education to students, doctors and other health professionals. He has also authored a chapter on wrist conditions in a renowned text book of hand surgery. Sanjay's current research is in Dupuytren's disease and thumb base arthritis and is involved in ongoing international multi-centre trials.

In his time outside work, Sanjay enjoys time with his family, playing golf, travel and all things automotive.


Ms Helen Wilding

Helen Wilding is the Wellbeing for Life Development Lead for Newcastle City Council. Her role includes coordinating the strategic partnership arrangements for wellbeing and health and coordinating the city's participation in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network. Prior to starting this current role in 2009, she coordinated the city's work to tackle illegal drug use.

Her work in local government has led to an academic interest in the concept of health in all policies and how it can be achieved. She is pursuing this interest through studying for a PhD part-time. Her research entails developing an understanding of policy work practice and its development in local government with a view to understanding what enhances and constrains opportunities for health in all policies.


Prof. Azfar Zaman

Professor of clinical cardiology at Freeman Hospital and Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Head of Coronary Intervention and Director of the Cardiac Catheter laboratories at Freeman Hospital.  I completed postgraduate training in cardiology at regional centres in Leeds, London and Cardiff following which I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a 2 years British Heart Foundation International Fellowship to study vascular biology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Research with a research interest in patients with atherothrombosis and diabetes with research grants from the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes Wellness Research Foundation, NIHR.  In 2008 I became the first clinician in the UK  to receive the prestigious British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship.  I have  over 100 peer reviewed publications and lead a team of 16 individuals conducting clinical trials and research in cardiology.


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