Introducing our Speakers


Charlie Vivian

Charlie Vivian is a consultant occupational physician. He set up Icarus Health Solutions in January 2012. He delivers contracted OH services to a variety of organisations. Most of his clinical work focuses on complex cases. He has undertaken hundreds of independent medical examinations for income protection and total and permanent disability. He also provides ill health retirement assessments for a number of police forces, private organisations and the NHS.

He is currently developing a rehabilitation programme to help these individuals regain control of their lives.

Previously, he spent five years in the NHS, during which time he was seconded to NHS Plus as director of quality. Prior to this, he was director of clinical governance for Adastral Health, an OH provider in Slough. He previously worked as a GP in Swindon, having completed his GP training in the RAF. He was awarded an MSc by Manchester University. His thesis studied back pain in police officers. He has a diploma in management, and a counselling diploma.


Prof. Kim Burton

Prof. Kim Burton OBE is an occupational health and ergonomics consultant with a professorial appointment at the University. In 2011 he was made an OBE for services to occupational healthcare. Having gained a diploma in osteopathy in 1968 he practiced in Huddersfield. He moved sideways to a career in research after studying for a PhD in biomechanics, ergonomics, and epidemiology related to back pain at Huddersfield Polytechnic, which he gained in 1987. Kim has worked with the university in various capacities ever since, including directorship of the Spinal Research Unit under the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.


Prof. Debbie Cohen

Debbie Cohen is an Occupational Physician. Debbie has both national and international recognition for her research and training of healthcare professionals about work and health consultations and in the area of physician health. In 2012 Debbie received the OBE for her contribution to occupational medicine.


Lesley Cooper

Lesley Cooper, the founder of WorkingWell Limited, is a health management consultant with a broad business background. She has over 20 years experience in the design and delivery of all elements of pressure management programmes – specifically diagnostics, building manager and team engagement with the process, delivery of team led action plans and leadership development to create a culture of healthy high performance.


Andrew Dowson

Dr Dowson is the Director of Headache Services at King’s College Hospital and the Chairman of the charity, MIPCA. Dr Andrew Dowson qualified in medicine in 1984 and worked as a GP for several years before becoming a specialist in headache. He is the Director of Headache Services at King’s College Hospital, London. He has several general practice based, headache-focussed positions including Clinical Lead of the East Kent Headache Service.


Dominic Kelly

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Prof. Diana Kloss

Prof. 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


Michael O’Donnell

Michael O’Donnell qualified in medicine in 1975 at Manchester University. After working in hospital and general practice for nine years he moved to Occupational Medicine at Sellafield where he underwent a four-year training programme. Since then he has worked in the Middle East and in the UK giving OH advice to a broad range of employers. He was Chief Medical Officer at Unum, where he was responsible for providing advice on claims and underwriting cases. Prior to joining Health Management, his most recent appointment was Chief Medical Officer at Atos Healthcare. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and honorary visiting professor in the School of Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Salford.


Prof. Candy McCabe

Prof. Candy McCabe trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and after working in a variety of specialties including ward based and research work she moved to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath in the mid 90’s. Since this time her research and clinical interests directly relate to increasing our understanding of the mechanisms and potential therapies for those with chronic unexplained pain, particularly that of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and other neuropathic pain conditions. She leads a multi-disciplinary Clinical Research team that provides national services for those with CRPS.


Nick Penney

Nick Penney PhD (Musculoskeletal Medicine) completed his doctoral research at The National Centre for Research in Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Queensland in 2009, looking at biopsychosocial obstacles to recovery in low back pain. During this time he was also a member of the steering committee for The Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Guidelines Group, and a member of the expert panel on low back pain. He also contributed, as a member of the multi-disciplinary review group, to Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence produced by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine.


Prof. Tom Sensky

Tom Sensky is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine at Imperial College London and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Health at Work Team at West London Mental Health NHS Trust. His occupational health work includes assessments for professional regulators, particularly the GMC. He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in psychological aspects of chronic illness, physical as well as mental, particularly including the understanding and measurement of suffering.


Jacques Tamin

Jacques Tamin is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in occupational medicine, University of Manchester. He has wide OM experience in most industry sectors. He was previously chief examiner and director of CPD, FOM. He is now retired from clinical practice. For the last 6 years, he has been doing a part-time PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence. He also serves on several research ethics committees.


Sridhar Venkatapuram

Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Lecturer at King’s College London in global health and philosophy, and Director of the MSc in Global Health & Social Justice. Sridhar’s research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, ethics and philosophy. He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health. Sridhar has been at the forefront of global health activism and research starting with being the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to focus on health (HIV/AIDS) as a direct human rights concern in the early 1990s. His academic training is in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).


Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson was appointed as a consultant dermatologist at the Leeds General Infirmary and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Leeds in 1995. He was lead clinician for the dermatology department of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2003-13. He undertook his medical training in Cambridge and in dermatology in Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.


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