London 2018 - Risk Is The Price Of Progress..

Themes: Global Threats And Supporting Colleagues After Major Events, Fake News & Evidence, Innovators And Risk Takers, The Good Bad And The Ugly Side Of Leadership, And Understanding The Next Generation.

The aim of our London Conference seek to look outside healthcare for new insights into diverse themes such as teamwork, leadership, human factors and risk management to improve patient safety and outcomes. This is a unique patient safety and risk conference that approaches risk and leadership from a different perspective of cross industry learning. The 2018 London Conference (7th & 8th June) will be hosted in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, Medical Protection, BMJ and RL Solutions at Kings Place, near Kings Cross, in London.

Day 1 Thursday 7th June 2018

Welcome - Peter Steer, CEO, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Session Chair: Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

Session 1: Global threats, Major Incidents and Supporting Colleagues

Session Chair: Jon Snow

Time Speaker

Prof Ian Goldin

Oxford Martin Programme on technology, economic change, globalization and development
Talk: Global threats and potential solutions
Ian Goldin, a founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, was previously World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy. Positions held include Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian has been knighted by the French Government and has published 21 books, including Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance and The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks. He has been a Non-Executive Director on numerous boards, the Senior Independent Director on CDC, is a Trustee of Comic Relief and the Chair of CORE-Econ initiative to modernise the teaching of economics.

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

Clinical Chair General Medical Council
Talk: Individual vs system responsibility when things go wrong.
Professor Terence Stephenson was formerly Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit. Professor Stephenson has been honoured with numerous Fellowships worldwide and was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Healthcare and Children’s Health Services. He has also co-authored 7 textbooks and published over 275 peer reviewed papers, editorials and chapters.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Deputy Assistant Commissioner London Fire Brigade
Talk: Protecting the protectors: using brain science to keep firefighters safe
Sabrina trained as an experimental psychologist whilst serving as a fire officer and is currently an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, where she leads ground-breaking research into risk-critical decision making in the field applying this research to improve the safety of firefighters and the people they rescue. Not only has her prize-winning research changed national command policy for firefighters, but for all emergency services and has since been shared internationally. Sabrina has won numerous awards and was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2018 Millennial Power list. She has also been shortlisted for the past two consecutive years as the ‘most influential woman in fire’.

Dr Anne Eyre

Sociologist specializing in disaster management
Talk: Supporting people involved and effected by major traumatic events.
Dr Anne Eyre is a sociologist specialising in psychosocial aspects of major incidents, emergency planning and disaster management. Her work focusses on the management and support of people, and aims to ensure the needs of people are at the heart of contingency planning, emergency response and recovery. Anne is also Liaison Officer for Disaster Action, a charity whose members all have direct experience of disasters as bereaved people and survivors ( Anne’s expertise has been sought after the London Bombings (2005), the Tunisia shootings and Shoreham air crash in 2015 and more recently the Manchester Arena attack. Her publications include Collective Conviction: The Story of Disaster Action, with Pamela Dix (2014).

Clare Davies

Director of HR, Metropolitan Police
Talk: Supporting professional colleagues after recent major incidents in London 2017.
Clare joined the Metropolitan Police Service in May 2013 as Deputy Director of HR prior to becoming the Director of HR in January 2015. Previously Clare worked in Surrey Police as the Director of Corporate Services where she led Finance, HR, ICT and Shared Business Services. Clare is the national lead for workforce reform, developing innovative programmes to modernise the people agenda across the police service. She was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2017 for services to policing. Outside the Met, Clare is a Trustee for the Police Now Social Enterprise. She has also been the Chair for the Rushmoor Citizens Advice Trustee Board.

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News
Talk: What does Grenfell tell us.
Jon Snow, the longest running presenter of Channel 4 News, is a television presenter and English journalist. He joined ITN in 1976 and became Washington Correspondent in 1984. His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009). In 2011, Snow presented the multiple award-winning investigation documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, directed by Callum Macrae, which documented war crimes committed in the final days of the Sri Lankan conflict in 2009. He published his autobiography, Shooting History, in 2004 and carried the Paralympic Torch in the relay prior to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games

Session 2: Fake News and Evidence

Session Chair: Charlie Stayt

Time Speaker

Dr Aseem Mulhotra

Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, The Lister Hospital
Talk: Myths of changing lifestyle – are Big Food and Big Pharma Harming for Profit?
Known as one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain, Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption. His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice Aseem supports studies that implicate sugar as the number one culprit driving obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and has worked with a leading sports scientist to dispel the myth that links physical inactivity and obesity. Aseem is one of the leading doctors in the world fighting the obesity epidemic, named on a list of anti-obesity activists that includes Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg.

Chris Elliot

Former Managing Editor - Guardian Newspaper
From 2010 until March 2016 Chris Elliott served as the readers’ editor at The Guardian following 10 years as managing editor. He occasionally writes for the Guardian and works on projects for the Guardian Foundation. He is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network and has lectured widely in the UK and abroad on ethics and journalism. Chris has worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, chief reporter for the Sunday Correspondent and assistant news editor for the Times. For 10 years he was a trustee and latterly chair of Concern Worldwide UK.

Jeffrey Smele

Senior Associate, Simons, Muirhead and Burton LLP
Talk: Protecting reputation under fire, supporting clients who are about to be exposed, managing fake news on Social Media.
Jeffrey is a solicitor at Simons Muirhead and Burton LLP. He advises clients on defamation, privacy and reputation management, and all aspects of the law relating to the media and journalism. He regularly acts on high profile cases, including injunctions, often addressing the latest issues in privacy law, data protection and press regulation. He gives pre-publication advice to newspapers, publishers, broadcasters, and film producers, as well as advising clients who may be about to become the subject of media attention. He provides in-house training for clients, and has been a guest lecturer in media law at City University, London and the London College of Communications.

Rebecca Coombes

Head of News and Views, British Medical Journal
Rebecca Coombes is a senior editor at The BMJ, since 2016 as Head of News and Views with responsibility for news, features and investigations. Rebecca also edits the print journal, which is sent to 100,000 doctors each week.

Session 3: Risk – is it the Price of Progress

Session Chair: Charlie Stayt

Time Speaker

Interview: Charlie Start meets Katie Walsh

Most successful Female Jockey, Winner of the Irish Grand National & 3rd in The Grand National
Talk: What it takes to ride the Grand National
Youngest daughter of the well-known former champion amateur, trainer and television pundit Ted Walsh, Katie Walsh is one of the leading Irish amateur riders. She has a string of big race successes to her name including the Kerry National in 2014 and the biggest prize in Irish jump racing, the Irish Grand National, in April 2015, becoming only the third woman to ride the winner of the race. Three years earlier she rode her father’s Seabass to finish third in the Aintree Grand National, which was the best position ever attained by a female rider in the race. Katie enjoyed her first Grade 1 success when partnering the Willie Mullins-trained Blow By Blow to win the Champion INH Flat Race at Punchestown in 2016.

Morwena Hall

COO Argent
Talk: leading a major development site at Kings Cross
Morwenna Hall, a chartered mechanical engineer, is the COO of developer Argent LLP. She is currently leading the design and delivery of several major projects at King’s Cross, including the Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping destination for London with 60 retail units in the repurposed Victorian coal sheds which will open to the public in October this year. Morwenna was the lead mechanical engineer for the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, which in 2012 won the most sought-after accolade in the industry – the RIBA Stirling Prize. In 2015 Morwenna featured in Property Week’s ‘Forty under 40’ list of young entrepreneurs, disrupters and leaders. Morwenna has a passion for all aspects of design and was one of the 27 women showcased in the 2014 ‘Women Fashion Power’ exhibition at the Design Museum, alongside Princess Diana, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Dame Zaha Hadid.

Prof Harold Thimbleby

Change Fellow in Digital Health, Swansea University, Wales
Talk: Risky digital healthcare – and how to fix it.
Prof Harold Thimbleby is an internationally respected computer scientist who campaigns for improving healthcare computing, as thousands of people are harmed by poor computers every year. Harold is a popular speaker who has given over 550 invited talks in 30 different countries. He is an Honorary Fellow of the RCP, an advocate for the Clinical Human Factors Group, and on the World Health Organisation’s global patient safety network. His research team won the 2014 GE Healthcare Award for Outstanding Impact in Healthcare. His book Press On won several international prizes. Harold has been a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and a Leverhulme Trust Fellow. His web site is

Mandy Hickson

Former fast jet RAF pilot
Talk: Leading from the front
Mandy’s route to the top was tumultuous in every sense – awarded a RAF flying scholarship at 17, long before she even passed her driving test, she went on to win aerobatic competitions whilst still a student. However, despite her prowess in the skies, she failed the computer-based tests, taken by all potential RAF pilots. Undeterred, her self-belief and dogged determination persuaded the RAF to take her on as a test case, thereby overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Mandy relates her experiences of working within an elite team of fast jet operators with great clarity, outlining how the same values apply within any environment. She demonstrates only too well the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally, from the front, in order to get the best from herself and her team. Since leaving the RAF Mandy has served as a school governor, on the board of trustees at the Victory Services Club, London and is an ambassador for sport for Hampshire County Council.

David Stow

Associate Director, Fire Engineering, Arup
Talk: Improving fire safety in tall residential buildings
David joined Arup in 2000 and is a Chartered Engineer. He leads Arup’s fire engineering team in London where he is responsible for over 25 engineers. David has considerable experience undertaking the fire safety design for major projects in the UK and abroad. Founded in 1946, Arup is an independent firm of engineers, designers, planners, consultants and technical specialists. They operate globally, bringing creativity and technical excellence to everything they do, shaping a better world.

Peter Lovatt

Reader in Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
Talk: Giving up all you know & the psychology of dance attracting others
Peter Lovatt (Doctor Dance) is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader and Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. Previously Peter has worked at Kingston University (2001-2004), Vox Generation (2000-2001), Cambridge University (1998-2000) and Greenwich University (1996-1998). Peter has a PhD from the University of Essex (awarded 1998). Before studying the psychology of dance Peter was a professional dancer. He has been invited to give many keynote talks around the world, has given five TEDx talks and has appeared on popular shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the Graham Norton Show.

Hanif Quadir

CEO Active Change Foundation  – Al Qaeda to Active Change Foundation
Talk: How individuals fall prey to extremism – a real life story
Hanif Qadir is the CEO of the Active Change Foundation, an organisation he co-founded in 2003 to encourage young people to embrace a positive future, and to help those in danger of becoming radicalized. A former AQ foreign fighter himself, Hanif travelled to Afghanistan in 2002, but was deterred by the crimes he saw being committed against civilians in the name of Islam and turned his back on them. Returning to the UK, he vowed to safeguard young men and women from similar experiences, losing their lives and harming their communities. Author, speaker and lecturer, Hanif has a unique understanding of extremist and terrorist networks and their modus operandi. Working closely with a wide range of governmental institutions, most of the UK’s Police Authorities, as well as research academics across the globe, Hanif generates a better understanding of the main issues with countering extremism and the best way to fight terrorism.

Paul Mattin

Former Royal Marine
Talk: South Pole the hard way - 71 days and 1500 miles of adventure
Paul was a career Royal Marines Officer. He spent 24 years in Britain’s elite fighting-force, reaching the rank of Major and specialising in Reconnaissance and Mountain Warfare. Paul served in numerous operational arenas, including Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Afghanistan; and was cited for his leadership in both Belize and Bosnia. Since departing the military 10 years ago Paul has worked briefly in the film industry, making films in the Himalayas and in Afghanistan. He now spends his time developing teams and leaders within sport, business and industry, and he leads expeditions annually to Morocco, Tanzania, Norway and Nepal. As a Mountain Leader Officer, Paul was fortunate enough to climb and ski extensively around the globe. He was the senior member of the Royal Marines South Pole expedition – a military first.

Paolo De Coppi

Professor and Head of the Surgery Unit at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Talk: The risks of Cutting Edge Innovative Fetal Surgery
Mr. De Coppi in addition to his UCL post was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina in 2009 and an Honorary Assistant Professor in paediatric surgery, University of Padua, Italy in 2005. He has a special interest in congenital malformations and their treatment using minimally invasive techniques. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded various national and international grants. Since 2009, he has been on the editorial boards of Paediatric Surgery International, Stem Cell Development, and Foetal and Maternal Medicine Review. As of 2011 he has been associate editor for Stem Cell Translational Medicine.

Jeremy Bowen

BBC Foreign Correspondent
Talk: Managing risk in war zones
Cardiff-born Jeremy Bowen, BBC Foreign Correspondent for more than 20 years and the BBC’s Middle East Editor is a journalist and television presenter. He joined the BBC in 1984 and has reported from more than 70 different countries, predominantly in the Middle East and in the Balkans. He reported during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo conflict, during which he was robbed at gunpoint by bandits. In 2013, while reporting for the BBC the protests in Egypt, he was shot in the head with shotgun pellets. He escaped without major injury. He was one of the few journalists inside Syria reporting on the civil war. In February 2015, he spoke with President Bashar al-Assad about the ongoing Syrian conflict during an exclusive BBC interview.

Day 2 Friday 8th June 2018

Session 4: Leadership & Teamwork – “Special Colleagues”

Session Chair: Katie Derham

Time Speaker

Dr Aseem Malhotra

Talk: How to seriously and sustainably change your diet and lifestyle – this might be your last chance! (Talk with Pioppi breakfast and book)
Known as one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain, Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption. His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice Aseem supports studies that implicate sugar as the number one culprit driving obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and has worked with a leading sports scientist to dispel the myth that links physical inactivity and obesity. Aseem is one of the leading doctors in the world fighting the obesity epidemic, named on a list of anti-obesity activists that includes Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg.

Benita Alexander

Former NBC journalist
Talk: The downfall of a world famous surgeon
Benita Alexander is Vice President of Production/Director at Efran Films, where she manages the production of a wide variety of film, TV and digital projects. Her documentary film, ‘He Lied About Everything’, produced by Efran Films and Investigation Discovery, premiered in the U.S. in February 2018, and is now being broadcast around the world. Benita was also the Co-Executive Producer and narrator for the 2016 TLC documentary ‘Breaking the Silence’. Prior to this, Benita spent 17 years in network television, producing long-form documentaries, breaking news, investigations, specials and hard news features for NBC. Her multiple awards include: Edward R. Murrow, 2 Emmys, 7 Emmy nominations, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia, NABJ and Sigma Delta Chi.

Professor Kevin Dutton

Psychologist, Dept. Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
Talk: Psychopathic behaviour in Leaders, signs, qualities & necessities. Also test yourself live during this talk – are you a psychopath?
Professor Dutton is a research psychologist with two main areas of interest: 1) Persuasion and social influence; and 2) The psychopathic personality. Engaging the public with psychology is also a priority and he divides his time between lab-based research and popular writing. He currently holds research grants from the Ministry of Defence and the USAF to investigate the effects of both covert and overt surveillance on behaviour, especially within the context of promoting prosocial action. He also heads a research programme entitled ‘The Role of Personality Traits and Emotion Regulation Skills in Various Occupational Domains.’

Neil Spenceley

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Glasgow Children’s Hospital
Talk: Playing nicely in the sandbox, or not?
Neil has been the Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Yorkhill Children’s Hospital since 2012. Whilst working for the Newborn Emergency Transport Service in Sydney, Australia he developed an interest in PICU and subsequently trained in the specialty in the West of Scotland. After completing a fellowship in Vancouver, British Columbia he returned in 2007 to become a consultant. Neil’s interests include oxygen delivery, cardiac critical care and transport. His other main interest is patient safety and he is a Fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

Mark Soden

Former England U20 Rugby Captain
Talk: Dealing with narcissistic leaders in sport
Previously Mark skippered the England Rugby squads (under 18’s, 19’s and 21’s) at numerous Six Nations and World Cup competitions. He went on to play professional rugby with Northampton Saints and won 100 premiership appearances. Mark has now progressed to the non-contact world of coaching and consulting in military organisations, risk industry and elite sport. Extraordinary results are demanded in professional sport, these will always require extraordinary behaviours and efforts by coaches and players alike. Some are exemplary serving any team as a model to learn from, others less so! Mark will give us an insight into the darker side of behaviour in elite sport, looking specifically at narcissism, and what we might learn from those unique settings.

Catherine MacDonald

Former hostage negotiator
Talk: Communicating with “Special Colleagues”
Cathy MacDonald is a former Hostage and Crisis Negotiator with Police Scotland. With years of practical experience behind her, coupled with her responsibility for training and developing police negotiator teams, Cathy can easily be described as a professional communicator who is highly skilled and practised.

Mark O’Brien

Medical Director and co-founder of the Cognitive Institute. International Medical Education Consultant to MPS
Talk: Dealing with ‘Special Colleagues’ at an organisational level.
Dr Mark O’Brien is an International Medical Education Consultant to the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and co-Founder and Medical Director of the Cognitive Institute, a subsidiary of MPS that specialised in training and education. Dr O’Brien also serves as a Board member of Mater Misericordiae Ltd., a large not for profit Healthcare and hospital group in Australia. Dr O’Brien was a Rural Family Physician with a strong involvement in Medical Education. Courses developed by him in clinical communication and professionalism have been undertaken by an estimated 200,000 clinicians in ten countries. He is a well-known and regarded consultant and expert trainer within the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of individual clinician remediation, clinical leadership and quality and safety. His work includes working with Hospital Boards and Executives to build strong cultures of safety and quality.

Session 5: Leadership and Teamwork – “Resilience & Success”

Session Chair: Katie Derham

Time Speaker

Millie Knight

Winter Para-Olympian
Talk: Skiing blind down a slope at 70mph, crashing out and competing again to win Silver
By age six, Millie Knight had lost 92% of her sight in both eyes and at the same age started skiing. Today, at just 19 years old, Millie is a double Winter Paralympian, three-time Paralympic medallist and current World Para Alpine Downhill Champion – titles she won competing with her sighted ski guide, Brett Wild. Last year Millie was shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and Sunday Times Young Sports Woman of the Year awards; and was also made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Kent for Commitment to Sport. In September this year, Millie will be going to University to study Psychology, before defending her downhill world title at the World Championship in Switzerland in March 2019.

Dr Clifford Mann

National Clinical Advisor for Emergency Medicine and the “Getting it right first-time” (GIRFT) campaign
Talk: Update, successes & challenges of the national A&E and GIRFT programmes
Dr Clifford Mann qualified in 1986 from London University. He undertook postgraduate training in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine to Taunton & Somerset Hospital in 1999. He has been Training Programme Director and Head of School for Emergency Medicine in South West England. In 2013 he was elected President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. In 2015 he was credited by the HSJ as one of the ‘Top 10 Clinical Leaders in the NHS’ and in 2017 as one of the ‘hundred most influential people in health’. In 2016, Clifford was appointed National Clinical Advisor (A&E) at NHS England and in 2017 was appointed GIRFT National Clinical Co-Lead for NHSI. He was awarded an OBE for service to emergency medicine in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. He continues to work as a full time EM clinician in Taunton.

Lord John Anthony Bird MBE

Founder Big Issue
Talk: From homeless to House of Lords – Hubris and how to prevent it
John Bird MBE is the founder of The Big Issue and currently president of The Big Issue Foundation Board of Trustees. With no party-political allegiance, The Big Issue campaigns on behalf of homeless and socially excluded people. In June 1993, The Big Issue went weekly, and regional sister titles were later established in cities around the UK and subsequently in Australia, South Africa and the USA. In June 1995, John Bird was awarded the MBE for ‘services to homeless people’ and in 2006 he received the prestigious Beacon Fellowship Prize for his energy and originality in raising awareness of homelessness and his support of homeless communities worldwide. John Bird was nominated for life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in October 2015 to become a non-party-political peer.

Terry Jones

Director General, National Farmers Union
Talk: Leading the National Farmers Union though Brexit
Terry Jones re-joined the NFU, the Voice of British Farming, as its Director General in April 2016. Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, just six weeks into the role, Terry had to reshape the organisation’s priorities to meet a wide variety of member expectations. 2000 Days, the NFU’s new vision and strategy, is helping to build a resilient organisation which has the clear aim of creating a better future for its farming members. For the previous five years, he had been running food industry trade associations. In 2011 he joined the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) as its Director of Communications, where he sought to bring to life how food manufacturers could deliver increased rates of sustainable growth.

Interview: Katie Derham meets Lord Tebbit

Talk: Resilience in Politics and Great Leaders of Parliament
Norman Tebbit is a British politician and life peer. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet from 1981 to 1987 as Secretary of State for Employment (1981–83), Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1983–85), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1985–87) and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1985–87). He was a member of parliament from 1970 to 1992, representing the constituencies of Epping (1970–74) and Chingford (1974–92). He retired from parliament for Chingford in 1992, and has since sat in the House of Lords as Baron Tebbit, of Chingford. In July 2013, Tebbit was one of the guests on an episode of Peter Hennessy’s BBC radio 4 programme Reflections in which he talked about his life and career. Earlier that year he paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher, saying he wished there were “someone like her now”.

Nico Rosberg

F1 World Champion
Talk: Q and A session “winning the world championship” - recorded.
Former Formula One racing driver and 2016 Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg is the son of Finnish 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg. He was born in Germany and has dual nationality and drove for Williams F1 and Mercedes AMG Petronas under the German flag. Rosberg is, to date, the only driver other than Hamilton and Vettel to have won the Formula 1 title in the 2010s. He is the second second-generation Formula 1 champion, after Damon Hill, and the first to have achieved this feat during his father’s lifetime. Additionally, Rosberg is the first driver representing Germany to have won the title for a German team using a German-manufactured engine. Rosberg won the International Racing Driver Award at the 2016 Autosport Awards. The award was first won by his father Keke in 1982. He announced his immediate retirement from Formula One on 2 December 2016 at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Vienna, having reached the ‘pinnacle’ of his career.

David Pearl

Opera singing piano player
Talk: leadership and life like a song
David began singing at the age of nine at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he worked as the boy soprano soloist for four years, which included singing alongside Placido Domingo and creating the role of the Choirboy in the world premiere of Taverner by Peter Maxwell Davies. He worked with Kent Opera and New Sadler’s Wells Opera before co-founding Opera Circus in 1990 with Tina Ellen Lee. He presented BBC2’s flagship music series The Score. David is well known as a pioneer in arts in business work around the world. In this he draws on his eclectic experience of the creative disciplines as an opera singer, theatre director and performer, improvisation practitioner, film writer and television presenter. David is the Director of PearlGroup.

Generation Y, Z and The Millennials: Do we really understand their needs – how do we attract & retain their talents?

Session Chair: Anthony Bennett

Time Speaker

Hannah MacCleod

Olympic Gold Medal GB Hockey player
Talk: understanding the different generations in a winning team
Hannah is a double Olympic medallist with the record-breaking Great Britain Women’s hockey team, culminating in winning Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has a doctorate in Exercise Physiology and has built a successful specialist nutrition consultancy business. Hannah made her international debut for England in 2004 against Germany at the age of 19. Since then, she has amassed over 150 caps for England and Great Britain. Hannah was part of the team that won Gold at the European Championships in 2015, Bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Silver at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina. She now coaches the Great Britain Development Team and works with businesses and organisations to help create high performing teams with a culture founded on the development of a high level of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Gillian Docherty

CEO The Data Lab, Board of Tech Partnership Scotland
Talk: The technology world my daughter will live in 2030
Gillian Docherty is chief executive of The Data Lab, one of the eight innovation centres set up by the Scottish Government to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors. Integral to delivering this is facilitating partnerships between industry and academia, supporting budding data science businesses and projects as well as funding first class, ground-breaking education programmes. Formerly of IBM, she’s recently been named CEO of the year at the Digital Technology Awards and is also one of the UK’s top ten most influential people in data according to DataIQ.

Paul Flatters

Chief Executive at Trajectory Partnership
Talk: Millenials, the new generation - what does the evidence tell us.
Paul has 25 years’ experience working in foresight consultancy advising clients on the strategic implications of social, demographic and economic change. His career has also included roles as Head of Research for BBC News and Director of Research for Which?. At Trajectory his clients include Bacardi, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, General Medical Council, Heineken, O2, Royal London, VisitEngland and Waitrose. Paul is a regular conference speaker and commentator. He has written for the FT and Harvard Business Review and presented BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought programme. Paul was previously CEO of the Future Foundation and a Director of The Henley Centre for Forecasting.

Hashi Mohamed

From refugee to Barrister at 33
Talk: It’s all about hard work?
Hashi Mohamed is a Barrister at No 5 Chambers, specialising in planning and environment, and commercial litigation. He came to England in 1993 aged 9, without his parents and not speaking much English. He regularly writes for newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian and Prospect Magazine. Hashi has presented several documentaries on BBC Radio 4, including terrorism and how nations react, and Adventures in Social Mobility.

Anthony Bennett

Millenial, ECMO Survivor, Risky Business Honorary Fellow
Talk: How to take a great “Selfie”
After returning from a school trip to Disneyland Paris in 2006, Anthony was diagnosed with three life-threatening viral infections, which led to a seven-week stay at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Spending 21 days on an ECMO life support machine, given just 10% chance of survival and needing to be resuscitated an amazing 12 times, Anthony began his journey, re-learning the things we can sometimes take for granted; walking, talking, using hand-eye coordination and breathing again for himself. With a new highly positive outlook on life, Anthony shares his top tips on capturing life’s greatest memories... starting with mastering the ‘selfie’!

A Fantastic Conference : meeting and engaging professionals

bringing people together from so many different backgrounds