PiF Annual Conference 2015 – Keynote Conversation Panelists

Our ‘Question Time’ style Keynote Conversations will allow you to interview our invited guests live on stage by submitting your questions via Twitter, text, email or from the audience.  This is YOUR chance to question a prestigious line up of panellists, so make sure you click here to secure your place now and to submit your question for the panel by clicking here:

Keynote conversation 1: Empowering patients through engagement and involvement

David HaslamProfessor David Haslam CBE, Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
David was a GP for 36 years, and is past President of the BMA, past-President and past Chair of the RCGP, and a former National Clinical Adviser to the CQC and the Healthcare Commission. He is visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester and has written 13 books and well over a thousand articles for the medical and lay press. He was awarded the CBE in 2004.


Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind
Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. He is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives. Paul was chosen as Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in the Third Sector Most Admired Charities Awards 2013.

James Munro
Dr James Munro, Patient and Chief Executive, Patient Opinion

Dr James Munro is chief executive of Patient Opinion, the UK’s leading independent online feedback service for health and social care. His background is in clinical medicine, public health, and academic research. He now leads a team of a dozen or so people, united by a passion for using the extraordinary possibilities of digital communication to forge a new kind of relationship between citizens and the care services they depend on.


Danny Bagge
Danny Bagge, Retail Industry Director, Executive Partner IBM UKI

Danny leads IBM’s digital experience business for the UK and uses this knowledge with his energy, passion to create ideas and deliver necessary people, process and technology improvements. He has helped over 100 organisations achieve their digital ambitions over the past 20 years, through the best use of digital technologies to create new experiences for their customers. He has featured on BBC1 on the future of retail, written in the FT about the customer-centric supply chain and is a regular contributor to trade journals covering ecommerce, supply chain, marketing and operations.


Keynote conversation 2: Championing health information and valuing the professionals who work in the sector

Ailsa BosworthAilsa Bosworth, Founder and Chief Executive, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)
Ailsa Bosworth is the Founder and Chief Executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Ailsa contributes at a national level to NICE Technology Appraisals, Guidelines & Quality Standards, BSR Guidelines and the BSRBRs. Ailsa is a Patient Research Partner with OMERACT and has a keen interest in Patient Defined Outcomes. In addition to NRAS’ front line services for people with RA, NRAS does a huge amount to support Rheumatology health professionals as well as clinical and academic research in the UK.


Kay Boycott
Kay Boycott, Chief Executive, Asthma UK

Kay Boycott joined Asthma UK, the UK’s leading asthma charity, as Chief Executive in October 2013 to lead the charity into a new era of change and recognition for the 5.4 million people in the UK affected by this potentially life-threatening condition. Prior to this, Kay was Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications at housing and homelessness charity Shelter where a key focus was to ensure housing rose up the public and political agenda. Kay has a wealth of experience developed from roles in strategy, research and marketing across global and UK, private and public sector organisations.

Michelle HawkinsMichelle Hawkins, Head of Futures, Virgin Care
As Virgin Care’s insatiably curious Head of Futures, Michelle is responsible for leading insight, foresight and innovation across their 230+ free NHS and social care services in the UK. Michelle has been with Virgin Care since Sept 2013 and has over a decade of experience in consumer insight, innovation, marketing and experience design across FMCG, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. She has a personal interest in the science of happiness and writes extensively on designing for wellbeing.


Martin McShaneDr Martin McShane, Director, Domain 2, ‘Improving the quality of life for people with long term conditions’, NHS England
Martin trained in general and vascular surgery before electing to enter General Practice. He has previously chaired a Primary Care Group and Professional Executive Committee and was Chief Executive of North Eastern Derbyshire Primary Care Trust from 2004-2006. From 2006-2012 he was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategic Planning and Health Outcomes for NHS Lincolnshire as well as a member of the National Patient Safety Forum and Vice Chair of East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group. He was appointed to his new role within the Medical Directorate of NHS England in 2012.

Andrew McCullochDr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive, Picker Institute Europe
Andrew was CEO of the Mental Health Foundation for 11 years, and Director of Policy at The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health for 6 years where he established a reputation as a leading authority on mental health policy. He was formerly a senior civil servant in the Department of Health for 16 years. He has spoken and published widely on health and social care issues and has chaired or served on a range of national advisory committees.