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Conference Host - Professor Uduak Archibong, MBE

Director, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford.

Uduak Archibong is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, UK, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She obtained a BSc (First Class) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria in 1990 and a PhD from Hull University in 1995. She is Visiting Professor at several international universities, a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Uduak is recognised as a thought leader in inclusion and diversity and currently leading in setting agenda to drive research, learning and knowledge exchange activities internationally. She has a sustained, distinguished presence in the field of diversity management and much of her work has focused on inclusive workplaces, representative diversity, diversity-competent leadership in public, private and third sector organisations.

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Welcome Address - Professor Brian Cantor, CBE

Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford.

Brian Cantor is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford. Before that he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of York; before that Professor of Materials and Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Oxford; and before that a research scientist and engineer at GE Corporate Research Labs in the USA.

He is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing. He was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

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Keynote Speaker - Lord Victor Adebowale, CBE

Chief Executive, Turning Point. Chair, Social Enterprise UK.

Lord Victor Adebowale is Chief Executive of Turning Point, a health and social care social enterprise providing services for people with complex needs including those affected by substance misuse, mental health issues, unemployment, housing issues, offending behavior and those with a learning disability.  Turning Point is engaged with over 25,000 people in over 200 locations across England, employing over 3,500 people with a turnover of £125 million. 

Victor has a passionate interest in public service reform and reversing the inverse care law.  In pursuit of this, he lectures and speaks widely on the subjects of poverty, social exclusion, equality and human rights, leadership and change management. 

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7th Barbara Buford Memorial Lecturer - Shahnaz Ali, OBE

Former Director of Inclusion, Equality and Human Rights, NHS North West. Lead Consultant, Equality Works. Lay member of Council, University of Bradford.

Shahnaz Ali OBE has a national reputation of excellence as an as an experienced leader in the field of health equality and inclusion. During her thirty year career she has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors at local, regional and national levels in the North and South of England.

 Shahnaz has achieved a track record of formulating, implementing and successfully embedding equality policies and strategies both regionally and nationally at the heart of the National Health Service.


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Speaker - Dr Antonia Rich

Research Associate and Health Psychologist, UCL Medical School.

Dr Antonia Rich is a Research Associate in Medical Education at University College London and has a background in psychology, with a Masters and Doctorate in Health Psychology.

During her career she has worked in Public Health in the NHS and at the Sax Institute in Australia, promoting the use of research evidence in health policy. 

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Speaker - Kirsty White

Assistant Director Education and Standards Directorate, General Medical Council.

Kirsty White is an Assistant Director at the GMC where she leads the National Training Surveys and works with medical schools, postgraduate deans, doctors, students and health sector employers to improve the way we share and use data to raise standards in medical education and training. She is the senior sponsor for the GMC’s work programme on differential attainment in medical education.


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Speaker - Professor Elizabeth West

Professor of Applied Social Research, University of Greenwich.

Professor Elizabeth West is a Professor of Applied Social Research in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

Her clinical experience was gained as a ward sister in an acute psychiatric unit in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and she was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, studying an integrated degree in Nursing and Social Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She qualified as a registered nurse and district nurse after experience in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

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Speaker - Dr Romana Farooq

Speaker - Dr Romana Farooq

Specialist Clinical Psychologist & Systemic Practitioner, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation.

Respondent - Dr Umesh Prabhu

Paediatric Consultant & Former Medical Director, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

Dr Umesh Prabhu is a paediatric consultant and former medical director at Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust, NCAA adviser and clinical director for NHS Professionals

After his graduation in India Dr Prabhu came to the UK in 1982. He then trained in Paediatrics at Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds and in 1992 was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician to the Bury NHS Trust.

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Respondent - Professor Steve Barnett

Chairman, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Steve Barnett is the Chairman of the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, having  previously been a Non-Executive Director of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is also Chairman of a Healthcare Consulting company and has extensive experience of facilitating board level strategic development and support across a number of organisations in health care and related sectors. He has particular experience in supporting organisations with financial, quality and operational challenges.

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Panel Member - Aishnine Benjamin

Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Aishnine Benjamin is the Equality and Diversity Policy Manager at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has worked as an equality and diversity professional in various public sector bodies for over 12 years, including the NHS, the GMC, the Ministry of Justice and local Councils. 

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Panel Member - David Wilkinson

Director of Workforce & Organisational Development, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

David was appointed as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013.

He has almost 25 years of experience in the NHS, working in acute, mental health and community settings in London and the North West.  

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Panel Member - Dr Dean Royles

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Dean was previously Chief Executive of NHS Employers appointed in December 2010. His previous roles include Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North West and Deputy Director of Workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health.

Dean was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service following its creation in 1999. He has also worked at an acute hospital and in a community and mental health trust having started his HR career in industrial relations in a local authority.

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Panel Member - Jagtar Singh, OBE

Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire partnership NHS Trust.

Jagtar Joined the West Midlands  Fire Service in 1977 and retired as deputy chief fire officer in 2005. With over 28 years’ strategic leadership experience in senior public service and national roles, Jagtar brings a wealth of expertise to the Trust, including 20 years in the Fire and Rescue Service and 18 years in Non-Executive roles in the Ambulance Service, Hospital Foundation and currently as Chairman of Community and Mental Health Trust.

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Panel Member - Lynne Carter

Deputy Head of Engagement and Equality and Diversity, eMBED Health Consortium.

Lynne is an equality and diversity manager based in Bradford, Wets Yorkshire and employed by eMBED Health Consortium who are providing Commissioning Support to CCGs across Yorkshire and the Humber.

She joined the equality and diversity team at NHS Bradford and Airedale in July 2008, her first job within the NHS, after a 23 year career in further education. She began as a teacher of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and worked in several colleges in West Yorkshire and eventually joined the senior management team at Keighley College. There she had responsibility for equality and diversity in addition to her main job as director of teaching and learning.

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Panel Member - Owen Williams

Chief Executive, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Owen Williams has been the Chief Executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) since May 2012. This represents his third Chief Executive role across Local Government and the NHS during a career which has spanned both the public and private sectors.

He is also a Vice Chair of the NHS Confederation, a national body that brings together, and speaks on behalf of, the whole health and care system.  He is passionate about providing compassionate care built on CHFT’s four pillars of putting the patient first; going to see; working together to get results and doing the must do’s.

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Speaker - Amy Leversidge

Employment Relations Advisor, Royal College of Midwives.

As Employment Relations Advisor for the Royal College of Midwives.

Amy’s responsibilities include pay, national negotiations on the NHS Staff Council and equality and diversity. Amy wrote the RCM’s strategy on equality and diversity and the RCM’s equality and diversity publications including the RCM’s publication about the numbers of BME midwives who have been involved in disciplinary proceedings in London.

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Panel Member - Wendy Irwin

Head of Equality and Diversity, Royal College of Nursing.

Wendy is the strategic and operational lead on equality and human rights for the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies. Within her role at the RCN, Ms Irwin works relentlessly to make a difference for many nurses from marginalized backgrounds.

For example, she has led on work to promote equal opportunities for BME nurses and also for the LGBT nursing community. She has criticised the restructuring practices within the NHS that have led to many senior BME nurses leaving the profession, voicing the view that BME staff get a “raw deal” when it came to career progression.

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Conference Chair - Dr Pam Bagley

Dean, Faculty of Health studies, University of Bradford.

Dr Pamela Bagley is Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford.  Originally qualifying as a Physiotherapist Pam worked clinically in Derbyshire, eventually specialising in neurological rehabilitation. 

She moved to Bradford in 1994 to join the then Bradford and Airedale College of Health, which joined the University of Bradford in April 1996.

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Conference Chair - Professor Neil Small

Professor of Health Research, University of Bradford.

Neil Small has been a Professor at Bradford since 1999. He previously held posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of York. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Conference Chair - Professor Allan Kellehear

Academic Director, Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ-Academic), University of Bradford.

Allan Kellehear, PhD., FAcSS is a 50th Anniversary Professor in the Faculty of Health Studies and Academic Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ) at the University of Bradford. His research work embraces social and personal experiences of terminal illness, public health models for its care, and technology-enabled health care for those living with long-term conditions more broadly.

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