Alison Hardy is the founder of Headstrong Thinking, a strategic planning agency that helps clients design marketing and communication strategies for projects that contribute to the social good. Her long and varied career also includes a stint at Dr Foster Intelligence, England’s leading supplier of healthcare informatics, to create a social marketing unit, applying commercial sector skills and expertise to health problems. Alison teaches the communications module of the MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the promotion of the arts, manufacturing and commerce (RSA).
The Right Honourable Alan Milburn was a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party from 1992 to 2010. He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 1999, Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2004 to 2005. Alan also chaired the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions from 2008 to 2009. He is Chancellor of Lancaster University and is a member of a number of global corporate boards and runs his own consultancy business.
Sir Muir has worked for the National Health Service in England since 1972, occupying a variety of senior positions during that time, including first establishing and then being Director of the UK National Screening Committee. Sir Muir founded the National Library for Health, and was the first person to hold the post of Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS (England). He is an internationally renowned authority on healthcare systems and has advised governments of several countries outside the UK including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany.
Sir Muir is also a Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the University of Oxford. He received the CBE in 2000 and was knighted in 2005 for services to the National Health Service.
Fundamental VR is a consultancy and creative agency helping brands and businesses to harness the opportunities of virtual, mixed and augmented reality. The company creates world-class 360˚ VR experiences in film, live stream and CGI animation to help organisations bring their stories to life. Fundamental VR brings unrivalled experience from technology and commercial backgrounds to offer a unique understanding of how the ‘next platform’ could, should and will benefit businesses. Read more about Fundamental VR here.
Glitchers is an entertainment company that creates gaming products that have real purpose. In 2016, the company was celebrated for Sea Hero Quest, a game developed to further dementia research by tracking players' navigation ability. Read more about Glitchers here.
The University of Bedfordshire’s School of Sport Science and Physical Activity trains students in the application of scientific principles in the areas of Physical Activity, Sport and Health Promotion. Dr Angel Chater, a Live:Lab collaborator, is leading the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change within the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) at the university. Angel is a Chartered Psychologist, and a Reader in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change at the University of Bedfordshire. In addition, Angel is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at UCL School of Pharmacy. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Health Psychologist and Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Angel endeavours to promote the discipline of Health Psychology in a number of ways to help to understand behaviour in relation to health and wellbeing. She the UK National Delegate for the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) representing work on a national level to Europe and is the Chair for the Health Psychology Public Health Network, where she is working closely with colleagues in Public Health to facilitate the use of Behavioural Science within this setting. Read more about the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research here.
Satalia pushes the boundaries of data science, optimisation and artificial intelligence to solve the most difficult problems in industry. The organisation provides new economic models to allow academics to commercialise their algorithmic innovations and get access to critical data to improve their research, and gives producers of software tools a new revenue mechanism to support the development and exposure of their software. Satalia’s founder and CEO, Daniel Hulme, holds a Masters in Computer Science with Machine Learning and Doctorate in Computational Complexity from UCL and is one of the founding members of the UCL Computer Science IMPACT team, responsible for helping pioneer impact initiatives across the Faculty of Engineering. Read more about Satalia here.
Carmen is Research Associate and Research Lead at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. She works on a number of projects looking at applying evidence based behaviour change theories and techniques to real world problems. For example, she is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 City4Age project aiming to utilise digital technology to prolong independent living in older adults. Carmen completed her PhD in Psychology (2013) at the University of St Andrews. Her expertise spans face perception, decision making and behaviour change.
2020health is an independent, social enterprise think tank whose mission is to ‘make health personal’ by giving people the information, understanding and confidence to take a meaningful role in their health and wellbeing, creating the conditions for a healthy society. 2020health works with patients, clinicians, managers, politicians, industry, economists and academia to develop realistic policy plans that will improve healthcare and wellbeing. Read more about 2020health here.
Aardman is a world leading British animation studio which produces feature films, series, advertising and interactive entertainment. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm. Aardman's Oscar-Winning studio, has produced classic animations including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and more recently, Santa Forgot - a beautiful and thought-provoking advert for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Read more about Aardman here.
The Open Data Institute (ODI) is a non-profit company. Founded by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt in 2012, the ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. The ODI’s global network includes individuals, businesses, startups, franchises, collaborators and governments who help to achieve this mission. Read more about the ODI here.
Christine Wellington is Head of Participation for parkrun and was instrumental in developing the junior parkrun series of events across the UK. She is an active patron for a number of charities in the UK and overseas, and is a passionate advocate of issues related to physical activity and health. Prior to working for parkrun, Christine was a British professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She is the first British athlete to hold the Ironman World Championship title and was undefeated in all thirteen of her Ironman races. Christine retired from professional sport in 2012 and now devotes her life to development work, and specifically interventions to increase participation in physical activity. Read more about parkrun here.
Dr Zoe Williams is clinical champion for the RCGP’s clinical priority ‘Physical Activity and Lifestyle’. As a GP in South London, she is passionate about increasing the knowledge of patients and colleagues regarding the benefits of physical activity and lifestyle, for both disease prevention, and treatment. Her clinical champion (physical activity) role with Public Health England has involved developing training materials for doctors and building, training and mentoring a team of 21 GP clinical champions to deliver this training across England. She is a clinical associate, leading on obesity, in her local CCG. Zoe is the founder and director of Fit4Life, an organisation that delivers educational workshops to school children to 'Inspire, Educate and Motivate' them to lead healthier lives. She also works internationally with ‘MEND’ to train and support communities to deliver family weight management programmes, in the USA and Canada. Zoe enjoys being active herself and during her junior doctor years she featured as ‘Amazon’ in the Sky 1 TV show ‘Gladiators’. She has now hung up the lycra, but continues to work in media and broadcast, recently featuring on ITV’s This Morning, BBC Horizons and “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”.
The Patients Association works to ensure that opinions of patients are gathered on a wide variety of health and social care issues, to support their vision for health services that provide high quality and safe care, and in which patients are valued as expert partners and recognised as individuals. The association is the leading non-condition specific patient-led charity in the UK; and has since then worked to monitor trends in patient satisfaction and NHS targets, to investigate many different health and care concerns through independent research, to promote good practice amongst healthcare professionals, and to lead two UK parliamentary committees.
The Patients Association strives for a health system that is compassionate, accessible and inclusive for everyone that seeks to improve and innovate; and actively promote a culture where transparency thrives and patients are empowered to contribute to a better and safer healthcare system.
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