Congress speakers

Helen Bevan

Ita Buttrose

Chai Chuah

Lesley Dwyer

Stan Grant

Elizabeth Koff

Ray Pentecost

Scott Slotterback



Helen Bevan

Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise and energy for large-scale change in health and care. During her 25 years as a change leader in the English National Health Service, Helen has been at the forefront of many NHS improvement initiatives that have made a difference for thousands of patients and for the staff who care for them.

Helen currently leads the Horizons team, which is a source of ideas and knowledge to enable the spread of improvements at scale. The team uses a variety of different tools and approaches including social movement thinking, community organising, improvement science, accelerated design and digital connectivity. It champions the role of emerging leaders, students and trainees at the forefront of radical change.

Currently part of NHS England, the Horizons team is seeking to become the first team to spin out of a national NHS body and reinvent itself as a staff-led mutual. The team believes that the mutual sector will be the venue of some the most radical and impactful change practice for social good in coming years.

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Ita Buttrose AO OBE

A truly exceptional Australian, a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and the former 2013 Australian of the Year

Ita currently co-hosts the very popular Studio 10 on Network TEN.

She has twice been voted Australia’s most admired woman and has a long and distinguished career in the Australian media with a number of notable achievements. She was the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Ltd Australia.

She later started her own company, Capricorn Publishing, and created ITA Magazine, a magazine for the woman who wasn’t born yesterday.

In 2011, her earlier career was immortalised in the acclaimed ABC mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Ita’s current charitable responsibilities include serving as National Ambassador of Alzheimer's Australia following her term as National President from 2011-2014. She is also Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation, Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia and Ambassador for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

She received an AO for her services to the community especially in the field of public health education when she spearheaded Australia's HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.

A founding member and former president of Chief Executive Women, Ita has written 11 very successful books including her best-selling autobiography A Passionate Life.

In 2014 Sydney's Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Ita in recognition of her contribution to the arts. In 2015, Ita was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Wollongong, for her contribution to mental health and ageing.

An accomplished communicator with a wealth of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Ita has worked behind the scenes and in the public eye for major corporates, small business, governments and charity. When she speaks she does so with on-the-job knowledge and experience to deliver a speech that informs, entertains and inspires her audience. Her lively wit is a joy and there is never a dull moment at question time. Not surprisingly she is much in-demand as an entertaining speaker, an accomplished facilitator and a superb master of ceremonies.

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Chai Chuah

Chai Chuah

Chai Chuah has been the Director-General of Health since March 2015. Originally from Malaysia, Chai studied Commerce at the University of Canterbury before commencing a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand and internationally.

He has been a prominent figure in the New Zealand health sector for 25 years, first with Canterbury DHB where he was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Manager and acting Chief Executive, before spending over seven years as Chief Executive of Hutt Valley DHB. He has been in national leadership roles with the Ministry of Health since 2010 when he became National Director of the National Health Board.

He has a passion for working with partners to build a health system that is powered by the needs of the people it serves and that is prepared for rapid changes in technology and demographics.

He is focused on changing the way the health system works with other public services, communities and other non-public service partners to improve health outcomes, increase access to quality care, improve financial and clinical sustainability and develop a unified health system.

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Lesley Dwyer

Lesley Dwyer

Chief Executive Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Lesley Dwyer was appointed Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, a Trust in quality special measures, in May 2015.  Under Lesley’s leadership, the Trust has embarked upon a recovery programme to come out of special measures by improving the safety and quality of the care provided and has made significant progress in the last 18 months. The Trust was re-inspected by the Care Quality Commission in November 2016 and in March 2017 exited special measures.  The Trust continues to have significant challenges in terms of workforce and financial deficits however the improvement plans will see the Trust regain financial sustainability over the next 2 year period.  Lesley is currently leading cross sector and system reform which will see the providers of North Kent come together to provide services under the remit of an Accountable Care Organisation.

Lesley is an experienced executive manager with more than 30 years’ experience across the public health system.
 
Prior to joining Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Lesley held senior executive roles in government and health services within the Australian Health System. 
 
Lesley has worked in a number of roles at times of significant health reform and challenge in large multi-site tertiary and quaternary organisations, including Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
 
During Lesley’s time as Chief Executive of West Moreton Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, she led the turnaround of a failing health service to that of a high performing integrated health system. She then was sought to lead a failed health service in the United Kingdom – one that had been described as the “worse hospital in England” by the Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission – where she is currently. Through these roles, Lesley has gained a thorough understanding and experience of public sector accountabilities, effective governance and performance frameworks, which have ensured the effectiveness and quality of services delivered.
 
Lesley has extensive experience and knowledge gained within primary, community and tertiary healthcare settings, working collaboratively across agencies and jurisdictions. She has led multifaceted change and improvement programs aimed at raising organisational performance, and integrating service delivery across healthcare systems.
 
Lesley’s clinical background is in nursing. She has tertiary qualifications in health management and was previously a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Drawing on his personal history as a Wiradjuri man and his professional history as a journalist reporting from conflict zones around the world, Stan Grant confronts the big questions about who we want to be as a nation.

The big question about whether Australia can be a country that can fully enshrine the rights of Indigenous peoples, that can wrestle with its past, that can draw a line through its history, that can give Indigenous peoples the opportunity to make decisions about their lives that will lift Indigenous people and communities.

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Elizabeth Koff

Elizabeth commenced her career as an allied health professional working in a range of clinical settings both in NSW and Victoria before undertaking further qualifications in public health and health policy.

Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, including Director Clinical Operations South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service and Chief Executive of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

In February 2015, Elizabeth commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where she was responsible for strategic health policy development and system-wide planning of health services.

In May 2016, Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health. As Secretary, Elizabeth is committed to strategically re-shaping health services to provide better value care and improved patient outcomes, ensuring NSW continues to lead the nation in delivering high quality care to its communities.

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Ray Pentecost DrPH, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP

Dr. Ray Pentecost is the Director of the Center for Health Systems & Design (CHSD) in the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Architecture and holds the Ronald L. Skaggs and Joseph G. Sprague Chair of Health Facilities Design. He is a registered Architect, Board Certified in the healthcare architecture specialty, and a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the American College of Healthcare Architects (FACHA). He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a former Licensed Long Term Care Administrator, and an ordained minister. In 2012 Ray was one of only eight individuals named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s list of “The Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.”

Ray is a faculty member in the TAMU College of Architecture with a joint faculty appointment in the TAMU School of Public Health. The CHSD belongs one half each to the College of Architecture and the College of Medicine. Prior to joining TAMU Ray held a joint appointment at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University and the School of Biomedical Sciences, TTU Health Sciences Center where he helped define and build their design for health program.

Ray is the current President of the American College of Healthcare Architects, which offers board Certification in the healthcare design specialty. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Academy for Design and Health in Stockholm, and a two-time Past President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

In February, 2014 the U. S. Secretary of Defense asked Ray to Chair the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards, which concluded its study on September 30, 2015. This followed his work in 2009 as a Subject Matter Expert for the Defense Health Board to help develop the standards defining “world class” for U. S. military healthcare facilities.

Ray has written often on design, health and research, including in 2009 “The Practitioner as Researcher,” a chapter for the Wiley & Sons book Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types, by Hamilton and Watkins, and with Quinn, Fisher, and Hughs “Healthy Healthcare Design,” a chapter in State of the Sector: Healthcare and Social Assistance, Identification of Research Opportunities for the Next Decade of NORA for NIOSH, CDC, DHHS. He has served as a peer reviewer of manuscripts for the Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal since its launch in 2007.

Ray is a familiar speaker domestically and internationally, including venues in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Guatemala, Ireland, Malaysia, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, and South Africa.

Ray trained in architecture at the Rice University, College of Architecture (BA, BArch), earned his public health degrees at the University of Texas, School of Public Health (MPH, DrPH), and studied gerontology at the University of Texas, School of Nursing, all in Houston.

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Scott Slotterback

Policy Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, Health Care Without Harm

As Policy Director, Scott Slotterback assures the smooth functioning of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network while helping lead its ongoing development.

He also plays a central role in building the technical capacity of the Network. Scott Slotterback comes to this role after working for over 30 years on complex building and land use planning projects, including a decade at Kaiser Permanente, where he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings.

He authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles. He also presented climate change resiliency and environmental sustainability at numerous national and international conferences and served on the Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.

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