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.
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.
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.
Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.
He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England – a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government's first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.
He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology.
Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.
He is also an internationally regarded expert in digital transformation of the customer experience in healthcare. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service (www.nhs.uk) which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by The Sunday Times.
Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.
He is co-author with Roger Taylor of Transparency and the Open Society which was published by Policy Press and the University of Chicago in 2016.
Tim is visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
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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.
Maxine is the Chief Executive of Haelo, Salford’s Innovation and Improvement Science Centre. She works with improvement teams in Salford, regionally in Greater Manchester, nationally in England and globally.
Maxine has expertise in strategic leadership of improvement, regularly working with senior leaders within organisations and health systems. Having established the quality improvement system in Salford Royal and completed three years as the National Improvement Advisor at the Department of Health in England (2010-13), Maxine is in a unique position of having worked on improvement within an organisation and within government.
She is an honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Manchester
Academic Health Science Centre and developed their groundbreaking
Improvement Science for Academics Programme.
Maxine is regularly asked to support organisations to develop their
internal improvement infrastructure and advise on health policy. She has
substantial experience in both the NHS and academia completing her
doctoral training in neurophysiology in 2001, a Health Foundation
Quality Improvement Fellowship in 2006 and a Masters in Public Health at
Harvard University in 2007. During her fellowship, she focussed her
learning on two key areas:
- organisational culture and its impact on the adoption of quality and safety initiatives in hospital care
- the implementation of large-scale change in stroke care.
She has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and presents around the world
on improvement, patient safety, measurement, evaluation and research.
Her current interests are in using digital media to support knowledge
curation and exchange.
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.