Wellbeing for Wales Lecture Series 2021
Over the past eighteen months, Covid-19 has posed huge challenges for Wales’ health and social care system, requiring innovative whole-system responses and new ways of working. Although the vaccination programme continues to reach new heights, providing the people of Wales with hope for the future and a pathway out of the pandemic, the NHS in Wales is experiencing demand across the system like never before.
At the end of September 2021, the Welsh NHS Confederation hosted a virtual Wellbeing for Wales Lecture Series, where we discussed the ongoing challenges faced by the system, highlighted examples of best practice, shared ideas, opportunities and future plans.
Our delegates heard from a wide range of leaders from across the UK. With eight sessions over a four-day period, considering different aspects of health and wellbeing, we aimed to inspire, connect and provide space for them to reflect as we explore what needs to be done to enable us to collectively rebuild and transform health and care services for the people of Wales now and in the future.
Each session was recorded and made available to delegates.
Monday 27 September
14.00 - 15.30
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that digital must play in health. The use of devices and health care apps has transformed patient care, from remote consultations to self-management of chronic diseases. This session explored the use of digital in care settings and the importance of utilising patient data to drive decisions. We heard from leaders in industry and health, who shared real life examples of how digital is transforming health in Wales.
Tuesday 28 September
9.30 - 11.00
As we emerge from the pandemic, the challenge is to Build Back Fairer; that is, putting population health and health equity at the forefront of recovery plans. During this session, we heard from stakeholders who play a role in the social determinants of health as well as experts in the field of population health and health equity. Speakers explored the topic in the context of the NHS but also how different sectors can have a huge impact, examining the challenges and opportunities and highlighting examples of best practice.
13.30 - 15.00
This session with Dr Chris Martin, chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales, explored the exciting partnerships with industry that are transforming the delivery of tomorrow’s health and care services. We heard from sector leaders about:
- How NHS Wales organisations are developing their relationships with industry to transform clinical services.
- The focus on sustainability and how it is shaping agendas in both health and industry
- Digital technology improvements in services for patients and the public
- Welsh-based companies at the forefront of health innovation
Life Sciences Hub Wales
Prof Chris Hopkins
Scientific Lead and Head of TriTech
Hywel Dda UHB
Lead Heart Failure Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
Dr Jonathan Gledhill
Head of Healthcare
Prof Nick Rich
Postgraduate Research Director, School of Management, Swansea University / Evaluator, Bevan Commission Exemplar Programme
Director of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources
Transcend Packaging Ltd
Prof Jared Torkington
Cardiff & Vale UHB
Wednesday 29 September
9.00 - 11.00
The session focused on the action being taken within NHS Wales and elsewhere in the UK to support efforts in tackling the climate emergency and to create a sustainable service, providing a space where action being taken within NHS Wales can be demonstrated and ideas shared. The session also aimed to highlight that by being part of the solution, the health service is participating in behaviour which would lead to better health outcomes and support a move towards prevention.
14.00 - 16.00
The impact of COVID-19 will reverberate throughout communities on a previously unimaginable scale, requiring sustained action from national and local leaders across every sector. Leaders across all sectors must look beyond the immediate health response to COVID-19 to understand where and how we can actively supporting our nation’s critical local economic and social recovery.
This session explored the increasingly important role of NHS organisations as anchors in their local community. Given it’s scale, reach and purpose the NHS is one of the most important anchors in the community and has an important role in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 recession. We heard from experts on where and how their organisations are working to support the local economic and social recovery and the partnerships that matter. This webinar complemented a strategic overview of the shape of the economy with practical examples of where organisations are making a difference on the ground.
Thursday 30 September
11.00 - 12.00
Four months after the Senedd election and the publication of the Welsh Government Programme for Government, this session will be an opportunity for delegates to hear from the First Minister and the Minister for Health and Social Services about their priorities for the NHS and social care as we recover and move forward following the pandemic.
Prof Vivienne Harpwood
Welsh NHS Confederation
Rt Hon Mark Drakeford
First Minister for Wales
Minister for Health and Social Services
14.00 - 16.00
It’s never been more important for leaders to create a psychologically safe workplace for staff; health and care staff need support to meet the challenges facing the NHS in Wales in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery.
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
The Soircas Consultancy Ltd
Meet our speakers
Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston Council
Matthew has been a Labour Councillor in Preston since 2002 and Leader since 2018. He is the driving force behind the ‘Preston Model’ of Community Wealth Building and has been making headlines at a national level for some time for his transformative approach to local economic development. Matthew led the way for Preston City Council to become accredited as a Living Wage employer, the first local authority in the North of England to do so, and to commit to setting up a North-West Regional Bank in partnership with Liverpool and Wirral Councils. Matthew has also been at the forefront of initiatives to develop the cooperative economy in Preston through the establishment of Preston’s Cooperative Development Network (PCDN) in 2017 and by securing funding from the Open Society Foundation for a project to support cooperative development, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.
Partnership working with other local anchor institutions is central to Matthew’s vision for community wealth building. Its value to the local economy has been evident for several years through the work of the Local Group of Procurement Practitioners which includes representatives from anchors across local government, education, housing, the police, and health. The Group works together to improve procurement practice and harness the potential for local wealth generation. Recent analysis highlights an increase in spend with suppliers in Lancashire which demonstrates the resilience and competitiveness of SMEs in the region. The range of initiatives championed by Matthew in Preston since 2012 are practical and transformative alternatives to austerity and disinvestment. In February 2021 he launched a new strategy for community wealth building, CWB 2.0: Leading Resilience and Recovery in Preston. This sets out priorities for community wealth building which centre on recovery from the pandemic and increased resilience in response to the growing threat posed by the climate emergency.
Adam Bryant, CEO, Cansense Ltd
Since leaving Investment Banking two years ago, Adam has immersed himself in the startup world, building an extensive network across the healthcare industry. He has fostered strong partnerships with universities, AHSNs, Life Sciences Hub Wales, MediWales and Leeds IVD cooperative. Adam has won various business awards working closely with Microsoft, Biocity and University of Southampton. Adam understands the nature of early stage investing and the exacting requirements needed to bring a project/product to market, including a deep understanding of the IVD & SaMD regulatory framework.
With a Phd in Theoretical Physics, Adam combines his passion for technology with business, having the ability to give clarity to all project participants. With a 20+ year career in Investment Banking at Two Tier 1 institutions, where he was part of the Senior Management team in Fixed Income, Adam helped manage >$1bln revenues, building and managing extremely successful multidisciplinary global teams and projects. A skilled negotiator and laser focused in approach and delivery. Adam has the ability to work with senior stakeholders including regulators. His last role was working as Executive Chairman for a London Fintech startup company. He is an active angel investor who has also presented at parliamentary APPG meetings on Fintech.
Rachel Cashman, Chief Executive, The Soircas Consultancy Ltd
Rachel Cashman is a specialist in psychological safety, wellbeing and resilience at work. She works with executives, leaders and teams to support sustainable and healthy high performance, backed by international research and supported by world leading experts.
In a consultancy and coaching market that is based on complex academic research and measurement tools, clients come to Rachel for her real-world insight and varied frontline experience; as a nursing home healthcare assistant, hospital board member, government advisor and coach for corporate leaders, all of which define her very unique and empathic approach to putting the theory of psychological safety and wellbeing at work into practice.
During the Covid19 pandemic Rachel worked with world leading psychological safety expert Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School to support 81 NHS and Local Authority Chief Executives through an Action Learning Set “Psychologically Safe Leadership 2020/21”. Rachel has also received accredited training in applying the world’s first psychological safety at work standard – ISO 45003 – launched by the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and Health & Safety Executive in July 2021 and she has recently completed the British Psychological Society accredited “Neuroscience Leadership Development Programme” with leading UK neuroscientist and psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw.
Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of Public Health Wales
This is a national organisation within the NHS in Wales and its main purpose is to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales and to reduce health inequalities. It does this through a diverse range of functions that include delivering screening, vaccination and immunisation programmes; providing microbiology services; leading on health protection; providing strategic leadership in healthcare associated infections; delivering health and healthcare improvement programmes and providing a health observatory resource.
Prior to joining Public Health Wales, Tracey had been the Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in the Republic of Ireland since 2006. Its functions include the setting of standards, regulating health and social care services, undertaking Health Technology Assessments and providing advice on, and developing technical standards for improvements in health information.
Tracey qualified as a doctor at Southampton University in 1990. Her career has included working clinically in emergency medicine, emergency care services and health system reform. She has worked in, and advised on, a variety of different health systems in different parts of the world.
In 2008, Tracey joined the Board of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and became its President in 2011 completing her Immediate Past President position in October 2015.
Professor Chris Davies, CEO and Principal of Institute of Clinical Science and Technology (ICST)
Chris started his career in medicine, training to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. During this time, he studied for an MBA and in 2014 set up ICST which was awarded Institute status in 2016.
ICST implements innovations at population level and specialises in Implementation Science methodology. ICST work closely with various NHS and academic bodies, notably NHS Wales and The Open University.
Dr Tom Downs, Climate Smart Health Care 19-20, Bevan Exemplar
Tom is a junior doctor, having just completed his foundation training in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
As a foundation year 1 doctor, Tom was a Bevan Exemplar for his project titled “making the connections to improve the environmental sustainability at our hospital,” which led to the formation of Ysbyty Gwynedd Green Group. There are now active Green Groups at each main hospital site in the Health Board. Tom more recently contributed to the launch of Green Health Wales, Wales’ national network for sustainable and climate smart health care.
Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales
Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then, he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.
In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues, including Welsh medium education. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. He has a 30-year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.
Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011- March 2013 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011–March 2013. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016. Mark was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 3 November 2017. On 12 December 2018 Mark was appointed First Minister of Wales and became a member of the Privy Council on 13 February 2019.
Councillor Susan Elsmore, WLGA Deputy Spokesperson for Health and Social Care / Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Well-being, Cardiff Council
A lawyer by background, Susan has wide-ranging experience across all sectors in England and Wales, including roles with Welsh Government, Social Care Institute for Excellence, and Care Council for Wales (now Social Care Wales). She has broad experience also as a non-executive director: past member of UK Regulator, General Optical Council; Marie Curie Wales Advisory Board; Vice-Chair Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust; and Cardiff Local Health Board. Currently, Independent Member (Local Authority) for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Chair of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience Committee.
In 2014 she moved into local government politics in Cardiff, serving as Cabinet Member for Health, Housing & Wellbeing, and then from 2017 as Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. Until April she was the inaugural Chair of Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board. For the WLGA (Welsh Local Government Association) Susan holds national roles as Spokesperson for Migration, and Deputy Spokesperson for Health and Social Care (Adult Lead).
Joanne (Joe) Ferris – Operations Manager, ABPI Cymru Wales
Joe Ferris is Operations Manager at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Cymru Wales. She joined the ABPI in 2003 to help establish the new office in Wales. Previously, she had worked in various roles across NHS Wales and in the pre-devolution Welsh Office, including Programme Manager for the All-Wales Health Information Management and Technology Strategy.
At ABPI her role is to work with the organisations’ members to make Wales, and the UK, the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines and vaccines. ABPI members supply cutting edge treatments that improve and save the lives of millions of people and the ABPI supports them by working in partnership with Governments and the NHS so patients can get new treatments faster and the NHS can plan how much it spends on medicines.
Joe is an active member of the Welsh NHS Confederation Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Wales Gene Park Strategic Advisory Group, Advanced Therapies Wales Health Economics and Commissioning Group, Welsh Life Sciences Hub Innovation Network Steering Group and Value Based Healthcare Industry Special Interest Group. She has recently completed her Master’s in Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University; her research focussed on the co-production of health policy in Wales with third sector organisations.
Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales
Phil George has been the Arts Council of Wales Chair since April 2016. At his appointment he stepped down from his role as Creative Director of the award-winning production company Green Bay Media which specialised in high-end documentary projects for broadcasters in Wales, the UK networks and internationally. Previously, Phil had been Head of Arts, Music and Features at BBC Wales and was the founding Chair of the groundbreaking National Theatre Wales.
A proud son of the Rhondda Valley, Phil was educated there and at Christ Church Oxford. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of South Wales and is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University. In 2011, he received the Inspire Wales award for his work at National Theatre Wales and Green Bay. Phil is delighted to chair the Advisory Panel for the First Minister’s annual St David Awards with their strong emphasis on the inspiring social commitments and achievements of the people of Wales.
Dr Jonathan Gledhill, Head of Healthcare, Huma
Jonathan has a PhD in Biochemistry and 10+ years experience in senior management and commercial roles in healthcare and technology. He is responsible for developing Huma’s partnerships and collaborations with the NHS, and led Huma’s NHS COVID-19 virtual ward deployments and other 'hospital at home' remote patient monitoring implementations to help manage surgery waitlists and support those with long-term conditions.
Huma is a global health technology company that exists to help people live longer, fuller lives (see London Tech Week 2021 video). Our modular platform supports digital ‘hospital at home’ for a range of use cases across different disease areas and in life sciences we power some of the world’s largest decentralized clinical trials and studies. Huma's 'hospital at home' allows clinicians to remotely monitor their patients via their smartphones and is supporting COVID patients, chronic disease management and the response to surgical backlogs. Our remote patient monitoring has already almost doubled clinical capacity and reduced readmissions in COVID virtual wards (see Channel 4 News feature, 2021 HSJ Value Award and NHSX evaluation), helped spot the ~10% of cardiac surgery waitlist patients who needed their surgery dates brought forward (see JAMIA article and summary here) and improved health in diabetes patients, all whilst saving clinicians’ time. Our latest project with Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Boards supporting heart failure patients is showing how remote monitoring can improve patient experience, help spot deterioration and transform healthcare (see BBC News feature).
Faith la Grange, Director of Local & Regional Government, Microsoft UK
Faith joined Microsoft in October 2018 and leads the Local & Regional Government team at Microsoft UK, supporting local government and Housing customers in England, and all devolved government customers in Scotland and Wales. The team’s goal is to help Local & Regional Government organisations harness the benefits of technology and digital transformation to improve services to citizens - from waste management to social care, from housing to community safety. Prior to this, Faith worked for infrastructure services and solutions provider Computacenter, and has over 20-years' experience in working with Public Sector organisations in the technology sector.
Faith is passionate about diversity & inclusion in all its forms and is the Public Sector D&I lead for Microsoft in the UK.
Faith lives near Edinburgh with her husband and 4 children, is a keen musician, and a fair-weather golfer.
Caitlin Hamlett, Sustainability Manager, NHS National Services Scotland
Caitlin is part of the sustainability team within NHS National Services Scotland, supporting NHS Scotland Health Boards on all aspects of environmental sustainability. She has extensive experience in the public sector of developing environmental policy and supporting best practice and for the past six years has led on climate change adaptation, greenspace and biodiversity within the NHS.
Caitlin also sits on the Board of the Green Exercise Partnership, which brings together the health and environment sectors in Scotland to help tackle health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing though access to high quality greenspace, green health activities and contact with nature.
Dr Stacey Harris, Welsh Leadership Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare
Stacey is a paediatric doctor. She has an enthusiasm for quality improvement (QI) work, wellbeing and medical education. Stacey co-founded the paediatric medical education podcast ‘DragonBytes’. She is chair of the Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) Trainee Think Tank and enjoys walking in green spaces, yoga and tennis as well as choral singing.
Stacey has a passion for advocating for the health and wellbeing of humans now and for future generations. Stacey was delighted to be able to take up the post Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellowship Sustainable Healthcare to focus her enthusiasm for planetary health, advocate for transformation to a more sustainable NHS and to reduce the impact of healthcare on the global climate and health crisis. She sits on the Welsh Government strategic programme board for decarbonising NHS Wales, is an active member of the Green Health Wales Network. Stacey is involved with various sustainable healthcare projects including carbon hot spots, green space and health, aswell as undergraduate and postgraduate medical education around sustainable healthcare and sustainable quality improvement.
Professor Chris Hopkins CEng, FAHCS, Scientific Lead and Head of TriTech, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Chris Hopkins is an Honorary Professor of the Wales Institute of Science and Art, a Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of Clinical Engineering at Hywel Dda University Health Board, UK. Chris is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science and advises Welsh Government on medical device issues.
He has authored various papers and is a collaborator on several ongoing research projects. Working with local universities and medtech companies, he has over 24 years’ experience in the NHS. Chris’s research interest is in artificial intelligence – with a particular focus on healthcare systems, and is currently supervising a number of PhD projects.
Anil Kant, CEO, Hardshell
The CEO of the Hardshell Group, Mr. Anil Kant, is passionate about saving lives. Based in the United Kingdom, he is a mechanical engineer by profession and an entrepreneur by heart. With over 30 years of experience in the defense industry, he has made Hardshell into one of the most advanced manufacturers of Personal Protective Equipment. He strives to ensure that all of Hardshell’s products are of the highest quality, made using cutting-edge technology, and at competitive prices. Hardshell is proud of the fact that in all of its years in the industry, not a single defect has been reported in our products.
Having established multiple manufacturing facilities with a global distribution network, Mr. Anil Kant is now using his vast experience of high-performance fabrics and knowledge about the medical field to venture into the medical manufacturing industry. Hardshell UK is the newest venture based in Cardiff, Wales, that specialises on the development and manufacturing of medical devices and PPE such as surgical masks and respirators. He aims to ensure that the UK is well-equipped for the current pandemic and prepared for the future.
Jane Lewington, CEO, NAViGO
Jane spent 34 years working in the NHS before taking up her Chief Executive role at NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, the social enterprise delivering mental health and wellbeing services in North East Lincolnshire. Jane spent most of her NHS career working in Lincolnshire as both provider and commissioner. In 2007 she led the development of the North East Lincs Care Trust Plus, an integrated health and social care organisation.
NAViGO CIC delivers a broad range of mental health and wellbeing services and in the last 10 years this Social Enterprise has diversified its group structure to provide education, training and employment opportunities for people who have come into contact with NAViGO’s services. Jane is passionate about delivering mental health services that not only meet peoples’ immediate health needs but that also support peoples’ longer term and sustained recovery.
Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA, Bevan Commissioner
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 18 universities. Professor Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years.
At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the 'European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide', for WHO Euro in 2014.
In February 2020, Professor Marmot launched the ‘Marmot Review 10 Years On’, which serves as an update to the ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ review. In December 2020 he published 'Build Back Fairer: The COVID 19 Marmot Review', a three fold report that aimed to: Examine inequalities in COVID-19 mortality; Show the effects that the pandemic, and the societal response to contain the pandemic, have had on social and economic inequalities, their effects on mental and physical health, and their likely effects on health inequalities in the future; Make recommendations on what needs to be done.
Professor Marmot also chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.
Professor Marmot served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011 and is President of the British Lung Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a trustee of the Food Foundation, was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years, and in 2000 was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr Chris Martin, Chair, Life Sciences Hub Wales
A Pharmacist by profession, Chris gained an honours degree in Pharmacy in Cardiff before going on to own and build two successful independent community pharmacy businesses in the West Country and in Pembrokeshire.
He has extensive experience in the Public Sector having been Chairman of four separate health organisation in West Wales over the last 20 years and until his retirement he was the Chairman of Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Welsh NHS Confederation and the co-ordinating chairman of all health organisations in Wales.
He is currently the Chairman of Life Sciences Hub Wales, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the ESNR Audit and Risk Committee, member of the main Welsh Government Audit and Risk Committee and Co-Vice Chairman of the Bevan Commission with an interest in Innovation and End of Life care.
He is Managing Director of his own property development company, runs a portfolio of investment properties, Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven and a Non-Executive Advisor on the Board of Alliance Healthcare Distribution UK Ltd.
He has several voluntary and charitable roles including Trustee and Board member of Marie Curie UK, Chairman of the Wales Advisory Board for Marie Curie Cymru, Governor of Spittal School and acts as a mentor on a voluntary basis.
Chris was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2006 for outstanding contribution to the practice of community pharmacy and an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) by Swansea University in 2018 in recognition of his distinguished career and contribution to public life in Wales.
Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Eluned Morgan was born in 1967 in Ely, Cardiff. She was educated at Glantaf Welsh language comprehensive school. She won a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic and gained a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull. She formerly worked as a researcher for S4C, Agenda TV and the BBC.
Eluned’s political career started at the age of 27 when she was elected as the youngest Member of the European Parliament in 1994. She was only the fifth woman elected to a full-time political position in the history of Wales, and the first full time politician in Wales to have a baby whilst in office. She represented Wales for the Labour Party from 1994-2009. In this role she became the Labour spokesperson on industry, science and energy and spokesperson for the 200 strong Socialist Group on Budget Control matters. She authored the Green Paper on energy on behalf of the EP and led the Parliament’s discussions on the Electricity Directive where she ensured new rights for consumers and demanded that Member States of the EU addressed the issue of fuel poverty.
From late 2009 until July 2013, she worked as the Director of National Business Development in Wales for SSE (SWALEC) one of the UK’s largest energy companies. During 2013-2016, Eluned served as the Shadow Minister for Wales in the House of Lords, and from 2014-2016 she served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. She was granted a peerage in 2011 and is formally known as Baroness Morgan of Ely.
Eluned was elected to the National Assembly in May 2016 as regional member for Mid & West Wales. In November 2017 Eluned was appointed Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning. On 13 December 2018 she was appointed Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Eluned was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services on 13 May 2021.
Paul Morris, Head of Police Liaison Unit Welsh Government
Paul Morris has been Head of the Police Liaison Unit (PLU) since November 2019, representing the interests of Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables in Wales in their engagement with Welsh Government, UK Government and other key partners. Prior to joining the PLU, Paul worked for Dyfed Powys Police for 20 years, the majority of that time spent leading the Corporate Development team, before setting up and leading the force’s Business Support Unit as part of a major change programme. In 2013, Paul attended the Strategic Command Course, the most senior leadership development programme in UK policing and he remains the only member of police staff from the Dyfed Powys force to have accessed the course following a robust assessment process. Paul lives in Tenby with his wife and has two grown up children.
Channing Nuss, Director of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, Transcend Packaging Ltd
Channing Nuss is a co-founder of Transcend Packaging and currently serves as Director of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources. Mr Nuss has over 25 years of experience managing strategic communications, corporate brand development, government relations and business operations engagements. He has extensive government and business management experience and senior-level consulting experience with a broad array of Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.
His government management career was highlighted by his service in the U.S. House of Representatives as Deputy Staff Director for the Committee on House Administration and Director of House Operations. This role encompassed oversight of all operational aspects of running the U.S. House of Representatives including technology, communications, business operations, diplomatic initiatives and security. Mr Nuss was instrumental in planning and implementing the House's response to both the September 11 attack and the subsequent anthrax attack on the Capitol and he oversaw the Congressional security enhancement and continuity of government programs. At Transcend Packaging, Channing helps develop corporate strategy and is leading multiple sustainability initiatives, finding new applications for material innovations to promote greater sustainability for high street brands and is leading their effort to find new product categories for these innovations in the life sciences space.
Clare Pillman, Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales
Clare returned to Wales to join NRW as its Chief Executive in February 2018. Prior to this Clare was Director of Culture, Tourism and Sport at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. In this role she led the work on the Cultural Olympiad and oversaw a major change programme within the Department. She led work to develop new strategies for Sport, Tourism and Culture, oversaw the delivery of events such as the Rugby World Cup and the World Athletics Championships, developed and led the programme to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War and created new models of governance and financing for organisations such as Historic England, English Heritage, the Royal Parks and Visit Britain.
From 2004 to 2011 Clare ran the Courts Service in Wales. During this time she chaired the North Wales Local Criminal Justice Board, led the campaign for a prison in North Wales and led Her Majesty’s Court Service Wales (HMCS) to become the first Wales-wide body to receive the Chartermark award for Customer Service.
Clare is currently a Board Member of National Theatre Wales and prior to this was a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research in London for ten years.
Professor Nick Rich, Postgraduate Research Director, School of Management, Swansea University / Evaluator, Bevan Commission Exemplar Programme
Professor Nick Rich is a world-renowned innovation expert in High Performance (quality) and Highly Reliable Organisational (safety) design. Nick has two areas of specialism that focus on his manufacturing and services research (high performance and technological innovation) and his research with health and care providers, nuclear facilities and transportation systems (safety critical sectors).
Nick works with the Wales's leading health and care think tank the Bevan Commission, the Awen Institute (Ageing Society research centre), the CEIC circular economy for public sector organisations and ESRI (Energy security and green technology). He has written over 100 publications, he is an adviser to multiple governments, holds the Toyota Motor Corporation Fellowship of Japan and was the Chief Industrial Engineer at the Royal Mint for the production of the Olympic and Paralympic Games medals (London 2012). Nick is the Post Graduate Research Director at the School of Management and is a very active supervisor of students at the school and also with colleagues in the School of Medicine and School of Health and Human Sciences.
Dr Mark Spencer, Clinical Director, Fleetwood Primary Care Network - Co-chair member of the PCN Network board
Mark has been a GP in Fleetwood for 30 years. He is the Clinical Director of Fleetwood Primary Care Network and is Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation National PCN Network. Mark is a community champion for Healthier Fleetwood, a resident led social movement aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of every resident in the town, and is also part of the Future Fleetwood leadership team.
Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
Richard is the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN), an organisation that connects health systems, academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on spreading and adopting health innovation, increasing economic growth and improving outcomes for patients. Richard is also the vice chair of the national AHSN network. He is the author of Levelling Up Yorkshire and Humber, a 2020 report that set out a series of recommendations for local and national leaders to better promote the link between regional productivity and population health.
Richard is a private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with a focus on business recovery and growth. He chairs the South Yorkshire-India Trade Advisory Board on behalf of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. He is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and chairs the strategic advisory board of its Advanced Wellness Research Centre (AWRC), a £14m research institution established to develop innovations that will improve population health and physical activity. He is also a director of Legacy Park Ltd, the independent organisation which hosts the unique Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park where the AWRC and other leading health research and innovation institutions are based. Richard is an established member of the NHS Assembly, a national forum to help shape the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. Richard was a founding member of the NHS Confederation’s NHS BAME Leadership Network and has recently been appointed as the chair of the Steering Group. He is also a member of the NED task force, launched by the NHS Confederation to support NHS organisations increase the diversity of their boards and governing bodies.
As a minority ethnic CEO, Richard is passionate about supporting and championing diversity and inclusion. In 2019 he led the AHSN Network to create a national campaign focused on the importance of diversity in the health innovation ecosystem. He continues to drive this work forward, which is of growing importance in light of the Black Lives Matters and the societal health inequalities magnified by the COVID19 pandemic. Last year he was named as one of the Top50 BAME Health Power List by the Health Service Journal. Richard represents the UK on the Global Scientific Committee which is curating the 44th International Hospital Federation’s World Hospital Congress taking place in late 2021. He is also an Ambassador for Welcome to Yorkshire, supporting the region to be a compelling destination for investment, jobs and new infrastructure.
Before joining the AHSN Richard was Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England. His role involved developing national programmes that maximise benefits to patients and the NHS, in addition to supporting the UK economic growth agenda, by promoting and facilitating commercial opportunities, both domestically and internationally.
Richard was also a creator and subsequent Managing Director of NHS Global, a precursor to Healthcare UK, established to support the delivery of health care expertise to international markets.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. Richard is also a non-executive director of Maltby Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of secondary and primary schools across Rotherham. He joined the NHS from the BBC as a graduate trainee.
Mandie Welch, Lead Heart failure Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Originally from Caernarfon, North Wales, Mandie moved to Cardiff 37 years ago to complete her nurse training. She worked in cardiology throughout her career, mostly in Cardiff and Vale, and became the first Heart Rhythm Specialist Nurse in Wales.
Mandie moved to Cwm Taf Morgannwg five years ago as the Lead Heart Failure Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She is currently the Chair of the All Wales Heart Failure Nurse Forum and is passionate about equity in heart failure care provision across Wales. Mandie was also recently appointed as Lead Clinical Nurse for the Cardiac Network.
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