2019 Speakers

Dr Paul Litchfield CBE

Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Paul Litchfield has been Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing since April 2015.  The centre is dedicated to understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society.  He has practised occupational medicine for 40 years in both the public and private sectors and from 2001 until 2018 he was Chief Medical Officer for BT Group, with global responsibility for health, safety and wellbeing.  He has led multiple initiatives in the UK and overseas to promote good health in the workplace and he was an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, through which he has contributed to leading edge thinking on chronic disease, mental health and wellbeing in the context of an ageing society.

Paul also co-chairs the National Forum for Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace. He is a member of the NHS Healthy Workforce Advisory Board, the Health & Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee and the Economic & Social Research Council’s Grant Assessment Panel.  In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed by the UK Government to undertake statutory Independent Reviews of the work capability assessment and to advise the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions.   He writes and speaks regularly around the world on health and wellbeing in a workplace context.  In 2007 Paul was awarded an OBE for services to occupational health and in 2018 he received a CBE for services to workplace wellbeing.

Shirley Cramer

CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health

Shirley has been the CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health since 2013. RSPH works across the UK and internationally to improve and protect the public’s health and wellbeing. She chairs the ‘People in UK Public Health’ advisory group, a cross government committee which advises on the future of the workforce for the public’s health and she is Vice Chair of the Public Health System Group in England. Prior to this she has been a CEO in education charities in both the USA and UK and a non – executive in the public and voluntary sectors.

She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the US and a Commissioner on the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. She chairs think tank, British Future, and is a trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Rebecca George OBE

Vice Chair and UK Public Sector Leader at Deloitte

Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice in the UK.  She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government.

Rebecca has worked exclusively with the Public Sector since 2001.  She is a senior business manager with practical experience of managing businesses and improving operational efficiency.  She joined Deloitte as a Partner in 2006 after spending nearly 20 years at IBM in a variety of roles including sales, business process reengineering, and HR, in the UK, EMEA and globally.

From 2011 to 2016 Rebecca led Deloitte’s Public Health practice in the UK and globally.  She has extensive experience working with national health organisations and health providers.  She specialises in transformation enabled by IT, including electronic patient record systems, population health infrastructure, and health data collection and processing.

Rebecca has been involved in activities to increase the participation of Women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s.  She is a VP and Trustee at the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where she is a Fellow, and Chairs the Organisation and Employers Board.  She is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of IT.  She is on the Board of the City Mental Health Alliance.

Lou Walker

Speaker, researcher and workplace health & wellbeing consultant

Lou is a workplace health and wellbeing consultant with a special interest in nutrition and workplace snacking. She uses evidence-based principles from psychology, nutrition and exercise science to help teams and organisations make small changes so that it’s easier for employees to make healthy decisions.  As an ambassador for the charity, the Public Health Collaboration, she works with GPs to help patients reverse chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes through a low carb diet and lifestyle changes. She has a Masters degree in obesity & weight management and a postgraduate certificate in nutrition. Her research into office cake culture won an Inspiring Wellbeing award at the 2018 Wellbeing Symposium.

Professor Kevin Fenton

Strategic Director, Place and Wellbeing, London Borough of Southwark

Professor Kevin Fenton is the Strategic Director for Place and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, which incorporates the Director for Public Health statutory functions, he leads the Council’s portfolios on Planning, Regeneration, Community and Voluntary Sector Engagement and Public Health. He works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing and equity in all policies and programmes. Key priorities include social regeneration, asset based community development, developing sustainable, high-quality and integrated health and social care systems, improving health and reducing inequalities for all of Southwark’s residents. At Public Health England, Professor Fenton is the Senior Strategic Advisor for HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Professor Fenton is on secondment to Southwark Council from Public Health England (PHE), where he was the National Director for Health and Wellbeing leading PHE’s national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, public mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. He also led PHE’s health equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health and promoting place-based approaches to health improvement.

Christine Hancock

Founder & Director of C3 Collaborating for Health

A clinician, manager, and economist from the London School of Economics, Christine Hancock was a CEO in the NHS, CEO of the Royal College of Nursing, and president of the International Council of Nurses. Christine is the founder and director of C3 Collaborating for Health, a London-based global charity that addresses the risk factors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet/harmful use of alcohol) of chronic disease. C3 uses an innovative m-health tool, CHESS™, to engage community members in a data-driven investigation about barriers to wellbeing in their neighbourhoods. To date evidence from CHESS has resulted in over £2 million in funding for communities. Christine is also a member of the NHS Healthy Workforce Advisory Board, overseeing efforts to create a step change in the health of the 1.2 million-strong NHS workforce.

Ben McGannan

Managing Director of Wellbeing People

Over 12 years ago Ben developed the business model for the delivery of Engaged Prevention within the public and private sector, fundamentally changing people’s behaviour to making positive health and wellbeing choices. Today his company Wellbeing People are at the forefront of the agenda.