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Meet the Speakers

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Steve Brown

Steve Brown is a broadcaster, paralympian, public speaker, mentor and coach.  In 2005 Steve became paralysed when he fell from a balcony and broke his neck. Soon after, he was introduced to wheelchair rugby and in 2012 he captained Great Britain at the London Paralympic Games. He recently embarked on 900-mile journey, alongside five other people with different physical disabilities, for the BBC1 series Without Limits: Vietnam.  Since retiring from elite sport, Steve has turned his focus to supporting others to be their best through sport, work and education.

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Lord Layard – Action For Happiness

Lord Richard Layard is known as THE happiness economics guru. His book “Happiness: Lessons from a New Science” (2005), redefined the simplistic economic link between income and happiness and he’s since shared his pioneering ideas on an international stage via TED talks.

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Dr Sandra McCune – Mars Petcare

Dr Sandra McCune is Scientific Leader for Human-Animal Interaction Research at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition – the global science centre for Mars Petcare. She has published over 30 papers on animal behaviour and human-animal interactions, including papers on the impact of pets on human health and wellbeing. Sandra has a PhD in animal behaviour and welfare from the University of Cambridge and is qualified as a veterinary nurse from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Brad Bradford
Cllr Brad Bradford – Ashford Borough Council

Brad Bradford is a Cabinet Member with portfolio responsibility for Highways, Wellbeing and Safety. In 2017, Brad played an active role in Ashford Borough Council (ABC) introducing ‘ONE You’, a health shop located in Ashford town centre. This partner project saw ABC join forces with KCC Public Health and its service provider Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) to open ‘One You’ and deliver a variety of free health and wellbeing services from blood pressure checks and smoking cessation support to weight management and lifestyle advice.

Christine-Hancock
Christine Hancock – C3 Collaborating for Health

Christine Hancock founded C3 Collaborating for Health after a career working in nursing and Britain’s NHS. An experienced nurse specialising in cardiac nursing, also working in midwifery, community and mental health.

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Dr Paul Williams, Managing Director, UK Health Services, for MAXIMUS

Dr Paul Williams graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1987 before becoming a full-time GP in 1992. He remains a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2001 his interest in the effects of health on work and work on health led him to retain as a specialist in Occupational Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and President of the Society of Occupational Medicine. He brings a wealth of clinical experience having worked in Occupational Medicine for Jaguar, Land Rover, Local Government and the Police and more recently as Medical Director for JCB. Whilst he was a GP he trained in forensic medicine and worked for Leicestershire Police from 1993-2004 during which he obtained the Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence.

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Ben McGannan – 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.

achael Ford, Service Manager Mytime Active
Rachael Ford – Mytime Active

Rachael has enjoyed a successful career in public health, implementing, evaluating and managing a number of wellbeing services within the Midlands. She has a track record of leading high quality targeted and universal programmes, including physical activity, nutrition, weight management and behavioural change. Her passion for delivering to disadvantaged communities has driven her to continue her career at Mytime Active, influencing service development with the local resident at the heart.