Professor John Appleby

Director of Research and Chief Economist, Nuffield Trust

Professor John Appleby joined the Nuffield Trust as Director of Research and Chief Economist in September 2016, after 18 years at The King’s Fund.

He is a Visiting Professor at the City Health Economics Centre, City University London and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College.

John has previously worked in the NHS in Birmingham and London, and as senior lecturer at the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia. For five years he worked for the National Association of Health Authorities (now the NHS Confederation) as manager of the Association’s Central Policy Unit.

John has acted as an advisor to the UK government and Parliament in various capacities, for example, carrying out a review for Ministers of the future funding needs of Northern Ireland’s health service, and as a task force member for the Marmot Commission on health inequalities; a special adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee, member of the National Quality Board’s Priorities sub-committee and as a member of the Department of Health’s Stakeholder Reference Group on patient reported outcome measures.

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Jonathan Ashworth was elected Member of Parliament for Leicester South at a by-election in May 2011. 

In October 2016 Jon was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Health, by Jeremy Corbyn, having previously served as Shadow Minister without Portfolio. Jon was also in Ed Miliband’s front bench team as Shadow Cabinet Office Minister from October 2013. 

Before becoming an MP Jon worked in the Treasury as a special advisor to Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor, and continued to work for Gordon Brown when he became Prime Minister. 
He and his wife have two daughters and live in Stoneygate, Leicester. 


Dr Tracey Batten

Chief Executive, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Tracey Batten has served as chief executive in public and private healthcare organisations in the UK and Australia for the past 15 years, and is currently Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Tracey trained as a doctor and practised clinically in both the UK and Australia prior to gaining her fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Following several years in senior medical leadership roles, she attained a MBA from Harvard University. Her combination of executive leadership skills, clinical background and experience of diverse public health care systems provides Tracey with insight and perspective in developing an organisation culture of continuous improvement.

Professor Sir Harry Burns

Professor of Global Public Health, Strathclyde University

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1974.  He trained in surgery in Glasgow and he was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon and in the University Department of Surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow in 1984.  Working with patients in the east end of Glasgow gave him an insight into the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status and illness.  He completed a Masters Degree in Public Health in 1990 and shortly afterwards was appointed Medical Director of The Royal Infirmary.  

In 1994, he became Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board, a position he occupied until 2005. During his time with Greater Glasgow Health Board he continued research into the problems of social determinants of health and in 2005, he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. In this role, his responsibilities included aspects of public health policy, health protection and, for a time, sport.  

He was Knighted in 2011 and in April 2014, he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University where he continues his interest in understanding how societies create wellness. In 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him a lifetime achievement award from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament for Public Service.

In September 2016, the Scottish Government announced that he would chair an independent review of targets in Scotland's NHS, with an initial report and recommendations expected in spring 2017.

Tony Chambers

Chief Executive, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tony Chambers was appointed as Chief Executive in December 2012. Since then, his main focus has been to work with West Cheshire Health and Care partners to make the Countess of Chester Hospitals one of best and safest organisations within the NHS.  He led the successful reorganisation of regional vascular services which saw the South Mersey Arterial Network operate at the Countess from April 2014. More recently he has been supporting Lord Carter in his Efficiency and Productivity work; initially one of the 22 benchmark organisations and now as the emerging proof of concept site for the Model Hospital.

From starting his career as a student nurse in Bolton he has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in a range of sectors and has been a Director in the NHS for over 15 years; most recently as the Director of Planning in South Wales. Prior to this he held Director roles in hospitals in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Karalee Close

Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Karalee Close is the global topic leader for health care technology at The Boston Consulting Group and leads the firm’s Technology Advantage practice in Western Europe and South America. She concentrates on the biopharmaceutical sector and the field of digital health.

Karalee has deep experience in technology-enabled strategy, organization, governance, and portfolio management. She has played a leading role in BCG’s efforts in cloud computing as well as in BCG’s investment in the Innovation Value Institute, which defines leading frameworks for managing IT for business value.

Before joining BCG in 2000, Karalee held senior management positions in corporate planning and information systems in hospitals. She also worked across specific sectors of government and public health.

Along with her many writings for the firm and her popular TED@BCG talk, Karalee has worked on many projects across topics that include technology strategy in health care; IT transformation and capability improvement in health care, media, and other industries; and postmerger integration, organization, and change management.



Jocelyn Cornwell

Chief Executive, The Point of Care Foundation

Jocelyn Cornwell is the chief executive and founder of The Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity that grew out of work at the Kings Fund 2007-2013. The charity aims to support staff in their work with patients and to improve patients' and families’ experience of care.  

Jocelyn trained originally as a medical sociologist. Before the Point of Care, she had experience as an academic researcher and teacher, a manager of NHS community services and a director of national value for money studies at the Audit Commission. She was a founding director and deputy chief executive at the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI).

Jocelyn is the academic lead for patient and public involvement for the NW London CLARHC and visiting professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial.  

Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

RAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge

A fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods is RAND Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. As Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, she leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare.

Mary is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She holds honorary positions as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, a visiting professor at the University of Leicester, and a visiting adjunct professor at Dartmouth College. She was, in 2012, one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which produced the Berwick report in 2013. She also served on the review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter, which reported in 2016.

Tara Donnelly

Chief Executive, Health Innovation Network

Tara Donnelly is Chief Executive of Health Innovation Network, which exists to speed up the best in health and care across South London, together with its 55 members. Health Innovation Network is one of 15 academic health science networks  which were established in the UK three years ago.

Tara has an extensive background in the NHS having spent the past 16 years at board level including at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as a non-executive director at Macmillan Cancer Support, the leading UK charity for people living with cancer, as Chief Executive at the West Middlesex University Hospital and as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at the Whittington Hospital. Her first role in the NHS was as a Ward Housekeeper when she was eighteen. 

Nigel Edwards

Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust

Nigel Edwards is Chief Executive at the Nuffield Trust. Prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2014, Nigel was an expert advisor with KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Health and Life Sciences and a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund. 

Nigel was Policy Director of the NHS Confederation for 11 years and has a wealth of experience in health and social care. He joined the organisation from his former role as Director of the London Health Economics Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he remains an honorary visiting professor.

Nigel has a strong interest in new models of service delivery and a practical focus on what is happening at the front line as well as a wealth of experience in wider health care policy in the UK and internationally. 

Nigel is a well-known media commentator, often in the spotlight debating key policy issues. Nigel is currently working with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies on developments in health care provision in Europe.

Sally Gainsbury

Senior Policy Analyst, Nuffield Trust

Sally Gainsbury joined the Nuffield Trust in October 2015 as Senior Policy Analyst. Her focus is on health and social care funding and the NHS financing system. She also contributes to the Trust’s rapid response and analysis of emerging policy issues.

Prior to joining the Trust Sally was an investigative journalist at the Financial Times, working on UK and international investigations spanning public spending, tax avoidance and money laundering. Before joining the FT Sally was chief reporter and news editor at Health Service Journal.

Sally has a PhD in history and a masters in politics.

Professor Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, nationally and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, and a Trustee of Independent Age and the National Aids Trust.

In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University.

In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In 2008 he was named Care Personality of the Year.

Candace Imison

Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust

Candace Imison is the Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust. She joined the Nuffield Trust in 2014 with a remit to develop a work programme on new models of care, including technology and workforce. She is the lead author of Delivering the benefits of digital healthcare, a report on exploiting the benefits of new technology. 

Candace was previously Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, where she researched and published on a wide range of topics, including future health care trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning, polyclinics, community health services and referral management.  Candace has extensive senior management experience in the NHS, including at board level for providers and commissioners. She was also a Director of Strategy for a large acute trust and Director of Commissioning for a large health authority. Candace worked on strategy and policy at the Department of Health between 2000 and 2006, including the Wanless Review, the White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” and “Keeping the NHS Local”, setting out policy for the reconfiguration of hospital services. She is currently a non-executive director of a large NHS foundation trust.

Candace holds a Master’s degree in health economics and health policy from the University of Birmingham and a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Anastasia Knox

Research Director, BritainThinks

Anastasia Knox is a Research Director at insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks, where she leads on their health work.

Anastasia is a qualitative specialist, with a particular focus on complex issues.  This includes recent projects on communicating NHS reform to the public, and on childhood obesity. Anastasia works with a broad range of organisations, from multinationals through to small third sector organisations, and with audiences ranging from senior stakeholders to vulnerable and hard-to-reach audiences.  

Professor Marcel Levi

Incoming Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Marcel Levi is the incoming Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and will take up the position in January 2017.  He has had a distinguished career as a clinician, academic and clinical leader in the Netherlands.

Prior to joining UCLH, Marcel was Chairman of the Executive Board of the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam since 2010 and for the previous ten years was chairman of its Department of Medicine and Division of Medical Specialisms. He studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam and in 1991 obtained his PhD and was appointed as a Fellow by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science. He is a practising consultant physician, specialising in haemostasis and thrombosis, and leads an active research programme.

Clare Marx

President, Royal College of Surgeons

Clare Marx has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for over 20 years. She studied medicine at University College London Medical School qualifying in 1977. In 1990 she was appointed a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St. Mary's Hospital and St Charles Hospital London with a particular interest in early surgical education. In 1993 she moved to Ipswich Hospital becoming clinical director of the combined A&E, Trauma and Orthopaedics and rheumatology directorate. She is currently Associate Medical Director at the trust with a special remit for revalidation and appraisal. She was elected to the RCS Council in 2009 and took up the Presidency of the College in July 2014.

Martin McShane

Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Delivery, Optum

Martin McShane has over three decades of NHS experience in both frontline clinical services and management. He trained as a general and vascular surgeon and then became a GP partner in an ex-mining community in Derbyshire. 

He has acquired substantial commissioning and executive management experience through fundholding, clinical chairmanship in commissioning organisations and as a PCT Chief Executive and Director - encompassing specialised commissioning for the East Midlands. He has worked at a national level on the National Patient Safety Forum and as National Medical Director for long term conditions for NHS England.

He has a keen interest in supporting professional leadership, public engagement and transforming care; central to which is real empowerment of people engaged in their own health and well-being.


Professor Eric T. Meyer

Professor of Social Informatics, University of Oxford

Eric T. Meyer is Professor of Social Informatics at the University of Oxford and Director of Graduate Studies for the Oxford Internet Institute. His research looks at the changing nature of knowledge creation in science, medicine, social science, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices. His 2015 book (with Ralph Schroeder) Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities examines these shifts in detail.