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17th September

Opening Plenary: A Shared Framework, 11.00 – 12.30


Dr Mahmood Bhutta, EMNT Surgeon and Founder of the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group at the British Medical Association

Mahmood Bhutta is an ENT Surgeon (Registrar) at Oxford University Hospitals, and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.  In 2007 he founded the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group at the British Medical Association, in response to witnessing labour rights abuse in the manufacture of surgical instruments.  The group has been spearheading efforts to protect labour rights in the production and supply of medical commodities to the UK and European health sectors.  Mahmood was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Young Epidemiologist award in 2008, and the group was awarded the 2009 BMJ Award for corporate and social responsibility. 


Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS, Director of the Oxford Centre for Healthcare Transformation

Muir Gray has worked in the Public Health Service in England since 1972, developing a number of projects such as the National Screening Committee. He currently works one day a week as a Consultant in Public Health for the University of Oxford Hospitals NHS Trust, focusing on the Oxford AHSN. Other work includes developing Better Value Healthcare whose mission is to publish handbooks and development programmes to get more value from health care resources in England and worldwide ( He is also a Director of the National Campaign for Walking, a small charity dedicated to promoting walking as the only type of activity relevant to tens of millions people.

  Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman of Janssen in EMEA, Johnson & Johnson

Jane Griffiths is the first female Company Group Chairman of Janssen in EMEA, the pharmaceutical division of the Johnson & Johnson family, having started as a J&J sales assistant. She leads Janssen EMEA to live the values of sustainability, accountability, openness and collaboration. Acknowledging the tension between family and work, she sponsors the Women’s Leadership Initiative in Janssen and is a Senior Advisory Board member of the EMEA Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). She is Chairwoman of the EFPIA Executive Committee and member of the EFPIA Board; founding Chair and Executive Sponsor of the Janssen Global Citizenship and Sustainability Council; and Chair of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust in EMEA.

  Anja Leetz, Director, Health Care Without Harm Europe

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm Europe, Anja Leetz worked for more than ten years with such environmental and health organisations as Friends of the Earth and the European Environmental Bureau in the United Kingdom and Belgium. Anja holds a teaching qualification, a BA in Photography and has recently obtained the qualification of Foundation Manager at the European Business School in Germany. Anja focuses on growing HCWH’s European network in order to better implement sustainable healthcare systems across Europe. As an avid networker and communicator, Anja is working with the WHO, UNDP and partners at the local, national, European and global level on procurement, green healthcare, mercury elimination and other issues.


Rachel Stancliffe, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Rachel is the founder and Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. She graduated from Oxford in Human Sciences and then from the London School of Economics, and worked in public health initiatives in the UK, Georgia and Kazakhstan before helping to develop The Cochrane Library during the first decade of its life. She is motivated by making the best use of good quality evidence and by creative partnerships to achieve change and she loves to dance!

  Tuesday, 17th September
Plenary: Scaling Up – How Far Can We Go? 15.30-17.00

Tim Helweg-Larsen CEO, EnergyBank™

Tim is founder and CEO of EnergyBank, which helps major energy users to become owners of wind farms and other utility-scale renewable projects, thus reducing their exposure to rising fossil fuel prices while unlocking new capital to clean energy assets. Previously Tim started a successful pumped-hydro power business and led the think-tank ‘Public Interest Research Centre’ for five years, publishing “Zero Carbon Britain” and “Climate Safety”. Tim convened and chaired the Offshore Valuation Group, bringing together 14 government and industry bodies to demonstrate that the Britain’s offshore wind resource could power the country six times over.


Richard Pamenter, Global Head Environmental Sustainability GlaxoSmithKline

Richard is Global Head of Environmental Sustainability for GSK leading the development and execution of the company's global environmental sustainability strategy. His focus is equally balanced across sustainable supply chains, sustainable operations, sustainable products and processes and ensuring that sustainability becomes embedded as a normal business practice with all employees engaged and contributing. A chemical engineer by training and practice, before taking on his sustainability role Richard was the Head of Engineering and EHS for Global Manufacturing and at GSK prior to this he was Site Director at a GSK Antibiotics factory in Northern England.


Dr David Pencheon, Director, Sustainable Development Unit (NHS England)

Before becoming Director of the Sustainable Development Unit [SDU] for NHS England and Public Health England, David was previously Director of a Public Health Observatory in Cambridge from 2001 to 2007. He has worked as a clinical doctor in the NHS, a joint Director of Public Health, a Public Health Training Programme Director in the East of England, with the NHS R&D programme, and in China in the early 1990s with Save the Children Fund (UK). His main interests and areas of research and publication are: sustainable development, large scale transformational change, health and climate change, underpinning policy and practice with good information and evidence, training and professional development, organisational development, medical informatics and decision support for health professionals.


Blair Sadler, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement & Associate Clinical Professor of the UCSD School of Medicine

Blair L Sadler is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and a member of the faculty at the UCSD School of Medicine and Rady School of Management. He served as President and CEO of the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego from July 1980 until July 2006. He is a strategic advisor to Health Care without Harm and their Healthy Hospitals Initiative. Launched in 2012, the initiative is applying lessons learned from the IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign to environmental sustainability with a goal of enrolling 2000 hospitals within three years. He is co-author of “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Cost Curve?” published by the Commonwealth Fund. He is a graduate of Amherst College and of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Sophia Tickell, Founder & Director of Meteos (chair)

Sophia Tickell is Founder and Director of the PharmaFutures dialogues, which have run since 2003. She is also co-founder and Director of Meteos, a not-for-profit company that runs networks and dialogues to support a stable economy, built on social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Previously she served as Chair and Executive Director of the Board at SustainAbility Ltd; led Oxfam’s work on the private sector and supported policy development internationally, including in Nepal, Zambia, and Colombia. Sophia is a trustee of Green Alliance; on Aviva’s SRI Advisory Committee; advisor to Alliance Trust’s Sustainable Future Funds and the Doughty Centre Advisory Council of the Cranfield School of Management.


Jeffrey Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Gundersen Health System

Jeff Thompson, MD, is chief executive officer of Gundersen Health System headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the United States. The health system includes hospitals and clinics serving a three state region. Dr. Thompson’s team has helped Gundersen become an integrated health system known for its high-quality, coordinated care, community engagement and collaborative partnerships. He has been a visionary leader in the area of environmental stewardship for healthcare organizations, setting a goal for Gundersen to be energy independent in 2014.

  18th September
Plenary: Transforming Models of Care, 09.00 – 10.30

Dr Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director (Primary Care) NHS England, Chair

Dr Mike Bewick joins NHS England from NHS Cumbria, where he held the position of PCT Medical Director since 2008. He has worked in both the Acute and Primary healthcare sectors, having worked in medical oncology until 1987 when he moved into General Practice and became a GP in Egremontin West Cumbria. He has been the leading catalyst for fostering strong local GP leadership. His new role includes being the SRO for revalidation, strategic lead for Primary Care and oversight of Specialised Commissioning. He has led the review process around Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds and chaired two of the Keogh Reviews in the North of England.


Dr Mary Keenan, Medical Director, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG)

Mary Keenan has been a GP for 25 years and has a particular interest and involvement in women’s health. A year spent as a medical officer in Lesotho, Southern Africa led her to seek out surgeries in the UK where she could provide practical medical care, such as minor surgery and intrapartum care. She has worked in various country practices, was the GP on the National Changing Childbirth team and Medical Director of the Oxfordshire Community Trust. She is currently Medical Director for the Clinical Commissioning Group.


Dr Frances Mortimer, Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Frances Mortimer is Medical Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH), where she has led the development of the innovative Sustainable Specialties programmes and of the CSH Principles of Sustainable Clinical Practice. She has a particular interest in engaging doctors in training and medical students in clinical transformation and leadership, has co-founded the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network. Until 2011, Dr Mortimer continued part time clinical work in the Oxford Kidney Unit, having left specialist training in renal medicine in 2008 to work in sustainable healthcare. She studied medicine at Oxford University and the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 2003 and spending the next five years working full-time as a doctor in the National Health Service.

  Dr Hugh Rayner, Consultant Nephrologist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Educated at Cambridge and The London Hospital, Dr Rayner worked in many renal centres, including Melbourne Australia, before settling in Birmingham. For nine years he was Medical Director for Medicine and helped lead the merger with the neighbouring Good Hope Hospital Trust. He was then a PCT Clinical Director until the latest NHS reorganisation. He is now a full time clinician again. Dr Rayner has been UK Country Investigator for the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) since 1996. This includes 23 countries and has generated over 150 publications. He is continually working to improve services for patients.


Andy Williamson, saxophonist, music teacher and kidney patient

Andy is a professional saxophonist and singer/choir director living in Devon. He has polycystic kidney disease, experienced haemo- and peritoneal dialysis and has had two kidney transplants from living donors. For two years, he was chair of Guy's and St Thomas' Kidney Patients' Association. He moderates and contributes regularly to the 'Kidney Patient Guide Forum' which now contains >52,000 posts by kidney patients. He has also worked on the digital health system 'VitalPac' and believes strongly in using technology to improve communication between patients and clinicians. With his first donor, Maff Potts he formed “Big Buzzard and the Organ Grinders” to promote organ donation of all kinds while playing the funkiest of boogaloo.

Plenary: Models of care – Scaling Up, 15.30-17.00
  Professor Michael de Pledge, Chair of Advisor Board, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Chair

Chair of Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School, Devon, UK; Visiting Professor at the Department of Zoology, Oxford University (2007-ongoing) and at University College, London (2011-ongoing); currently on the UK Government’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee; an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, having worked in several countries to develop the RAMP (Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution) programme for UNEP’s Global Oceans Observing System (GOOS); and expert advisor to the World Health Organisation (2001- ongoing). Currently leading the European Centre for Environment and Human Health’s investigations into health and wellbeing from the natural environment.


Dr Neil Deuchar, Commissioning Lead for the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Neil is a retired consultant psychiatrist, having held senior managerial positions in provider trust and strategic health authority settings. His interests include public mental health, whole person healthcare, community development and environmental social and economic sustainability. Neil is the Director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Commissioning Centre, the Executive Chair for a social enterprise called Real Deal Recovery College and holds informal advisory roles for Birmingham Samaritans and Birmingham Diocese.

  Sonia Roschnik, Head of Unit, Sustainable Development Unit (NHS England)  

Sonia has worked in health and social care for the past 20 years as an occupational therapist, manager and at Director level. Sonia has always nurtured an interest in sustainable development and having worked in many countries is keen to align the principles of health and wellbeing with sustainable development and global health. 

  Andrew Smith, Head of Sustainability, BUPA

Andrew joined Bupa in 2010 to create a new global sustainability strategy, commitment and goals– to help the company fulfil its purpose of longer, healthier, happier lives.  In 2012 Bupa announced several major “Well World” commitments, including that Bupa will engage at least 60 million people in their health and wellbeing by 2015, and reduce its absolute carbon footprint by a fifth. Bupa is now delivering against its commitments, has set further stretching goals for 2020, is forming innovative partnerships with the International Diabetes Federation, the Union for International Cancer Control, the World Health Organisation and others, and is campaigning for new solutions that create environment and health win-wins.

  Siân Williams, Healthcare consultant, Programme Manager IMPRESS and London Respiratory Team

Since 2007 Siân has worked with two professional societies introducing whole systems thinking to improve and integrate respiratory services. Known as the IMPRESS Programme, it aims to transform care for people with long term breathlessness. Recently, with colleagues from general practice, community and hospital services and the London School of Economics IMPRESS produced guidance on how to achieve best value in COPD. This naturally leads to conversations about population as well as individual health, and to questions such as "Who am I not seeing?" and “How can stop smoking be reframed as a treatment not just a public health measure?” 

  19th September
Plenary: Radical Transformation, 09.00-10.30
  Prof Ian Gilmore, Chair, Liverpool Health Partners

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool.  After training in Cambridge, London and the USA, he moved to Liverpool as a consultant in 1980.  He is the immediate past-president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and is currently president of the British Society of Gastroenterology and chairman of Liverpool Health Partners, created to promote an Academic Health Science System. He chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance and is a member of the Climate and Health Council. He is also a member of the National Quality Board.

  Dr Bettina Menne, Climate Change, Green Health Services and Sustainable Development Programme Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe 

Dr Menne's programme currently focuses on increasing health system resilience to climate change (adaptation), tracking and promoting health beneficial measures of a green economy and developing methods and tools for sustainable healthcare. Dr Menne and her team have contributed to important policy processes, such as developing the WHO European regional framework for action on climate change and health. Dr Menne has worked for WHO since 1997 and is a medical doctor specialising in hygiene and public health.


Prof Hugh Montgomery, geneticist, author and Director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London

Hugh Montgomery obtained a degree in cardiorespiratory physiology and his medical degree in 1987. He obtained his MD in 1997, and is now Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL, where he directs the Institute for Human Health and Performance. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is also consultant intensivist at the Whittington Hospital in London. He is a GLA London Leader, founded the schools climate change education programme ‘Project Genie', was a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council, was co-commissioner of the 2009 UCL-Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health, and is co-leading the current Commission.


Dr James Smith – Consultant in Public Health Strategy (Sustainable Development), Public Health England

James is a public health doctor who works for Public Health England helping to shape and coordinate its work related to sustainable development. Prior to joining Public Health England James has worked in local general practice and public health in the East of England, in academia at the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Research in Cambridge and in the Sustainable Development Unit. James has been a NICE scholar with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and a NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow. He is a member of the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

  Thursday, 19th September, 13.30-17.00
Closing Plenary: Awards and the story so far

Isobel Braithwaite, Medical student, National Coordinator of Healthy Planet UK

Isobel is a clinical student at UCL and first became involved in work around climate and health upon starting at medical school.  She has been involved in the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s Sustainable Healthcare Education Network for some time, has interned at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare for a summer, and took on the role of Healthy Planet UK's national coordinator a year ago.  She will be attending part of the next international climate summit with a team of other young people, and is passionate about creating a network of students who are informed and actively engaged in the issues at the intersection of climate change, health and healthcare sustainability.  She has recently finished a Masters' in Public Health - with a focus on Environment and Health - at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and hopes to work in this area in the future.


Gary Cohen, President & Co-founder, Health Care Without Harm

Gary Cohen is a founder and President of Health Care Without Harm, the international campaign for environmentally responsible healthcare. Gary is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic and Documentation Center in Bhopal, India, which provides free medical care to the survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal. In July 2013 he was honoured with a Champion of Change Award by the White House for public health and climate change. He was also awarded the Skoll Global Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006, the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service Award in 2007 and Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2012. 

  Susan Wilburn, Technical Officer, Department of Public Health & Environment, World Health Organisation

Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology) and has been at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland since 2005 where she coordinates the "greening hospitals" initiative, the Protecting health workers - preventing needlestick injuries project and leads the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programmes for health workers.  Ms Wilburn was a nursing consultant to the International Council of Nursing coordinating the joint WHO/ICN Needlestick Prevention Project in Tanzania, South Africa and Vietnam and is the author of multiple articles and chapters on protecting health care workers from occupational hazards and communities from the environmental health impact of health care activities. 


Dr Donal O’Donoghue, Consultant Renal Physician, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Donal O’Donoghue is Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Manchester and publishes regularly on the epidemiology of chronic kidney diseases, progression of kidney disease, models of service delivery and clinical outcomes. He also champions the integration of kidney care into general vascular risk reduction strategies and care plans. He was the first National Director for Kidney Care at the Department of Health (England) between January 2007 and April 2013). A consultant renal physician since 1992 he was the Clinical Director of Renal Services at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust between 1994 and 2007. Donal has been on numerous kidney service advisory groups and established the first managed clinical network for renal services in Greater Manchester in 1999.