Wednesday 29 November


The Old Truman Brewery
81 Brick Lane
E1 6QL





Lansons Healthcare Public Policy Conference at GIANT

GIANT – the Global Innovation and New Technology Health Event – now in its second year, focuses on supporting an emerging health industry that is more digital, nimble, responsive and focused on people. Lansons has curated a series of discussions which will bring together experts in health, public policy and tech and will cover topics including the impact of air pollution on health, mental health in the workplace, ageing community and connected health. Hear from our keynote speakers Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer at the London Mayor’s Office and Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBE, co-author of the Stevenson-Farmer review into mental health in the workplace.

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Twitter: @TonyLangham

Tony Langham, CEO, Lansons

Tony co-founded Lansons in 1989 and has advised Governments, organisations and companies on their image and reputation for over 30 years. He has an active non-executive career and is one of the 500 most influential people in the UK according to Debrett’s (2014 and 2015).

Tony is Chief Executive and retains an active consultancy role across a range of Lansons clients, leading the consultancy’s corporate practice. His work is largely been split between building reputations for organisations growing rapidly in the market and protecting the reputations of those with a leading position to maintain, including crisis management. His recent clients have included The Co-operative Bank, Stobart Group, Metro Bank and the Isle of Man Government.

Tony plays an active role in developing the UK reputation management and PR industry. In 2015 he chaired the PRCA’s PR Council, the think tank for the UK PR industry, where he ran the “economics of reputation”​ campaign, which highlighted the impact of reputation on the bottom line. He is one of the 500 most influential PR people in the UK and one of the 300 most influential PR people in the world, according to PR Week. He received a ‘lifetime achievement’ award for outstanding contribution to the UK PR industry from the PRCA in 2004 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Twitter: @RalphJ13

Ralph Jackson, Director, Lansons

Ralph advises companies and organisations on their corporate reputations.  He is a public policy specialist having worked and advised companies on legislation, especially in financial services more broadly, for over 25 years.

Formerly the lead spokesperson for the FSB, he has subsequently advised life companies, asset managers, banks and building societies on policy issues affecting them in the UK and EU. This has included J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Direct Line Group, Nationwide, Royal London, Standard Life and HBOS.

Speakers and panellists

Twitter: @CATCHshef

Professor Arlene Astell, Professor of Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, Health Services Research Centre at Sheffield University

Arlene is a principal Investigator of NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing), a multidisciplinary project developing a touch screen toolkit to improve assessment and detection of early signs of malnutrition, frailty and cognitive decline in older adults. She is also in charge of a number of other technology projects, including whether tablets provide engaging and meaningful activities for dementia patients with a Rotterdam research centre. She is also on the tech advisory board for Alzheimer’s Society US.

Twitter: @beale_andy

Andrew Beale, Partner, Optimity Advisors

Andrew is a partner at Optimity Advisors, who provide advisory and data management services to public and private sector organisations, foundations and charities in the health and social care space.

He is an outcomes-oriented executive with over twenty years’ experience supporting organisations deliver high performance through people, process, data and technology. A leader in Optimity’s Information Management practice, Andrew has a substantial track record of delivering improvements in revenue, cost and reputation for policy makers.

Projects he has worked on in the past include designing and implementing new ways to assess the return on investment of public health interventions, and working internationally to share good practice in policies and policy making in areas of health.

Twitter: @LDN_CDO 

Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London

As London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo will play a leading role in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners.

Theo joins with extensive public and private sector experience. As Cabinet member for Finance, Technology & Growth at Camden council, Theo established Camden as London’s leading digital borough through its use of public data – and this year they received national recognition as Digital Leaders ‘Council of the year’.

He’s worked at GovTech accelerator Public Group, advising start-ups on the growing market in local public services, and was previously Head of Policy & Public Affairs for the video games industry’s trade body, Ukie.

Hannah Bowden, Programme Director, BetterPoints

Programme Director for BetterPoints Ltd, designing, implementing and evaluating digital behaviour change interventions for health in the UK and Europe. PhD Student at UCL, thesis on Machine learning and behaviour change. Psychology masters from Edinburgh included focus on Health Psychology, Complex systems, Psychology & IT. 20 years’ experience in business development, strategy, project management and marketing.

Twitter: @dave_challis

David Challis, VP innovation & sustainability, RB

Dave joined RB in 2011 where he developed and launched RB’s industry-leading sustainability strategy, betterbusiness, with a focus on developing more sustainable product innovations. In 2012 he assumed additional responsibility for scientific communications and learning.  In 2013 his remit was expanded to incorporate the company’s innovation programme – including outside innovation, fragrances & flavours, consumer science and breakthrough innovation.  Before joining RB he was head of consultancy at Salterbaxter, Europe’s leading sustainability strategy and communications agency following a role as director of the corporate responsibility practice of Engine (MHP).  Prior to this, he was head of sustainability for Kimberly-Clark EMEA where he established and managed the sustainability and public affairs strategy and team. Dave has a MA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University and lives in London.

Twitter: @alisoncook_BLF

‎Alison Cook, Director of Policy & Communications - ‎British Lung Foundation

Alison previously worked as a broadcast journalist and programme editor for the BBC, in news and current affairs for over 12 years, before starting a second career in policy and strategic communications. Alison worked for the HFEA and managed public consultations and press coverage around saviour siblings, sex selection and human cloning before moving on to work in government as a policy advisor to Ministers, in both the Department of Health and Number 10. Her policy team at the British Lung Foundation are working on Air Quality, Smoking and setting up the first Taskforce for Lung Heath to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all lung diseases. Alison is a scientist by background, I did a PhD in signals processing in the nervous system, looking at pain modulation and then a post doc in colour vision at University College London.

Twitter: @tara_donnelly1

Tara Donnelly, Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network

Tara Donnelly is Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network, which speeds up the best in health and care across South London.

Tara joined the Health Innovation Network two years ago, following extensive experience in the NHS over 27 years, the past 17 years at Board level. She joined from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she had worked as Managing Director and led its improvement work. Her Board experience includes working as Chief Executive at the West Middlesex University Hospital and six years on the Board of the Whittington Hospital as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations.

Tara is a Trustee at the Nuffield Trust and previously spent a decade as Trustee on the Board of Macmillan Cancer Support, the leading UK charity for people living with cancer.

Twitter: @RCPLondon

Professor Stephen Holgate, Chair, RCP/RCPCH Working Party on Air Pollution

Professor Holgate chaired the joint Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) working party set up to look at the topic of air pollution and its effect on health across the life course, including looking at the effects in utero. Stephen is a trustee of the British Lung Foundation (BLF), chair of the BLF’s Scientific Committee, a trustee of Cancer Research UK, chair of Defra’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee and the chair of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Science Council.

Twitter: @ChrisLarge1

Chris Large, Partner, Global Action Plan

Chris Large, Senior Partner, Global Action Plan In 2017, Chris led the creation and coordination of National Clean Air Day, in partnership with 100 supporter organisations, from the Royal College of Physicians to the Environment Agency, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Greater London Authority. The day had a reach of 86 million, trended top on UK twitter, involved 200 events and resulted in pledges from mayors and council leaders. Chris also manages partnerships with UN Environment in support of the Breathe Life campaign and is supporting Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority to implement the country’s green building strategy. Chris created the award-winning Operation TLC programme that saved the NHS millions of pounds of energy costs and helped the UK’s largest supermarket and 3 of the big 6 energy companies to cut their energy use through employee engagement. Chris is passionate about addressing the challenge of over-consumption and is driving Global Action Plan’s gadget recovery programme.

Twitter: @ClientEarth

Andrea Lee, Healthy Air Campaigner, Client Earth

Andrea has over ten years’ experience of working on sustainability projects and campaigns across the voluntary and public sectors in the UK, Spain and the USA. Before joining ClientEarth, Andrea worked on sustainable transport behaviour change projects funded by Transport for London and later at national charity Living Streets.

George Lee, Co-Founder, The Age of No Retirement

George Lee is co-founder of The Age of No Retirement, a design-led movement for intergenerational social change. She brings communities, companies and governments together to build a world where age no longer defines who we are, how others see us or what we can do. After starting her career in organisational psychology, George soon realised that radical change could be achieved more effectively using the power of design and radical creative thinking. In 2002 she founded This is Real Art, one of the most disruptive and celebrated design studios in the world, where she worked with brands like Channel 4, Sony, Virgin, MTV and Coca-Cola. In 2012, determined to use her creativity to build a better world she launched Commonland, a creative studio that used design-thinking to tackle complex social issues. It was there where she met Dr. Jonathan Collie and where the journey to tackle ageism and break down age barriers began. In 2016, George was voted as one of the world’s 50 Creative Leaders by the world’s leading creative and innovation magazine, Creative Review. George lives in London with her daughter Iris and a rather exuberant hound called Ivy.

Twitter: @vickinash

Vicki Nash, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Mind

Vicki Nash is a seasoned campaigner and leads Mind’s work on policy, lobbying and developing campaigns that reflect the needs of people with mental distress. Vicki can be called upon for comment on a wide range of current issues policy issues, from welfare reform and social care to disability hate crime. Vicki Joined us in 2008 from Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Twitter: @jd_routledge

James Routledge, Founder, Sanctus

James is on a mission to put the world’s first mental health gym’s on the high street. He’s the founder of Sanctus, a brand inspiring people to treat their mental health like we do our physical health. He founded Sanctus after starting up, scaling up and shutting down a tech business and struggling with his mental health afterwards. Sanctus currently works with businesses across the UK to create a safe space for individuals to work on their mental health.


Dani Saurymper, Healthcare Fund Manager at Axa IM

As a portfolio manager at AXA IM Framlington Equities, Dani has been responsible for managing the Healthcare strategy since joining AXA IM in 2015. He is also the global healthcare sector specialist within our internal research organisation.

Prior to joining AXA IM, Dani worked at Barclays Capital as a Senior Equity Research Analyst, responsible for covering European Healthcare. Dani started his career in 2001 at Nomura as a sector specialist covering global healthcare, before moving to Goldman Sachs as a Senior Pharmaceutical Analyst, responsible for covering European Pharmaceuticals.

Dani holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Manchester School of Management, UMIST and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Pharmacology from Leeds University.


Lord Dennis Stevenson, co-author of the Stevenson-Farmer review into mental health in the workplace

Dennis has spent 50% of his life investing in start-ups (50+ so far) as well as chairing large companies (Pearson, GPA, HBOS), the other 50% on not for profit activities (Chairman, The Tate Gallery, Aldeburgh Music, House of Lords Appointment Commission etc.)

Some 7 years ago he set up MQ, a leading mental health research foundation and Inter Mediate, a body concerned with conflict resolution (a key player in the peace negotiations in Columbia). He and Paul Farmer have recently been working on a report for the PM on How to Improve Mental Health in the Workplace.

He sits on the cross-benches in the House of Lords.

Marteka Swaby, Psychotherapist- Digital Lead, Making Your Mind Up

Marteka has worked with passion and purpose to improve health and wellbeing for people and organisations, effectively implementing transformational change and innovative partnerships across health. She is an expert in mental health with over 15 years’ experience implementing new services or programmes. She is now bringing her expertise in mental health to innovators across emerging digital technologies to accelerate improvements in health outcomes. Marteka has a Masters in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy from Birkbeck University, a world-class teaching institute of academic excellence and is a member of the FDAP and BACP in both Counselling and Coaching.


Twitter: @helen_undy

Helen Undy, Head of External Affairs at Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

Helen has a background in communications, campaigns and political influencing, and a passion for mental health. She previously led Mind’s policy and campaigns work on public mental health and social care as well as working for a number of different voluntary sector organisations and in Parliament. At The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Helen has fed into the Farmer/Stevenson review of workplace mental health and sits on the Cabinet Office Inclusive Economy Partnership Mental Health Delivery Group.

Twitter: @unmindhq

Dr Nick Taylor, CEO & Co-founder, Unmind

Nick started his journey in mental health as a Support Worker for Mind and volunteer Samaritan. These experiences instilled a lifelong passion for mental health. After many years of studying, he qualified as a Clinical Psychologist working in a variety of settings throughout the NHS. Nick left the NHS in 2016 to launch Unmind. Unmind is a mental health solution for businesses that empowers employees, via a digital platform, to take positive and proactive steps towards improving their mental health. The Unmind platform is currently available to many thousands of employees across the UK.

Twitter: @OpiniumResearch

Adam Wilson, Senior Research Manager & Partner, Opinium

Adam is a senior research manager and partner at Opinium. Adam heads-up our energy research offering and works closely with our public affairs team.

He has particular interests in environmental and health research and is delighted to present Opinium’s latest research on the public’s attitudes to air pollution and the impact they feel it has on their health.