Speakers & Workshops

Speaker Biographies

David Fillingham CBE

David Fillingham CBE
In March 2010 David was appointed to be the first Chief Executive of AQuA – the Advancing Quality Alliance. This is a new membership organisation set up by NHS PCTs and Trusts in the North West of England to spread best practice and to develop improvement capability. David will take up his new appointment fully in June 2010.

David Fillingham joined the NHS in 1989 having previously worked with Pilkington Plc. David has since occupied a number of Chief Executive positions – in Primary Care, Commissioning and Acute Hospital Services and has been Chief Executive at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust since September 2004. From 2001 to 2004 David was Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency responsible for developing new ways of working and promoting leadership development across the NHS as a whole.

David has been working to put his national experience of modernisation in to practice back on the frontline of the NHS. In particular he has been deeply involved in the application of “lean” principles to healthcare.

Byron Woodmansee

Stephen O'Brien CBE
Byron is one of the senior leadership team at Circle Healthcare. Circle is the UKs leading independent sector providers, renowned for its innovative approach to clinical leadership. The company runs the largest ISTC in the UK and has recently opened their flagship hospital in Bath. Their partnership model is unique in healthcare, providing real ownership to those who work for the organisation. By providing this culture of ownership, the company has shown how to deliver substantial improvements to patient care, while saving costs.

Byron has over 20 years experience in business, in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has held senior roles in WH Smith and Centrica, and has created a number of technology-led businesses, which have focused on improving business performance.

Mark Jarman Howe

Mark Jarman Howe
Mark joined the NHS in 2005 on the national Gateway to Leadership Programme. Mark is currently Programme Director at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust coordinating Trust wide efficiency and effectiveness initiatives. His projects are focused on a number of areas including: workforce productivity; reducing unexplained clinical variation; reducing LOS and improving DOSA rates; and pathway development across organisational boundaries for long term conditions.

Mark was previously Operations Manager and Emergency Care Lead at Addenbrookes, where he helped develop a nationally recognised model of emergency care and discharge driven bed management solution. Before that Mark was responsible for practice based commissioning development at Cambridge City and South Cambs PCT, which included helping to establish a GP collaborative with a membership of over 25 practices.

Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy
Andrew is a Director of Kingsgate and has a primary focus on public sector restructuring, organisational change, performance improvement and delivery. He has a successful track record of delivering complex change including multi-million pound cash releasing savings whilst improving quality. He has worked in the public sector for 16 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Performance in large NHS Trusts.

Kingsgate is a turnaround business, focused on the implementation of solutions for challenged or failing organisations. Kingsgate can take key, executive board positions within under performing and distressed organisations or provide advisory services on behalf of stakeholders to restore value. As seasoned leaders with exceptional track records in delivering real-world solutions, Kingsgate have genuine credibility, with hands-on experience across many industries, situations and functions.

Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees

Rupert Dunbar-Rees
Rupert works as an adviser to the Department of Health. He is also a sessional GP in London and previously was a GP principal in the Scottish Borders. Rupert has worked with PCTs on a variety of commissioning and procurement exercises over the last three years, involving Primary Care, Dentistry, Secondary Care and Mental Health.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Carolyne Haynes

Dr Carolyne Haynes
Carolyne is a qualified architect with a PhD in hospital design. Ten years ago she trained as an independent facilitator and is experienced in the use of community consultation across a wide range of projects including large scale development programmes. She lectures part-time at Portsmouth University in community consultation techniques and architecture.

Her interest in, and experience of, healthcare issues arises from her PhD work investigating the ways in which children interact with their environment within hospital accident and emergency departments. More recently her role as a non-executive director with an NHS Acute Hospital Trust has allowed her to focus on assessing patients’ views and learning from complaints.

Dr Jess Boyer MD

Dr Jess Boyer MD
Dr. Jess Boyer trained originally a paediatric nephrologist in the USA. Now he is responsible for clinical governance and clinical process change consultancy at RealTime Health, Ltd. Jess has over 25 years’ medical management experience, including eight years as either CEO or CMO in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 13 years, Jess has done turnaround consulting for hospitals and physician groups. He works collaboratively with physicians and other clinicians and develops innovative medical management programs that save millions of dollars while enhancing quality of care.

In his address to the conference Jess will focus on how, over the past five years the NHS has adopted a Pay for Performance approach driven by HRGs and how this approach has placed increasing pressure on hospitals to reduce costs through reducing the length of inpatient stays while maintaining or improving quality. Dr Boyer will outline how to improve acute hospital length of stay and reduce hospital readmission rates through creating consistent discharge planning processes and using information to drive ongoing improvements.

Dr D J Brown

Dr D J Brown MA, BMedSci BM BS
DJ Brown is a Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine at the Homerton Hospital, London.  He also regularly practices at UCLH, London.  As well as treating patients he actively supports the development of the A&E department and the training of junior doctors.

He also runs a results-focused healthcare consultancy, drawing on five years of experience outside medicine as a business consultant. The company focuses on improving patient outcomes by addressing the capability of staff and leaders to manage and improve processes.

He runs seminars and courses for NHS and Independent healthcare organisations, publishes on change management, leadership and quality in healthcare and regularly presents at conferences, including ISQUA and with the HSJ. His book on hospital transformation, “The Meaning of Careful”, was published in October 2009.

He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the medical development charity MaMA.

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins
After qualifying in medicine from King's College London in 1996, Richard worked in acute hospital medicine in the South East and London before moving to the Midlands to undertake his GP training. Richard is a GP partner in a six partner practice in Chase Terrace near Lichfield.

Richard’s previous roles include PCT PEC member, PCT GP prescribing lead, PCT clinical governance lead and a GP advisor to the pharmaceutical industry.

Richard spends three days a week working at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in the Safer Care and Leadership teams. Previous roles have been in long term conditions, care outside hospital and commissioning for health improvement.

His leadership work includes being the joint lead on the Innovations programme taking teams of senior leaders from the NHS to Boston, MA to gain experience and mentorship from senior leaders in the US health system. He is experienced in clinical engagement, facilitation and leadership for change.