Keynote Speakers


Speakers appear in order of last name



Peter Crampton

Professor Peter Crampton is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School at the University of Otago.

Peter started his professional life as a GP at the Porirua Union and Community Health Service, and later specialised in public health medicine. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, and health care organisation and funding.

He has served on numerous government advisory panels in a variety of policy areas related to public health, health services, and health workforce, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to public health, health systems and health services management.

When not at work he is kept busy with his family, riding his mountain bike, climbing mountains, playing music and chopping firewood.

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David W. Haslam

Professor David W. Haslam is a full time GP with a special interest in obesity and cardiometabolic disease, Physician in Obesity Management, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and Chair of the National Obesity Forum (NOF).  The NOF is a charity whose aim is to increase awareness of obesity, diabetes and weight related illness, and improve their management.

He sits upon the Department of Health Obesity Strategy Review Group, the Obesity Health Alliance and the RCP obesity advisory board.

He is visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, visiting Professor Chester University, and is the Obesity Specialist at 76 Harley St.

He is a Board Member of the Charity Foundations, patron of the charity HENRY, a Director of PCOS UK, a member of the Counterweight Board, and a visiting Lecturer at Beds & Herts Postgraduate Medical School.

He has written a dozen books, and has over 200 articles published in journals and papers and speaks internationally on obesity and related diseases.  His books include 'Fat Gluttony and Sloth, Obesity in Art, Literature and Medicine', and 'The Obesity Epidemic, and its Management', both 2010, and 'Controversies in Obesity' and 'Fast Facts; obesity' both 2014.

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David A. Haslam

David A. Haslam is Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

He is also past-President of the British Medical Association, past-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester, and Professor of General Practice at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He was a General Practitioner in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, for many years and has been an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board, and National Clinical Adviser to both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Commission

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. David was Chairman of Council of the Royal College of GPs from 2001 to 2004, and was also vice chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He has been awarded Doctorates by Birmingham University and the University of East Anglia.

He has written 13 books, mainly on health topics for the lay public and translated into 13 languages, and well over a thousand articles for the medical and lay press. In 2014 he was named by Debretts and the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential and inspirational people in the United Kingdom, and in 2004 he was awarded CBE for services to Medicine and Health Care.

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Tim Kelsey

Tim Kelsey is Chief Executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

He was formerly National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England - a role which combined the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government's first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

He was also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in health and care and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.

He is also an internationally regarded expert in digital transformation of the customer experience in healthcare. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service ( which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by The Sunday Times.

Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.

He is co-author with Roger Taylor of Transparency and the Open Society which was published by Policy Press and the University of Chicago in 2016.

Tim is visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Follow Tim on Twitter: @tkelsey1

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