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Dame Clare Gerada, Chair – Doctors in Distress

Clare has just passed her 30th year milestone working in the same GP practice in South London. She began working there having first trained in psychiatry and the Maudsley. Clare has worked at the interface between mental health and primary care ever since with a special interest in the care of substance misusers, the homeless and currently mentally ill doctors.

For the last 14 years she has led the largest physician health service in Europe and to date the service has had over 14,000 doctors and dentists with mental illness present. Clare led the Royal College of General Practitioners between 2011-2013, only the second women in its history to at its head.

She trained in group analysis, obtaining the Diploma of Group Analysis in 2014. As well as her work with mentally ill health professionals, she currently leads a service for those with gambling addiction. She is also Chair of Doctors in Distress, a Charity whose aim is to reduce suicide amongst all health professionals through creating groups where staff can come together to talk about the emotional impact of their work.

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Rob Webster CBE, Lead Chief Executive – West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (ICS)

Rob is Lead Chief Executive for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership [Integrated Care System]. This sees him bringing together West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and care leaders, organisations and communities to deliver ambitious plans for improved health, care and finances for 2.7 million people. Rob is an active member of the NHS Assembly and contributes to a number of national programmes.

Rob has worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership. He was Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation between 2014 and 2016, having proven to be a successful Chief Executive in the NHS since 2007, running a number of commissioning organisations and providers of NHS services. He has chaired formal cancer, primary care, community trust and learning disability networks.

Rob is defined by a values-based approach to leadership. He is a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University and was proud to be made a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2014. In May 2016, Rob became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2020 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

You can follow Rob on Twitter @NHS_RobW

Professor Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive – Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Joe Rafferty has led at a senior level in the NHS nationally, regionally and at Trust level for over 20 years. He has been the CEO of Mersey Care for 9 years and in that time has overseen the complete modernisation of services, both for local residents of Liverpool and Sefton and also for mental health and learning disabled patients from all over the country including at Ashworth Hospital and other secure sites in Cheshire & Merseyside.

He has been an ardent campaigner for safety in mental health services. As such he founded the Zero Suicide Alliance in 2018 and was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.

Dr. Éamonn O’Moore,  National Lead for Health & Justice – PHE & Director UK Collaborating Centre – WHO HIPP

Dr. Éamonn O’Moore is a medical doctor (qualified from UCD, Dublin in 1991) and consultant in public health medicine. He works as National Lead for Health & Justice for Public Health England and as Director of the UK Collaborating Centre for the WHO Health in Prisons Programme (EURO Region).

Dr. O’Moore is an expert adviser to national and international policy makers and public health institutions on prison public health. He has led work nationally and internationally developing public health surveillance systems identifying health needs of prison populations; public health programmes to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage communicable and non-communicable diseases in prison and other detention settings, and contributed to the development of the evidence-base to inform such programmes through research and building research capability internationally (through the Worldwide Prison Health Research & Engagement Network- WEPHREN).

He is currently leading the response to COVID-19 as it impacts on prison and detention settings in England and supporting work by the WHO internationally to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on prison populations.

Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons – HM Prison & Probation Service, England & Wales

Phil has worked in offender management for 30 years. He joined the Prison Service in 1990 as a prison officer before undertaking a range of managerial posts at different prisons, as well as Headquarters.

He took up his first Governor post at Deerbolt, an establishment for young adult men, in 2000. He was Governor of Frankland, a high security prison, from 2002 to 2006, after which he became Area Manager for prisons in North East England and then the North East Director of Offender Management within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), with responsibility for both prisons and probation in the region.

Phil became a member of the NOMS Board in 2011 and served as Director of National Operational Services, Director of High Security, Director of Public Sector Prisons and Chief Operating Officer. He had a short spell seconded to the Ministry of Justice’s Strategy Unit working on prison strategy in 2015.

Upon creation of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Agency in April 2017, Phil took up post as Executive Director Prisons, with responsibility for all prisons in England, as the Agency’s Head of Profession for prisons.

Under a revised structure, Phil became Director General of Prisons from November 2019.

Dr Steven Michael – Chair, Spectrum People

Steven is a long-standing public-sector leader and manager.  He began his career working as a registered mental health nurse, moving on to work in the charitable sector and then returning to the NHS in a variety of clinical leadership and management roles.

In his final full-time NHS role, he was CEO of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a role he occupied for a decade.

In addition, Steven has occupied roles at a national level, having been Chair of the Mental Health Network and a Trustee of the main Board of the NHS Confederation.  He is currently Independent Chair of Cheshire East Partnership, a Non-Executive Director of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Chair of Spectrum People, a Wakefield based charity.

He has extensive experience of working with universities, including: Newcastle, Leeds, Lincoln and Huddersfield (where he recently completed a Research Doctorate concerning strategy development in complex human systems).

Steven was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2014.

Andrew Furber – Public Health England, Regional Director (North West) 

Andrew has been the Regional Director for Public Health England (North West) and Regional Director of Public Health NHS NW since May 2020. He was previously Centre Director for Public Health England (PHE) in Yorkshire and Humber. He originally trained as a General Practitioner and is now a Public Health specialist with international experience. He worked for seven years in Nepal at all levels of the health system and has taken short term assignments in several other countries. In the UK he has worked as a Director of Public Health from 2007 to 2018 and is immediate past President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK (ADPH).