Conference Speakers

Invited Speakers

Berrisford Boothe
Rachel Burnett
Ralph Edwards
Dan Jones
Mike Manson
Ian Neild
Tony Solomonides
Gwyn Thomas
Matthew Swindells
Simon Whittaker


Rachel BurnettRachel Burnett
President, British Computer Society

Opening plenary - 10.00  Monday 21 April

Following a degree in sociology from the University of Exeter, Rachel worked as a systems analyst, in systems development and project management.
While working in IT full time, Rachel studied law by correspondence course, continuing in IT work once she had completed her legal training.

Changes in software development and the introduction of the personal computer in the early 1980s, brought with it the new area of IT law. In 1985 Rachel joined another solicitor in one of the first IT legal practices. She now runs her own niche commercial IT law firm.

Rachel is author of Outsourcing IT: The Legal Aspects, co-author of Drafting and Negotiating Computer Contracts and editor of the IT Law Guides published for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is an associate lecturer with the Open University.

Matthew Swindells Professor Matthew Swindells
Interim CIO for the NHS and the DH

Opening plenary - 10.00  Monday 21 April

Matthew is a member the NHS Management Board and the Interim Chief Information Officer for the NHS and the Department of Health.  The creation of the role of CIO was an early recommendation from the wide-ranging Informatics Review that Matthew has been leading, the final report of which will be published in the summer, to coincide with Lord Darzi's "Next Stage Review."

Prior to joining the NHS Management Board, Matthew spent a year as Senior Policy Adviser to Patricia Hewitt MP, when she was Secretary of State for Health, supporting the secretary of state and senior ministers on the issues of the day. 

Matthew has had a wide-ranging career in the NHS.  He joined the NHS as a Graduate Supplies Trainee in the North Western Regional Health Authority in 1987.  His roles since have included:

  • Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, a district general hospital and cancer centre just outside London. 
  • Director of Clinical Services at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough.
  • Head of IT for Guy's and St Thomas'

Matthew has a degree in Economics, an MBA from Brunel University and is a Visiting Professor and a member of the Advisory Board at Surrey University School of Management.

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Colonel Mike Manson

Assistant Director, Medical Information Management, Defence Medical Services Department, Ministry of Defence, UK

The Defence Medical Information Capability Programme: implementation, progress and experiences 11.30 - Monday 21 April

Colonel Mike Manson is a Royal Artillery Officer who has spent the past nine years in decision-support appointments. He has been involved with the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) since its conception some six years ago.

Following trials at pilot sites, the DMICP is being rolled out first to army medical facilities, then to RAF and Royal Navy facilities, Defence Dental Services and permanent overseas bases. It is expected to be fully operational by 2010.

Ian Neild  Ian Neild
Futurologist, BT

Technologies in home environments - 13.30 Monday 21 April

Ian Neild is a disruptive evangelist who presents on technology trends and social / business impacts. He writes the BT technology timeline along with Ian Pearson, which lists possible technology changes and their impact from 5 to 50 years forth. It is used extensively by many companies around the world to help them to think about future strategy in business. (View the 2005 version here - PDF)

Ian has co-authored numerous patents, written many technical papers; appeared on various radio / television shows and spoken at many conferences around the world. Currently he is working on an area dubbed the "Internet of Things" looking at disruptive technologies within BTs foresight team and working on his doctorate at UCL.

Tony Solomonides Tony Solomonides
Reader in Computer Science and Medical Informatics, University of the West of England, Bristol

Healthgrid computing: the SHARE project and beyond - 13.30 Monday 21 April

Trained originally in mathematics, he began work in clinical informatics in the late 1980's; his work has spanned shared management of chronic conditions, natural language understanding of pathology reports, and information integration in radiology, in paediatric conditions and in reproductive medicine.  In several cases, this work has involved grid computing, especially collaboration grids, a new paradigm that has emerged in the field of healthgrid.  In 2005 he edited with Vincent Breton and Kevin Dean the seminal HealthGrid White Paper which led to the SHARE project about which he will speak at the conference.

Tony is a member of the Scientific Board of HealthGrid, the European association for healthgrid computing, and has been active in the organization of the highly successful series of HealthGrid conferences since 2003; he is co-chair of the Scientific Review Board of HealthGrid 2008 to be held in Chicago in June.  He will also report on recent research at the special track on Healthgrids at CBMS 2008, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Gwyn Thomas Dr Gwyn Thomas 
Programme Director, Informing Healthcare

Implementing national programmes - the Welsh perspective - 09.00 Tuesday 22 April

Dr Thomas is Director of Informing Healthcare for Wales which is the national programme for the implementation of information and technology services to enable improvements in healthcare to patients. Previously he was Chief Executive of the NHS Information Authority, and led the Authority through a highly productive period, overseeing its creation from the merger of a number of pre-existing organisations and shaping it to deliver an extensive portfolio of high profile national projects and services.
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Professor Berrisford Boothe
Art Lehigh University, USA

The patient case for the construction and expeditious implementation of an electronic architecture for health information - 9.00 Tuesday 22 April

Professor Boothe has gained recognition for his role in the set up of the Integrated Product Development Programme at Lehigh University that creates teams of undergraduate designers, engineers and business and marketing majors in a curriculum centred around new product design for start-up and existing businesses.

Dr Simon WhitakerSimon Whitaker 
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust

Is modern Technology making people with low intellectual ability less intelligent? 9.00 Tuesday 22 April


 Professor Ralph EdwardsRalph Edwards 
Director, Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Sweden

The Uppsala Monitoring Centre provides scientific and technical support to the WHO International Drug Monitoring Programme.  Professor Edwards is a physician in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology, now speicalsed in clinical toxicology. He has held clinical and academic posts in the UK, Zimbabwe and New Zealand and has extensive experience in research and regulatory aspects of drug safety, as well as within the pharmaceutical industry.


Dan Jones Dan Jones
Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK

Application of Lean Thinking to Support the Transformation of Healthcare - 09.00 Wednesday 23 April

Professor Jones is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of lean thinking and helping others with its implementation. His work has inspired the very successful implementation of lean by Tesco and many other companies.