Speakers

The UKRC and UKRO Programme Committee are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers will be presenting at the Congress.

Rt Hon the Lord Winston of Hammersmith


Amanda Bolderston

Provincial Professional Practice and Academic Leader, British Columbia Cancer Agency


Amanda trained in the UK at the Oxford Regional School of Radiography in the 1980s.  She is the Associate Editor for Qualitative Research for the Canadian Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and an editorial board member for Radiotherapy in Practice in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists as well as a past president. Amanda has been involved in the development of advanced practice in Canada for over 15 years. Recently she has taken to Twitter, and helped found the popular MedRadJournalClub which hosts monthly international research chats. She is currently a graduate student in the University of British Columbia’s education doctorate program, studying educational leadership and policy.

Her presentation at the UKRC UKRO Congress will reflect on her doctoral work, as well as her personal story as an out health care professional, to examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) patients in the health care system.

Prof Alan Melcher

Professor of Translational Immunotherapy, Team Leader, Translational Immunotherapy Team, The Institute of Cancer Research


Hazel Pennington

Lead Radiographer, Proton Beam Therapy Project, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


Keith McNeil

Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Social Care


An internationally recognised expert in the fields of lung transplantation and pulmonary vascular disease, Keith was appointed as the NHS’s first CCIO In July 2016. He took up this role having previously served as CEO at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and as CEO of one of the largest health services in Australia – Metro North Health Service in Brisbane. In his new role, he is overseeing the implementation of the national digital agenda for health IT. He is committed to ensuring patients receive high quality, safe care in a sustainable system construct, through the digital transformation of the National Health Service.

Keith spent two years as a senior transplant fellow at Papworth Hospital and a further five years working jointly at Papworth and CUH as a cardio-pulmonary transplant and respiratory physician and director of the pulmonary vascular disease unit. Keith began his chief executive career in 2007 in his native Australia at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. In 2008 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland. Keith also served in the Australian Special forces where he was trained in survival techniques and as a weapons expert.

Dr Fiona McDonald

Consultant Thoracic Clinical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


Shafi Ahmed

Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon, Associate Dean and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Barts and the London Medical School


Amanda Martin

Lead Radiographer, Royal Bolton Hospital


Amanda qualified in 1986 and started her Radiography career at Bolton Royal Infirmary. Shortly afterwards, she took up employment as a senior radiographer at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital and achieved a MSc in Clinical Reporting of Trauma and Orthopaedics in 1999.

Amanda then took a Clinical Tutor post at the Royal Bolton Hospital, combining this with a lecturers post at the University of Salford. She completed her PgC Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and commenced on the Professional Doctorate Health and Social Care programme. In 2007, she was appointed as Clinical Manager, completing her DProf in 2011. In 2013, Amanda opted to return into a clinical post. She is now Lead Radiographer for the Trust, and audit lead and lead reporting radiographer within the department. Amanda also holds an annual contract with the University of Salford.

Eliot Siegel

Professor and Vice Chair Research Informatics, University of Maryland