2017 Health Promotion Conference, Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace, June 15th
Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Carol Black, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England. She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers, and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors 

In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.


Professor Paul Fleming, University of Southampton, UK

Paul Fleming is Professor of Health Promotion at the University of Southampton with a background in high school teaching and as a health promotions specialist. He was the founding course director of the master’s in health promotion at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland where he was also Associate Dean of Life and Health Sciences. Other significant elements of his career have included being Training and Professional Development Manager of the Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland and Pro Vice Chancellor for Science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Paul’s PhD focused on reflection in health promotion and public Health. His research interests, on which he has published research papers and reports, book chapters and two co-authored books, are in healthy workplaces and evaluation of health promotion programmes. His teaching has been primarily in the areas of Health Promotion Theory, Programme Planning and Management and Evidence-Based Practice.


Dr Paul Litchfield, British Telecom (BT), UK

Paul Litchfield has been Chief Medical Officer for BT Group plc since 2001 and has been active in the field of workplace health and disability for more than 30 years. He has been involved in UK national and European initiatives to promote good physical & mental health, to improve rehabilitation back into work and to reduce the stigma of mental ill health. In 2015 he was additionally appointed as Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which is dedicated to understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society. He is an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and has contributed to leading edge thinking on chronic disease, mental health and wellbeing in the context of an ageing society. In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed to undertake statutory Independent Reviews of the work capability assessment and to advise the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. He was previously a co-author of the independent review for the UK Government “Realising ambitions: Better  employment support for people with a mental health condition”. In 2007 Paul was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Occupational Health.


Professor Anne Drummond, University College Dublin, Ireland

Anne is Professor and Head of Subject in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in University College Dublin (UCD), and co-ordinates UCD’s blended online Certificate programme and the MSc programme. Anne’s involvement in OSH commenced during the latter stages of her time working in general nursing. She completed her OSH education in UCD and the University of Surrey and joined the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work in 1995. She has been responsible, as Director of the Centre, for academic management and development of the Centre’s OSH Continuing Professional Education Programme since the early 2000s. 
She has a strong interest in Teaching and Learning, and held governance roles of School Head of Teaching and Learning and School Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning between 2005 and 2013.  She received several UCD and national teaching awards for her work.


Biddy O’Neill, Department of Health, Ireland.

Biddy is National Project Lead in the Health and Wellbeing Programme Department of Health. She is leading on the development of the National Healthy Workplace Framework in partnership with the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation under the auspices of Healthy Ireland.

Biddy has worked in Health Promotion for over twenty years at both strategic and operational levels within the Health Service and the Department of Health. She has extensive experience in partnership working, policy and programme development and implementation. She is a keen advocate for personal development including reflective practice and believes that facilitative leadership is key to changing workplace culture to promote health and wellbeing.

She was appointed as an Assistant National Director in the Health and Wellbeing Division Health Service Executive in 2013 and seconded to the Department of Health in 2015.
She has a background in Nursing and Addiction Counselling and holds a Higher Diploma in Adult Education and MA in Health Promotion.