CULTURE
HEALTH &
WELLBEING
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXCHANGE

“The conference was simply magnificent on every level. I felt so fortunate and privileged to attend.” 2013 Conference delegate

Speaker Biographies

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Conference Chair

Professor Richard Parish, CBE

Professor Richard Parish, CBE

A biologist with a special interest in population biology, Richard has worked in public health or higher education for most of his professional life. Formerly an NHS Chief Executive, Richard also held senior academic posts in several universities and was Principal of the first NHS multidisciplinary higher education college. Until 2013, he was the Founding CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health. He has also acted as Managing Director for commercial concerns and has advised the World Health Organisation for 30 years. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the American Public Health Association in 2006 for his international work and is one of only a small number of people to be awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He received a Doctor of Science degree from Brunel University and was made a CBE in 2014.

Poppy Jaman

Poppy Jaman

Poppy has 18 years’ experience of influencing and leading change in public mental health with her roles requiring her to challenge the public’s perception of mental ill health. An accomplished and skilled communicator, Poppy presents at high profile events and regularly undertakes national media interviews.

Under Poppy’s leadership, MHFA England has developed from a start-up social enterprise to a position of financial strength and international standing and is now a commercially successful CIC, fulfilling its mission of increasing the mental health literacy of populations around the world.

In 2012, Poppy helped to found the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a network of thought leaders keen to improve health and wellbeing in City organisations. Poppy is also a non-executive director for Public Health England (PHE).

Paul Dieppe

Paul Dieppe

Paul qualified as a doctor in London in 1970 and specialised in rheumatology. He became ARC professor of rheumatology in Bristol in 1987, and then Dean of the Bristol Faculty of Medicine between 1994 and 1997. He then switched to health services research and was the Director of the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration between 1997 and 2007. After that he spent a short time at the University of Exeter before moving to the Peninsular Medical School to work in clinical education research. With the formation of the new Exeter Medical School, Paul then took on the new role of Professor of Health and Wellbeing, and is working on setting up a network of people in and around Exeter with academic interests in health and wellbeing. He is also doing a part-time PhD on healing. - See more at: http://www.ahsw.org.uk/Trustees

Other Conference Chairs

Speaker biographies

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla

Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla is a Doctorate in Social Psychology with 22 years of experience working on gender-based violence. She developed the program of Prevention of Violence against Women and Children at SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), a non-profit organization working on public-health issues in Mumbai. She serves as Director for SNEHA, leading the programs on prevention of gender-based violence and adolescent health and sexuality with communities in urban-informal settlements. Her expertise is in conceptualizing prevention of violence models for adaption and replication in low and middle-income countries, focusing on mental health and violence; and community mobilization and intervention She has co-conceptualized and co-directed an art and health public engagement project: “The Dharavi Biennale” which was executed between February 2012, followed by an art exhibition and a festival in February- March, 2015.

Dr Fred Foote

Dr Fred Foote

Frederick Foote, M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, ret.) is a career military physician. In recent years, he has concentrated on creating holistic medicine programs at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Foote's night job is poetry: his 2014 collection of poems on Wounded Warriors, Medic Against Bomb, has won numerous awards. Readings from Medic Against Bomb have raised more than $1/2 million in support of the Green Road Project and other Veterans initiatives (www.greenroadproject.org; www.medicagainstbomb.com).

Sam Guglani

Sam Guglani is a consultant clinical oncologist in Cheltenham, specialising in the management of lung and brain tumours. He is chair of the hospital Law & Ethics group and Director of Medicine Unboxed. His poetry has been anthologised in The Charnel House (Bridgedoor Press, 2014), A Long White Thread of Words (SmokeStack, 2016), Orpheus and Eurydice (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) and published by Shearman and The Harlequin. His column, The Notes, is published by The Lancet. Histories, his debut fiction, will be published by River Run (Quercus Books) in November 2017.

Dr Iona Heath

Dr Iona Heath

Iona Heath worked as an inner city general practitioner in Kentish Town in London from 1975 until 2010, caring for a mostly disadvantaged and hugely ethnically diverse population. She was a nationally elected member of the Council of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners from 1989 to 2010 and was elected President for a three year term from 2009 to 2012.

The Right Honourable The Lord Howarth of Newport CBE

The Right Honourable The Lord Howarth of Newport CBE

The Right Honourable The Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, PC, was a Member of the British House of Commons between 1983 and 2005. He has been Schools Minister, Minister for Higher Education and Science and Minister for Employment, Equal Opportunities and Disabled People. As Minister for the Arts between 1998 and 2001 he sought to establish shared policies between the departments in Whitehall responsible for the arts and health. In 2014 he set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The All-Party Group has been conducting a 2 year Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the Inquiry Report will be launched in the House of Commons on 19th July 2017.

Vic McEwan

Vic McEwan

Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, an innovative arts organisation based in regional Australia.

Vic’s practice involves working with sound, video, installation and performance, with a particular interest in site-specific work. He is interested in working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities.

Vic aims to use his work to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the role that the arts sector can play within our communities. He sits on the NSW/ACT Arts & Health State Leadership Group, is a board member of Music NSW and was the recipient of the inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship.

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss is a novelist, travel writer and professor in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. She has written two novels set around women’s entry to the medical profession in the late nineteenth-century and one following the aftermath of a teenager’s unexplained cardiac arrest in the present day. All three were shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. Sarah wrote her doctoral thesis on the influence of polar travel narratives on English Romantic poetry and then an academic monograph on eating, cooking and gender in early nineteenth-century fiction, so she has been interested in various interactions of science and literature for a long time.

Mariantònia Oliver

Cia Mariantònia Oliver is a dance company established in 1989 in Barcelona and based in Mallorca since 2000. The company has three areas of action: Firstly, the creation for an adult audience. Secondly, the production of performances and educational projects for children. The last area focuses on work with people with disabilities, youth at risk of social exclusion and elderly people, conducting Community Dance and Social Inclusion projects for more than a decade.

Clive Parkinson

Clive Parkinson

Clive Parkinson is Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, a specialist research and development unit which was established in 1987. He is Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice at the Manchester School of Arts; a founding member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the North West Arts and Health Network facilitator. Clive is currently writing up new work on the Artist as Researcher as part of Dementia & Imagination, and developing performative work around OCD. He is a regular keynote speaker at major international events and blogs at: http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/

Duncan Selbie

Duncan Selbie

Duncan Selbie took up post as Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England in July 2012 and as permanent Chief Executive on 1 April 2013. From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and subsequently the first Director General of Commissioning. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. He joined the NHS on 1 January 1980.

Neil Valentine

Neil Valentine

Neil studied at York University and Trinity College of music and was a member of Southbank Sinfonia. Now he is an Associate Musician of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has delivered music projects, workshops and performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, LSO, Wigmore Hall and many others.
He works in all areas of the community including people suffering from dementia. The music and dementia project he leads 'Music for a While' was shortlisted for the Arts & Health Award at this year's RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards.
He is passionate about music making in all settings and with all groups of people. He believes everybody is musical and that anyone can make music with anyone else. He is privileged to be able to facilitate this process; it is a source of unending inspiration and enjoyment.

Julian West

Julian West

Julian West combines a career as an oboist with developing creative projects for many organisations, including Wigmore Hall, (project leader, Music for Life), Glyndebourne Opera, and Spitalfields Music. He is also Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music. Julian is part of the core team to be invited by the Wellcome Trust to take up the 2016-18 residency in The Hub at the Wellcome Collection. The group, which includes scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, is examining and challenging perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation.
www.julianwest.co.uk www.createdoutofmind.org

Dr Toby Young

Toby is a composer whose work explores the boundaries between pop and classical music. After winning the Guardian/BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year (2006 and 2008) and International ABRSM Composition Competition (2009), Toby’s music has been much in demand, with works being performed by renowned ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Fretwork, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia and CHROMA. Toby is also active as a researcher, exploring the relationship between creative practice and philosophy in his work as the inaugural Gianturco Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford. He frequently gives public talks about this work, including a recent TEDx talk entitled 'Why Do We Warble?'

Blood Sugars

The Blood Sugars team is drawn from both the Health Communication Research Unit and Drama for Life at the University of the Witwatersrand. Led by Professor Claire Penn (Director of the HCRU), it consists of a cast of four actors - Katlego Letsholonyana, Buhle Mazibuko, Zama Mbanjwa and Lebohang Moroe - who have worked under the guidance of directors Faith Busika and Masiza Mbali (DfL) to devise the play in collaboration with people living with diabetes and those caring for them. Tshegofatso Seabi, a postgraduate research assistant with the HCRU, prepared the ground for this project with extensive interviews and focus groups at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital - working with drama facilitator Limpho Kou (DfL). Tshego has continued to manage the project in a team with Linda Mdena (DfL) and Victoria Hume (HCRU).

Brabant Ensemble

The Brabant Ensemble takes its name from the Duchy of Brabant, an area now forming parts of northern Belgium and the southern Netherlands, from which the majority of its repertory is drawn. It was founded in 1998 by Stephen Rice in order to perform the so far under-exposed sacred music of the mid-sixteenth century, and in the past ten years has taken a leading role in the rehabilitation of composers such as Nicolas Gombert, Thomas Crecquillon, and Pierre de Manchicourt, all of whom it has recorded on Hyperion. Its recording of Mouton was Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s CDReview; earlier discs have been shortlisted for Gramophone Awards three times, and have won similar acclaim internationally. The Brabant Ensemble is in international demand on the concert stage, having performed in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. The Ensemble made its debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in September 2016, and will appear at the Festival de Lanvellec et Trégor, Brittany, in October 2017.

Session Chairs

Professor Paul Camic

Professor Paul Camic

Paul Camic is a clinical health psychologist, professor of psychology and public health at Canterbury Christ Church University, and one of the co-directors of Created Out of Mind dementia Hub at the Wellcome Collection. His research interests include investigating the social and psychological impact of community-based programmes involving the arts/galleries/museums with older people and those with dementia. Paul is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, founding co-executive editor of the journal Arts & Health and Co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016). Twitter: @PaulCamic

Gavin Clayton

Professor Norma Daykin

Professor Norma Daykin

Norma Daykin is Professor of Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester and Professor Emerita at the University of the West of England. She has an extensive track record of research and publication, having twice received the RSPH Award for her contributions to arts and health research. She is a co-investigator on the What Works for Wellbeing Culture and Sport Evidence Review Programme and an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She recently led the Creative and Credible evaluation development project with Willis Newson and she is the author of the Arts and Health Evaluation Framework published by Public Health England and coproduced with Aesop. She is also executive co-editor of Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice published by Taylor Francis.

Professor Kevin Elliston

Philippa Forsey

Philippa Forsey

Philippa Forsey is a Manager of Creative Wellbeing Services for Creativity Works. Interest in supporting the sustainability of creative groups has led to the co-creation of a Toolkit to support peer led groups and participatory research with UWE and Bath University. Lynda Tweedie is an artist and volunteer member of Creative Perspectives creative peer support group in Bath. Tom Cook is a writer and volunteer member of Writing Space creative peer led group in Bath. Dr Justin Rogers and Megan Robb are from the University of Bath and have an interest in community based participatory research and public engagement.

Victoria Hume

Victoria Hume is a singer-songwriter and composer, as well as an arts manager and researcher specialising in the meeting points between the arts, medicine and health. She is currently based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, working with the medical humanities initiative at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research), the Health Communication Research Unit, and the Wits School of Arts. Before this she was an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years. She recently received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. Her most recent EP, Closing (released on Lost Map records), featured on Lauren Laverne’s best of 2016 playlist (BBC Radio6 Music).ctoria is a musician, researcher and arts manager based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she works with the medical humanities initiative at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research), the Health Communication Research Unit, and the Wits School of Arts. Before moving to South Africa in 2014, she worked for 15 years as an arts manager in the NHS. She recently received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. Her most recent EP, Closing (released on Lost Map records), featured on Lauren Laverne’s best of 2016 playlist (BBC Radio6 Music).

Sue Isherwood

Sue Isherwood

Sue runs an independent cultural consultancy – C3, specialising in strategy development, leading change and facilitation for problem solving across the culture and voluntary sectors. For 11 years she worked in local government, developing cultural strategy and delivering major programmes around creative industries, arts education and rural regeneration. She is currently managing Leading Learning, a leadership programme for senior culture and leisure services officers on behalf of the National Culture Forum.
From 2002 to 2007 she was Chair and Strategic Lead for the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers (nalgao – now Arts Development UK). Before that she worked mainly at national level for such organisations as The Arts Council, The British Film Institute and the Royal Photographic Society.
Since the mid 70’s Sue has taught on cultural and women’s studies and arts policy courses at a number of universities and has managed arts organisations in the literature, media and education sectors. She is passionate about getting people to participate. For herself she plays the piano, cooks, keeps chickens and bees, takes photographs and is a village hall promoter.
Sue is a board member of Western Community Leisure and several small media, social interest and women’s health organisations in the South West. She is proud to have become Chair of Arts & Health South West in November 2011 at a very exciting time in their development.

Anna Ledgard

Anna Ledgard

Producer Anna Ledgard and artist Sofie Layton develop long-term arts collaborations in hospitals. Anna's role is to embed sustainable relationships with artists into the partnerships. Their work at Evelina London Children's Hospital includes “Bedside Manners” (2012 -2013), an audiovisual installation with parents and children. Anna and Sofie are currently developing “The Heart of the Matter”, with Dr Giovanni Biglino (Bristol Heart Institute), a national project exploring the medical, experiential and artistic dimensions of the heart with hospitals and cultural venues in Bristol, Newcastle and London. (www.annaledgard.com & www.insidetheheart.org)

Deborah Munt

Deborah Munt

Deborah is a freelance developer and consultant in arts and health and socially engaged arts practice and is the current Chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She has worked in the field for 20+ years, devising work that enables people and places to flourish, in hospitals, health centres, care homes, mental health services and in communities, neighbourhoods and people’s homes. She has particular interest in developing audiences amongst those who do not ordinarily engage and in how the intellectual and emotional capabilities of artists, alongside their artistic ones, can benefit society at large.

Professor David Osrin

David is Professor of Global Health at UCL and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. Based in Mumbai since 2004, he works in an urban health research collaboration with SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action: www.snehamumbai.org), in which programs to improve the survival and health of women and children are linked with descriptive research and controlled trials. Within the broad remit of urban health, he is particularly interested in complex social interventions and research ethics, and in the meeting of art and science in public engagement around health issues.

Dr Theo Stickley

Dr Theo Stickley is Associate Professor of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. He has been researching arts and health for nearly twenty years and is one of the most widely published authors on qualitative arts and health research. He is currently researching the relationship between arts participation and mental health recovery processes. He is also advising a European funded project developing models of arts approaches for people experiencing problems with addictions.

Jane Willis

Jane Willis

Jane is the driving force behind arts and health consultancy Willis Newson, which she founded in 2002. Her knowledge of, and passion for, arts and health provide the inspiration for everything the company does.
A strong facilitator and a persuasive presenter, she is highly skilled at assessing needs and motivations and drawing these together to enable projects to move forward smoothly.
A well-respected member of the UK's arts and health community, Jane has a proven capacity to grow projects and organisations. She has been a key player in the development of the field since 1994, when she set up Vital Arts, the arts programme of Barts and the London NHS Trust from 1994 – 2000.