We are delighted to introduce our wonderful keynote speakers for 2022.
Thank you to all of them for making time to join the 2022 conference and our event sponsors for supporting us to make it happen!
Professor (Dr) Nick Harding, Chief Medical Officer
Professor Nick Harding is Operose Health’s Chief Medical Officer and a practising GP with more than 25 years clinical experience. Previously he was the Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since 2011. He also held a number of roles, including working on secondment as Senior Clinical Advisor for the NHS England Accountable Care Systems’ Primary Care Development Programme and for Right Care.
Between 2014 and 2018 Nick chaired the National Specialised Commissioning Place Based Oversight Group and he is currently a member of the General Advisory Council for The King’s Fund. Nick also helped to establish Aston Medical School and currently sits on their Fitness to Practise panel.
Nick has experience both as a commissioner and provider of healthcare. As a commissioner, he created an award-winning CCG recognised for its innovative culture, approach to engagement and its consistent high performance. As a provider, he was a founding GP Partner for a large super partnership which is now a multi-site primary care provider.
Thank you to Specsavers for enabling us to welcome Professor (Dr) Nick Harding to this year’s event.
Sarah Stephenson-Hunter, Founder of Simply Equality
Sarah is a totally blind trans woman who shares her personal and professional experience of navigating the intersecting worlds of disability and LGBTQ+ equality with honesty and humour. She is a passionate disability and LGBTQ+ speaker, trainer, campaigner and host of The Simply Equality Podcast. Sarah is the Staff Disability Advisor and Trans lead in the University of Oxford Equality and Diversity Unit and has previously worked as a student disability adviser and Assistive Technology Officer at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham.
Sarah was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis aged 2 and subsequently developed various problems with her vision including cataracts, glaucoma, corneal transplants and finally losing all her remaining vision in 2011. She began her gender transition in 2013 and was recently featured on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s In Touch which focused on the specific impact of being both blind and trans.