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Dr Dave Haslam

Dr Dave Haslam is a General Practitionar in Watton-at-stone, Hertfordshire and chairman of the National Obesity Forum.

He specialises in obesity and also holds positions as Trustee of the Foundations Charity and is Executive Director, PCOS UK.

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Susie Sanderson, Board Member of the Council of European Dentists

Susie is the Honorary Treasurer and Board Member of the Council of European Dentists, and was formerly the Executive Board Chair at British Dental Association.

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Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director, British Heart Foundation

Mike is Associate Medical Director (Prevention & Care) at the British Heart Foundation and a part-time GP in Cambridge. He is also a non-executive director at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Nina Pinwill, Operational Lead, Cancer Drugs Fund, NHS England

Nina is Operational Lead at the Cancer Drugs Fund. Previously, she was the Associate Director and Appraisal Project Manager for Topic Selection at the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

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Professor David Colin-Thomé

David is the former National Clinical Director for Primary Care, and has also been a GP at Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn, Senior Medical Officer at the Scottish Office and Director of Primary Care at North West and London Regional Offices.

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Dr Michael Dixon, Chair, College of Medicine

Michael is also a GP in Cullumpton, Devon. Michael also chairs the national life check board and is a Senior Associate of the King's Fund and Honorary Senior Fellow in Public Policy at HSMC.

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Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point

Victor was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless people in 2000 and was appointed as a cross-bench peer in 2001.

julia manning

Julia Manning, Director, 2020health.org

2020health.org is the first web-based, clinician-led, independent think tank for health and technology. Julia is also Director of the Institute of Optometry and Founder member of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists.




Jill DeBene, Chief Executive, Institute of Healthcare Management

An experienced Health Service Specialist who has led major change programmes within and with the NHS. Jill was appointed as the CEO of the Institute of healthcare Management in September 2016.


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Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy, NHS Providers

Saffron Cordery is director of policy and strategy at  NHS Providers. She has extensive experience in policy development, influencing and communications and has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007.

Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education.

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Chris Walters, Chief Economist, NHS Improvement

Chris Walters is chief economist of NHS Improvement. He leads NHS improvement's programme of economic research and evaluation and oversees economic support to the organisation. Chris is also a member of the board of the Government Economic Service.  


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