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We are delighted to be welcoming the following keynote speakers and workshop leads and thank them all for supporting the conference. Details of their talks will be posted closer to the event.


Iona Heath is a retired inner city general practitioner in Kentish Town in London (1975-2010). Past President of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners (2009-2012).

Iona has written regularly for the British Medical Journal and has contributed essays to many other medical journals across the world. She has been particularly interested to explore the nature of general practice, the importance of medical generalism, issues of justice and liberty in relation to health care, the corrosive influence of the medical industrial complex and the commercialisation of medicine, and the challenges posed by disease-mongering, the care of the dying, and violence within families.


Kasey Boehmer leads work around Treatment Burden and Capacity Theory at the Mayo Clinic, supporting a shift away from deficit models of care. She works with Victor Montori who leads work around Minimally Disruptive Medicine in collaboration with Carl May, Anne Rogers and Frances Mair.


Aneez Esmail is Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester and Director of the NIHR Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.
As a health services researcher he has published work in several areas of public health (prevention of cot deaths, epidemiology of solvent abuse, preventing paediatric admissions, the evaluation of telemedicine and patient safety). He is responsible for a large area of work looking at patient safety in primary care.
He continues his work as a General Practitioner, at the Robert Darbishire Practice, a social enterprise based in one of the most deprived areas of Manchester.
Details of his work can be found on his personal website


Niels Peek is a Professor of Health Informatics at the Health eResearch Centre for North England (, University of Manchester. His background is in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Professor Peek’s research has focused on data-driven informatics methods for healthcare quality improvement, data mining for healthcare, predictive models, and clinical computerised decision support. Since January 2016, he has been directing the Greater Manchester Connected Health City, which is part of the £20M “Health North” investment to establish a learning health system in the North of England. He also leads the EPSRC-funded “Wearable Clinic” (£2m), a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester and York that deploys emerging digital technologies to help patients with long term conditions to better manage their health in daily life, respond more quickly to changes in symptoms and prevent fall back episodes.


Margaret Whitehead holds the W.H. Duncan Chair of Public Health in the Department of Public Health and Policy where she leads the ‘Policy Research on Social determinants and Health Inequalities’ research group. She has expertise in public health, health inequalities, social epidemiology, health and social policy analysis and evidence synthesis.

Professor Whitehead was awarded a Damehood in the 2016 New Year Honours list for services to public health, and in particular the field of health inequalities. In 2018 she was selected by the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK as an ‘Outstanding ‘Woman in Medicine’ for the RCP’s celebratory exhibition of ‘women in medicine’