Kenny Gibson, Head of Public Health Commissioning at NHS England (London)
Kenny started his NHS-career as a laundry assistant in 1981 before training as a nurse from 1982. He qualified as a nurse and midwife in Aberdeen and caught the learning-bug with the advent of the internet. He is now a perpetual learner using social media – his passions are getting the public engaged with their own health and well-being and making technology work for the benefit of patients & carers and practitioners.
He has worked across hospitals, care homes, community services, peoples’ homes and even on the streets where he volunteers with the homeless. He still works clinically with people affected by mental health & learning disabilities.
His academic studies have led to his PhD in emotional intelligence, and is an urban-apiculturist (bee-keeper).
Dr Sara Ketteley, Consultant Psychiatrist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Sara has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in Westminster for 15 years with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust. As part of this role Sara has been working at Great Chapel Street for nearly 3 years as part of the one stop-shop medical centre for homeless people in Westminster, and also previously worked with the Joint Homelessness Team for a year in 2002.
Sara champions mental health and physical health parity, and the importance of maintaining attention to mental health concerns at the forefront of delivery of care for people who are homeless. Sara participates in key programmes, including the round table on Homelessness and Mental Health at the Department of Local Government and Communities, the London Homeless Health Programme, and the mental health expert group of the NHS England Homeless Health Services Programme Board. She has also contributed to the 3rd Edition of the Faculty Standards for Pathway.
Sara also participated in the Surviving Homelessness film produced by Community Advance Project to support training for new frontline workers in homelessness.
Briony Sloper, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, London Ambulance Service
Briony has worked for the London Ambulance Service since 2014 as the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality. She is responsible for patient experience and engagement, complaints, frequent callers, safeguarding, infection prevention and control, end of life care and mental health as well as leading the on-going development of the role of nursing across the Trust. Prior to joining the Ambulance Service Briony spent ten years as the Head of Trauma, Emergency and Urgent Care at one of London’s busiest Emergency Departments.
She has extensive experience of working strategically at local, regional and national levels and has a particular interest, and skill set in leading service improvement, partnership working and the development of innovative service delivery models.
Louise Butler, Tri- B Professional Standards Safeguarding Team – Westminster Safeguarding Adults Lead
Louise joined the Professional Standards Safeguarding Adults team in April 2011, having previously been the Westminster Safeguarding Adults Lead (which still remains part of her role). The Team covers the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster in respect of ensuring that the local authorities are carrying out their safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Louise is a manager with 20 years’ experience of working in health and social care services. Louise began her career as a general nurse, moved into the field of substance misuse, criminal justice and dual diagnosis services. For the last 7 years has been leading on various work-based development programs, primarily in the field of Quality Assurance, Community Engagement and organisational development with a focus on safeguarding adults, community engagement, housing and domestic abuse. Louise ‘s approach to development is to create conditions which enable people to find their own individual and collective solutions to challenges and situations.
Louise has a Masters degree from Keele University in Law and Policy – Safeguarding Adults and completed her dissertation on ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’, which she lectures on at a local and national level.
David Orekoya, Lead Commissioner Health Improvement LB Lambeth
David started his career in health and social care as a care assistant in residential childcare in the late 1980’s, before going on to train as a Social Worker. Upon qualification, he went on to work in a number of different health and social care settings as both a practitioner and manager including: older people; vulnerable adults with learning and/or physical disabilities; outreach with homeless people; mental health; and substance misuse.
For the last 10 years David has worked within healthcare commissioning initially within a Primary Care Trust where he was responsible for managing substance misuse contracts with GPs and Pharmacists. Since 2013 he has been employed by Lambeth Council where he leads on the commissioning of health services including substance misuse, smoking cessation and services for vulnerable homeless people, on behalf of the council and Lambeth CCG. He is also a Lay Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
David believes that one of the best ways to address the challenges confronting vulnerable people is through the application of ‘whole system’ approaches across institutional boundaries. To this end he recently completed training in ‘Systemic Leadership’ at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Prior to this he gained Masters Degrees in Social Work at the University of Nottingham and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. Outside of work David has a keen interest in fitness and dabbles in amateur photography.
Stephen Robertson, Chief Executive Officer Big Issue Foundation.
Stephen has been CEO at the Big Issue Foundation since July 2007. His previous role was Director of Commercial Operations at Shelter, where he had responsibility for a chain of 100 charity Stores, a mail-order business and a Training business primarily focusing on Housing professionals. Stephen was a member of the Senior Management Team with cross organisational responsibility for the strategic management of the Charity. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years.
Stephen helped found and ultimately chaired the professional body that represents the majority of Charity Retailers in the UK, ‘The Association of Charity Shops’. Stephen is a Trustee of the homeless health care charity, London Pathway, a Trustee of TRAID, a charity committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling and campaigning at home and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.
Stephen has chaired the LNNM Conference panel debate for the past two years, and we are very grateful to have his expertise for another year!