Paul J. Taylor is a psychologist who has spent the last 20 years unpacking the ‘black box’ of how human interactions works. Combining experimental, archival and field methods, Paul’s research has revealed both the nature of ‘interpersonal sensemaking’ and what happens when this sensemaking breaks down. He has particularly focused on interactions in ‘crisis’ environments, translating what we know about interaction to verbal and nonverbal strategies that promote cooperation. His work has received numerous awards, including a Metropolitan Police Commissioner commendation and the European Association of Psychology and Law’s mid-career excellence award.

Alongside his research, Paul directs the UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (, which was commissioned by the ESRC with funding from the UK security and intelligence agencies. The centre brings together the international expertise of over 100 staff to understand the psychological and social drivers of security threats, the skills and technologies that enable their effective investigation, and the protective security measures that help counter the threat in the first place. Paul is Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University, UK, Professor of Human Interaction at the University of Twente, NL, and outgoing editor of the British Psychological Society’s journal Legal and Criminological Psychology. Read more at:

Lady Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, which was one of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2015, and Shortlisted for the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize, the 2016 Orwell Prize and the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. She is widely published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the Atlantic, Survival, US Institute of Peace, Army Magazine.

Emma served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004.

Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. In addition, Emma has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Emma was educated at Oxford (UK), Alexandria (Egypt), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and Liverpool (UK).

Emma is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Sir David Dalton has been an NHS Chief Executive for over 22 years, serving at Salford Royal for 16 years. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated provider of hospital, community and primary care services, including the University Teaching Hospital. The Trust has a turnover of £470m, employs 6600 staff and provides local services to the City of Salford and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond. Salford Royal is one of only two Trusts in the country to be rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

He was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for his services to Healthcare. During 2013 he was a member of the ‘Berwick Review Group’, which advised on patient safety improvements for England. He co-chaired a review of the ‘duty of candour’ in 2014 to support openness in reporting harmful events. In 2014 he advised the Secretary of State on the opportunities for providers of NHS care, including the publication of the ‘Dalton Review’ which recommended actions to assure the delivery of high quality healthcare through sustainable organisations.

Sir David is currently developing a new integrated care service (hospital, community, primary and social care) for the city of Salford, with its triple aim of improved population health outcomes, better user experience and lower cost. Under David’s leadership, Salford Royal has adopted a disciplined approach of applied ‘improvement science’ coupled with deep staff involvement. He is now developing the concept of ‘standardisation of best practice’ by creating a digital enterprise and seeking to apply this at scale, across multiple organisations.

He was founder chair of AQuA, NHS Quest and most recently, Haelo: each of which support organisations in their improvement activities. He established NWeHealth and currently services on the national review group advising the Secretary of State on IT and digital developments. He is Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network – with the twin purpose of improving population health and creating a new relationship with industry across Greater Manchester. He is a Governor of the Health Foundation.