Laura J Snyder – Honorary President The Philosophical Breakfast Club

Fulbright scholar Laura J. Snyder is a professor at St. John’s University and the author of The Philosophical Breakfast Club, a Scientific American Notable Book.  She writes for The Wall Street Journal and lives in New York City.

Laura J. Snyder is a historian, philosopher, and science writer. Oliver Sacks has called her “both a masterly scholar and a powerful storyteller.” Snyder is the author of Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing, as well as The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World, which was an official selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the Royal Institution of Australia’s 2011 poll for “Best Science Book.” She is also the author of Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society. She writes for the Wall Street Journal and other publications and is a professor at St. John’s University. Snyder’s TED Talk on the Philosophical Breakfast Club has been viewed over one million times.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, is a Life Member of Clare Hall (Cambridge University) and served as president of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.  Snyder writes narrative-driven non-fiction books showing how science is intertwined with the rest of culture.  The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Changed the World (20110. The Philosophical Breakfast Club was a Scientific American Notable Book, an official selection of the TED Book Club, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia poll for favorite science book.  Snyder’s TED Talk given at the 2012 TED Global meeting has been viewed over one million times.  


Dr Suzette Woodward

National Director, Sign up to Safety Campaign

Suzette Woodward is a paediatric intensive care nurse who has worked for 35 years in the NHS; she has specialised Patient Safety and worked nationally for over 15 years. Currently Suzette is the National Director for Sign up to Safety; a patient safety campaign covering the NHS in England.

Previously Suzette was a Board Director at the National Patient Safety Agency and the NHS Litigation Authority. At international level she has worked with the World Health Organisation and a number of Health Ministries across the world.   Suzette has an MSc in Clinical Risk and a Doctorate in Patient Safety.


Charles Vincent M Phil PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford

Charles Vincent trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked in the British NHS for several years. Since 1985 he has carried out research on the causes of harm to patients, the consequences for patients and staff and methods of improving the safety of healthcare. He established the Clinical Risk Unit at University College in 1995 where he was Professor of Psychology before moving to the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College in 2002. He is the editor of Clinical Risk Management (BMJ Publications, 2nd edition, 2001), author of Patient Safety (2ned edition 2010) and author of many papers on medical error, risk and patient safety. From 1999 to 2003 he was a Commissioner on the UK Commission for Health Improvement and has advised on patient safety in many inquiries and committees including the recent Berwick Review. In 2007 he was appointed Director of the National Institute of Health Research Centre for Patient Safety & Service Quality at Imperial College Healthcare Trust. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was recently reappointed as a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. In 2014 he has taken up a new most as Health Foundation professorial fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Oxford where he will continue his work on safety in healthcare.


Dr Ian Randle BSc MSc PhD MIEHF C.ErgHF

Ian is President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (2016-17) and Managing Director of Hu-Tech Human Factors Consultancy. He has over 30 years’ experience in Human Factors consultancy, research and teaching.

Ian has worked in a broad range of sectors including Aviation, Manufacturing, Defence, Nuclear, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare. However over the past 10 years Ian’s main professional activity has been in Oil & Gas major projects. His work has ranged from managing the Human Factors integration process through the stages of a project, to undertaking Human Error Analysis of Safety Critical Tasks. As MD of Hu- Tech he has overseen the Human Factors support to over 100 Oil/Gas capital projects around the world.


Dr Ken Catchpole

SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Practice and Human Factors

Dr Ken Catchpole is a human factors engineer who has spent the last twelve years studying the influence of task, team and technology on safety and performance in surgical care. His work has been primarily conducted in the UK and USA, exploring trauma, cardiac, orthopaedic, vascular, gastro-intestinal, spinal, and urological surgery. He joined MUSC from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in January 2016, and has also contributed to healthcare research and improvement at hospitals in the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Sao Paulo. Through over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, regular speaking engagements, and media coverage, he has sought to engage audiences in the improvement of safety and quality in healthcare from a human-centred perspective.



Dr Tom Evens

Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He is also Assistant Medical Director at the London Ambulance Service. He has worked for HEMS services in the UK and Australia, and is an honorary flight physician with London’s Air Ambulance, Tom worked as a coach with the British Rowing Team for the 2014 World Championships.


Erik Hollnagel

Professor at the Institute of Regional Health Research, University of

Southern Denmark (DK), Chief Consultant at the Centre for Quality, Region of Southern

Denmark, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation

Science, Macquarie University (Australia), and Professor Emeritus at the Department of

Computer Science, University of Linköping (S).

He has through his career worked at universities, research centres, and industries in several countries and with problems from many domains including nuclear power generation, aerospace and aviation, software engineering, land-based traffic, and healthcare. His professional interests include industrial safety, resilience engineering, patient safety, accident investigation, and modelling large-scale socio-technical systems. He has published widely and is the author/editor of 22 books, including five books on resilience engineering, as well as a large number of papers and book chapters. The latest titles, from Ashgate, are “Safety-I and Safety-II: The past and future of safety management”, “Resilient Health Care Vol 1 & 2”, and “FRAM – the Functional Resonance Analysis Method”. Erik also coordinates the Resilient Health Care net ( and the FRAMily



Dr Matt Hill

Consultant Anaesthetist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT) and Regional Patient Safety Lead for the SWAHSN.

His MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare from Imperial College, London, provided the foundation for his particular areas of interest in Safety Culture and Quality Improvement. He is lead for the safety culture work at PHNT, and for the Patient Safety Culture work stream run by the SW AHSN which is being run across the acute hospitals, mental health and primary care in the southwest. He is a member of the founding cohort of the Q Initiative and is a member on the Clinician’s forum as part of the Monitor/King’s Fund leadership project. He is an Honorary fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and is the lead for the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement module on the MSc in Simulation and Patient Safety.
He has previously been a member of Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group – Data Intelligence Group, was the anaesthetic member of the NICE Topic Expert Group for Surgical Site Infection, and was the Trust Perioperative lead on the South West Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Programme.”


Professor Tim Draycott, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom

Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, MRCOG, is a Consultant at Southmead Hospital and holds a personal chair.

Professor Draycott trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa. He has been a Consultant at Southmead Hospital since 2002 and his primary speciality is obstetrics & intrapartum care.

Finally, his obstetric training programme: the PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course prepares unit level staff to improve their management of intrapartum emergencies and has been associated with significant improvements in clinical outcomes; we have reduced preventable harm in perinatal care at NBT to some of the lowest rates in the global literature, particularly hypoxia and brachial plexus injuries.

Pilot sites in Australia and the USA have reported similar improvements to NBT and an interim data analysis in Zimbabwe has demonstrated a significant reduction in both maternal deaths and fresh stillbirths.

The programme and its improvement tools have been recognised by prizes from NHS Innovations, NICE, and the BMJ. He was also awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work. He has been recognised as a NHS Hero and this year he and the PROMPT team were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence.


Professor Ian Curran

Professor Ian Curran is the Assistant Director of Education and Standards at the General Medical Council where he leads the work in postgraduate medical education and training.

He previously worked at Barts Healthcare NHS Trust where he was a consultant anaesthetist with a special interest in chronic pain management. He was Clinical Academic Group Director of Education & Workforce at Barts, Senior Examiner for Medical Finals at Barts School of Medicine and Dentistry and Professor of Innovation and Excellence in Healthcare Education at Queen Mary University of London.

Previously Professor Curran was Postgraduate Dean of Educational Excellence in London from 2010-13 where he led London’s multi-award winning Simulation and Technology enhanced Learning Initiative. He has also been a clinical adviser to the Department of Health, NHS England and NHS Health Education England.


Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE, FRAeS, FRCSEd) 

Professor of Industrial Psychology at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. Her work examines human performance in high risk industries with projects on leadership, culture, team skills and decision making in healthcare, aviation and the energy industries. She conducts research and consultancy on safety culture, managers’ safety leadership and on non-technical skills. From 2007-2012, she led the Scottish Patient Safety Research Network. She is a member of the Safety Advisory Committee for the Military Aviation Authority at the UK MOD. Her books include Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008) and Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer on Non-Technical Skills (2015).


Dr Shelly Jeffcott

Shelly is a native Aussie human factors specialist with 15+ years experience in patient safety research and implementation.  She is currently the Human Factors Lead for one of Scotland’s biggest Health Boards, working with frontline operating theatre teams to design and test safety interventions.

Shelly has a degree in Psychology from York University, a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from Glasgow University and did her Post Doctoral Research in the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge University.  She worked for two years on a Health and Safety Executive Project looking at Safety Culture in the UK Rail Sector.  She then worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Melbourne for five years, focusing on decision making and leadership in Critical Care.  Her first NHS Scotland role was for two years as a National Improvement Advisor within Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  She has lectured in Safety Critical Systems and Organisational Psychology, in addition to creating a Masters module in ‘Human Factors for Patient Safety’ at Monash University and has experience in medical simulation.


Mr Garin Underwood

Garin is an airline pilot with 14000 hours experience on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and a professional interest in the development of high performance training models to support evidence-based training initiatives in aviation. His approach to safety is based on the application of high performance strategies to the training process itself.

His background in sports science and teaching provides an alternative perspective of performance and training in aviation, which is gaining attention and challenging views in his industry.

He currently delivers trainer education programmes and consultancy services to Virgin Atlantic and Hong Kong Airlines. Close connections to the education profession, UK Sport, the Fire Service and the medical profession is expanding the potential of his work through cross industry collaboration.

He draws extensively on best practice and research in the pedagogical and performance sciences, working closely with leaders and innovators in these fields. This includes a project on ‘performance under pressure’ for pilots, in association with the US based neuroscience company ‘Senselabs’, exploring the potential of technology based solutions to this significant issue in aviation.

Garin’s professional life started as a lecturer in Physical Education at Exeter College, after graduating from Loughborough University in 1989 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, and PGCE (Cert Ed). His career change was sponsored by British Midland (bmi) where he gained a cadetship in 1995, graduating from Oxford Air Training School with his ATPL/IR in 1996, followed by 10 years flying Boeing 737 and Airbus 320/321/330 aircraft. He joined Virgin Atlantic in 2006, where he is currently a Senior Training FO and SME, based at London Heathrow on the Airbus 330/340 fleet.