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Prof Simon Kay OBE
Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Leeds (credited with the UK’s first hand transplant operation)

Professor Simon Kay was born in Kuwait in 1952, raised in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and studied medicine at Oxford University. He was registered as a Specialist in Plastic Surgery in 1985 having trained in the UK, Australia and USA. He specialised in Children’s Hand Surgery as Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Leeds from 1987, later becoming Professor of Hand Surgery at the University of Leeds . He is active nationally and internationally. He continues to teach, innovate and publish.
He developed a multidisciplinary hand surgery service in Leeds, and a Children's Hand Surgery service that is now the largest such clinic in the UK. He pioneered microsurgery in reconstruction of children's hands and has been a foremost advocate for the integration of Clinical Psychology into the surgical care of children and their families.
He has researched and published in children’s hand reconstruction, brachial plexus surgery in adults and children, and nerve repair.
He co-edited the world’s major textbook in children’s hand surgery, (The Growing Hand 2000 Mosby)and is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery (OUP 2019).
He conceived, developed and led the European Instructional Courses in Hand Surgery. These courses are still the premier education tool in Hand Surgery in Europe.
Simon Kay was Editor of The Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (2002 - 2007), President of The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (2007) , and President of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (2009). He was Editor in Chief of Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury (2010 - 2012)
He led the team that undertook the first UK Hand Transplant, in 2012, and subsequently succeeding in obtaining central funding for Leeds as the designated UK centre for Hand and Upper Limb Transplantation. In recent years the unit has undertaken 16 further complex upper limb transplants in nine further patients, and is one of the busiest and innovative such servives in the world
He has been honoured for his contribution to microsurgical reconstruction (FRCSE ad hominem), for his contribution to children’s microsurgery (DSc hon Bradford University) and for his contribution to complex hand reconstruction (appointed OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth 2019).
In 2022 he continues to work on upper limb transplantation, developing the ethical case for such surgery in children, and to research and publish in his field whist still maintaining the clinical practice in these areas and in children’s hand surgery.

Professor Simon Kay will be speaking on Wednesday 25 September on 'How to make change happen and start a hand transplant service'


Dr Jacqueline Andrews
Medical Director and Executive Lead for digital, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Jacqueline Andrews has been Executive Medical Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust since 2020, having previously been a Consultant Rheumatologist and held a number of medical leadership roles (Director of Research and Innovation, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Director) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
 Jacqueline has extensive experience in innovation, research and continuous improvement and is passionate about creating a culture in the NHS where we can all bring and develop our whole self at work.
Whilst at LTHT, she co-founded the Leeds Female Leaders Network, a partnership between the Trust and the University of Leeds with over 800 members and aims to support and develop the best leaders in health care and clinical academia, regardless of gender.
More recently, she has been working with partners to develop and implement the NHS "Sexual Safety in Healthcare – Organisational Charter", and also hosted at HDFT the UK wide launch of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh "Let's Remove It" campaign to stamp out sexual misconduct."

Dr Jacqueline Andrews will be speaking on Thursday 26 September on 'Developing a Leadership Network for Women and Addressing Sexual Safety in the Workplace'


Prof Brendan McGrath
Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine
Professor Brendan McGrath qualified from the University of Sheffield and trained initially in general medicine in Yorkshire, the North East and then Australia. He returned to specialise in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, appointed as a consultant at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, at Wythenshawe Hospital in 2009. He was appointed Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) Honorary Professor in 2022.
Brendan’s research interests in patient safety and airway management led to the initiation of the UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project, collaborating widely in developing educational resources to guide the multidisciplinary response to airway emergencies. Realising that the real work was in prevention of airway emergencies, Brendan helped to develop the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative in 2012, bringing together international expertise from Harvard to Melbourne with the goal of improving tracheostomy care ‘everywhere’ through quality improvement initiatives. Brendan has worked on and led a number of domestic and international quality improvement projects and research studies, securing significant grant funding. His contributions in his field were recognised by appointment as:
Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) Honorary Professor 2022
Association of Anaesthetists Featherstone Professor 2021-3
Difficult Airway Society Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management 2021
Royal College of Anaesthetists Macintosh Professor 2021
Visiting Professor to Harvard Medical School 2016
NHS England National Clinical Advisor for Tracheostomy in 2015
Brendan continues in his NHS England role and remains European lead of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, supporting UK and European sites to improve care for patients and their families.
Brendan and his team have won a number of awards for their work, including:
Association of Anaesthetists Innovation Award 2023 (Bubble PAPR)
British Medical Journal Award for Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Team of the Year 2020
Intensive Care Society Improvement Project Award 2020
National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Research Award 2019
Outside of medicine, Brendan is entertained by a young(ish) family, plays guitar in the family rock band, "Death Metal Children of Rock," attempts to support Liverpool FC whilst living near Old Trafford, and tries to ride his road bike when it isn’t raining (too hard).

Professor Brendan McGrath will be speaking on Thursday 26 September on 'Featherstone lecture - Tracheostomy: First class care for the second-class airway?'

Prof Colin Melville
Director of Education and Standards, GMC

Professor Colin Melville has significant experience and expertise as a senior medical educationalist and NHS leader with previous roles encompassing Clinical Director, Medical Director, Director of Medical Education and Foundation School Director. He went on to senior academic leadership positions at HYMS, Warwick and Lancaster medical schools before joining the GMC as Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards in 2017.
As a member of the executive, he has led significant developments to the work of the GMC in support of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and in the key professional standards, Good medical practice.
He is currently leading on innovations and changes to medical training to meet public and service need, and support a culture of compassionate leadership.
His contributions have been recognised with Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators, Honorary Professor of Medical Education at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University.

Professor Colin Melville will be speaking on Friday 27 September on 'Training - now and then'



Sir Julian Hartley
Chief Executive, NHS Providers
Sir Julian Hartley joined NHS Providers as chief executive in February 2023, having been chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals since 2013. NHS Providers is the membership organisation for the NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. We help those NHS foundation trusts and trusts to deliver high-quality, patient-focused care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system in which they operate. NHS Providers has all trusts in England in voluntary membership, collectively accounting for £115bn of annual expenditure and employing 1.4 million people.
During his decade of service at Leeds, Julian led a major programme of culture change and staff engagement to deliver improved quality, operational and financial performance.
Julian was awarded Knight Bachelor for services to healthcare in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Julian Hartley will be speaking on Friday 27 September on 'Challenges of the workforce'