LIBS Connect – Leading Innovation and Resilience

Event Hosts

Professor Dean Fathers

Professor Dean Fathers DL

Centre for Organisational Resilience, Chair and Non-Executive Board Member, Mentor and Consultant.

Chris O’Neill

Chris O’Neill

Director of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.


Connec-TED Speaker | Professor Elena Antonacopoulou

Visiting Professor of Organisational Resilience

Dr Elena P. Antonacopoulou PhD is founder and director of GNOSIS an international, interdisciplinary and independent research and leadership development Institute. She has held full-time Professorial appointments at the Universities of Liverpool Management School, Manchester and Warwick. Her scientifically rigorous collaborative research in management and organization studies has earned her many research grands, awards and accolades recognising the impact of the ideas developed. Her principal research expertise lies in the areas of Strategic Change, Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management with a focus on the Leadership implications.

Professor Elena Antonacopoulou

Connec-TED Speaker | Sandra McDonough

Owner and Inventor, Eye Guide MC Ltd

Sandra has an amazing story on how she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and then set about with grit and determination to help her condition and ultimately help others. Sandra’s invention is a real testament of her resilience and one which gives hope and relief to many others.

Sandra McDonough

Connec-TED Speaker | James Pinchbeck

Marketing Partner, Streets Chartered Accountants 

James Pinchbeck is Partner with mid-tier, top 40 UK accountancy and tax practice Streets Chartered Accountants. James has a broad interest in education and enterprise and is a non-executive director of a national enterprise agency NWES, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and past Chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Branch. James has a broad interest in education through his interest and involvement as a past primary and secondary school governor. He is Chair Lincoln College Board of Corporation and Chair of the Lincoln International Business School Advisory Board. His in interest in work force development, the skills agenda and management development is furthered by his Board presence of Greater Lincolnshire Employment and Skills Board. He is also Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub Programme Board.

James Pinchbeck

Connec-TED Speaker | Dr Hilary Duckett

Senior Lecturer in Leadership

Dr Hilary Duckett is an internationally experienced academic with a strong profile in portfolio development, innovation and educational management. I have extensive senior strategic and operational leadership experience with experience of managing projects and managing inter-disciplinary and international teams. My research interests are in leadership, entrepreneurship and pedagogy and I recently led a research project into entrepreneurial leadership in a social enterprise in Kenya. My approaches to pedagogy are focussed on action, experiential and reflective learning. I have extensive experience in developing and delivering e-learning programmes.

Dr Hilary Duckett

Connec-TED Speaker | Professor Shashi Balain

MD and CEO, Shubhram

Dr Shashi Balain has a PhD in Psychology and an MBA from Lancaster University UK. Currently, he is the MD and CEO of Shubhram Hospital Solutions (India), a joint venture with Servizi Italia (SI), the leading hospital laundry, linen and surgical tool Sterilisation Company of Italy.

In 2013, Shashi invested in a Healthcare Start-up in India and set up India’s first Linen and Laundry Management company for Hospital Linen-on-rent to major hospitals in North India. He invested € 18 million in total and achieved a turnover of € 5 million per year within 4 years of operations. Besides Shubhram, Shashi has set-up two other companies, which provide contract manpower and food services to hospitals throughout India. These two companies have a joint revenue of more than £ 4 million per annum.

Professor Shashi Balain

Connec-TED Speaker | Dr David Twigg

Director of Innovation and Impact 

Dr Twigg originally studied as an environmental social scientist, before moving into management research and teaching. He has taught and researched across the fields of technology, operations and innovation management, focusing especially on product and process technology management. Current research interests are focused on Industrial Digitalisation (Industry 4.0) especially for SME’s, and start-up/accelerators in both urban and rural areas

Dr David Twigg

Connec-TED Speaker | Oliver Gibson

VP, Product and Director, Oxehealth 

Oliver brings deep experience of postdoctoral research in software and algorithm development, working on projects with the University of Oxford, Institute of Biomedical Engineering to monitor patients in hospital and home via mobile phone technology. Oliver holds a DPhill in Engineering Science from the University.

Oliver Gibson

Connec-TED Speaker | David Evison

Managing Director, Arco

David joined Arco over 7 years ago as Financial Director.  David has helped to create a 21st century Digital family business by deploying skills used throughout the retail sector. David was born and raised on a Yorkshire farm which today remains a working unit, along with his wife’s livery yard and numerous horses.  More recently David has spent time renovating a cottage in the Cotswolds to be closer to family.

David Evison (Arco)

Connec-TED Speaker | Bryan Lawrie

Commercial Director, Arco

Bryan Lawrie is Commercial Director for Arco, the UK’s largest PPE provider, and lead the company’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Bryan has 30 years’ experience of the UK’s Health and Safety sector, working across industry, B2B and the public sector; directing sales, personnel, and marketing functions throughout his career. He maintains his professional growth through participation in programmes at Wharton, Cranfield and INSEAD business schools. Bryan sits on the Board of Directors of Arco, is an Executive Mentor to local enterprises, FA coach and when travel permits, he and his family enjoy time together on Europe’s ski slopes.

Bryan Lawrie (Arco)

Keynote Speaker | Chris O’Neill

Director of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

Chris O’Neill is a Director of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership; a collaboration of nearly 30 organisations that are involved in the provision of health and care services across a wide geographical area that includes Hull and East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, York and North Yorkshire.  Chris joined the Partnership shortly after its formation in 2016 and oversaw its development and accreditation as an Integrated Care System (ICS) in April 2020.  Under new health and care legislation that is currently being processed, it is anticipated that ICSs will become statutory bodies from 1 April 2022, taking on many responsibilities that are currently held by Clinical Commissioning Groups.  Chris is the Partnership Lead for strategic development and wider initiatives linked to economic development, social value and sustainability.

Chris was born in Hull and returned to live and work in the area after graduating from University.  He worked for 7 years at the University of Hull before joining Royal Hull Hospitals (now Hull University Teaching Hospitals) in 1992.  Over the last 29 years he has been involved in a wide range of service developments, including the planning and construction of the MRI Centre, Eye Hospital and Renal Dialysis Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary and the Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology and the Cardiac and Surgical Unit at Castle Hill Hospital.  On behalf of the Partnership, Chris is currently leading the development of plans for large scale capital investment in new hospital facilities in the Humber region and in community based diagnostic facilities across the whole of the Humber Coast and Vale area.

Chris O’Neill

Keynote Speaker | Emeritus Professor Pali Hungin

Primary Care and General Practice at Newcastle 

Pali Hungin is the lead of the Changing Face of Medicine commission at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which brings together representatives from the medical profession, patient groups and commercial organisations to explore the role of the doctor in the future, with an initial time horizon of 2040. The Commission’s latest report – Doctor, who? Shaping a Vision for 2040 – looks at key themes: public-patient-doctor engagement; technology, informatics, AI; clinicians’ wellbeing; rethinking medical education; and leadership for future imagining. Pali is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care and General Practice at Newcastle and was previously the Dean of Medicine at Durham University and the President of the British Medical Association in 2017. He helped initiate the research support networking movement in the UK, initially in primary care, and led the NHS Research and Development Forum (England). His academic work has focused on clinical research and on professionalism.

Emeritus Professor Pali Hungin

Keynote Speaker | Professor Dean Fathers DL

Centre for Organisational Resilience, Chair and Non-Executive Board Member, Mentor and Consultant.

Dean leads the development of the Centre and partnership building around its vision and aims. Dean continues to play a role in the NHS as Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a Member of the NHS Providers Board and a Member of both the East Midlands Leadership Academy and Talent Boards. Dean is also on the Board of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board, and a Non-Executive Director of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and holds two appointments with private sector health organisations as well as acts as an advisor to several other private sector organisations.

Professor Dean Fathers

Medical School Tour | Professor Danny McLaughlin

Associate Dean of Medicine at the University of Lincoln

Professor Danny McLaughlin is the Associate Dean of Medicine at the University of Lincoln, where he leads on all aspects of the early years of the BMedSci and BMBS curricula.

Danny helped to establish the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course at the University of Nottingham.  He was Director of Undergraduate Studies at Nottingham, with responsibility for GEM and where he also established the Foundation Year for Medicine and BSc in Medical Physiology & Therapeutics programmes.

Danny took up the post of Academic Director of Undergraduate Medicine & Professorial Teaching Fellow at Durham University, and later held the post of Professor in the School of Medical Education at Newcastle

Danny’s teaching expertise is in physiology, neuroscience/neuroanatomy and pharmacology.  He has authored several textbooks and received professional recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013.  His scholarly interests include the development of clinical reasoning skills in undergraduate medical students, the impact of widening participation initiatives in medical education and higher education in general, and novel methods for teaching medical students.

Prof Danny McLaughlin