Sameena Ali Khan Speaker at Future of Care Leaders Conference London

Sameena Ali-Khan, Chair for The Future of Care Leaders Conference London 2024


Sameena Ali-Khan is an award winning television presenter, an experienced event host and a hardworking mum.
When she was younger, she was always chosen to be the narrator for school plays, perhaps because she loves to talk! She is very fortunate to have a career where she use her skills to communicate stories in a warm and engaging way. She grew up in Africa and travelled extensively as her parents worked abroad. It was the best education she could wish of for! She met people from different countries and developed an interest in a wide range of subjects.
Sameena’s extensive experience of live work and her engaging personality make her the obvious choice for all types of presenting work. Her warmth, humour and professionalism always engages the audience and she genuinely cares about the success of the event. Her enthusiasm on stage shines through and she makes any event special for the client and the guests. Sameena always prepares thoroughly to ensure every event is slick and professional. That’s why clients book her time and again. She has chaired panel discussions for well known organisations including Hitachi, Facebook, Vodaphone, NHS and Grant Thornton. The topics have included Wealth Management, Education, Business, Terrorism, Diversity, Mental Health, Brexit and the Arts.

Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards, Keynote Speaker for The Future of Care Leaders Conference London 2024


Darren Edwards is a record-breaking Disabled Adventurer and Motivational Speaker. A mountaineer and Army Reservist, Darren’s life changed in 2016 when he was involved in a near-fatal climbing accident which left him paralysed from the chest down, and with his dreams of climbing Mount Everest and serving with the Special Forces Reserve in tatters.

With determination, resilience, and mental toughness, Darren has overcome considerable adversity to become a record-breaking Disabled Adventurer, World First Expedition Leader, and leading Motivational Speaker.

Refusing to let the word ‘disability’ define who he is as a person, and committed to helping challenge the perception of what those with a disability can achieve, Darren has gone on to lead a series of record-breaking expeditions, including ‘Kayak 4 Heroes’, which saw him lead a team of five injured/wounded veterans in kayaking 1,400 kilometres from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’ Groats in Scotland.

Darren’s personal story of overcoming adversity and building mental toughness is guaranteed to motivate, encourage change and inspire. Instilled with humour, down-to-earth honesty and a genuine sense for adventure and pushing the limits of his disability, Darren cares deeply about connecting with his audience and getting them to think – and act – differently.

    Andrew Gwynne MP

    Shadow Minister of State for Care

    Andrew is the Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish in Greater Manchester, having been first elected in 2005. He currently serves on the Labour frontbench as Shadow Minister of State for Social Care, being appointed in September 2023, having moved from his previous role as Shadow Public Health Minister. Andrew has previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2017-2020.

    Avnish Goyal CBE

    Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Care Homes

    Avnish Goyal, Chair, Hallmark Care Homes Avnish is the Founding Trustee of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation. He set the foundation up in memory of his late father in 2010 and has since donated £1million to worthy causes, making a real difference to the quality of people’s lives. Avnish is the Managing Director of award-winning care provider, Hallmark Care Homes. He has been involved in the care sector since 1997 and was initially attracted to the industry by his desire to make a difference. Twenty years on, there are now 16 Hallmark Care Homes across England and Wales, with more in the pipeline and the company is recognised as a leading, financially stable provider. Avnish started his career as a Chartered Accountant where he completed his accountancy training at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) having gained his BA degree from Newcastle University. He is proud to be the Chair of Care England and the founding trustee of the Care Workers' Charity. Avnish is also the Co-founder of Ultimate You where he designs educational seminars for business, leadership, life and relationships, with his wife - Anita Goyal. He is determined to make a difference and believes in doing everything with passion and purpose.

    Bruce Moore

    Chief Executive, Housing21

    Bruce joined Housing 21 as Chief Executive in 2013. Before that, Bruce was Chief Executive for Hanover Housing Group and had previously been Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes and Deputy Chief Executive of Anchor Trust. Bruce’s early career was as an in-house lawyer and he is a qualified solicitor, but he has spent more than 20 years leading change and seeking to improve the provision of housing and care for older people. Bruce has served and continues to serve as a board member for a number of housing organisations, charities and a local authority owned care company. He completed a PhD considering the differences in attitudes and expectation of the governance role of boards of housing associations in 2017 and then undertook a further PhD on the priorities and preferences of residents of Retirement and Extra Care Housing that he completed in early 2021 .

    Debbie Harris

    Founder, Autumna

    Debbie Harris is the founder of Autumna, the largest and most detailed directory of later life care providers and retirement living developments in the UK. Launched just four years ago, the website receives over 2.5 million visits a year with the free advice line handling over 3,000 enquiries a month. Through the collection of quantitative data and qualitative feedback, Debbie and her team are uniquely placed to offer an in-depth insight into the wants and needs of the prospective care home resident.

    Dr Chris Papadopoulos

    Principal Lecturer in Public Health, University of Bedfordshire

    Chris is a principle lecturer in public health at the University of Bedfordshire. He has interest in and worked upon research projects that have focused on the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable population, socio-cultural perceptions of autism and the implications of its stigma, and social robotics that can compliment care. He is one of the leads on the EU H2020 and Japanese government funded CARESSES project which is a ground breaking project aimed at developing and testing culturally-competent robots within long-stay older adult care homes.

    Dr Jane Townson

    CEO, Homecare Association

    Jane is the CEO of the Homecare Association. She is an experienced CEO, Chairman and leader of a range of businesses in regulated industries from social and health care to housing, and from food production to medical screening, that meet some of the most fundamental human needs. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit and for-profit social care, health and housing sectors, including homecare, housing with care, supported living, care homes, training, and the NHS. Formerly CEO Somerset Care Group; Chairman YourLife (JV with McCarthy & Stone); and Vice Chairman UKHCA. Jane’s first career was in international leadership roles in research and development in ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta, where she was Global Head of Bioscience Research. She then established her own business providing consultancy and training on the link between nutrition and other lifestyle factors and health, working with private individuals and local authorities in the field of public health.

    George Appleton

    Head of Policy at Care England

    George joined Care England in September 2019. His work predominantly relates to ensuring that the voice of the independent sector is heard in the development of social care policy at both a local and national level. He has particular experience in the demographic and epidemiological changes which have informed the policy landscape today following the completion of a Master’s degree at King’s College London in Public Policy and Ageing. George is keen to ensure that the adult social care sector is well-equipped to manage these transitions, against a turbulent political and socioeconomic backdrop. George’s work centres around issues pertaining to funding, workforce, regulation and integration.

    Georgina Jacobs

    Talent Manager, Lidl

    Georgina is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in recruitment and HR across the EMEA region. Beginning her career in a recruitment agency, she swiftly climbed the ranks, managing teams and clients with a keen eye for top talent. After transitioning in-house, she excelled as a Recruitment Manager for five years before embracing versatility in a HR Project Manager role and Regional Engagement Consultant during a secondment. With a passion for people processes and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). After 6 years at Lidle in the HR division, Georgina has recently ascended to the position of Talent Team Manager in the London region. Simultaneously pursuing a People Professional Management Apprenticeship Level 5, she is on the path to obtaining the prestigious CIPD qualification, showcasing her dedication to continuous professional growth.

    Georgina Maratheftis

    Associate Director, Local Public Services, techUK

    Georgina is techUK’s Associate Director for Local Public Services. Georgina works with suppliers that are active or looking to break into the market as well as with local public services to create the conditions for meaningful transformation. techUK regularly bring together local public services and supplier community to horizon scan and explore how the technologies of today and tomorrow can help solve some of the most pressing problems our communities face and improve outcomes for our people and places. Prior to techUK, Georgina worked for a public policy events company where she managed the policy briefing division and was responsible for generating new ideas for events that would add value to the public sector. Georgina worked across a number of portfolios from education, criminal justice, and health but had a particular interest in public sector transformation and technology. Georgina also led on developing relationships across central and local government.

    Jacqui Ritchie

    Chief Operating Officer, Four Seasons Health Care Group

    Jacqui is a Registered Nurse and qualified lecturer with extensive experience in both the NHS and Private Healthcare sectors, holding senior positions including Director of Nursing and Hospital Executive Director, before moving into Social Care. Joining the Four Seasons Health Care Group in 2017 as Head of Care Improvement and then progressing to Managing Director, Jacqui was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2023. Since taking on this role, she has overseen a programme to better develop and support the care home teams in a number of areas, including enhanced communication, investment in learning & development opportunities and systems and improved team recognition, benefits and wellbeing. This programme has led to extensive improvements in the Group’s trading and care quality performance in a short period of time. Jacqui is highly motivated to deliver excellent care for all and achieve growth on every key metric. She spends much of her time with the dedicated care home team members, taking every opportunity to coach, motivate, and inspire them to achieve their potential. Jacqui spends much of her free time in Scotland, often cheering on her son at the side of a rugby pitch and is proud to see her daughter follow in her footsteps as a qualified Nurse.

    James Bullion

    Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care and Integrated Care, CQC

    James joined CQC as Interim Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care and Integrated Care in June 2023. James was previously Executive Director of Adult Social Services at Norfolk County Council. He was also a member of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board. As president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2020-21, James supported and advocated for people using care during the pandemic. He has also been the ADASS representative supporting the development of our new assessments of local authorities. James has been working with the Department of Health and Social Care on their plans to ensure people can leave hospital when they are well enough to do so.

    Jasmeet Rai

    Associate Director, RCH Care Homes

    Whilst Jasmeet has a background in economics and accounting, she can often be found in our care homes, spending time with our residents and learning from them and our teams about how the business can be further improved. Having grown up in a community where elderly people are an integral and active part of society, she loves working in the care sector. Here she is able to support teams to create happy care home communities, where elderly people are cared for with the same love and respect as the older people surrounding her as she grew up. In her spare time, Jasmeet loves taking in the great outdoors with her two dogs, keeping active, dancing, baking, reading, watching football and listening to an eclectic mix of music from R ‘n’ B to show tunes! Being part of a close family, she also enjoys capturing memories of their time spent together through taking lots and lots of photographs (to the point it becomes annoying!) and learning how to cook her mum’s incredible food.

    John Rennison

    CEO, 1st Homecare

    John has been the CEO of 1st Homecare since 2012. After over 30 years in various different business settings, he believes that the consistent themes in any successful business are the delivery of a first-class service to clients and a fair and consistent approach to recruiting and retaining the best staff and this is what he brings to 1st Homecare. He lives near Aylesbury with his wife Annabella and their two young children.

    Jon Glasby

    Director, IMPACT & Professor of Health and Social Care/NIHR School for Social Care Research Senior Fellow

    Jon Glasby, Director, IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) and Professor of Health and Social Care/NIHR School for Social Care Research Senior Fellow, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham. Jon is IMPACT’s Director, with a background in social work. He is currently Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham. Jon also sits on the Board of an NHS Trust and of a local authority children’s service. The University of Birmingham is committed to ‘research that matters’. The mission of Jon’s part of the University is ‘to understand the world but also to change it.’ Jon believes that evidence can make a massive difference to people’s lives. However, this evidence needs to be fit for purpose, inclusive of different people’s experiences and actually implemented in practice. Adult social care touches people’s lives in such important and intimate ways. He believes it’s crucial that it’s based on the best possible evidence of what works. For him, this feels like a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference.

    Juliette Malley

    Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), LSE

    Juliette is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an NIHR School for Social Care Research Senior Fellow. She has particular expertise in social care innovation and has led or advised on many studies and evaluations of innovations. She currently leads the Supporting Adult Social Care Innovation project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. This is a five-year study which seeks to build the evidence base to support the adult social care sector to start-up, implement and spread affordable innovations that work well for everyone. Juliette also co-directs SOCRATES – a new team delivering rapid evaluations of social care innovations and service developments. All of her work is underpinned by a concern with making the research useful to and usable by policymakers, practitioners and the public.

    Lee Stribling

    Operations Manager, The Care Workers' Charity

    Lee’s career has ranged from managing social care budgets, to social care training provision, workforce planning and recruitment to developing leaders and managers and social care workforce data. Her current role as Operations Manager for the CWC means she can continue her passion of raising awareness of the vital role social care plays in all our lives, whether we realise it or not. She’s committed to ensuring that care workers are supported financially and mentally to help them continue to provide professional, compassionate and exemplary care, and to ensure their voices are heard and their contribution is valued by society.

    Liz Ashall-Payne

    Founding CEO, ORCHA

    Liz is an accomplished healthcare leader and the Founding CEO of ORCHA, a global leader in digital health accreditation and distribution services. With a background as a trained NHS Clinician, Liz has been at the forefront of healthcare transformation programs in the NHS, Europe, and North America, leveraging the potential of digital technology to enhance patient health outcomes and drive economic opportunities. In 2015, Liz established ORCHA, a ground breaking venture. Under Liz's guidance, ORCHA has experienced remarkable growth, expanding its digital health assessment and distribution services to twelve countries worldwide. Within the UK, ORCHA serves organizations in 70% of NHS regions, positioning itself as a trusted partner in the digital health landscape. Recognised for her exceptional contributions, Liz Ashall-Payne and ORCHA have received numerous accolades. Liz herself has been honoured as a Tech Trailblazer by the BIMA 100, acknowledged as a Healthcare IT Leader in the HIMSS Future 50, and named Entrepreneur of the Year by prestigious institutions such as the British Chamber of Commerce, Norther Powerhouse, and EY. Additionally, she has been featured within the LDC top 50, further highlighting her influential role in the healthcare and technology sectors. In addition to her accomplishments at ORCHA, Liz Ashall-Payne actively contributes to the development of future healthcare leaders as a coach for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur program. Furthermore, Liz serves as The Director for SMES on Tech UK board and is the Vice Chair on the Tech UK Health and Social Care Council, where she helps shape policies and initiatives in the intersection of technology and healthcare. Liz Ashall-Payne's visionary leadership, extensive expertise in healthcare transformation, and dedication to harnessing the potential of digital health make her a prominent figure in the industry, driving positive change and innovation for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems worldwide.

    Lucy Campbell

    Chief Executive Officer, Right at Home UK

    With a wealth of knowledge and experience in franchising and senior level business management, Lucy joined Right at Home from the social enterprise Franchising Works where she had been the Chief Executive. Having begun her time at Right at Home as a Senior Business Support Manager where she supported Franchise Owners to progress and develop their businesses, Lucy quickly progressed to Director of Operations, then COO, before being promoted to CEO at the start of 2022. Lucy has a strong track record for developing an extensive portfolio of businesses successfully from pre-start through to scale-up and her leadership has been pivotal in securing Right at Home two of the most prestigious accolades in franchising: the WorkBuzz Best Management Franchise Award and the coveted Franchisor of the Year Gold Award. Alongside her role as CEO, Lucy is a Vice Chair for the Homecare Association. Lucy is also an award-winning franchisor, having won the prestigious national EWiF Franchisor of the Year award three years in a row in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and most recently awarded Business Woman of the Year 2023 at the Women Achieving Greatness is Social Care Awards.

    Richard Wylder

    Director, Equity Release and Mortgage Partnership Ltd

    Richard Wylder is an award-winning financial adviser and the sales and marketing director of Equity Release and Mortgage Partnership, who are very proud to be the Platinum Sponsor for this Future of Care Event. Prior to becoming a mortgage consultant, Richard started his career as a weekend boy with Tesco, going on to become their youngest store manager. Following a move to Asda as a superstore manager, he then became a buying and marketing director. Richard now brings those marketing skills to the financial services sector. With equity release being the fastest growing financial product in the UK, Richard is passionate about creating awareness within the care industry on how later life mortgages can help provide the funding for domiciliary and residential care.

    Tobi Alli-Usman

    Managing Director, Prosperwell

    Tobi is the Founder and Managing Director of Smooth Digital, the UK’s leading, multi-award winning, care sector digital marketing agency. They work with some of the most successful care home and home care providers in the UK, helping care homes build back occupancy and helping home care providers increase their weekly hours and recruit new staff. You can catch Tobi on his podcast Tea With Tobi, where he and his guests share growth strategies for the sector. Tobi is also a co-founder of The Health and Social Care club, an award winning non-profit that provides an open platform for members to listen to guest experts about care topics, and have their own say. He is also an ambassador for Championing Social Care, an organisation that shines a light on the value the care sector holds, along with other leaders in the sector.

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