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Active Working Summit 2017. According to our survey,
97% of delegates were “Inspired”. Photos here
K&L Gates LLP
One New Change
London, EC4M 9AF
United Kingdom

Thurs 30th March 2017
08:30am – 18:00pm


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Julian Worricker
BBC News Presenter
An Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with over thirty years’ on-air experience, both in radio and television. Worricker currently presents ‘Weekend’ on the BBC World Service and appears regularly on the BBC News Channel and Radio 4.

Dame Carol Black
Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England.
Dame Carol Black chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers, and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

Professor Alan Hedge
Director, Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory,
Cornell University
Alan Hedge is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University. He directs the Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching and research programs. Prior to joining Cornell, he ran the Graduate Program in Applied Psychology and Ergonomics at Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. From 1990-1993 he was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham, U.K. and he has been a Research Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University.

Dr James A. Levine
Professor of Medicine, Director Obesity Solutions
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University
James is a world-renowned expert on sedentary behaviour and leader in obesity research and child advocacy. James has consulted governments including the US President’s Panel and State Department. James has published more than 200 scientific papers, worked on dozens of corporate programs, is author of “Get Up” and invented the treadmill desk and a variety of wearable technologies.

Proffesor David Dunstan
Head of Physical Activity, Baker Fellow, NHRMC Senior Research Fellow,
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on the role of sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and the development of interventions targeting reducing prolonged sitting in real-world contexts (eg: workplaces, schools). He has published over 175 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care and Diabetologia. Over the past 15 years David has extensive media interest in his research including interviews with ABC Catalyst, 60 Minutes Australia, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.

Gavin Bradley
Founder and Managing Director,
Active Working
Gavin is founder of Active Working™ CIC which he set up in 2014 to spearhead thought leadership, key insights and advocacy on sitting time in the workplace. Gavin has 25 years of strategy & consulting experience working with elite football clubs and major corporates including: Liberty Global, Cable & Wireless, Coca Cola and Unilever.

Joanna Frank
Executive Director,
Centre for Active Design
Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. Prior to launching CfAD, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee, as well as the Urban Land Institute's Affordable/Workforce Housing Council.

Dr Michael Brannan
Deputy National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing,
Public Health England
Mike has worked in the public, private, academic and voluntary sectors and has over a decade of experience as a public health professional holding leadership roles at national, regional and local levels. Prior to public health, Mike had an eclectic background as a biochemist and a public relations consultant.

Dr Matleena Livson
Senior Advisor, Physically Active Lifestyle,
Finnish Olympic Committee
Matleena has her background in human resources and organisational development as well as HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) promotion. She is the co-chair of HEPA Europe working group Workplace HEPA promotion, and was a member of the national expert group that prepared the Finnish recommendations to reduce SB.

Dr Benjamin Gardner
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology,
King's College London
Dr Benjamin Gardner (Senior Lecturer, King’s College London, UK) is a social and health psychologist. His current research focuses on understanding the real-world social and organisational contexts within which workplace sitting and standing interventions are implemented, and developing strategies to increasing standing at work that account for these contextual constraints.

Professor Karen Walker-Bone
MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit,
University of Southampton
Karen is based at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton where she is Professor and Honorary Consultant in Occupational Rheumatology and Director of the Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2013.

Dr Charlotte Edwardson
Associate Professor in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour & Health,
University of Leicester
Dr Edwardson’s research focuses on understanding the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention of chronic diseases, designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions and objectively measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She currently holds research grants, totalling >£5 million, from the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health and the European Commission.

Nicola Eccles
Co-Founder of CPActive,
Lecturer in Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity
Dr Nicola Eccles is Director of Research at CP Active. Nicola has spent the last fifteen years looking at health behaviour decisions in relation to our daily working patterns and the built environment. Nicola has worked in academia at a range of Universities as lecturer in health and physical activity behaviour and also worked with Sport Scotland, Sport England and Heart Research UK.

Lee Mason
Chief Executive,
CSP Network
A career in sports management including establishing and leading the County Sports Partnership (CSP) for Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes and acting as a non-Executive Director including with the English Federation of Disability Sport. Since 2010 Lee has led the work of CSP Network, representing CSPs with key stakeholders, growing the impact and guiding the future direction of the network.

Rohit Talwar
Fast Future
Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, keynote speaker and the CEO of Fast Future Publishing where he is applying the principles of exponential thinking to create a new model for publishing. Rohit works with the businesses around the world to help them understand, anticipate and respond to the forces of change reshaping business and the global economy. He is the editor and contributing author for a recently published book The Future of Business, editor of Technology vs. Humanity and co-editor of a forthcoming book on The Future of AI in Business.

Rik Mistry
Head of Business Development,
Rikesh has a strong back ground in Sports and Wellbeing, predominantly working in BME communities in Warwickshire. He studied Business Management at Coventry University and based his dissertation on ‘How does Health and Wellbeing effect work productivity.’ For the last year Rikesh has been the Head of Business Development for Sit-Stand.Com and has built up a strong knowledge about how companies are reducing sedentary behaviour.

Peter Brogan
Research and Information Manager
An influential Research specialist with unique experience and a sustained record of success in both the public and private sectors. Extensive background in diverse service organisations, managing complex research projects from inception to completion. A Lean leader and effective team player with a strong academic background accompanied with excellent analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
The BIFM Research and Information team is focused on developing the research, insight and information that will position BIFM as the authoritative voice of the FM profession. I manage the delivery and development of the Institute’s research and content activities.

Gitte Toft
Gitte trained as a physiotherapist, acupuncturist, reflexologist and physiological masseur, running her own clinic for ten years. Gitte then became the National Manager for a Norwegian Furniture Company, before founding and inventing Steppie; the ‘missing link’ to any sit/stand solution.