Event Programme & Speakers

Event Programme

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Speaker Information

Nicola Dandridge

CEO, Universities UK


Nicola Dandridge has been Chief Executive of Universities UK since September 2009.

Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK’s Universities.

Founded in 1918, UUK has 132 members and offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, promoting the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally.

Nicola was previously Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education agency which promotes equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Prior to this, Nicola was a lawyer qualified in both England and Scotland working in private practice.

Keith Morrison

Chief Executive HSE NI

...Educated at Friends School Lisburn and holding a BA in Public Administration from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Keith joined the Civil Service in 1987, spending his early career in Police Authority and the Department of the Environment.

He joined the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in 1998, working as private secretary to the Agriculture Minister and later on rural development issues. From 2000-2006 he worked in Brussels on secondment to the UK Representation to the EU where he dealt with various agriculture and fisheries negotiations and legislation, including as a member of the UK Presidency team in 2005.

Before joining HSENI Keith was the Director of Food, Farm and Rural Policy in DARD and his responsibilities included development of an Executive wide strategy to address the needs of rural communities, management of the 7-year, £500m, EU Rural Development Programme and leading DARD’s rural anti poverty and social inclusion policy work. In addition, Keith had responsibility for DARD’s food and farm policy teams which cover the full range of primary production and food industry development issues, including the development of a new agri-food strategy for Northern Ireland.

Keith took up the role of Chief Executive of HSENI on 4 February 2013.

Surekha Gollapudi

Associate, Eversheds

...Surekha is an associate in the Corporate Compliance Team of the Eversheds Litigation and Dispute Management Group, specialising in corporate criminal defence work and non-contentious compliance advice.

She has experience in work related fatalities and serious injuries, health and safety audits including reviews of safety management systems, packaging compliance and representing interested persons at inquests.

Surekha deals with a variety of regulators including the HSE, the Environment Agency, local authorities and the ORR.Her recent experience includes:

Representing clients in the Coroner’s Court and Magistrates’ Courts; advising a TOC following a track worker fatality; dealing with a HSE investigation into alleged health and safety failings at a University; conducting an audit into the health and safety function at an EU funded facility in the UK; advising on compliance queries from a number of multi-national corporations; advising a high street retailer on an investigation by the local authority into alleged safety failings; advising a construction company following a fall from height which resulted in a serious injury.

Dr Phil Holdich

Senior Lecturer, Division of Podiatry & Clinical Sciences, University of Huddersfield

...Dr Holdich qualified as a registered nurse in Leeds in 1984 working in neurosurgery, general surgery and care of the older person. He then trained as community nurse in 1990 working with specialist caseload HIV/AIDS. From 1995 onwards he was employed as specialist nurse/facilitator in various healthcare settings in West Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight.

His career has been focussed on improving knowledge of diabetes for healthcare professionals and strategies for supporting patients with long-term conditions, promoting self-management and more person-focussed care.

This has been expedited in his role as a clinical specialist in diabetes care and by maintaining an educational role within local higher education establishments.

His research interests have been focussed on diabetes care, risk and risk literacy.

He has recently completed a professional doctorate which explored risk literacy in patients with type 2 diabetes and healthcare professionals in general practice.

Dr Ryan Copeland

Regional Medical Director, Assistance – Northern Europe International SOS

...Dr Ryan Copeland is the Regional Medical Director Assistance, Northern Europe.

Ryan is responsible for the delivery of medical assistance services across the UK and Northern Europe regions. Ryan oversees a platform of doctors and nurses who provide medical support to International SOS clients, the coordination of medical transportations within this region, as well as support of Remote Health Care sites in the North Sea.

Ryan undertook his medical training in South Africa with a specific focus on emergency medicine and trauma, working in both the public and private healthcare sectors. Ryan then moved over to the UK in 2003 where he continued with his emergency medicine training in London.

Ryan joined International SOS in November 2007 and has gained extensive experience with international medical case management, medical transportation, remote healthcare support, hospital audit and crisis management.

Ryan is responsible for overseeing the medical component of the International SOS London Assistance and Response Centre’s.

Sue Banbury

Insurance & Risk Manager

...Sue joined the University of Leicester in 1999 following a 15 year career as a commercial insurance underwriter for Royal Sun Alliance and Zurich.

In 2010 she was President of the Chartered Insurance Institute in Leicester and remains an active council member.

She is currently a member of the management committee for the Northern Universities Insurance Group and has much liaison with both the SUPC and LUPC insurance groups.

In 2014 Sue undertook her NEBOSH NGC in Occupational Health & Safety to help complement her insurance role with a wider appreciation of risk.

Outside of work, she is married to an insurance broker, is a keen supporter of Manchester City (from before they became super-rich!) and plays off a14 handicap at golf.

Peter Adams

Director of Health and Safety & Health Services, University of Bristol

...Peter is Chartered Member of IOSH and Director of Health and Safety at the University of Bristol. From a background in building services engineering on the government estate he has forged a career path in health, safety and environmental management, relishing the challenge of delivering transformational change in complex environments.

Working closely with senior executives, non-executive directors and boards has provided Peter with a view of the organisation from a number of vantage points. This insight has enabled him to contribute to voluntary roles in outside bodies and as a parent governor at Old Sodbury School he is the Chair of the Business Committee, and is the Health and Safety Governor at Merchants’ Academy. He has also previously been a member of the USHA Executive Board.

As an organisation relies on its health and safety leader to be able to be a strategic thinker, the deliverer of genuine transformational change and excellence in line management Peter is a strong believer that leaders in health and safety require both sound technical knowledge and exemplary management acumen. To that end he has studied for an MBA and is a strong advocate of continued professional development.

Chris Kemp

Head of the BBC High Risk Team

...Chris is responsible for the safety and security advice and training for all BBC staff and commissions working in areas that are defined as hostile environments.

Prior to this he held a similar role as the senior security adviser for the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit, following a 24 year military career in the British Army.

He has extensive experience running operations in challenging and hostile environments both as a civilian and a soldier, with the recent examples including Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Ukraine.

Professor James C. McElnay

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs - Queens University Belfast

...Professor James took up his post in 2008. He gained his BSc and PhD from Queen's, and after registration as a qualified pharmacist, he spent a year at the University of Iowa on a postdoctoral fellowship. He continued his academic career at Queen's and spent a year as a visiting professor at the Texas Medical Centre in Houston before being awarded a Chair of Pharmacy Practice in 1995. He was Head of the School of Pharmacy from 1994 to 2001, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences from 2005 to 2008.

Professor McElnay is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the British Pharmacological Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. His research interests lie in the area of clinical pharmacy, with particular reference to medicines management.

Davy Elliott

Risk Manager AES, Europe and Middle East

...Davy has worked at Kilroot Power Station since 1980. He spent 15 years in the Electrical Maintenance team before joining the Business Development team and then moving to Risk Management. Davy is currently the Risk manager for AES’ operations in Europe & Middle East as well as being the Ethics and Compliance Officer for UK & Ireland. His areas of responsibility also include Industrial Disease Litigation and Data Protection.

When not working, Davy enjoys cruising onboard his boat in the Irish Sea.


Booking Information

The FULL delegate rate package includes:

  • Delegate information pack + gift
  • Attendance to keynote speakers and networking sessions
  • Access to Exhibitors Hall
  • Attendance to USHA Annual General Meeting
  • All refreshments and lunches
  • 20th April Irish buffet dinner
  • 21st April Evening dinner + After dinner speaker

Please note attendees will need to book their own accommodation at the Conference Hotel. The Hilton Hotel, Belfast is offering discounted room rates for delegates. Room discount code is GUNIB.

Dress code on both evenings is smart casual.

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