Our Team

Inspiring people make an inspirational team:



#hellomynameis Dr Amir Hannan - Chairman

Dr Amir Hannan is a GP at Haughton Thornley Medical Centres in Hyde, UK and a board member for Tameside & Glossop CCG leading on Long Term Conditions, Information management & Technology and Patient Engagement / Empowerment. Developing a “Partnership of Trust” between patient and clinician, the practice has enabled over 4300 citizens (36% of total population) to access their GP electronic health record on-line, helping them to self care and gain a better understanding of their health. The practice-based web portal www.htmc.co.uk puts patients, managers and clinicians at the heart of healthcare and helps drive change.

Twitter: @amirhannan email: amir@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com 



#hellomynameis Gareth Presch, CEO and Founder 

Gareth Presch is a social entrepreneur who believes in sharing knowledge. He is the founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit (#WHIS)a platform to inspire, innovate and share knowledge to improve healthcare while stimulating vibrant communities. A problem solver and healthcare strategist who has experience working in public, private and voluntary healthcare settings in the NHS (ehealth) and abroad. Patient focused and quality driven, a former Chief Officer of the National Haemophilia Council a statutory body in Ireland. Gareth has also managed National Clinical Programmes on Blood Transfusion (establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Committee), Haemochromatosis and the Endoscopy improvement programme. He has extensive networks around the world.

He has advised and been a member of a number of successful charity fundraising events in the past and continues to support charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally. He supports businesses in marketing, leadership and governance.

Winner of the Carlisle Living Innovation award 2016

Special Recognition Award Zenith Global Healthcare 2016


Leadership Fellow St George's House, Windsor Castle


Advisor: Binti Period, My Way Code, Global Educator - Tribe of Why, Social Media Lead - PSUK, Columnist - CVH 1st Class Magazine, Big Heart Intelligence
@garethpresch @HIC2016 email: gareth@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com 



#hellomynameis Olive O'Connor (Goverance & Ethics)

Olive O’Connor is an expert in the field of personal self-management. Having qualified with Stanford University as a Self-Management Facilitator of Chronic Disease, Olive has become a specialist in this area by leading over two years of patient led research on this topic and from her own unique, personal experiences. As a patient and carer herself, Olive has an in depth understanding of the first-hand familiarities in the issues that can arise from manoeuvring within our health system, and so because of this, she has a passion to drive, promote & educate all stakeholders on the importance of engagement, self-management and partnership.

Winning the Judge’s Choice Special Merit Award 2014 (awarded to a business “deemed worthy of particular note”) from a total of 160 social businesses, Olive has always stood by her values and beliefs. A former youth worker, with specialities in intercultural studies, Olive chaired a thirty plus strong committee that went on to raise €100,000 in grant aid/ donations to build their local youth centre. Olive believes that the key to every successful project is through continual learning and engagement and because of this has a wide range of qualifications, including in the areas of Business & Legal Studies. Upon graduating, Olive decided to focus on the innovative MediStori project and was awarded a place on Enterprise Irelands prestigious New Frontiers programme, earning €15,000 in research funds.

Working with a fantastic team, social entrepreneur Olive, has undertaken extensive research with patients, carers & an immense range of health care professionals to develop the award winning personal health management toolkit - the MediStori. Endorsed by the Irish Patients Association, the Carers Association, the Irish Pharmacy Union plus numerous national charities and organisations, Olive was given the opportunity to showcase the MediStori on international territory when she was 1 of 10,000 women hand-picked from across the world to be showcased by the Clinton Global Initiative at their National AGM. An Taoiseach has since come in to support Olive’s work saying it can "save our health service millions".

Olive lives to learn and strives to connect with as many health innovators as possible. She is currently the event host for Health 2.0 Galway; lecturer for UCD [Forensic Medicine] and has been featured on – Today FM’s Sunday Business Show, RTÉ News, PrimeTime, IPU Magazine & MedTech’s Start-Up Academy of Excellence. Most recently Olive was asked to be a keynote speaker for the Vasco Da Gama Movement (VdGM) for Young GP’s by Dr Peter Sloane – of which she earned 9 CME credits and a certificate of recognition from the chairs.

Olive currently supports and works collaboratively with many charities, with a particular interest in young person’s organisations and mental health. Olive has been invited by many charities including iCAN [Irish Children Arthritis Network] to raise awareness of self-management and with Heart Children Ireland on awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In her spare time, Olive runs a suicide awareness Facebook page, EasySpeak (12,000+ members) which allows people to get advice from with their own central support service. This charity does not raise funds as it is completely peer led and is free to operate.





#hellomynameis Ken Herd - (Finance)

Ken has spent over 35 years of his working life in finance, compliance and business operations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, is a Carlisle Ambassador, School Governor and member of the Young Enterprise Area Board for North Cumbria.


Ken gained his B. A. Hons in Financial Services in 2003 via Napier University, building on examinations which he passed via the Banking Institute. Ken was an Institute of Bankers national prize winner in the subject of Investment in his early banking days. During his time in banking as well as branch based roles he has worked in Human Resources and Commercial Marketing as well helping to run a branch network of 35 branches in South Scotland and at one time managed a portfolio of 500 business customers. A life-long learner, Ken is keen to see others benefit from his experience as a mentor, he is committed and has a very strong track record of helping staff on their individual learning journeys.


Ken has a mass of professional and organisational contacts in Carlisle, the wider Cumbria environs, North of England, North West of England, the South of Scotland and in London.




#hellomynameis Martyn Blacklock (Health, Wellness & Lifestyle)

Martyn Blacklock, PgD, is a counsellor and workout/yoga teacher working as The Self Coach. Although his first degree was psychology based he went on to work as a manager in the wealth management arm of HSBC for 10 years before deciding to set his current business, working with individuals and communities on improving wellness using a mindful approach. He has lived in Cumbria for most of his life and is immensely proud of the region and looks forward to showcasing what we have here through his wellness and mindfulness work.

Martyn's training as a person centered counsellor introduced him to a way of being which is characterised by three conditions: being deeply understanding, accepting and genuine. These conditions are believed to provide an environment in which human beings can find fulfillment of their personal potential. He has certainly experienced his own potential being realised when applying these conditions to himself and then to clients and in the community. He is delighted to be leading the wellness and mindfulness arm of WHIS to work with and inspire others to reach their potential and become their best selves.





#Hellomynameis Dr Poonam Malik, MBA, PhD (STEAM)


Academic research management leader with extensive experience of working in partnership development within healthcare, industry and academic sectors internationally. Strong skills in strategic change, planning, problem solving, project management, communications and people management.





#Hellomynameis Dr Neela Shabde (Safeguarding) 


Neela is a consultant paediatrician by background and worked as Clinical Director responsible for managing Acute, Community and Child mental health services  in a well known Trust in the North East Of England for a number of years until January 2011 when she joined Children’s health commissioning team in Cumbria initially as Medical Director in Cumbria PCT and latterly as Clinical Director for Children and Families, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. She recently retired from the NHS at the end of March 2016 .She brings over 35 years’ of professional experience and expertise in the NHS , which includes safeguarding children roles such as Named and Designated Doctor, expert witness in safeguarding cases.



#Hellomynameis Daksha Patel (WHISatwork Lead)


With over 25 years’ experience working as a senior manager, trainer and coach in public sector organisations and within a management consultancy remit delivering results. Daksha has a passion for working with people to change habits and behaviours, transform stress, build emotional resilience and improve personal effectiveness by using practices based on neuroscience and demonstrating new ways of working.


Passionate about inspiring change from the inside out. Daksha's ‘vision’ is to support individuals to accept, believe and recognise that by awakening the conscious mind, you develop self- leadership skills that create flow, freedom and fulfilment from the inside.


"Big Why" is to support driven and motivated business owners, senior leaders and teams within organisations to transform stress, build resilience and align mindset with business goals and values so that you can achieve the results you want.


"how" is through providing consultancy, training and coaching to support you:

* Become self-aware of the thoughts, actions and emotions that keep you stuck or sabotage your success,

* Create habits that are aligned with your goals,

* Build emotional resilience so you can improve personal effectiveness



#hellomynameis Syed Ali (Business Development)

Syed has 20 years experience in the voluntary, private and public sector. He has a number of skills in leadership, training, communication, marketing, event management and business development. He has initiated and implemented a variety of innovative projects leading to positive impact. His aim is to make a positive change to people lives, with a particular focus on eradicating poverty and hunger.  



Advisory Board World Health Innovation Summit



#Hellomynameis Professor emeritus Leif Edvinsson, Chair of World Health Innovation Summit Advisory Board

Professor Edvinsson, is a key pioneering contributor to both the theory and practice of Intellectual Capital.

As the world’s first director of IC in 1991 he initiated the creation of the world’s first public corporate Intellectual Capital Annual Report 1994, and inspired the development ever since on IC metrics. He was parallel to that prototyping the Skandia Future Center as a Lab for Organisational design, one of the very first in the World in 1996, and inspired many to be followed.


During 1996 he was recognised with awards from the American Productivity and Quality Centre, USA and Business Intelligence, UK. In January 1998, Leif received the prestigious Brain Trust “Brain of the Year” award, UK. for his pioneering work on IC. In 1999 noted as Most Admired Knowledge Award on Knowledge Leadership. He was also awarded The KEN Practitioner of the Year 2004, from Entovation International, where he also is an E 100. In 2006 also listed in a book by London Business Press, as one of The 50 Most influential Thinkers in the World. He is listed in Who’s Who in the world. Also associate member of The Club of Rome. He is also Cofounder Chairman of The New Club of Paris, focused on the Knowledge Economy initiatives. Professor Leif Edvinsson has his education from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Lund University, Sweden. He is the author of numerous articles on the service management and on Intellectual Capital. In March 1997, together with Michael S. Malone, he launched one of the very first books on Intellectual Capital. He is also special advisor on Societal Entrepreneurship to the Swedish Governmental Foundation for Competence Development, as well as on Serciece Science to the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation. Leif is serving on the Board of Directors of several knowledge intensive enterprises among others earlier the Swedish Brain Research Foundation as well as for many years the Center for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Member of Advisory Board of JIN - Japan Innovation Network as well as Open Innovation Lab of Norway, and formerly VTT of Finland, Advisory Board. Also iadvisor to EC - Open Innovation Strategy & Policy Group, https://oi-net.eu

Since 2000 he has been the Honorary Chairman of the UK based Henley College, KM Forum.


Since 2000, he has been Professor, adjunct at Lund University on Intellectual Capital. In January 2006, he was also appointed professor adj. at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and later promoted to Chair Professor in 2007. Nowadays Emeritus.



#Hellomynameis Prof Alan Dilani


Professor Alan Dilani, Ph.D., Architect / Public Health, International Academy for Design and Health, Stockholm- Sweden

Dr Dilani is a global authority on interdisciplinary research regarding the interaction between design and health. Dilani is a founder of the International Academy for Design and Health(IADH) and the journal, World Health Design. He has been engaged worldwide in several universities in the field of Design and Health developing a “Salutogenic Design Program”, in both medical and design institutions. He holds a Master of Architecture in Environmental Design from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy and a Ph.D. in Health Facility Design from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. His research centre developed at the Karolinska Institute, Medical University, a multidisciplinary research approach, led to a new design theory called “Salutogenic Design” that not only fosters functional efficiency in building infrastructure, but also improves health processes. He has designed all typologies of healthcare facilities and has been served as advisor for several Ministries of Health around the world developing briefing with a vision of Salutogenic approach to healthcare infrastructure. He is the author of 15 books and numerous articles in the field of Design and Health. Dr. Dilani has been awarded in 2010 from the American Institute of Architect, Academy of Architecture for Health for his promotion of high quality design research and in 2017 he received the first Fellowship of Academy for Design and Health in the city hall of Vienna.


#Hellomynameis Lene Sovold 

Liz Søvold is a norwegian psychologist and a visionary, with an integrative perspective on health and health related issues.

She has many years of experience from both public and private health care, as well from the psychological assessment industry and corporate world.

Liz is engaged within a broad spectra of health related topics, with an aim of helping create more health promoting, integrative, sustainable and innovative solutions within the health care area, corporate world, educational system, and related communities.

She aims to help facilitate a deeper understanding about treatment, change and health factors and processes, both on an individual and societal level. She also promotes empowerment, creativity, emotional intelligence and co-creation within contexts related to health, work and education.