David Dickinson

David Dickinson

(Founding Director)

A digital navigation visionary, David is passionate about helping people make meaning from information in the context of their lives. Over two decades he has presented his ideas at international conferences, including in 2010 at the EU Future Information Societies programme for the European Commission in Brussels. His 2001 publication ‘Towards an androgogy for living in an information society in Teaching and Learning Online: Pedagogies for New Technologies (Kogan Page) is testament to his years of leadership in information dissemination for the digital era.
The many organisations that benefit from David’s contribution include the Edward de Bono Foundation UK, The RSA Council, Neurofiles, the trustee board of The Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust, the World Health Innovation Summit and, as sole lay member, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Digital Collaboration Board.
Together with David Oliver, David founded Unlike Minds in 2008.

David Oliver

David Oliver

(Founding Director)

David  is  a  pioneer  of  nurturing  ‘Breakthrough  Performance  Environments’,  having  led  the team  at  ICL-Fujitsu with  the  introduction  of  the  groundbreaking  UK  National  Grid  for  Learning and CyberSkills programme. David is  Founding  Member  of  BAFTA  Interactive,  the  ambitious  new  chapter  of  the  British  Academy of  Film  and Television  Arts  dedicated  to  Learning. He is Head of The Monastery Studios in Manchester offering 360 degree and 4D immersive technology, augmented reality, drone filming and a full suite of green screen studio and location filming options.

David Alexander

David Alexander

David has over 40 years experience working across, private and public sector in digitally based services and solutions including Identity, personal data, CRM, command and control, housing, local government and healthcare, security and trust based platforms

David is the co-author of the CRM Pocketbook and a master coach and advisor on the key areas of market entry, proposition development, leading virtual teams, partnership development, identity and personal data.

David is the Chief Executive of Mydex, a community interest company that built and operates the Mydex platform. The Mydex platform is a person centred public digital trust platform which equips individual’s to play and active part in the management of their lives, their identity and the data that underpins it and how they interact with the world around them.

David is the Mydex platform architect.  As part of seeking external verification of the trustworthiness of the platform and the company David sought out the independent certification of the Mydex platform and company via ISO 27001 (information Security Management System) and FairData certification.  The platform has been in operation successfully for over 6 years. The Mydex platform is considered by an increasing spectrum of organisations and policy makers as a key utility to deliver social impact.

David is a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Association of Professional Sales where is also the Chief Customer and Information Officer. David is a member and active supporter of Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Rights Group. David is passionate about protecting individuals privacy and personal data and its associated rights.  David is a passionate advocate of ensuring interoperability between systems and services based on open standards and the use of open source software and independent inspection and certification as means of ensuring trust can be established and maintained.

David is on the Governance committee of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and is a Non Executive Director of tScheme the independent, industry-led, self-regulatory scheme set up to create strict assessment criteria, against which it will approve Trust Services in the UK. GOV.UK Verify the UK identity assurance scheme mandates the use of tScheme assessment of all identity providers services against the recognised verification requirements set out in the scheme including GPG 45 Identity Proofing and Verification of an Individual and GPG 44 Authentication Credentials in Support of HMG Online Services.  David was the lead architect for implementing these within the Mydex platform as part of their involvement in the Identity Assurance programme.

Prior to Mydex he was Director of Strategy and Marketing at Northgate Information Solutions and Group Development Director at Computacenter plc. In both cases he led EU wide programmes of innovation and change management using culturally, geographically and organisationally diverse teams to deliver transformation and the creation and launch of new products and services including the first high availability cloud based infrastructure as a service solutions.

David has an extensive background in software architecture design and engineering and mission critical systems development coupled with proposition development, innovation and commercial management.

David has written numerous articles and contributed to a wide range of consultations surrounding the emergence of a personal data ecosystem and the implications of a re-balanced ecosystem between the individual, the state and the economy and how a person centred approach to identity and personal data can deliver more flexible, scalable and resilient public services and remove risk, friction and cost in customer journeys and back office processing.

David is a co-founder of the Future Societies Platform consortium and is leading core architecture and design of the FSP which will use a combination of components to deliver transformation on how communities work together to deliver significant sustainable transformations.

David is also working on the open source project that seeks to bring the next generation of independent experience layers to the digital society allowing for personal control and configuration over one’s environment. David believes that independent, experience, identity and data layers are the backbone of a modern society and digital economy that places individual’s at the centre as the logical point of integration.

David is and has invested in a number of enterprises which rely on the GDPR compliant use of personal data to deliver innovations and person centered services.  David is also a part owner in three patents.

David is an active volunteer in his own community acting as Group Scout Leader for a 100 strong Scout Group and as Treasurer and Director of a Community owned Post Office Stores.

 

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidealexander/

Peter Forrest

Peter Forrest

Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1977, Peter founded his own private practice in 1981 dealing in a wide range of professional work for more than 20 years. In tandem, he co-founded and managed various property development companies together with a successful design-and-build construction company. In parallel, he provided consultancy services to a variety of property developers and builders involved in new build and refurbishment of residential, office and industrial properties..

Peter continues to provide design-and-build consultancy services for property developers, having retired as a Chartered Surveyor in 1996. Since then, he continued to manage his own property portfolio, while researching new approaches to ‘real education’ in its key role ‘to bring out from within’. He founded The Holistic Education Foundation Co. Ltd in 1997 to develop and test new approaches to life-long learning supported by cutting-edge digital technology.

The Company has developed tglhubs.com as a unique digital platform to initiate the growth of new social-cultural-economic networks allied to debt-free systems for banking and barter. Essentially, the tglhubs software enables people to generate a new debt-free local currency by choosing to exchange their skills, time and knowledge. This additional local liquidity provides an impetus for growth in a new barter market founded on creative collaboration, common sense and common values.

Peter is now working with Davids Alexander, Dickinson and Oliver to integrate his tglhubs platform into the Future Society Platform for ongoing testing and development in local pilot projects designed to address community health and well-being.

Dr Simon Grant

Dr Simon Grant

Physics & Philosophy degree, school teaching, practicing hypnotherapy and house renovation; PhD studying Cognitive Science (Strathclyde); lecturing in human-computer interaction (City University) and postdoc work in Italy, learning about the Web (on the side); on to Internet skills training (University of Liverpool); attempted entrepreneurship; focused on interoperability and standards around personal development and skills. I try to discern where I am being led — open, commons, non-hierarchical: values, spirituality, technology, learning and governance (Quakers, Lancaster Cohousing, Green Elephant, CETIS LLP); wishing to join with others to build greater ideas for the future and put them into practice.

Key research Interests: interoperability, skills, competence, values, governance, peer-to-peer

Elaine Griffiths MBE

Elaine Griffiths MBE

As a graduate in Food Science and Nutrition, for over 20 years Elaine’s professional career was in the Food Industry where she held senior positions with Ess Food UK, Sara Lee UK and Country House before establishing her own successful sales and marketing consultancy.

She relinquished her career to champion the salvation of the Monastery.

Elaine is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Charitable Trust that has raised over £10 million to save and restore Gorton Monastery and found a sustainable new use for the future of this previously endangered World Monument site. The experience of delivering the Monastery project over the past 21 years has turned Elaine into a passionate advocate for sustainable communities and heritage led regeneration. She is also a Director of the Monastery Manchester, the social enterprise company that operates the restored heritage site as a corporate, cultural and community venue.

Elaine was awarded an MBE for services to heritage in 2007. With its permanent education, training, health and well-being facilities the Monastery delivers innovative community projects where new approaches and models of care in health, skills and employability can be shared.

Other voluntary, mentoring and advisory positions included board membership of the Princes Trust in Cheshire, Chair of Manchester Cathedral’s Council for 5 years, Community Action Network, the Shared Health Foundation and the Global Links Initiative as well as acting as adviser and consultant to numerous charitable projects and heritage building preservation trusts across the UK.

Ray Hanks

Ray Hanks

Ray worked for three of the Top 10 Ad Agencies in the UK, and was Managing Director of the biggest specialist agency in Europe with billings of £40 million.  As Head of Creative & Digital Industries at the North West Development Agency, he set up the team to help secure the BBC’s relocation and the creation of the iconic MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

Ray is an award-winning business adviser (Institute of Consulting – Best Business Growth) for creative and digital businesses, including advertising agencies, film and TV specialists, and was part of the record-breaking business support initiative in England’s North West, impacting on £511 million of sales and 5,300 jobs.  He has trained over 1,500 people to set up their own businesses, was Interim Director of the Northern Net Innovation Programme, a trained assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service reviewing underperforming NHS clinicians, has trained all of the lawyers and claims specialists for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS Resolution), is an alumnus and Member of Court of The City University London, and an External Adviser for The University of Salford.

Having worked closely with David Dickinson and David Oliver for many years, Ray is committed to the pursuit of change for good, through innovative thinking and creative collaborations.  He is an adviser to Creative Life at The Monastery, which incorporates The Monastery Studios offering green screen film production facilities.  The services include the outstanding photography of Mark Copeland, drone filming with 4K video and high-resolution images, augmented reality services bringing still images to life and a suite of magical products featuring pictures that talk.

The collaboration with Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins resulted in the creation of the NeuroFiles project, an ambitious media programme highlighting how neuroscience impacts on everything we do. Over twenty videos have already been filmed and produced at The Monastery Studios. It is a perfect fit for the wider ambition and philosophy of Unlike Minds.

Dr Amir Hannan

Dr Amir Hannan

Chairman
West Pennine Local Medical Committee
July 2016 – Present (1 year 8 months)

Doctor, General Practice Haughton Thornley Medical Centres
October 2000 – Present (17 years 5 months)
I am a GP partner at Haughton Thornley Medical Centres.
Chairman
World Health Innovation Summit
July 2015 – Present (2 years 8 months)United Kingdom
I am chairman of the World Health Innovation Summit #TogetherWeInspire
Director
Orbit Healthcare Ltd
April 2016 – Present (1 year 11 months)
Director for Orbit Healthcare Ltd GP federation in Tameside & Glossop along with Dr Asad Ali, Dr Timothy Dowling and Dr Guy Wilkinson. Orbit is chaired by Yvonne Pritchard. Angela Welsh is our Business Manager. You can contact her here Email: angela.welsh2@nhs.net
Vice Chairman
West Pennine Local Medical Committee
April 2015 – June 2016 (1 year 3 months)
I have been vice-chair of our Local Medical Committee and a member representing Hyde and Hattersley GP practices
Primary care IT clinical lead
NHS Northwest
2009 – April 2013 (4 years)

Gareth Presch

Gareth Presch

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, he has experience of 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

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

I am a doctor of education (UCL Institute of Education) specialising in cognitive and neuroeducational pedagogy, particularly in translating research into classroom practice, and also a science teacher. Currently, I am drawing on both my teaching and academic experience to work with a number of schools across the North of England, helping them to use aspects of educational neuroscience that are ready and appropriate for the classroom.

After an initial three INSET visits, we continue to work in partnership with schools and touch base regularly. We measure baseline levels of pupil academic performance and motivation /attitude towards school, and compare this to a mid-test and post-test measure. I undertook a PhD after 6 years’ full time teaching (science). My research entailed training teachers in using cognitive load theory (CLT), Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE), brain targeted teaching (BTT), and how to use general research based cognitive and neuroeducational strategies to improve pupil participation and enjoyment in science. I have also been a co-author of a paper commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to explore initiatives taken by some schools to enhance science learning and teaching. I have written for other science education journals. After a PGCE in science (Cambridge), I taught in Oxford (2 years) and London (4 years), with a sabbatical in Sri Lanka where I trained teachers and produced a teachers’ resource handbook. To keep my eye in with current science curricula, I regularly tutor GCSE pupils. I live in Derbyshire with my husband and young family.