Conference Speakers



Dr Clare Gerada MBE

Medical Director
NHS Practitioner Health Programme

Dr Clare Gerada became the first female Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 50 years and only it’s second in the history of the college.  She is also the first Chair to come from Malta!

Clare studied medicine at University College London, qualifying in 1982. She trained first in medicine, then psychiatry and then followed her father’s footsteps and became a general practitioner. She has worked in the same practice since 1992 and has recently celebrated her 26th consecutive year at the practice (not quite in the same room for all this time, but nearly). The practice has since grown to provide GPs to over 100,000 patients, as well as providing urgent care services, across 15 sites in London.

In 2008, she won the contract to run the Practitioner Health Programme (, which is a pioneering programme providing confidential services to doctors and dentists with mental health or addiction problems.

Clare has strong links to three Royal Colleges: Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists, was awarded an honorary Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians in 2008.

Clare was awarded an MBE in the Millennium Birthday Honours for services to medicine and substance misuse.

Dr Tim Ojo

Coaching and Mentoring Lead
Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Tim has a background in medicine and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 18 years. He was a Board level executive in the NHS for 7 years and has over 12 years formal medical leadership experience.

Tim has gained qualifications in management, executive coaching, leadership mentoring and alternative dispute resolution/mediation and has an MBA with a special interest in the employee ‘psychological contract’.

Tim is passionate about helping others to identify and commit to a clear purpose in all that they do by embodying the right values and principles, deploying appropriate tactics in pursuit of goals and testing their assumptions in context to review and refine actions as required.

He is a Senior Founding Fellow at FMLM, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership Management, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is also member of the Association for Coaching.

Tim has written several papers on leadership development, strategic risk management and employee empowerment which have been published in peer-reviewed journals.


Dr Michael Devlin

Head of Professional Standards
and Liaison

Dr Mike Devlin is Head of Professional Standards and Liaison at the MDU, having been a medico-legal adviser for over 15 years, latterly as Head of Advisory Services.  He is also MDU’s Responsible Officer.

Mike was a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine’s academic committee and was an examiner for the MFFLM until 2014.  He is an international editorial board member of the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.  He was Treasurer of the FFLM from 2011 to 2015.  He has had published many articles on medico-legal matters in various medical journals and papers in UK and Ireland as well as a book chapter.  He has a significant amount of experience in teaching and assessing knowledge in medico-legal subjects.

Prof. Derek Burke

Clinical Governance
Gibraltar Health Authority

Professor Burke FRCSEd FRCEM FRCPCH is the Responsible Officer in charge of clinical governance for Gibraltar Health Authority. Prof Burke has also been recognised by the GMC as a Suitable Person and appears on the list of GMC approved Suitable Persons.

Prof Burke had been traveling to Gibraltar 3-4 times per year for the last 15 years to teach on UK Resuscitation Council approved courses (ALS, EPALS, PILS, ILS). He was previously the Medical Director and Responsible Officer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, has a clinical background in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Education and is highly cited in peer review journals.

Dr Allan Goldman

Risky Business

Allan has worked as a paediatric intensive care specialist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London UK for the past 20 years. He also has a MSC in Sports Science and is Honorary visiting professor at City University in London.

He has been a senior clinical lead at GOSH for the past 8 years and has a special interest in human factors, teamwork and leadership. He was the principle investigator in the theatre-ICU-Formula 1 study.

Risky Business talks are different to anything else in the safety world. Through the sharing of ideas outside one’s own sphere of expertise, we can understand risk, quality and safety from different perspectives.

Davina Ramkissoon

Head Health Coach
ZEVO Health

Davina is the Head Health Coach at Zevo Health, a Dublin based workplace wellness company. She has been with the organisation since its inception in 2016, involved in the strategic design of data driven workplace wellness programs. She currently manages workplace wellbeing programs for organizations of more than 800 staff and has a multidisciplinary team of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Exercise and Nutrition health coaches who help to coordinate the delivery of the workplace wellbeing programs.

Davina has an MSc in Health Psychology from Surrey University and has been working within the field of employee wellbeing since 2014. She has firsthand experience of designing and implementing workplace wellness programs within the UK as well as within public and private sectors within Ireland.


Dr Jan Birtle

Specialist Adviser for Mentoring
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Jan Birtle is Associate Medical Director of Research and Development Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. She is also Specialist Adviser for Mentoring for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Jan provides a range of professional and clinical support for doctors as an appraiser, executive coach, supervisor and Medical Psychotherapist.

Jan’s clinical and research interests are in personality development disorders, mood disorders, role strain and the impact of trauma. She is interested in developing ways services can adapt to engage with people who find it difficult to seek help, including doctors.   

Jan has extensive experience of teaching and training and has set up a successful mentorship training programme for Psychiatrists in the West Midlands now adopted as the central mentorship programme of the RCPsych.  

Reflective practice provides a space to explore conscious and unconscious responses to complex and challenging patients. This is an area of practice Jan promotes for all doctors throughout their careers, as a protective factor to support sustainable medical careers.