Knowlex has an advisory board of senior public sector figures to give expert advice on key policy issues across our range of events. 

Philip Howard
Consultant Pharmacist in Antimicrobials at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, AMR Project Lead at NHS-Improvement and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University

He is a spokesman for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Antimicrobials, and for the charity Antibiotic-Action.


He was a member of the Dept of Health ARHAI Antimicrobial Stewardship Group that produced the original Start Smart then Focus Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines, and the HPA Primary Care Unit which helped produce the RCGP TARGET guidance on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care.


His research interests include Antimicrobial Stewardship, and led the first global hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship survey. He has been involved in AMS education and training across the world.  In 2012, he won the GHP/GSK/UKCPA Clinical Leadership Award.


He is a committee / council member of:

  • RPS Expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobials

  • UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Group

  • Antibiotic Policies Group of European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Linda is a Registered Nurse who has been an Infection prevention Practitioner for over 20 years with a strong back ground in provider services. Patient safety is one of her passions and the idea of getting it right each time for each patient is her aspiration.  Linda has worked across the South region with TDA/NHS Improvement  for the past two years and has  just commenced a new role as Head of Infection Prevention and Control in the Nursing team at NHSI.

Linda Dempster
Head of Infection Prevention and Control at NHS Improvement
Lisa White
Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Lisa Trained at Guys and ST.Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and qualified in 1993, where she undertook a variety of roles. In 2005 Lisa joined the Infection Prevention and Control team at the Trust, where she was part of the team that helped reduce the HCAI’s at GSTT significantly over the next 5 years.


Lisa’s focus changed to the community setting in 2010, when she became the Lead Infection Prevention and Control Advisor for Lambeth and Southwark PCT, and supported them through a CQC assessment, and restructure. In 2012 she moved to Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, where she has helped the organisation to focus on the wider community aspects of Infection Prevention and Control. Lisa continues to work closely with colleagues in Kent to ensure health economy wide changes are implemented effectively to improve patient safety

Sara Mumford
Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Clinical Director of Diagnostics and Pharmacy and Consultant Microbiologist at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW)

Sara is Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Clinical Director of Diagnostics and Pharmacy and Consultant Microbiologist at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW).  Sara studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s hospital and did her specialist training at Charing Cross and St George’s Hospitals and Ashford Public Health Laboratory.

Sara became Consultant Microbiologist at Ashford Public Health Laboratory in 1999 and subsequently moved to Kent Health Protection Unit as Consultant in Communicable Disease Control in 2004. Whilst at Kent HPU she advised MTW on the investigation and management of the outbreak of C. difficile in 2005/6 which was the subject of a highly critical Healthcare Commission report in October 2007. In November 2007, Sara took up the post of DIPC at MTW and has led the improvements which have seen a 96% reduction (compared with 2005/6) in C. difficile cases to 7.4/100 000 bed days, earning recognition from the Trust Development Authority (now NHSI) as an exemplar site for infection prevention

Alison Hopkins
Chief Executive: Accelerate CIC

Alison Hopkins is Chief Executive of Accelerate Community Interest Company. She led the spin out of the specialist wound and lymphoedema service from the NHS in 2011 to develop what has become a leading edge company in the social enterprise world.  Accelerate not only provides service across Tower Hamlets, via a multidisciplinary team but also provides complex management for patients from across London and the South East.

Alison has been in the tissue viability nursing specialism since 1989 and has led the growth of Accelerate in both in turnover and personnel demonstrating the visible worth of clinical leadership in the context of business development.

She has an MSc in Psychology and Health and started her life in the health world as a District Nurse. Her passion remains the creative use of compression therapy within leg ulcer management and quality of life issues for all patients. She continues to successfully raise the profile of complex wounds and lymphoedema within the long term conditions agenda. Alison held the position of Chair and Trustee for the Tissue Viability Society (2010-14).  She has a number of publications, is a national and international speaker and was proud to launch the opening of the Accelerate Treatment Centre as the first Centre of Excellence for complex wound and lymphoedema care in September 2015

Caitriona O’Neill
Lymphoedema Care Lead Nurse – Team Leader

Caitriona joined the team in 2008 as the new Lymphoedema Service was launching for Tower Hamlets. In 2015 she led on developing the City and Hackney Lymphoedema Service. Catriona trained as a Registered General Nurse at Waterford Regional Hospital in the 1990s before moving to London to pursue a career in palliative care. Out of this developed a keen interest in lymphoedema and particularly around the lack of provision within the UK, and a desire to address this inequity. Catriona uses this passion to encourage East London boroughs that do not have a lymphoedema provision to access Accelerate CIC’s service

Barbara Soule  
Joint Commission International

Barbara Soule has worked in health care for more than 40 years. She currently serves as Practice Leader, Infection Prevention and Control Services, for Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Joint Commission International (JCI).

In this capacity she provides oversight and coordination for all infection prevention and control services, education and products across multiple health care settings. She practices both in the US and internationally consulting with health systems, individual organizations and Ministries of Health.

Barbara is a Past President of The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and has served on the APIC Scientific Research Committee, Education Committee and Strategic Planning.

Elias Tannous is an infection control professional with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare setting.

He holds degree in Nursing from the French Ministry of Health and from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, degrees in Business Administrations and Human Resource/Personnel Management from UK and Certified Board in Infection Control, USA since 2008.

He has coordinated, co-directed and facilitated loads of IC educational activities and has been heavily involved in major infection control activities, projects and programs for the past 10 years, including commissioning of new facilities, developing surveillance programs and evaluating IC programs.

Elias Tannous 
Arab Countries Infection Control Network
Francine Westergaard, MSN, MBA, RN   
Joint Commission International

Francine Westergaard's experience includes responsibilities as a health care administrator for inpatient hospital operations; hospital-based and off-site ambulatory care services; budgeting; staffing; quality measurement and improvement; new project/service development; transport medicine and emergency services; disaster planning; facility management; facility planning and construction during the construction of a new hospital and an outpatient oncology center.


Ms. Westergaard worked for a large health care system in the Chicago area for more than 23 years prior to joining the Joint Commission Resources team in 2007. Her international experience has included consultation and education for major hospitals, health care systems and ministries of health in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Ms. Westergaard's consulting expertise includes operational assessment; standards and survey preparedness; patient safety assessment; medication management; infection prevention and control; environment of care; executive leadership and governing bodies; senior executive dialogue; performance improvement; and incorporating tracer methodology as management tools.

Ms. Westergaard has extensive experience lecturing on standards and survey preparedness; patient safety; and quality improvement. She provides suggestions and applications for improvement which can assist organizations as they facilitate change dynamics.2

Siân is the Trust Sepsis Nurse Practitioner and a Resuscitation officer at The Dudley Group Foundation Trust. She qualified as a registered nurse at Southampton University in 1995, moving to the West Midlands to start her career briefly in surgical nursing & high dependency care, before rotating around the different speciality Critical Care units across the region. 16 years within the Critical Care environment, including 11 years as Critical Care Outreach Sister led to her joining the Resuscitation team in 2013 and becoming the lead for Sepsis within the Trust in 2016. Siân is also a Clinical educator with the UK Sepsis Trust and is a co-author of the UKST Sepsis Manual – 4th edition (2018).

Sian Annakin
Trust Sepsis Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Educator

Dr Matt Inada-Kim, a consultant in Acute Medicine at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, is a highly-regarded expert on sepsis. In his role as sepsis advisor, Dr Inada-Kim advises senior NHS leaders and works towards improving how the condition is treated across England. He also spends time educating clinicians, undertakes research and addresses both national and international conferences on the subject of sepsis.

Matt Inada Kim
National Clinical Sepsis Lead, Hampshire Hospitals 
Kenny Ajayi 
Programme Director, Imperial Health College Partners

Kenny is the Programme Director for Patient Safety at Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP). His role involves driving change and innovation in patient safety across the health and social care system in North West London.  Prior to joining ICHP, he was a director in a consultancy providing risk management services to the NHS.

Kenny’s professional interests lie in system leadership and integration; capability building and developing engagement and partnerships across boundaries to achieve systemwide innovation and impact on patient safety. Recently, Kenny led a national collaboration that developed the award-winning Suspicion of Sepsis Insights Dashboard (now called the Bacterial Infection and Sepsis Dashboard) which is now being spread nationally.

Earlier in his career, Kenny was a physiotherapist and later held roles in clinical ergonomics and human factors. He has masters degrees in ergonomics/human factors and also in Integrated Governance in Healthcare.

John is Head of Security and NHS Accredited Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. He was recently voted in as NAHS Executive Director. John is a former Royal Air Force Police Special Investigator who began working with the NHS in 2005 as a Drugs Worker with the Coventry Drugs Intervention Programme. He moved back to the Policing and Security field in 2006, gaining his NHS Security Management LSMS accreditation in 2007.

John has worked across all sectors of the NHS and has a particular interest in Mental Health Acute and Forensic services. He now works closely with two Mental Health Trusts, hosted on his two acute hospital sites. In addition to the ‘normal’ day job, John delivers Lone Worker, Personal Safety skills, PREVENT and Project GRIFFIN Counter Terrorism awareness training.

John Currie
National Association of Healthcare Security 
Paul Clarke
Head of Facilities Management at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Paul came into the Health Service in 2006 following a 25 years career in the Armed Forces (Army) during this time he served on operations and in barracks across the world before retiring at the rank of Captain (Late Entry), Royal Logistics Corps. Paul remains part of the Regular Officer Reserve.

Paul’s first position with Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust was General Manager for Facilities. Following the formation of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in 2009 the largest Health Board in Wales he spent a short period of time reviewing the transport & logistics in the organisation prior to moving to his present position as Head of Facilities Management.

Paul’s position as Head of Facilities Management Services covers a wide range of soft FM and transport activities.

Michael Rollins

Consultant Healthcare Environment Infection Prevention, UK

Michael is an independent consultant specialising in invalidation and implementation of healthcare hygiene technology, environmental Infection prevention and integration with patient safety quality improvement initiatives.


Background in design and Healthcare International marketing, visual communications and training.


Michael Joined UCLH Infection Directorate in 2004 as Project manager for Dept of Health commissioned Research studies into emerging cleaning technologies).  Study of enhanced patient environment cleaning and impact on HCAI within the ICU.


Sponsored R&D studies include Investigation of novel antimicrobial compounds; Enhanced hygiene surface modification; Validation of proprietary dry steam vapour tools designed for healthcare applications. Validation of automated hand hygiene technology.


Michael is an active member of the Infection Prevention Society UK, Patron of the National Association of Healthcare Cleaning professionals (AHCP) UK and member of the Education and Training advisory group.


Michael is also an Associate Subject Matter Specialist (Environmental Infection Prevention) for Nahdat al Tamayuz, Healthcare Professional training and development company, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Environmental Education Excellence Ltd, Training company UK.