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