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The Power of Data

"Everybody talks about big data, but few are actually doing it."

Join NHS leaders from Global Digital Exemplar trusts to share their experience of co-creating solutions to our most pressing problems including workforce and predictive health.

See first hand, world first innovations from the North West, meet the teams delivering these incredible firsts and learn from the challenges they faced.

The Speakers

Mr Iain Hennessey

Clinical Director of Innovation Alder Hey Childrens N.H.S. Foundation Trust

Iain is a consultant paediatric and neonatal surgeon at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where he is also Clinical Director of Innovation. A role that involves the co-creation and exploitation of medical technology in partnership with academia, industry and clinicians.

Michael Gleaves

Deputy Director, Hartree Centre

Michael joined the Hartree Centre at its creation in 2013 as a business development manager. Prior to working for the Hartree Centre, Michael was project lead for data and metadata capture systems for STFC’s large facilities and held positions in areas of research, development and sales at Unilever and Dionex. As Deputy Director Michael’s role is to lead the commercial strategy of the Centre overseeing the work of the business development and impact and engagement teams to continue building on the industrial engagement to deliver Hartree's mission to transform UK competitiveness.

Liz Mear

CEO - Innovation Agency

Dr Liz Mear is the Chief Executive of the region’s Innovation Agency, one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks set up to spread innovations in the NHS and social care. She has leadership roles in various national and regional healthcare organisations, such as the Northern Health Science Alliance; the Well North Board; the Health Service Research UK Network Board and the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance, which is the NHS England Test Bed for the North West Coast region. Liz is also a trustee of the Stroke Association, reflecting her passion for preventing strokes through new ways of working with innovations.

Dr. Dennis F. Kehoe


AIMES is an award-winning Cloud Services Provider based in Liverpool, where he was previously the Saxby Professor and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor at the University of Liverpool. He has specific interest in the creation of new high growth, high technology businesses emanating from cloud computing.

Phil Blything

MD - Glow New Media

MD at Glow, Phil has been working in digital product development for 20 years, having studied biosciences in the USA. Phil's work in real time transport software led Glow to repurpose their innovative systems to improve NHS safety and workforce capacity.

Phil Carvil

HealthTec Cluster Development Manager - STFC

Dr Phil Carvil is the HealthTec Cluster Development Manager at Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Daresbury Campus. Before taking up this exciting role in April 2018, Phil worked for the King’s Health Partners for four years as their Clinical Academic Group Development Manager. This involved working across 22 clinical-academic groups to support the alignment of the partnerships tripartite.

Mike Pearson

Professor of Clinical Evaluation

Michael Pearson qualified in computer science(1972) and medicine (1975) and became a Consultant Respiratory Physician in 1984 at the University Hospital Aintree. He entered the world of clinical standards with the first UK clinical guideline (asthma) in 1990 which led to studies to measure if the standards were or were not being met. He led the Royal College of Physicians Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation unit producing evidence based national guidelines for many different conditions for national societies and for NICE. In 2006 he took up a chair at Liverpool University focussed on care quality and the ways in which the NHS data mountain can be used to understand care processes and thus help clinicians adjust and improve care. He is a key member of the Connected Health Cities NorthWest Coast Project drawing together the skills of 2 universities, the Innovation Agency and AIMES with the explicit intent of putting information into the hands of clinicians where it can directly inform the care they are providing.

Iain Bethune

Research Software Engineering Group Lead

Iain joined the Hartree Centre in June 2017 as Technical Programme Manager for the Innovation Return on Research (IROR) programme. IROR, is a 5 year joint research and development programme with IBM Research, aiming to produce an 18-24 month competitive advantage for UK industry

The Event

Join NHS leaders from Global Digital Exemplar trusts to share their experience of co-creating solutions to our most pressing problems. See first hand the world first innovations from the North West, meet the teams delivering them and learn from the challenges they faced.

10:00 - 10:30

Mr. Iain Hennessey

Alder Hey clinical director of innovation will share his unique perspective on the truly amazing landscape of medical innovation.

10:30 - 10:45

Michael Pearson - Professor of Clinical Evaluation

Making clinical data useful - and for whom!

10:45 - 11:00

Michael Gleaves, Deputy Director, Hartree Centre

The Hartree Centre is transforming UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies. It’s a rapidly shifting landscape and Michael will set out his view of the Horizon.

11:00 - 11:15

Liz Mear - CEO Innovation Agency

Adopting Innovation - Liz will outline her view of the innovations coming out of the North West.



11:30 - 11:45

Dr. Phil Carvill - Intro

Healthtech Cluster Development Manager, STFC Phil is rapidly gathering the NW Health Tech cluster to his banner, curating and connecting innovators, facilitators and challenge owners across the UK. Phil will introduce the innovation case studies.

11:45 - 12:00

SafeTeam Guardian

Glow New Media and Alder Hey demonstrate the exciting proof of value study of this unique technology which shows substantial safety and capacity improvements.

12:00 - 12:15

IROR - Innovation Return on Research

IROR is a government funded programme which creates custom digital assets such as AI applications for Life Sciences such as molecular stimulation and metagenomics analysis.

12:15 - 12:30


AI systems will make human intervention in healthcare more effective. Combining diverse health data with predictive analytics, the project will personalise the delivery of support to mental health patients.

12:30 - 1:00

Lunch, buffet with exhibition

1:00 - 2:00

Round Table Facilitated Workshops

1:00 - 2:00


2:00 - 3:00

Networking & Exhibition



The Location

Backed by over £170 million of government funding and significant strategic partnerships​ with organisations such as IBM and Atos​, the Hartree Centre is home to some of the most technically advanced high performance computing, data analytics, machine learning technologies and experts in the UK.
  • When 09 April 2019
  • Where

    Hartree Centre,
    STFC Laboratory Sci-Tech Daresbury Warrington,
    WA4 4AD

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