Keynote speakers

Heather McKay

Professor at the University of British Columbia, who has developed many research partnerships between government ministries, community and research partners to collectively address child and older adult health problems in Canada. She will reflect on the challenges of developing these partnerships and how to turn them into successes.

Jet Bussemakers

Former deputy-minister of Health and Professor of Health Policy, Science & Societal Impact at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, She is currently chair of the Council for Health and Society, the strategic advisory council to the MoH and therefore well placed to talk about setbacks and successes in knowledge exchange at the policy and research interface.

Helen Walters


Consultant in Public Health Medicine at NIHR NETSCC, University of Southampton and advisor for the Department of Health on health research. She previously held the position of Head of Health at the Greater London Authority (GLA) and worked for Public Health England. She will share her experience, insights and recent work to bring together public health practice and research for improving public health.