Speakers

Dr. Thomas Kelley
VP of Business Development & Partnerships, ICHOM, EMEA

Thomas Kelley leads ICHOM’s work across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He also has global responsibility for ICHOM’s engagement with the life science industry. He is based in the London office. Prior to working at ICHOM he practiced as a physician at an Academic Medical Centre in the UK, Oxford University Hospitals (OUH). Whilst at the OUH he worked in many parts of the hospital including general adult medicine, trauma and orthopedics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and plastic surgery. He continues to serve as the National Advisor for the UK junior doctor academic training program, a position he has held since 2012. He received his MD from the University of Manchester and MBA from the University of Oxford.
Prof. Charles Normand
Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy &
Management, University of Dublin, Trinity College

Charles Normand is Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He was for thirteen years Professor of Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and remains a visiting professor there. He has worked also at the universities in Belfast, York and Stirling. He was a civil servant in Northern Ireland for four years and has worked in hospital management, including a period as chairman of the board at Central Middlesex Hospital and is currently on the boards of St. James's Hospital and Trinity Health Ireland. His BA and DPhil are in economics. Much of his work is on the evaluation of treatments and services, with a particular interest on neonatal technologies, heart disease and the major cancers. His has also worked on finance and delivery of health services and health care human resources. He has a particular interest in the consequences of population ageing on health and social care. He has carried out advisory work and research on health care reform in the new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, in Bangladesh, Malawi, Tanzania and in South Africa. He has published widely on health economics and financing, is author of two guidebooks on health insurance and of a textbook on health economics. He is a former President of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region and chairs the steering committee of the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy.
Dr. Mairin Ryan
Director Health Technology Assessment and Deputy Chief Executive Officer HIQA

Dr. Anne Dee
Health Technology Assessment Group Lead and Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Department of Public Health

HTAG is headed up by Dr. Anne Dee, who is qualified as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. Anne specialises in the area of Health Economics, and has experience of Markov modelling, cost of illness studies, budget impact analysis as well as acute hospital activity and costing projections.

During her career, Anne has worked in emergency medicine, general practice and volunteered in a leprosy hospital in Nepal. She has worked in Public Health Medicine since 2006, and took up a specialist post in Limerick in 2010.


Mr. Alan Brace
Director of Finance - Health and Social Services Group -
Welsh Government

Alan was born in the Rhondda Valley and brought up in Tonyrefail. He now lives in Coity with his wife and three children.

He joined the NHS as a National Finance Management Trainee in 1984 and apart from two years in Local Government has spent his entire career in NHS Wales. Alan has been a Finance Director in a number of NHS Trusts in NHS Wales since 1994. In 2003 he took the opportunity offered by the creation of Local Health Boards in Wales to become Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire Local Health Board and remained there until 2008 when he returned to finance as Interim Director of Finance in Gwent NHS Trust.

From 2009 he was Director of Finance and Procurement and Deputy Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and during 2012 Alan covered the post of Director of Finance for the Department of Health and Social care in Welsh Government and in September 2016 Alan took up this post permanently.

A former Chairman of the HFMA in Wales, Alan has also sat on the C.I.P.F.A Executive for Wales and their Welsh Advisory Group and represented Health on the National Finance Leadership Steering Group. Alan also takes a keen interest in finance staff development and developing the finance function within the NHS. In 2014 Alan was warded the HFMA Finance Director of the Year award.

During 2013 he established the Finance Leadership Academy for NHS Wales which he currently chairs. The aim of the Academy is develop a finance function in Wales that is best suited to Wales but comparable with the best anywhere. It aims to provide leadership and resources to promote research into finance and effective financial management, to ensure the talent pipeline in Wales is effectively managed and to learn from and adopt best practice wherever it exists.

Alan has also benefited from extended study leave to both Harvard Business School where he has studied both General Management and Leadership as well as Value measurement in Health Care and also Stanford Business School in California studying Not for Profit Leadership.