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Our 2019 conference featured more than 40 expert speakers.
See our highlights below.

Main Conference and Workshop Programme

You can download a copy of the 2019 Conference Programme

Day 1 Programme

Day 2 Programme

Key Speakers from 2019

Key highlights of the 2019 conference included:

Josh Llewellyn-Jones OBE – Cardiff native Josh is a Cystic Fibrosis warrior who’s completed many feats of physical endurance including becoming the world record holder for lifting 1-million kilos in under 24 hours, to raise vital awareness and funds for CF.

Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy – Award-winning comedian, Lee is the 2018 winner of Britain’s Got Talent. Despite being unable to speak as a result of his cerebral palsy, Lee nonetheless has much to say and uses a voice synthesizer to great effect in his routine.

Professor Sir Sam Everington OBE, GP Bromley by Bow Partnership, Tower Hamlets – Sam Everington is a GP at The Bromley by Bow GP partnership, an innovative community organisation with over 100 projects supporting wider determinants of health. He’s founder of the social prescribing movement and a trustee of the King’s Fund.

Junior Smart – Founder of SOS Project, a multiple award-winning service which offers intensive support to vulnerable young people and carries out preventative work with those at risk.

Hibo Wardere – Hibo is a Somali-born campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM), author, and public speaker based in London.

Isabelle Trowler – Isabelle is the government’s Chief Social Worker for Children and Families. She is a founder member of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, a member of the National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and the National Stability Forum.

Dr Kate Allatt – Kate astonishingly survived and thrived after a brainstem stroke at 39 years of age, with a Locked In Syndrome diagnosis.

Prof Ann John – Ann John is a Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry at the Swansea University Medical School. She chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on the prevention of suicide and self-harm. She is an honorary consultant in Public Health medicine for Public Health Wales.

Dr Phil Cooper MBE – Dr Phil Cooper is a Nurse Consultant and Clinical Transformation / Suicide Prevention Lead at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Phil is also a co-founder, trustee and education lead / clinical presenter with State of Mind Sport.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM – The Deputy Minister supports the work of the Minister for Health and Social Services. Julie has been a Welsh Assembly member for Cardiff North seat in the Welsh Assembly since the 2011 elections.

Director of Social Services and Integration for Welsh Government, Albert Heaney – Albert is the Director of Social Services and Integration in Wales for the Welsh Government, former Corporate Director of Social Services for Caerphilly County Borough Council and past President of ADSS Cymru.

Councillor Huw David – Huw is the current Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Local Government Association Spokesperson for Health and Social Services.