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Innovation, Resilience & Productivity

February 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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New methods to future proof your business growth – A Charnwood Campus Cluster event, part of a series of events to support the growth and success of the life science organisations clustered around Charnwood Campus Science, Innovation and Technology Park.

Do you want to increase productivity in your business?

Maybe you’re already focusing on operations optimisation, distribution of work, automation and rationalisations.

Join us to explore how to increase productivity in new ways by focusing on innovating and building resilience in your business at an organisational, social and mental health level.

Innovation, Resilience and Productivity Tickets, Tue 14 Feb 2023 at 09:00 | Eventbrite


9.00 – 9.30 Registration Refreshments and Exhibition, kindly sponsored by Weiss Technik.

9.30 – 9.40 Event Welcome and Introduction.

Dr Lucy Alexander, Head of Business Development, Charnwood Campus.

09.40 – 10.05 Building a Resilient Economic Engine.

Prof Dean Fathers, Event Chair, Centre for Organisational Resilience. University of Lincoln.

10.05 – 10.25 Manufacturing in the Midlands.

Charlotte Horobin, Region Director – Midlands & East of England, Make UK, The manufacturers’ organisation. 

10.25 – 10.45 Deploying innovative digital solutions in the NHS to improve productivity.

Michael Watts, Co-founder, and CEO Blum Health Ltd.

10.45 – 11.10 Refreshments and Break, kindly sponsored by Weiss Technik.

11.10 – 11.30 Improving productivity by protecting innovation.

Malcolm Youll, MD Weiss Technik UK.

11.30 – 11.50 The S-Press innovation – improvements in hospital flow and patient outcomes.

Jennifer Turner, Physiotherapist and Innovator, Director of JT Rehab Ltd and winner of Innovate UK Women in Innovation 2021/22.

11.50 – 12.10 Supporting clinical research trials to improve business resilience and productivity.

Daniel Kumar, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN).

12.10 – 12.30 The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot – innovative partnerships and research ready organisations helping to enhance the workplace wellbeing agenda.

Sally Newnham, Director, Centre for Organisational Resilience, Project Manager MHPP,

Lincoln International Business School.

12.30 – 13.00 Panel Discussion.

13.00 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition, kindly sponsored by Weiss Technik.

Speaker Biographies

Prof Dean Fathers.

Prof Fathers chairs the Strategic Advisory Board of the Centre for Organisational Resilience (CORe) building its extensive partnerships with organisations in the UK’s seven safety critical sectors, of which healthcare is one, around its vision and aims. Dean’s reach into the health and care system derives from his many commercial roles, mainly in digital health/medical device organisations and his extensive former experience of chairing various NHS provider and commissioning bodies for over 20 years. In addition, Dean has held appointments with the NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, the Leadership Academy and other ancillary NHS organisations. Dean continues to play a role in the health system through his roles with the Midlands Engine Health Board, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board, and as a Non-Executive Director of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The Centre for Organisational Resilience aims to develop research to address the major issues affecting the productivity of the UK workforce, through the delivery of evidence based innovative products and services, which:

  • Improves the resilience of start-up businesses, enabling them to increase their probability of surviving more than ten years
  • Enhances the ability of SMEs to scale up
  • Supports the Boards and workforce of medium and large private and public sector organisations to improve their governance and leadership to create strategies and cultures capable of delivering sustainable outcomes through an empowered, strategically aligned and resilient workforce


Charlotte Horobin

Make UK is the largest voice supporting UK manufacturing, Charlotte’s role as Region Director is to engage Make UK’s members and assist them in advancing as a manufacturer by providing bespoke introductions, providing industry insight, attendance at events & networking, promoting their business and ensuring their views are heard. Another key part of her role is to engage with regional stakeholders ensuring manufacturers’ interests are represented to LEPs, the West Midlands Combined Authority, Midlands Engine and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Combined Authority. Charlotte is also a Trustee of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers, a Careers and Enterprise Advisor in Lincolnshire, a Board Member of the West Midlands Growth Company and is a Senior Industrial Fellow with The Advanced Services Group at Aston Business School.

She gained her undergraduate degree from The University of Leeds in Biomedical Science before completing her Masters at The University of Nottingham. Charlotte is currently studying to gain her IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management. Before joining Make UK (formerly EEF) in 2013, Charlotte worked in food manufacturing where she focused on business development and food safety management.


Michael Watts

On a mission to break down the barriers to healthcare innovation within the NHS, and abolish impostor syndrome within junior healthcare professionals, Michael is an NHS doctor and Associate CCIO of his local trust, but also the Co-founder and Managing director of Blüm Health Ltd, a rapidly growing digital health SME that collaboratively works with NHS trusts and Universities to design, build, and scale digital health software solutions, and empower clinical entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a reality.


Malcolm Youll

Malcom has 30 years of global roles within engineering and services businesses, 5 years with Weiss Technik based in Loughborough. An Entrepreneurial leader with a solid track record of strategic growth generation worldwide. Experienced in driving cultural change, and inspiring teams to achieve, including significant acquisition integration and business transformation.


Jennifer Turner

Jen is a physiotherapist and the inventor of the S-Press – a portable, progressive resistance, leg-strengthening device, which can be used by a patient from their bed or chair, to effectively retain and regain their leg muscle strength. The S-Press was developed to address the problem of hospital acquired deconditioning and slow physical recovery. To improve patients physical and psychological outcomes, enable faster recovery and shorten length of stay. Jen was also a winner of InnovateUK Women in Innovation 2021/22.


Daniel Kumar

Dan has a degree in Business Management Studies and worked for an accountancy firm prior to moving into the NHS in 1996. With over 20 years NHS experience, as a nurse, then in Senior Research roles, Dan led on commercial research for over 10 years prior to becoming the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Clinical research Network East Midlands. The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) supports patients, the public and health and care organisations across England to participate in high-quality research, thereby advancing knowledge and improving care. We support all phases of clinical research studies and trials across all disease areas. We turn the pledges in the government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences into reality, by creating a better environment for conducting large scale commercial contract clinical research, so that life sciences companies can place clinical studies in the UK with confidence.


Sally Newnham

Sally is the Director for the Centre of Organisational Resilience. Reading Law at University followed by an inspiring and humbling full career in the RAF, Sally brings the very best evidence informed ideas, training, events and practice-led support to help those she works with to be their very best, especially in the most fundamental area, human relationships. Sally is a proud team member at the Lincoln International Business School, remains an RAF reservist alongside working with a variety of clients in numerous areas including: strategy and planning, leadership, culture, Learning and Teaching, If she ever gets any spare time she enjoys… wine!


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February 14, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm