2019 Conference: Our Keynote Speakers

We're delighted to confirm our keynote speakers for the plenary session and Q&A. All three are great influencers in their field and supporters of mentoring and mentoring programmes,  have national roles and will be speaking about the bigger picture, as it affects mentoring and the profession. Register now

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal & Development)Peter Cheese CEO CIPD keynote speaker

CIPD is the UK's professional body for experts in people at work, it's mission is to champion better work and working lives.

Peter is recognised as a consultant, speaker and writer in the field of human capital and organisation, and has worked with many organisations, practitioners and thought leaders in this field. He was voted as the UKs most influential thinker in HR for 2013 by HR Magazine. He is also a non-exec director at BPP University, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.

From 2010 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and remained as a member of the Board until July 2013.

Prior to that, Peter was Global Managing Director of Accenture's Talent and Organisation Performance consulting practice. He has extensive international experience gained from many years of working with leading businesses around the world on human capital and organisational strategy, talent management and HR transformation, and the management of change. He has written numerous articles for leading publications worldwide and was the lead author on a book, The Talent-Powered Organisation, published in October 2007 by Kogan Page. In 2008 he was named by Consulting Magazine as one of the top 25 consultants worldwide.

Peter writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

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Dr. Janet Clarke MBE, Former Deputy Chief Dental Officer, England, now Chair CDS CIC

Dr Janet Clarke speaking with conference Chair Dr. Janine Brooks


Janet is the former Deputy Chief Dental Officer and Chair of Local Dental Network for NHS West Midlands at NHS England and now Chair of CDS CIC.

Janet qualified in the 1980’s from Birmingham University and went on to work in general practice, but primarily in community dental services in and around Birmingham.  She has had significant involvement with the British Dental Association, firstly as Chair of the Central Committee for Community and Public Health Dentistry and then as BDA President in 2011.

Janet works in partnership with clinical leaders in regional and local area teams to improve outcomes for patients, and support the role of dentists and dentistry across the health system.

Janet was a member of the Steele Review team in 2008, which produced the Independent Review into NHS Dentistry and led the production of the Commissioning Guide for Special Care Dentistry that was published in 2015. She is currently the Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England and chairs the Local Professional Network for dentistry in the West Midlands. 

Janet was awarded an MBE for services to dentistry in 2010.

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Dr. Leah Farrell - Chair-Elect 2020, Local Dental Committees

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Leah sits on the GDPC Executive at the BDA, and is the secretary of Northants LDC.

She is the GDPC rep for the county and an associate at a NHS practice in Northampton.  Leah has experience in setting up local mentoring schemes.

Leah sits on the GDPC Executive at the BDA. I am secretary of Northants LDC, GDPC rep for the county and I am an associate at a NHS practice in Northampton.

Leah wasn’t really aware of the concept of mentoring until late in her career:

"My working life would have been much easier if I had found effective mentors much earlier. I wasn’t really until I became a Foundation Trainer that I fully appreciated the value of mentoring. Even from an very early stage in my career I often sought the help of dentists around me but there was never anyone who I could turn to in a formal way and I didn’t want to be a burden to anyone."

Conference Chair - Dr. Janine Brooks

For Janine's bio, click here

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