Advisory Board

Professor Amanda Goodall

“It doesn’t matter what your job role is
– you have to focus in that area for a long time to master it”

I’ve had a varied working life. High school ended at 16 and for the next 7 years I worked in the fashion industry in various countries. At 23 I moved to India, where I lived on a small development project in Andhra Pradesh, followed by a number of years working with charitable and campaigning organizations back in the UK. In 1997 I completed a degree at the London School of Economics, and then worked with Anthony Giddens, Director of the LSE, as part of the top management team. After a year in Chicago, I returned to work with the President of Warwick University. Based on my experience working with two university leaders, I started a PhD at Warwick Business School in 2004. My research was published into a monograph by Princeton University Press – Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars.

I became an ESRC post-doctoral fellow, a Leverhulme fellow, and was a senior researcher at IZA Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn.  In 2012, I joined Cass Business School in London as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Faculty of Management. I have held visiting research positions at Cornell University, University of Zurich, and recently Yale. I am married to economist Andrew Oswald and live between England and South Wales, in beautiful Pembrokeshire. I am a committed environmentalist.

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Ms Natasha Maw

“I am fascinated by the relationship between personal development and organisational transformation”

Natasha Maw is a leadership trainer and executive and team coach with a background in broadcast journalism at the BBC. She is Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School where she teaches personal development on the Executive Masters in Medical Leadership.  She works part time for the Longford Trust overseeing their mentoring scheme.   Natasha has worked in both the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally helping experts to develop as leaders. These include the MergerMarket, Endemol Shine, European Heart Foundation, University Hospital of Zurich, University College London and the BBC.

Natasha uses a coaching approach in her work with leaders with an emphasis on self-reflection, collaboration and applied project-based learning. She is a trained mediator and facilitator and is qualified as an NLP Master Practitioner. She is a member of the Association for Coaching and an ICF accredited ORSC systems coach.

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Dr Umeer Waheed FRCA EDIC

“Inspiring the next generation of medical leaders by supporting personal and professional development is a passion of mine”

I qualified in 1995 from the United Medical Schools of Guys’ and St Thomas Hospitals, London University. My primary training in anaesthesia and medicine centred around West London and involved some of the most famous teaching establishments in the world.

I acquired the FRCA in 2001 I formally began training in Intensive Care medicine from 2001 and was one of the first recruits to the newly developed London Intensive Care programme. I gained my European Diploma in Intensive care medicine in 2005 (EDICM) and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine in 2010 (FFICM) I became a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine in 2005 at the Hammersmith Hospital London, Imperial College NHS Trust.

I became the director of ICU medicine at the Cromwell Hospital London in 2012 and have transformed the ICU with a strong team of ICU doctors into a world leading institution. I also Provide ICU expertise at the Lister Hospital ICU (Chelsea, London) and am involved in a team of 4 consultants providing care to patients from all over the world. I have spent the Last 9 years working tirelessly developing an ever-increasing international patient population base that extends across the United States and Asia, my main clinical interests centre around management of patients with severe septic shock, difficult ventilation and patients with prolonged respiratory wean.

I have a strong educational role; I am the head of the Imperial College undergraduate teaching for Intensive Care Medicine as well as being involved in the Imperial Graduate entry programme.

My research interests focus upon infection and biomarkers of infection. I am particularly interested in platelet function and its effects in patients with or without sepsis.

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Mr David Lawrence FRCS FRCS (CTh)

“Developing personal skills such as empathy is as important as clinical expertise as a doctor”

Mr Lawrence has been consultant cardiothoracic surgeon since 2002. He has experience in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery with a special interest in mitral valve surgery and lung cancer surgery including minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Mr Lawrence is a well-established cardiothoracic surgeon and has the ethos of providing advanced care to patients and establishes a solid relation with them to ensure a smooth journey for patients as well as their relatives. Mr Lawrence pays meticulous attention to patient care, which is why many patients come from oversees to be treated by him. He is a respected doctor and demonstrates leadership skills that the next generation of doctors and surgeons want to emulate. He is passionate and dedicated to excellence.

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Dr Jim Buckley BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

“Enhancing and refining leadership skills in the medical profession should be a requirement of all and not just those in a leadership position”

Having graduated from University College London Medical School in 1998, Dr Jim Buckley attained a Certificate for Completion of Training (CCT) in Infectious Diseases, Intensive Care Medicine and General Medicine in 2011.

Dr Buckley treats all infections acquired in the UK, as well as those from International and Tropical travel with a particular interest in managing patients with infections that cause critical illness, sepsis and shock.

Dr Buckley is committed to the development and improvement of standards within medical practice and consistently seeking to develop own professional expertise. He regularly teaches core medical-, acute medicine-, infectious diseases and anaesthetic trainees as well as being an ALS instructor. He is fully accountable as an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor for specialist trainees, Foundation and Core Medical Trainees.

Dr Buckley is keen to develop a clinical research interest in sepsis in the critically ill by utilising specialised knowledge, expertise and the motivational capabilities to ensure the team pull together at all times to achieve the optimum results.

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Mr Jeffrey Roix

“Team work and great leadership skills are essential in creating a culture of innovation”


Mr Roix is the former CEO of Neophore, a cancer immuno-oncology company. He has over 10 years’ experience in drug discovery, having worked in academic, pharma and start-up settings. He was previously Chief Operating Officer, at Cambridge-based PhoreMost Ltd, where he was responsible for launching company operations and building the company’s initial scientific and portfolio strategy. He was instrumental in setting up NeoPhore.

Mr Roix has held various positions at institutions including Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Constellation Pharmaceuticals and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge MA where he specialized in cancer biology and metabolism, with an emphasis in genetics and pharmacology. Jeffrey obtained his Bachelor’s degree in biology at the Harvard Extension School.

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Mrs Maryke Woest

“Nursing to me is much more than a vocation – it is part of who I am. Sharing my experiences and skills to benefit colleagues and patients is a passion of mine”

Mrs Woest is a current Registered Adult Nurse with more than 20 years clinical experience with a passion for delivering exceptional patient focused care. She has had great exposure to various clinical areas including orthopedics, trauma, offshore medical support and a range of critical care environments. This has prepared and equipped Mrs Woest to work effectively as part of a team to deliver quality care and render exceptional support. Mrs Woest is highly experienced, hardworking, dedicated, patient, practical and loyal. Her interpersonal skills are excellent, and she truly loves being a nurse. Her personal and professional qualities and passion to help others makes her a brilliant teacher and coach and we are proud to have her expertise within the Generation Leader faculty.



Ms Silvia Marcal Gomes

“Ms Gomes is highly skilled in mentoring less experienced colleagues, helping them develop their skills and practice in order to reach their full potential”

Ms Gomes is a skilled and knowledgeable healthcare leader with significant experience in the nursing role and expertise in the management of healthcare operations. She is a confident and positive individual, with superb communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders. Ms Gomes is highly skilled at leading and managing diverse teams and individuals to achieve high standards of quality and service. She is skilled in mentoring less experienced colleagues, helping them develop their skills and practice in order to reach their full potential. Ms Gomes is working currently as a Culture Ambassador at the Cleveland Clinic in London


Mr Kevin O'Neill BSc MB BS FRCS(Eng) FRCS(SN)

“A leader needs a clear sense of direction and a clear vision to positively impact a team”

Mr Kevin Sean O’Neill is a consultant neurosurgeon in prominent clinics across London. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his knowledge and precision in numerous areas of his field, including brain tumour surgery, spinal surgery, neuro-oncology and peripheral nerve surgery.
Mr O’Neill is one of London’s most reputable neurosurgeons. Extensive training and decades of professional experience have led to him becoming the Head of Neurosurgery at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the largest NHS trusts in England. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at the Division of Clinical Neuroscience for the college. Patients can access his private services at the well-known clinics of Charing Cross Hospital and Cromwell Hospital. Spinal surgery and peripheral nerve surgery account for many of his elective procedures. 
He has also made remarkable contributions to clinical research. In 2004, Mr O’Neill co-founded the Brain Tumour Research Campaign charity to seed fund a research program that has since been awarded as a PI Centre of Excellence. Throughout his training and professional career, he has produced numerous research papers. His research includes investigations into neuro-protection and brain tumour invasion, as well as spinal cord and peripheral nerve regeneration. Above all, his research aims to develop new technologies and treatments.
Additionally, he plays an important role in various professional bodies. This includes the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), the British Neuro-Oncology Society (BNOS) and the ​British Neurosurgical Research Group (BNRG).


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Dr Andrew Davies

“My career interest has been driven by understanding what changing underlying system dynamics and what new technologies can offer to improve health care for patients.  Alongside, how these levers of change can deliver efficiencies to ensure that more people get access to the timely care that they need.”



Andrew graduated in 1998 from Liverpool University and undertook junior doctor rotation and vocational training across the North West of England until 2002.  Covering a broad range of specialisms, medicine, surgery, elderly care, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and emergency care, in various hospitals across the region.  Andrew joined a 10,000 patient urban practice as partner in 2002.  Motivated by change, Andrew took up the role as Primary Care Respiratory lead in Warrington which started the journey towards health care improvement science, clinical leadership and management.

Various iterations of clinically led service change within the NHS have been tried and Andrew has been at the forefront of each wave as policy shifted.  Firstly progressing to Chair of the Professional Executive Committee in NHS Warrington PCT, then establishing practice-based commissioning and ultimately the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) for a borough of over 200,000 people.  In 2012 winning the Health Service Journal award and National Association Primary Care award for Commissioning organisation of the year and Primary care Commissioner of the Year.  From Chair to Clinical Chief Officer, Andrew has led the team in Warrington to great successes and national recognition for work on Primary Care development, improved access to psychological therapies and community rapid response service.
The NHS has faced a protracted period of financial constraint for over 10 years.  This has led Andrew to developing an understanding of system dynamics and cross sector collaboration.  Understanding and skills that have been tested by the financial position of both commissioner and providers within the health economy.  On two occasions in year action has turned around potential overspends without cuts to service by focussing on data driven and service led improvement.  In recognition of this Andrew Chaired the system sustainability group, across health and social care, which resulted in stabilised hospital finances 2018-20 and in 19-20 a circa £80m improvement from opening forecast to closing the year.

Other Achievements

-Founder board member of the national NHS Clinical Commissioners network 2012

-Founder member of the North West Coast Academic Health Sciences Network Board and on the panel which pitched establishing the board 2013

-Led a team which won the Prime Ministers challenge fund award of £5.2m to develop new ways of working primary care 2012

-Digital innovation project partnered with CISCO video consultation and automation of hypertension reviews 2014 

-Clinical Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Urgent and Emergency care network 2015

-Delegate for a Foreign Office project to provide an improvement assessment to Health care systems in Brazil 2016

-Chaired a subregional youth justice Health group to implement therapeutic input into pre court proceedings resulting in reduced criminalisation of children 2018

-Led a successful integrated pandemic response as a category 2 Accountable Emergency Officer for Halton and Warrington’s pandemic response 2020

-As SRO for NHS Support to Care homes in Cheshire and Merseyside oversaw the needs assessment and implementation support and technical solution to facilitate care across care homes in Cheshire and Merseyside 2020-21

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Professor Victor Newman

“Our ability to innovate to make lives better, is what makes us truly human.”

Professor Victor Newman is an innovation practitioner and Industrial Fellow at The University of Greenwich. He is a Member of the Kent Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Networks Innovation Board and mentor to the Social Innovation Lab Kent.

He is the author of books on the topic of innovation, including the practical use of problem-solving techniques, teamwork, leadership, engagement, and strategic knowledge management. Victor has contributed to the Harvard Business Review and was included in Harvard’s “Fifty Lessons” interviews. He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Victor is co-developer of Research Impact methodologies with Professor Paul Phillips of Kent Business School. He was previously Head of Innovation Strategy & Economics at InnovateUK, and Chief Learning Officer at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Between 1989 and 2000, Victor was Director of the Knowledge Development Centre at Cranfield University.

Professor Newman has worked on innovative outcome strategies within global pharmaceuticals and governments. Key research impact related experiences include rethinking drug product failure at a strategic level, strategic scientific investment modelling, integrating team knowledge to accelerate the drug development process, designing therapeutic area strategy dashboards, engineering serendipitous re-use of drugs for new applications, geo-data re-use and the introduction of outcome-based innovation methods.