More Completing the Picture 2020 Speakers to be announced soon
Dr Ron Daniels
NHS Consultant in Intensive Care & Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust
Ron Daniels is an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, based in Birmingham, UK. He’s Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Ron has operationally transformed the delivery of reliable sepsis care in the UK and beyond, through his creation of the Red Flag Sepsis recognition tool and the Sepsis 6 treatment pathway. In 2016 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to patients.
Sally started athletics life as a pentathlete and long jumper with the Essex Ladies’ Club. Her explosive power made her a decent junior sprinter and she soon began to concentrate on the 100m hurdles. Gold at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games of 1986 seemed to confirm Gunnell’s prowess at sprint hurdling, but by 1987 she was being encouraged to look at longer distances. In 1989, she took Gold at the European Cup 400m flat race in Gateshead; her speed endurance and mental toughness were becoming apparent.By 1990, she was hurdling again – with great success. She won the 1990 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles title in Auckland; Gunnell had found her perfect event and grew rapidly in stature.
Tokyo’s 1991 World Championships could so easily have brought her the Gold medal; in the lead at the penultimate hurdle, she glanced across at one of her rivals. That uncharacteristic split second of mental diversion left her with the Silver and a burning sense of disappointment. Gunnell returned to the track’s biggest stage in 1992; the Barcelona Olympics. Months of hard graft paid off and she progressed to the 400m hurdles final without incident. An indifferent start to the biggest race of her life was soon forgotten as she engaged the Gunnell afterburner to blow away her rivals in the last 150 metres. Olympic Gold and a place in history were hers. But Gunnell was not finished yet. She worked even harder during the off-season of 1992/3, building in a raft of changes to hernutrition, physical, and technical training; nothing was left to chance. Her coach knew exactly how to get her “peaked” in time for the World Championships in Stuttgart and all was going perfectly to plan with a week left. But on arrival in Germany, Gunnell developed a heavy cold. She hid this from her rivals and managed to battle through qualifying and make the final. Such was her state of illness the night before the race that she called a press conference to announce her withdrawal.
At the last minute, she had a change of heart and pulled the conference. This proved to be an excellent decision; although feeling well below par, Sally stormed to the Gold, setting a new World Record in the process. Although her later career was blighted by injury, eventually coming to an end in 1997, Gunnell’s achievements in ’92 and ’93 assured her place in the history books. No other woman has held Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic track titles concurrently.
Strategic Service and Workforce Policy Analyst and Development Specialist
Dr. Oakley has over 40 years’ health and public service experience in both operational management and policy research and development. She has worked extensively with national policy-makers and Trust boards, executive directors and senior clinicians, and with service managers and clinical practitioners, in developing their strategies to deliver affordable public services. She has worked in management and organisational development; restructuring organisations and clinical care systems; designing and delivering skill-mix reviews and reprofiling programmes; conducting value for money audits and managing subsequent change programmes; and preparing strategic workforce and education and training investment plans.