With a varied programme of talks and an interactive market place the event provides a fantastic opportunity to contribute to discussions and support the UK’s development of health data research infrastructure.  Click here to view the draft agenda.

Keynote Speakers


Cheryl Battersby
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Imperial College London/Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Cheryl Battersby is a Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit Imperial college London, where the National Neonatal Research Database is maintained and managed. She was awarded an NIHR Advanced Fellowship in 2020 and leads the NeoWONDER: Neonatal Whole Population Data linkage to improve lifelong health and wellbeing of preterm babies programme of research, harnessing routine data to improve long-term outcomes for children born preterm. She is chair of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine Data and informatics steering committee, deputy chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Informatics For Quality Committee, deputy chair of the NIHR HTA Prioritisation committee for hospital based care, and member of the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) Advisory Boards. In 2021, she was awarded the RCPCH Simon Newell Early Independent researcher award, recognising her achievements and strong commitment to training the next generation of researchers.


Alison Elderfield
Data Strategy Manager, HDR UK
Alison joined HDR UK in March 2021 as the Data Strategy Manager. Alison is leading and delivering the improvement of data, including a portfolio of projects to evaluate and improve data and she will engage with our partner organisations.


Rory Cellan-Jones
Former BBC Technology Correspondent
Formerly BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory now combines his personal experience of two serious long-term health conditions with his passion for technology to highlight the issues, people and their stories around the digital transformation of healthcare. Rory is also a vocal advocate for the use of patient data for research and will lead a stimulating keynote talk and Q&A to open the event.


Andrew Morris
Director and CEO, HDR UK
Professor Andrew Morris became the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK in August 2017. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee.
Andrew was Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate (2012-2017) and has served and chaired numerous national and international grant committees and Governmental bodies.


Paola Quattroni
Head of Alliance Strategy and Engagement, HDR UK
Paola joined HDR UK in February 2020 as Alliance Delivery Manager to lead the day-to-day management of all activities of the Health Data Research Alliance. Her role is integral to manage and deliver the Alliance work programme and support its growth and development, working in partnership with Alliance members and stakeholders from the user community as well as regulators and funders.


Phil Quinlan
Head of Digital Research Service, University of Nottingham
Dr Quinlan is Head of Digital Research Service at University of Nottingham. He has a longstanding interest in enabling people to realise the potential of their data, whether they are cancer researchers, corporate bodies or university back office departments.
He is the HDR UK training lead for Digital Research Technologist Careers.


Gerry Reilly
Technologist in Residence, HDR UK
Gerry Reilly joined HDR UK in June 2018 to lead the development of the Institute’s technology and infrastructure strategy. Gerry graduated from Queen Mary College (now Queen Mary University of London) in Physics and Electronics and then joined Sony Broadcast and Communications undertaking research in digital video. He is an HDR UK Futures tutor.


Andy Roddam
CEO, Our Future Health
Andrew is an internationally renowned epidemiologist. He started his career at University of Oxford after studying there for a DPhil (Statistics) and has held a wide range of roles across both academia and industry applying epidemiological methods to advance the understanding of human disease. Andrew was most recently Vice President Data Strategy at GSK before joining as Our Future Health’s CEO in April 2020.


David Seymour
Chief of Staff (interim) and Alliance Executive Director, HDR UK
David Seymour joined Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) in June 2019 to lead the development of the UK Health Data Research Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) and other strategic partnerships. He is currently the interim Chief of Staff and Alliance Executive Director, working with data custodians across the UK to maximise the potential of multiple forms of health data for research and innovation purposes to drive improvements in human health and economic growth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has led HDR UK’s work to accelerate access to linked data for priority research to inform public policy.


Kay Snowley
Digital Innovation Hub Programme Manager, HDR UK
Kay Snowley has over 15 years’ experience working in the Higher Education Sector, primarily in leading, managing and delivering large multi stakeholder projects and innovations across the East Midlands. A specialist in developing and implementing commercial and research services, including Continuous Professional Development (CPD), specialised business units, Executive Education and Knowledge Exchange opportunities.


Janet Valentine
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)
Janet Valentine’s distinguished career across the health data research sector includes roles as Director of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and Head of Population Health and Informatics at the Medical Research Council. As Director of the ICSF at Innovate UK, Janet has championed the use of health data for public benefit and been a key supporter of the Digital Innovation Hubs programme. Janet will set the scene for a fascinating day with an update on how we can best use to data to support early diagnosis and precision medicine.


More speakers to be announced