Dr Lesley Orr is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh

Dr Lesley Orr is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh. She is a historian of women, gender and religion in modern Scotland, and also an activist for gender and social justice. In 2007 while working as coordinator for the Scottish Government’s National Violence Against Women Training Strategy, she initiated the pioneering Gender justice and violence: feminist approaches course at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, and is still a member of the teaching team. She is on the steering group for Speaking Out – Scottish Women’s Aid 40th anniversary history project.

Lesley has a track record of commitment to challenging gender inequality, abuse and violence against women – in Scotland and internationally – and has researched and written on these issues, in relation to faith communities and wider society.  She was a long standing member and chair of the Zero Tolerance Board, was consultant to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010, and was  awarded ‘Woman of Influence 2012’ by Action for Children Scotland.  She is engaged in initiatives for active citizenship, currently co-convener of the Common Weal Board, and on the Women for Independence National Committee. Lesley is also a member of the ecumenical Iona Community.


Professor Tracy Humphrey, Dean of Health & Social Care

Professor Tracy Humphrey studied for her undergraduate degree in Midwifery at the University of Stirling, Scotland.   Since then she has had a successful clinical academic career working in a range of settings in a variety of senior clinical, management, educational and research roles across the North of Scotland.  After completing her MSc in Midwifery at the University of Aberdeen in 2003, she applied for a PhD studentship with the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Training Scheme. This was a flagship Scottish Government initiative to increase the research capacity amongst these professional groups. After a competitive process, she was the only midwife to be awarded a funded studentship and she went onto successfully complete her PhD in 2007, whilst continuing to work clinically in practice.  As a Consultant Midwife, she has a track record of influencing and implementing national maternal and neonatal policies in Scotland through her research, practice and role as a government advisor. Her areas of research and publications are on reducing unnecessary interventions during childbirth and improving outcomes for women and families in remote and rural areas through educational and service improvement initiatives.  Internationally she is known for her work with Ministries of Health in developing and middle income countries where there are high rates of maternal and newborn mortality.  This has led to the introduction of accelerated direct entry midwifery programmes of education and midwife led pathways of care that have had a demonstrable impact on skilled birth attendance rates and quality of care.  In April 2015, she was appointed as Dean of School for Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University.  This is one of the largest providers of health education in the UK that provides all fields of nurse education and midwifery at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Professor Thanos Karatzias, School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Care

Professor Thanos Karatzias, is Professor of Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, Edinburgh, UK. He is the Director of Research for the School of Health & Social Care in Edinburgh Napier University. He is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society Scotland Working Party for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BPSSS) and is a current member of the Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section and UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) Board. He has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma, particualry interpersonal psychological taruma. In collaboration with national and international research partners he has developed a special interest in the effects and treatment of psychological trauma on physical and mental health; on prison populations; and on people with learning disabilities. He has published widely in these areas.


Dr Stephen Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University Honorary Nurse Consultant in Compassionate Care NHS Lothian

Dr Stephen Smith trained as a general and mental health nurse and for 15 years worked in the area of palliative care. This involved clinical, research and managerial experience within the voluntary hospice sector as well as working in the National Health Service as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a hospital palliative care team. Stephen completed a BSC in Nursing Studies at Queen Margaret University in 1997, a Masters Degree in Cancer Nursing at the University of Glasgow in 2000 and a PhD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2009. Stephen led a four year action research programme focused on palliative care for people with a dementia. This work formed the basis of Stephen’s PhD study. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and teaching, research and practice improvement activities focus on the development of practice and learning in compassionate care. Stephen led an action research programme; Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme, utilising relationship centred care and appreciative inquiry approaches. The outputs of this programme are being utilised nationally within the UK and internationally. Stephen is a consultant editor on the Journal of Nursing Ethics, and a member of the Editorial Board on the Journal of Compassionate Health Care. Stephen is a Consultant Nurse in Compassionate Care (NHS Lothian) co-leading a leadership programme in compassionate care practice with multi-professional practitioners from health and social care. Within the School of Health and Social Care Stephen is a lead for Public Engagement and Staff Engagement. Stephen is passionate about real world research, practice development and learning that directly impacts upon the compassionate care experience of people who use health and social care services, their relatives but also the experiences of multidisciplinary practitioners and care providers.


Robert Wright, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, School of Health and Social Care

Before joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2009, Bob Wright served in the Royal Air Force, initially as aircrew and then completing command, staff, operational, teaching and NATO tours, in England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Kuwait, USA and the Netherlands. Bob was initially in Professional Services at the University, before moving into the School of Health & Social Care in November 2016 as the Director of Enterprise and Innovation.  He is also the Director of International within the School and the Director of the School’s rapidly emerging Global Healthcare Programme.  Externally, Bob is a member of the Edinburgh Universities Military Education Committee, the Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and sits on the Lay Advisors Group to the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.  He is also a lay member of the Dental Council , the Marketing and Branding Project Board  and the Website Development Steering Group within the Royal College.  Bob has also just joined the Advisory Board of the combat stress charity, Rock2Recovery.


Mandy Gentleman, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Mandy Gentleman trained as Registered Mental Nurse and Registered General Nurse and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including; neuromedicine, neurosurgery and clinical research in an Regional Infectious Disease Unit. Mandy worked as a Senior Nurse in the Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme, a three year collaborative action research project focusing on identifying relationship-centred, compassionate care provision and education across healthcare and Higher Education. Mandy currently works as a nurse lecturer and teaching & research interests include:

Involved in the promotion of student mobility opportunities with the aim of enhancing the student learning experience. Relationship–Centred Compassionate Care and in particular the development of leadership skills and compassionate organisations. Research is focused on the pedagogical element and working collaboratively with students to enhance their learning and teaching experience using practice  development tools to hear and value student feedback. Mandy has worked on a number of different projects with service providers on a national level focused on enhancing the delivery of relationship centred compassionate care within contemporary healthcare.


Portrait photograph of Bryan Simpson
Bryan Simpson, Organiser for the Better than Zero campaign and Branch Liaison at Thompsons Solicitors & Solicitor Advocates

Bryan Simpson is the national organiser for the Better than Zero campaign which takes action against the most exploitative employers in Scotland.

He is also a Unite the Union Official representing hospitality workers across Scotland. Unite have recently launched their Fair Hospitality campaign which seeks to put industrial pressure on employers to adopt radical sexual harassment policies which pro-actively protect workers from Gender Based Violence.

Bryan will be speaking about the effects of Gender Based Violence in the workplace and how workers can collectively challenge perpetrators of abuse as well as the employers who fail to act.

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