Our Keynote Speakers:


Dr Nigel Packham, Manager, Flight Safety Office NASA Johnson Space Center

Dr. Packham is the Manager of the Flight Safety Office (FSO) in the JSC Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate, which has responsibility for implementation of the Safety Technical Authority for all human spaceflight programs. Dr. Packham is also Associate Director, Technical, for the S&MA Directorate and the Deputy Technical Lead for Life Support Systems for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center. In addition, he was the Project Manager for the effort that culminated in the release of the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Packham served as the Chief of the Environmental Factors Branch of the (then) Space Life Sciences Directorate, which had responsibility for the oversight of environmental quality (water, air, microbiological, radiation and acoustics) for all for all Human Spaceflight Programs. He started his career at NASA in the Engineering Directorate working on the Space Shuttle Program, ISS, and Advanced Life Support Systems. In this position, he also served as the commander of a four-person crew that spent 91 days inside a 6-meter diameter chamber to demonstrate the capabilities of advanced systems for air, water, and waste recovery for long-duration missions
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Mark Gallagher, Formula One Executive

Mark Gallagher has held leadership roles in the sport of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years. This includes spending 15 years on the management boards of two Formula One teams; Jordan Grand Prix, and Red Bull Racing. Until 2012 he headed the Cosworth Formula One engine company. “During his career he has worked with some of the sport’s greatest World Champions including Brazil’s Ayrton Senna, Germany’s Michael Schumacher and Finland’s Mika Hakkinen. Today he runs his own consulting business and is a Formula One commentator and analyst for media organisations including the BBC, ESPN Sports and Sky Sports.

Helen Higham, Consultant Anaesthetist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford.

Helen is a Consultant Anaesthetist in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has always had a keen interest in medical education and has been the Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics since she took up her post in 2001. She became the medical director of the Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre (OxSTaR) when it opened in 2008. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare.

Walter J Eppich, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and Medical Education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Walter Eppich, MD, PhD directs the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) and Faculty Development for the Department of Medical Education. He uses qualitative research methodologies to study the contribution of conversation to learning for individuals and teams. He has taught extensively on basic and advanced simulation educator courses and serves as principal faculty at the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation. Walter has been an invited speaker on topics related to feedback & debriefing around the world. He served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare from January 2012 to December 2014

Professor Ruth Endacott, Director, Plymouth University Clinical School and Professor of Critical Care Nursing, Monash University, Melbourne

Ruth is a registered nurse with a strong background in critical care practice, education and research. She has extensive experience in developing the research skills of clinicians across a range of methodologies. Ruth has received a number of research grants. These have focused on patient safety and quality of care, in particular recognising deterioration and managing end-of-life care in intensive care units. She has experience in international studies and is currently leading a pan-Europe project on competency-based education for critical care nurses. Ruth has supervised 15 doctoral students and examined over 30 doctoral theses as an external examiner.

Dr Paul O’Connor, Lecturer in Primary Care, Co-Director Masters/Diploma in Simulation and Patient Safety and ICAPSS Research Director, National University of Ireland

Paul O’Connor started as a Lecturer in Primary Care in January 2013 after coming to the National University of Ireland, Galway as a Senior Research Methodologist in July 2010. He is the Research Director of the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS), and Co-director of the Diploma and Masters in Patient Safety and Simulation. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. Prior to coming to Ireland he was a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He served as an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Instructor in Aviation Psychology at the Navy/Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety, and Research Psychologist and Experimental Diver at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit. His research is concerned with improving human performance and safety in high risk work environments. He has carried out research in a wide range of high risk industries (e.g. civil aviation, offshore oil production), and the military (e.g. aviation, special forces). Most recently he has been carrying out research in healthcare with the aim of improving patient safety and quality of care through addressing the human factors that contribute to poor performance.