Our Keynote Speakers:

Eve Purdy

Eve Purdy

Eve Purdy is an emergency medicine physician and applied anthropologist at Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia. She works with teams of all kinds to explore how culture impacts performance. She uses action research and simulation to empower teams to interrogate interfaces and relationships. In emergency medicine, trauma, obstetrics, COVID-19 response, and critical care she has supported teams doing their work better, together.

Steven Shorrock

Dr Steven Shorrock

Dr Steven Shorrock is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist, with experience in aviation, rail, onshore process industries, healthcare and government administration. He has worked in academia and in internal and external consultancy, including major infrastructure projects, and collaborative safety and just culture projects spanning over 30 European countries. He has developed a range of HF tools used internationally and co-written a number of white papers and guides for EUROCONTROL, ICAO, and national regulators. He currently works at EUROCONTROL, as a Human Factors and Safety Specialist and as Editor-in-Chief of HindSight, a magazine on human and organisational factors in operations (bit.ly/HindSightMagazine). He is Adjunct Associate Professor at University of the Sunshine Coast (Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems) and was formerly an Invited member of ICAO Human Performance Task Force, and Honorary Clinical Tutor at the University of Edinburgh. In a private capacity, he blogs at http://www.humanisticsystems.com and co-edited Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice (CRC Press) 


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Karen Szauter

Karen joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990 after completing her graduate medical training in Internal Medicine, followed by fellowship training in both Gastroenterology and Nutrition.   Her academic career path has focused on education.   She works mostly with medical students and has a specific interest in the teaching and assessment of clinical skills and clinical reasoning.   She served as the medical director of our institution’s standardized patient program from 2000-2019.    Karen also contributes to Faculty Development through her faculty role in the Scholars in Education program – a 20 month training program focused on healthcare education and educational scholarship.    


Dr Sandeep Ganni

Director of Smart Lab, GSL Medical college, India. Doctorate in simulation based education and technologies with special interest in assessment and virtual reality training. Entrepreneur and advocate for Healthcare simulation.

Lauren Morgan
Dawn Benson

Dawn Benson and Lauren Morgan

Dawn and Lauren have worked together on many research and teaching projects. They feel their work compliments each other. They have a long history of designing and delivering investigation training across healthcare. They describe themselves as good friends and partners in learning. 

Dawn is a sociologist who specialises in safety investigation within health and social care sectors. Much of her work focusses upon patient/service user perspective and involvement in improving safety. She currently works as a National Investigator at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) where she was recently seconded to establish the education function. She undertakes consultancy through Systems Safety Ltd and is working on a project in Surrey to identify the systems factors which contribute to emergency out of county admission to mental health services for patients who have learning disabilities and autism and those with both.  Dawn spent almost 20 years as an academic researching and teaching in Newcastle, Aberdeen, and Oxford.  She takes an inclusive approach to her work and is passionate about foregrounding the perspectives and experiences of people who are often unheard. 

Lauren is a Chartered Human Factors practitioner, with experience of working across multiple healthcare settings.

Recent work includes advising on new build hospital designs at West Suffolk Hospital, designing the new oversight framework for the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), and supporting multiple trusts on the redesign of their governance systems. Lauren is an proponent of systems approaches in HF, and has advocated for this approach within many healthcare bodies including the General Medical Council and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. She is a past receiver of the IEHF presidents medal for contributions to human factors in healthcare. Lauren directs the consultancy Morgan Human Systems Ltd.