For People Living With Cancer

Speaking Engagements

 

A big part of my business work was travelling around the world giving presentations to potential buyers, in the ladies fashion business.  So although that work was left behind, it was of no surprise that I was asked to speak publicly about my cancer experiences.

Initially I was approached by charities to speak to small patient groups, but quickly, that progressed to invitations to talk at conferences up and down the country, and around Europe, for charities, N.H.S organisations, and pharmaceutical companies.

Once I added blogging, to my communication stream, I was invited to talk at The European Bone Marrow Transplant Conference, to an international audience. This was a great honour, talking to the most senior clinicians in their field.

I talk on many different subjects but the most common requests are ‘Patient Experience,’ and how I use social media in my cancer support work. Motivational talks are my speciality.

I am very familiar with fundraising functions, and have done many large gatherings. People find my personal story inspiring.  I had to finish the career I was following as I was too sick to continue, but now spend my time writing and supporting people affected by cancer around the world. I am also a co-founder of Your simPal a unique charity helping people with the cost of mobile calling etc.

I have won several awards for my work, and have been invited to Downing St on numerous occasions. Below you will see a list of recent presentations I have given, with more coming along this year. I am comfortable with many different audiences, small or large, and would be happy to talk to you if you may be thinking of inviting me to speak at a function you are holding.

JAN2018

17/01 Guest at the Teenage And Young Adults Cancer Charity Forum in London.

DEC2017

04/12 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

NOV2017

24/11 Guest speaker at the Vienna Hospital in Austria celebrating 30 years of ECP treatment with Therakos UK.

15/011  I will be facilitating a communication/social-media masterclass with senior management from CLIC Sargent

14/11 Guest speaker at the Milton Keynes Cancer Partnership meeting.

07+8th/11 Guest speaker at UK Head and Neck cancer conference Blackpool.

03/11 I will be facilitating a communication/social-media masterclass with senior management from CLIC Sargent

OCT 2017

27/10 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

11/10 Doing a ‘drop in’ information session for MPs, with Anthony Nolan at the Houses of Parliament

05/10 Guest speaker at UK EBMT nurses meeting in Manchester

SEPT 2017

25/09 Guest speaker at NHS stem-cell patient day in Rotherham

16/09 guest of the Eve Appeal with a select panel discussing the taboos around certain body parts and general lack of awareness, for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.

06/09 Co-hosting #IrishMed global tweetchat. You can see the incredible reach here!  You can see the pre tweetchat discussion here.

01/09 Guest at the Houses of Parliament for Blood Cancer Awareness Month with Leukaemia Care  

01/09 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

JULY2017

27/07 Guest speaker at World Head and Neck Day conference in Blackpool

18/07 Guest speaker with Anthony Nolan at the House of Commons.

14/07 Guest speaker at Nurses Study Day with the Lymphoma Association in Leeds

11/07 Guest speaker at the Milton Keynes Cancer Patient Partnership.

10/07 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

JUNE2017

07/06 Guest speaker at a business lunch in Discovery Park, Kent’s most established Enterprise Zone.

MAY2017

09/05 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

06/05 Guest at the Lymphoma Association national conference.

MAR2017

27/03 I am very honoured to be selected as a guest speaker at the European Society Of Bone Marrow Transplantation in Marseille, France.

23/o3 Guest speaker at the Clic Sargent national staff conference. “The benefits of technology.”

09/03 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

Feb2017

28/02 Guest speaker for The Eve Appeal raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. Event at the House of Commons.

JAN2017

12/01 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant.

DEC2016

13/12 Doing a patient experience talk at Atkins in Epsom on behalf of the Lymphoma Association

NOV2016

24/11 Guest at a nursing conference in Manchester to talk about Your simPal service.

16/17/18th I will be a guest speaker at The Giant Health Technology Conference in London.

11/11 I will be an exhibitor with Your simPal at the Patients and Carers Conference in Liverpool. Theme ‘Suvivorship Overcoming Challenges.’

03/11 Visiting the team at Lymphoma Association to introduce our simPal service.

02/11 Talking with new employees from Anthony Nolan regarding the patient experience of a stem-cell transplant

OCT2016

26/10 Attending the OPAAL meeting and advising on social media.

24/10 Visiting Maggies Centre in London to launch the simPal service.

20/10 Visiting Wexham Park Hospital to launch the simPal service in Slough.

06/10 Visiting Manchester Royal Infirmary and The Christie, to launch Your simPal service in Manchester and surrounding areas.

AUG2016

18/08 I will be doing a FaceBook live session with my great friend Emily Hodge

15/08 I will be talking with a group of new starters at Anthony Nolan regarding the impact of a Stem Cell Transplant, and the ‘patient perspective.’

JULY2016

24/07 I will be interviewed on Blab by my friends Pat and Stephie from across the pond. (AntiCancerClub) We will be talking about isolation and the work that my charity is now doing. 8PM #BST

21/07 Filming a video with my friends at Dimbleby Cancer Care

07/07 I am a guest of Bowel Cancer UK at their Summer Reception (Royal College of General Practitioners)

JUNE2016

29/06 I will be talking with a group of new starters at Anthony Nolan regarding the impact of a Stem Cell Transplant, and the ‘patient perspective.’

23/06 I will be doing a presentation at the Bridport Town Hall, to The Living Tree members highlighting issues about working after cancer.

MAY2016

19/05 Guest speaker at the National Strategic Estates and Facilities Leadership Forum in Telford. Agenda

03/05 03/05 I will be talking with a group of new starters at Anthony Nolan regarding the impact of a Stem Cell Transplant, and the ‘patient perspective.’

MAR2016

18/03 Presentation and Q+A with Therakos ( ECP Treatment)

02/03 I will be talking with a group of new starters at Anthony Nolan regarding the impact of a Stem Cell Transplant, and the ‘patient perspective.’

FEB2016

26/02 Guest speaker at Winter Ball for Pauls Centre

DEC2015

18/12 I will be talking with a group of new starters at Anthony Nolan regarding the impact of a Stem Cell Transplant, and the ‘patient perspective.’

NOV2015

18/11 Attending the House Of Commons with my friends at Bowel Cancer UK

10/11 Doing a live interview with presenter Claire Bullimore on Croydon Radio at 10am  You can here the podcast here

OCT2015

30/10 I am working with the team at Anthony Nolan to help new starters understand the issues around a Stem Cell Transplant.

29/10 I am guest speaker and expert panel member for N.H.S London Cancer Care Review Consultation at The Connaught Rooms in London.

18/10 Live podcast with my friends from Healing And Cancer in Canada

SEPT2015

17/09 Guest speaker at Therakos European conference in Lisbon

15/09 Guest speaker at The Worlds Greatest Quiz Night with Dimbleby Cancer Care

JULY2015

08/07 Guest speaker at Macmillan Intern Day in London.

07/07 Guest speaker at an art exhibition in aid of helping children deal with the impact of cancer in their lives.

JUNE2015

05/06 Guest speaker at St Georges hospital in London, discussing the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

APRIL2015

23/04 Guest speaker at the London Clinical Senate Forum at the Kings Fund in London. (N.H.S England)

FEB2015

18/02 My presentation to Macmillan Interns ‘My Macmillan and cancer experience.’

JAN2015

20/01 Guest host at Macmillan Cancer Support for first ever Tweetchat, #CancerTalkWeek 11am-1pm @macmillancancer

14/01 I will be attending a training day with Vitality Life to deliver a session to new employees about the impact of cancer.

04/01 I am co-hosting #EPIChat the current no1 Health Tweetchat

NOV2014

25/11 A guest of Anthony Nolan for a reception at 10 Downing St

11/11 Attending a reception at 10 Downing St with Dimbleby Cancer Care

07/11 I am honoured to be a guest speaker at a Health Professional conference in Stockholm talking about Patient Experience after a Stem Cell Transplant

OCT2014

21/10 Guest speaker at St Georges Hospital (Nursing Day)

11/10 Closing speaker at Macmillan Cancer Voices Conference 2014

01/10 Presenting to a group of new interns at Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘My cancer and Macmillan experience.’

 SEP2014

02/9 Guest speaker at St Georges hospital in London ‘The Patient Experience.’

 JUL2014

10/7  Presenting to a group of new interns at Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘My cancer and Macmillan experience.’

JUN2014

06/6 As a member of the Macmillan Volunteer Awards Panel I will be attending the awards ceremony at the House of Lords

MAY2014

20/5 Special guest at the National Brain appeal 30th anniversary lectures.

APR2014

01/04  Guest speaker at Macmillan’s annual Corporate Partners Event. Talking about Innovation

MAR2014

14/3 I am a guest speaker at the London Cancer Policy Forum

FEB2014

24/2  Attending The Department of Health, Saatchi Bill Consultation, at The House of Lords, with Lord Saatchi and his team. This event will be broadcast live as a Google Hangout-the first ever from the House of Lords

18/2 I will be presenting to a group of new interns at Macmillan Cancer Support.’My cancer and Macmillan experience.’

NOV2013

15/10 Speaking at the North East Haematology Nurses Forum Conference in Durham. ‘The growing importance of social media in healthcare. The patient perspective.’

14/10 ‘The Patient Experience’ My Q and A session with the Macmillan Policy Team

My interview with My Healthy Life Style Magazine ‘Life interrupted by cancer.’

AUGUST2013

Guest speaker with Croydon Radio  ‘My use of social media in cancer support’

JULY2013

Presentation to the summer intake of Macmillan interns. ‘Living with cancer’

JUNE2013

I am a guest speaker on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support at a fundraising dinner. My presentation ‘My cancer experience’

MAY2013

My presentation to Macmillan Cancer Support h/o staff and volunteers, ‘The benefits of volunteering.’

APRIL2013

Talking at the European Bone Marrow Transplant Conference 9th April. ‘New technology, the patient perspective’    Programme (Pages 7+181)

‘Getting involved with charities’ My talk at the European Bone Marrow Transplant Conference ( Family Day) 6th April  Programme  Registration

MARCH2013

‘Stem cell transplants, the patient perspective’ A look at the psychological and emotional issues. My talk at Kingston University, 18th March

JAN2013

I have been invited to speak on ‘Family Day’ at EBMT 6th April. ‘Volunteering with charities’

DEC2012

I have been invited to speak at Kingston University in March 2013, ‘stem cell transplants, the patient perspective’

MAY 2012

I have been invited to be a guest speaker at the European Blood and Marrow Transplant Nursing Group (EBMT) annual conference in London 2013 ‘Using new technology.’

MARCH 2012

‘You Deserve This House’ Episode 16 with Amanda Lamb.Channel 4

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