Agenda & Speakers

*speakers are subject to change at any point.

Debra Allcock Tyler

Chief Executive Officer, Directory of Social Change

Debra has been the CEO of the Directory of Social Change (DSC) for 18 years.   DSC has a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change.  Its independent status and well respected research and services to the sector enable it to challenge and create debate around issues affecting the ability of charities to do their work.  DSC believes that society can be changed for the better when citizens take responsibility for themselves, their communities and each other and that the activities of independent charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are fundamental to achieve social change.

DSC is in touch with thousands of charities annually through its conferences, training and information on fundraising, management, organisational and personal development, communication, finance and law.  DSC also publishes, on-line and in print, a wide variety of resources for charities, including its well-known UK fundraising directories and websites.

Nicola Tallett

Director of Engagement, Oxfam

I joined Oxfam GB in November 2016 and have been acting as Director of Fundraising since March this year. In this role, I’m responsible for the voluntary income from supporters and companies, trusts and foundations and I’m hugely grateful to our hundreds of thousands of supporters for the running, selling, giving, pledging, volunteering and sharing that together raises £100m each year.

My primary desire is that each of our supporters knows the impact their donations have made in the lives of millions of people around the world. Whether this is displaced Rohingya women in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, or a young girl in Malawi campaigning for the dignity and respect for women and girls. Or the fisherfolk in Thailand forming a cooperative, and the Ethiopian farmer learning new tomato growing skills so he can turn subsistence farming into a livelihood.

With all our stories of impact for Oxfam or for the Air Ambulances, with the increasing focus on financial, fundraising and safeguarding standards, there is much we must continue do to reassure our supporters. We must now rise to this challenge and I look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.

Joanna Dew

Director of Fundraising, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Jo started out in the Telecomms industry in proposition marketing at Orange and T-Mobile (Now EE and BT). A desire to work in the third sector led Jo to apply marketing principles to a new environment as National Events Marketing Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support managing a team of 5 and a range of products – including ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

Since then Jo has worked in roles at Oxfam as Head of Events, and as Director of Fundraising at The Hospice of St Francis In Berkhamsted.

Jo now manages a geographically diverse team as Director of Fundraising at the East Anglian Air Ambulance – frankly the best place she has worked yet!

Sarah Atkins

Head of HR, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Sarah began her career in 2005 working within local government, before moving to the NHS in a regional HR Business Partner role.  She joined East Anglian Air Ambulance as Head of HR in 2015 where she has overseen a complete overhaul of the HR function and helped lead the Charity to achieve a place in the top 100 Sunday Times Best Companies (NFP) list.  Sarah is very passionate about wellbeing and mental health in the workplace and has spent the past year working on The McQueen Charter with Kirsty McQueen.

Kirsty McQueen

The McQueen Charter

Kirsty is a widow, let’s face it that’s why she’s here. More specifically her husband was Carl McQueen. Carl, an Air Ambulance Doctor completed suicide in 2016.

Over the course of the last year Kirsty has been working with Sarah Atkins from EAAA on The McQueen Charter. This initiative has been inspired by Carl’s death, it could ultimately save lives.
Kirsty has two children, Eliza and Leo who are magical. She also has two mental health issues, anxiety and PTSD that are somewhat less magical. All of them help her to understand the paramount importance of effectively addressing ones Mental Health and wellbeing.

In a previous life Kirsty used to be a critical care nurse and has a Masters in Education of Health Professionals. Today she is a trainee yoga instructor.

Dr Stephen Hearns

Consultant in Emergency Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine employed by NHS Greater Glasgow. From 2004 until this year he was the lead consultant for Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service.

Stephen has an interest in high performance teams and human performance under pressure. His book on this subject will be published in Autumn 2019. He provides performance training to leading sports clubs, the NHS, search and rescue teams and commercial organisations.

Stephen has published a number of papers and book chapters related to emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. He also led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference.

He has been an active voluntary member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 20 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK. He leads an organisation providing 24 hour consultant medical advice to remote industrial sites and prehospital care providers.

Stephen regularly acts an expert witness for the NHS Scotland Central Legal Office, for the General Medical Council and for pursuers’ solicitors. He is a Scottish Public Service Ombudsman’s expert advisor in emergency medicine.


Twitter: @StephenHearns1

Dr Syed Masud

Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Dr Syed Masud is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine – currently based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Syed has 10 years experience as an officer with the British Army and was deployed to several war zones working with elite specialist Airborne Forces. He has worked at several UK Air Ambulance units including Great North Air Ambulance, London HEMS and is currently the Medical Director at Thames Valley Air Ambulance. He was the originator for many innovative courses over this period including the HEMS Crew Course (HCC) and UK HEMS. He has also extensive Event Medicine experience having been the lead doctor for many national events and was the first appointed Chief Medical Officer to Wembley National Stadium. Uniquely Syed is the only EM & PHEM Consultant who is also a fully qualified police officer in the UK – having successfully graduated from the famous Hendon Police College in 2016. He is a member of the Metropolitan Police Service Clinical Advisory Panel and also the Force Medical Director for Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police Constabulary.