Speaker Profiles

Speaker Profiles


Dr. Miranda Flory

Miranda is a Consultant in Supportive and Palliative Care, University Hospitals Bristol. She is part of a multi-disciplinary hospital advisory team and has been a consultant for four years. She runs an advance care planning clinic for people with life-limiting conditions to have facilitated conversations about thinking ahead. Her three children keep her busy. She plays the piano at church and enjoys cycling.

Katherine Froggatt

Katherine is Professor of Ageing and Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University. She trained as a nurse and them moved into research and postgraduate teaching. Her research focuses on older adults and their end of life experiences, with a particular interest in care in care homes and for people with dementia. She has undertaken training as a spiritual director in Cumbria.

Bob Heath 

Bob was the resident music therapist at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford, UK for 10 years. He has worked extensively in palliative and bereavement care both as a clinician and a lecturer/teacher and also has many years experience working in mental health and special educational settings. He has published work in various books and journals and continues to work as a therapist and supervisor in end of life care, community mental Health and private practice.

Bob has presented his work at a wide range of events including the Hay Literature Festival and Medicine Unboxed and continues to offer and facilitate training courses and workshops for therapists and health care practitioners.

Martin Hill

Martin trained to be a church leader and theologian and worked in challenging fields in community and social care. Martin became Spiritual Care Lead at St. Giles Hospice, Lichfield, in November 2014 tasked with sensitively but firmly transitioning a chaplaincy model of Spiritual Care to be more inclusive and increase sense of relevance to patient's and family members. In September 2018 he began working at Pembridge NHS Hospice as Spiritual Care Advisor within one of the most diverse and multi-cultural areas of London.

Martin Howden

Since 2004, Martin has walked alongside individuals, teams and organisations looking to make a difference in the world and helping them to flourish.

Martin brings an authentic mix of experience, external perspective, total belief in the client, empathy, integrity and (definitely) challenge, to all his work. Most recently his coaching mix has included individuals and teams in leadership roles in international NGOs, UK charities, academia and schools, hospices, SMEs and multinationals, all connected by their desire to lead their organisations to make the world a better place.

Prior to 2004 Martin worked in the commercial sector for 26 years in the UK, Netherlands and US, always in management roles, and latterly managing a range of global businesses. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Counselling Psychology.

Hugh Kidd

Hugh, formerly a secondary mathematics teacher, has worked in personal spiritual development in the Sheffield Diocese and is currently a spiritual director in the Blackburn Diocese. He supported his parents in their ageing and dying. 

Dr Catherine Leask

Catherine is a palliative care consultant in Somerset where she has worked for 5 years.  She is community based, working with CNS teams, DNs and GPs in a large geographical patch from Bridgwater to Wells.   Catherine is also an educational supervisor, medical appraiser and trust mortality lead. She aims to lead an active, balanced life being a Mum to 2 children and her current midlife crisis involves triathlons and muddy runs.

Jane Lings

Jane, chair of trustees for Hospice 23, is a music therapist, clinical supervisor and educator. She worked in palliative and bereavement care for 15 years at St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol and was Senior Lecturer at UWE on the MA music therapy for 14 years. She is now semi-retired, has a private clinical supervision practice, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, and runs workshops and experiential sessions in other contexts. She is also a trustee for Changing Tunes (a music changing prisoners lives charity).

Caroline Mundy

Caroline has worked within adult hospice care for over 14yrs, predominantly as a community nurse specialist, but also as part of an education team. Earlier this year Caroline started a project role, Clinical Community Engagement Lead focusing on improving the access and equality of access to hospice services. She has a particular interest in dementia and end of life care, born both from personal experience within her family and caring for patients/families.

Dr Louise Younie

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry MBChC, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP, MSc, EdD, SFHEA

Louise is a practicing General Practitioner/Clinical Senior Lecturer. She has been developing the field of creative enquiry in undergraduate medical education for over a decade, with an MSc and EdD in the field. The arts have been found an excellent vehicle for dialogue, reflection and engagement with lived experience, potentially facilitating transformative learning and practitioner development.