Speaker Group: Speakers 2020

Jon Foster

Jon recently joined Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation as a Senior Police Officer focusing on tobacco control. His role involves working with the UK government and organisations such as the NHS to shape policy in areas including tobacco control and smoking cessation services. He previously spent four years at the Institute of Alcohol… Read more »

Gráinne Ní Eidhin

Gráinne has just completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. During the last year of her degree, she completed her dissertation on ‘The Factors Impacting on Adherence to New Year’s Dietary Resolutions Among Undergraduate Students’ and  spent 4 months as a health promotion student with the Department of Preventative… Read more »

Jennifer Percival

Jennifer Percival is a qualified Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, Counsellor and Public Health trainer. During her role as an independent training consultant, she has worked for many organisations, including the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, International Council of Nurses, NCSCT, PHE and Solutions4Health. She specialises in teaching communication and motivational interviewing skills to healthcare professionals and… Read more »

Rachel Swindells

I have worked in Public Health and Tobacco Control since 2009. Initially, working within an acute Trust, I was responsible for the delivery of a Public Health Strategy including responsibility for establishing and managing an Inpatient Stop Smoking Service and leading the implementation of a Smokefree Hospital aligned to NICE guidance PH48. I then went… Read more »

Katerina Manginas

Katerina is a tobacco dependence specialist in mental health for West London NHS Trust. She joined in 2019 whilst finishing her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of Brighton. Since then, she has become responsible for 18 inpatient forensic wards, has led in several projects related to establish a clear smokefree pathway and supported… Read more »

Mira Osinibi

Mira Osinibi is a Paediatric Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist working at Kings College Hospital for the past 5 years. She worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital prior to this post as a Respiratory and Cardiac staff nurse with deep interest in respiratory medicine. She has been a lead for Smoking Cessation for the Paediatric service… Read more »

Dr Loren Kock

Dr Loren Kock is a Research Fellow within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at University College London. His research currently focuses on understanding and supporting smoking prevention and cessation among priority groups such as those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and with mental health problems. This work involves analysing population-level trends and influences on smoking… Read more »

Hanifa Ditta

Hanifa leads on managing local projects to reduce smoking prevalence in Medway, with a particular focus on smoking in pregnancy and smoking amongst those with both acute and chronic diseases. Hanifa brings together diverse stakeholders to implement community-based initiatives that support behaviour change leading to reduced exposure to tobacco related harm, reduced access to and… Read more »

Jemima Dudgeon

Jemima works with Medway’s Healthy Pregnancy Team delivering key services to pregnant women in our area – including specialist stop smoking support and optimal weight management interventions. She re-joined Medway Council’s Public Health Directorate in May 2019, coming from a clinical background. Jemima continues to practise as a midwife, catching babies and supporting new families… Read more »