ILPC 2022, 21st to 23rd April Padua

ILPC 2021 Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to announce our Plenary Speakers for ILPC 2021: 

Opening Plenary
The impact of Covid-19 in the workplace


 Professor Allyson Pollock (Newcastle University)

Prof Allyson Pollock is director of the Newcastle University Centre for Excellence in Regulatory Science. She was director of Newcastle’s Institute of Health & Society, and has set up and directed research and teaching units at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Edinburgh, establishing some of the UK’s leading undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in global health. Prior to that she was Head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and Director of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health medicine in 1991. Her research interests include regulatory science, rational medicines use, and access to medicines; health service reorganisation, marketisation and PFI / PPPs; and childhood injuries and the epidemiology of trauma. She is the author of NHS plc and Tackling rugby, and co-author of The New NHS: a guide.

 Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna (Cardiff University)

Emmanuel Ogbonna is Professor of Management and Organization at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.  He gained his PhD from University of Wales Cardiff in 1990. His doctoral thesis explored the organizational cultural implications of the strategic directions of leading companies in the UK supermarket sector in the late 1980s.  He joined Cardiff Business School as a lecturer in 1990 and progressed through the ranks and was appointed to his present professorial position in 2002.  His research interests cut across the fields of organization studies, strategy, marketing and human resource management.  His recent research interests have been in the areas of organizational culture, equality, diversity and inclusion, and his work has explored the position of Black and minority ethnic communities in the labour market.  He was recently invited to join the Advisory Board of the new Covid Recovery Commission under the leadership of John Allan (Chairman of Tesco Plc) and he is currently advising the five UK Sport Councils on their review of race equality in sports.  He has also held a number of Ministerial appointments in Wales including: member of Deputy Minister of Wales and Chief Whip’s Women in STEM education subgroup, member of First Minister of Wales BAME COVID-19 Advisory Group, chair of First Minister of Wales Black, Asian and minority ethnic COVID-19 Socio-economic subgroup, and chair of the Steering Group leading the development of the first All Wales Race Equality Action Plan.  

 Kate Bell (Trade Union Congress)

Kate Bell is the Head of the Rights, International, Social and Economics department. The Department leads the TUC's work on boosting employment rights, promoting social and economic policies that benefit working people, and building international solidarity. Before joining the TUC, Kate worked as Head of Policy and Public Affairs for a local authority, for the Labour Party, and for the charities Child Poverty Action Group and Gingerbread. Kate is also a member of the Low Pay Commission, representing workers.

 Professor David McCoy (Queen Mary University of London)

He is Professor of Global Public Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London where he heads a unit that delivers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate Global Health taught programmes, and conducts critical public health research. He is a public health generalist with experience across the domains of professional practice, academia and civil society activism. He spent six years working for the Health Systems Trust (HST), an NGO established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system. He was Deputy Director for a national programme of district health systems development, before becoming Director of Research and Technical Support. His work with HST mainly consisted of health systems and policy research; providing technical assistance to national and provincial departments of Health; and developing and implementing training programmes for clinicians, managers and policy makers. After 10 years in South Africa he returned to the UK and completed formal NHS training in public health medicine. He was awarded with Certificate of Specialist Training in 2005 and has since worked in various positions across the NGO sector, academia and the NHS.  This has included: Senior Clinical Research at University College London (UCL); Director of Public Health, NHS Hammersmith and Fulham (Jan 2010 – Apr 2011); Research Director for Aidspan, a Kenya-based research and policy organisation focused on the Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria (Apr 2011 – Jul 2012); Head of Public Health Intelligence, NHS Inner North West London (May 2011 – March 2013); and Director of Medact, a London-based public health charity which works on the underlying social, political and ecological determinants of global health (Apr 2013 – Sep 2017). He has been a member of the Steering Council of the Peoples Health Movement, and was the founding managing editor of Global Health Watch, the alternative world health report. He was a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation for three years; and am currently a Trustee of the Centre for Health in the Public Interest.



Closing Plenary
Do Black Lives Matter in the Workplace?


 Professor Adia Wingfield (Washington University In St. Louis)

Adia Harvey Wingfield is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Sociological Review. She is a former President of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and the current President of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), the largest regional professional sociological association in the US. In addition to her academic scholarship, Professor Wingfield writes regularly for mainstream outlets including Slate, The AtlanticVox, and Harvard Business Review. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2013 Richard A. Lester Award from Princeton University for her book No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work; the 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology award from the American Sociological Association; and the 2019 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for her most recent book, Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy

 Aamer Anwar (Human Rights Lawyer)

Aamer is a leading criminal defence lawyer and human rights campaigner who has been instructed in some of Scotland’s most high profile cases. Aamer has dedicated his career to defending the human rights of the most vulnerable in our society, inspired by his personal experiences of racism and police brutality. His campaign for justice for murdered waiter Surjit Chhokar led to two judicial inquiries, a change in the law and an 18 year campaign which finally helped secure a conviction in October 2016. Aamer founded his multi-award winning law firm in 2006. The former Rector of Glasgow University has acted as a legal adviser to the Scottish Campaign against Criminalising of Communities, the Stop the War Coalition, the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation and is a Trustee of TIE an LGBT Inclusive Education charity, he is an Associate of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ). Aamer Anwar is the solicitor for the Allan and Lindsay families, following the suicides of their children  Katie Allan and 16 year old William Lindsay at HMYOI Polmont in 2018. He also acts for the family of Sheku Bayoh who died in police custody in 2015 which will lead to Scotland’s first public inquiry into race.