Helen’s purpose is to demonstrate new ways of working, where the wellbeing of people and colleagues’ matter, in ways where communities benefit. This has to start with compassion, for ourselves, each other and together in communities.

Helen is the founder of Helen Sanderson Associates, an international training and development consultancy and Wellbeing Teams, a provider organisation rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. She is also co-founder of the charity Community Circles, creating solutions to loneliness together.

Helen is one of 50 New Radicals in the UK, and is award winning for innovation in health and care and value-based recruitment. Helen was the Department of Health’s expert advisor on person-centred approaches for 10 years and is the author of over twenty books and is a TedX speaker.



Irma Borde is a policy officer in Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. She works in the Unit that provides policy guidance and develops actions at EU level aiming at combating poverty, social exclusion and economic inequalities. She was involved in the preparation and negotiations of the EU Directive on Work-Life Balance, the European Child Guarantee and recently – the Recommendation on adequate minimum income. Before joining the European Commission, she worked in Poland in the Managing Authority for the European Social Fund.


Anne-Marie Glasby is a Senior Development Officer with the rights-based organisation, Changing Our Lives, and a former nurse working with people with learning disabilities.  She was a member of the NIHR-funded research team based at the University of Birmingham which conducted the ‘Why are we stuck in hospital’ study, exploring ways to support more people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people to leave long-stay hospitals and lead more ordinary lives in the community


Linda Weir joined the Health Information and Quality Authority in 2007 and has worked in a number of teams across the organisation in that time. She is currently a Programme Manager for Health and Social Care Standards in HIQA’s Health Information and Standards Directorate, managing a team responsible for developing national standards and implementation support tools for health and social care services. Linda has overseen the development of national standards in the areas of maternity services, adult safeguarding, infection prevention and control, and children’s social services. She led the development and implementation of a principles-based approach to the development of national standards, focusing on outcomes for people using health and social care services.  She holds an honours degree in Government and Public Policy and a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology from University College Cork.


Elena Weber currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Istituto Regionale Rittmeyer per i Ciechi in Italy – the regional public body offering services to people of every age with visual impairments and empowering people with disabilities. Their approach is towards a person-centred scheme of activities.

She has also served as President of Enviter – European Network for Vision Impairment Training Education and Research: Vice-President of AGE Platform Europe; and President of the European Network for Inclusion Beyond Borders. Elena holds two Masters degrees in Economics and Organizational Sciences and European Studies, and a degree in Public Relations.


With a background in nursing and health visiting, Professor Billings’ special interests lie in vulnerable groups with complex needs, integrated health and social care, and mixed methodology. Her expertise lies in developing and managing applied and methodologically challenging projects that focus on providing evidence for practice and improved quality of care. Professor Billings’ research has led to sustainable service developments, particularly in the field of integrated care for older people in Europe and South America. She has been a successful recipient of many national, and international funding awards over several years and is an advisor for several global funding bodies and agencies concerned with health improvement. She is widely published in high-impact journals and is co-editor of two books on integrated health and social care.


In addition to being the Head of EU Affairs of Edenred which operates in more than 40 countries worldwide, Delphine Chilese-Lemarinier has held successive positions within the private and public sectors as well as NGOs. These positions include Project Manager and Editor for the Jean Monnet Association (1999-2002), Project Officer at the private office of the French European Affairs Minister (2004-2007) and Senior Consultant for Publicis Consultants (2007-2010). Delphine graduated in Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, 1999) and additionally specialised in communication (DEA Paris IX Dauphine, 2001) and in European Policies (Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Bruxelles, 2003).


Christian Fillet is the Vice-General Director of the City of Bruges in Belgium and Chair of the European Social Network. He is also responsible for all social services and nine local public welfare associations in Bruges covering services for children, disabled people, older people, and youth. In addition, Christian sits on the Board of EXELLO, the Flemish association of city directors.