MWF & BMA Autumn Conference 2019 - Registration Open!

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autumn conference 2019

When: Friday 1st November 2019, from 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9JP

We are delighted to announce that the MWF and BMA will co-host our first conference “Working together: Overcoming gender bias in medicine” on Friday 1st November 2019.

You are invited to join us as we bring together the leading voices of people working to transform the future for gender equality in the medical profession and highlight solutions to modern day challenges. This one-day conference will investigate gender bias in health and seek to inspire culture change in the medical profession.

Topics covered at the conference will explore opportunities and strategies to:

  • Tackle unconscious bias in medicine

  • Help women progress in their careers in medicine

  • Overcome challenges – exploring personal experiences of gender inequalities in the workplace

  • Enhance delegates’ knowledge of their career through leadership opportunities and practices

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To book your place at the MWF & BMA Autumn Conference 2019, please use our online booking form.



You will have plenty of opportunities for networking with inspiring medical minds who are making a real difference. This conference presents an opportunity to engage with a wide range of consultants, GP's, junior doctors, medical students and hospital doctors from a variety of specialties. CPD accreditation has been applied for.


We will be showcasing a great line up of speakers. Hear from:

Megan Reitz is a professor of leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Hult International Business School where she speaks, researches, consults and supervises on the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness. She is on the Thinkers50 radar of global business thinkers and is ranked in HR Magazine’s Most influential thinkers listing. She has written Dialogue in Organisations and Mind time and is currently writing a book for Financial Times called 'Speak Up’ due for publication in 2019.

Prerana Issar is the first NHS Chief People Officer. In joining the NHS, Prerana brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development and strategic talent management, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Dr Indra Joshi is the Head of Digital Health and AI for NHSx, overseeing the digital health initiatives within the NHS with a focus on data, digital health standards, evidence and AI. Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across policy, governance, digital health and marketing, national project strategy and implementation; whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medic.

Dr Doyin Atewologun is Director of the Gender, Leadership & Inclusion Centre at Cranfield School of Management. A Chartered Business Psychologist, Dr. Atewologun is one of the foremost experts on leadership and intersectionality in organisations in the UK. With over 15 years’ experience, Doyin is a skilled facilitator, evidence-based consultant, award-winning researcher and qualified executive coach. Doyin has worked with the NHS, many of the FTSE 100, United Nations agencies, and professional services firms, and the UK Civil Service.

Dr Jill Armstrong is a Bye-Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She leads the ‘Collaborating with Men’ research programme which has combined a large scale, cross-sector, gender-balanced survey into the impact of gender bias on equality of opportunity in career advancement with workshops and focus groups. The latest reports draw on this four-year research programme to suggest how to involve men in working with women on gender issues. The report also presents practical suggestions and case studies on what individuals, leaders and managers, can do to tackle gender bias and build inclusive cultures.

Dr Philippa Whitford, SNP Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire. Born in Belfast, Philippa has spent most of her life in Scotland and studied Medicine at Glasgow University. Despite being told repeatedly that women couldn’t do surgery, Philippa decided to go for it She did most of her training in the West of Scotland. In the General Election of 2015, she won her constituency of Central Ayrshire and became the Shadow Health Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster. She was honoured by the Saltire Society as one of the Outstanding Women of Scotland in July 2016.

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown is a junior doctor, BMA Council member, and disability advocate. She sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Groups of both the BMA and GMC and is one of three BMA representatives on the Steering Group for the national Review of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine. She is an Ambassador of disability charity ‘My AFK’, and gynaecological cancer charity, ‘The Eve Appeal’, regularly works with national and local media, and has given two TEDx talks on the need for diversity in the NHS and being a #RollModel. In 2019, she has so far stood as a Council and EU Parliamentary Candidate for the Women’s Equality Party.

Dr Johnny Boylan graduated in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in 2010 after completing a certificate in American Business Practice at Boston University in 2005. Johnny has published on the topic of diversity awareness in medical education and is interested in equality and inclusion within medical recruitment, retention and leadership. His role as Women in Medicine fellow at the RCP will involve challenging perceived and real barriers to women working in consultant and leadership roles within the NHS.

Booking arrangements

 To book your place at the MWF & BMA Autumn Conference 2019, please use our online booking form.

Child care facilities

Childcare facilities will be available, free of charge, in order to support your attendance at the conference. We will require advance notice if you wish to use the childcare facilities. Please request further information about childcare on your conference registration form.

With special thanks to our contributors and charity partners:

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The Lady Estelle Wolfson Conference Bursary

autumn 2019 sponsorship

To make headway in their future career, medical students and junior doctors need to attend conferences and events to aid their professional development.

The Lady Estelle Wolfson Conference Bursary aims to encourage medical students and junior doctors to attend the MWF and BMA Autumn Conference 2019 ‘Working Together: Overcoming Gender Bias in Medicine’ taking place in London on Friday 1st of November 2019.

MWF conferences provide an opportunity for inspiring medical minds to meet, stimulate new thinking and extend professional relationships. The bursary has been generously supported by Lady Estelle Wolfson (Chair of the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation).

Please click here for full application details.

Pre-Conference Dinner

We welcome you to join us for the unmissable pre-conference dinner at Masala Zone Covent Garden, 48 Floral St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DA.

We are delighted to announce that the after dinner speaker is Mary Hockaday – Controller BBC World Service English

Mary is Controller BBC World Service English. She is responsible for the BBC’s radio and digital audio services in English, reaching 97 million people weekly with a wide range of award-winning programmes and podcasts. For the five previous years she was Head of the BBC Newsroom, overseeing the BBC’s flagship daily television and radio news bulletins and the BBC news website for domestic and global audiences.

Mary was the Editor of BBC World Service News from 2001 to 2006. She was a correspondent in Prague in the early 1990s for the BBC and The Independent and is the author of Kafka, Love and Courage - a biography of Milena Jesenska.

She is an honorary fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a Trustee with the Girls’ Day School Trust. She is the daughter of two Oxford doctors and now lives in London with her two teenage children.

The dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31st October 2019 from 7pm at a cost of £49.50 per person. Delegates are welcome to select a set sharing menu from one of the two available options:

Classic set sharing menu
Vegetarian set sharing menu

Please contact MWF Central Office for further information on vegan alternatives, or to discuss any other dietary requirements. Please note: we regret that Masala Zone are unable to serve customer with peanut allergy/intolerances.

To book your place at the MWF & BMA Autumn Conference 2019, please use our online booking form. All are welcome to join us for this unmissable experience - please share the details of this event with friends and colleagues!

MWF Council Meeting

The MWF Council meeting will take place on Thursday 31st October 2019, 14:00-16:00pm at the Dickens Room, BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9JP. This meeting is open to all MWF members who are welcome to sit in on discussions as observers.

Partner and support

The Autumn Conference and its activities offer a range of opportunities to join the conversation as a sponsor or charity partner. Please get in touch to discuss working together by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gift registration

For the first time, the Medical Women's Federation has launched an initiative to welcome the donation of a gift conference place to a colleague, friend, family member or MWF member. MWF conferences present an opportunity for inspiring medical minds to meet, stimulate new thinking and extend professional relationships.

For information on how you can donate a conference place, please click here.

If you are a member of the MWF and would like to register your interest as a recipient of a donated conference place, please register your details here.

Medical Women's Federation
Tavistock House North,
Tavistock Square, London,
Tel: 020 7387 7765