Professor Croisdale-Appleby is a professional corporate strategist and is a strategic advisor to the boards in the public, private and voluntary sectors. In his early career he was a chief executive officer of a number of advertising agencies culminating as Worldwide Operations Director of one of the top 5 global communications groups.
Chairman of many public and voluntary sector organisations, spanning such fields as health, medicine, social care, forensic science, social housing and research ethics, David is fuelled by a relentless drive for social justice, and to enhance the lives of the disabled, vulnerable and disadvantaged. From his internationally-acclaimed work in the 1970s in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, to his leadership in fields such as learning disability, social care, disability sport and dementia, the impact and lasting transformation he has achieved have hugely impacted upon society in the UK and internationally.
What characterises David’s work is its ability to revise thinking, to find new approaches to seemingly insurmountable societal problems, such as in his work for NICE leading on long-term sickness and incapacity and in the care of people with dementia; creating employment and involvement in theatre and the arts for people with learning disabilities; gaining recognition for disability sport, and so forth. Nationally recognised in the fields of medical education and social work education, David was commissioned by the government to write an Independent Review ‘Re-visioning Social Work Education’, which was published to universal acclaim.
David’s work for South Africa continues in his appointment as the Honorary Ambassador for the UK for Nelson Mandela’s legacy project, the creation of a specialist children’s hospital to serve the 14 nations of the Southern African Development Community. He was awarded the OBE in recognition of his work towards social justice.
Sir David is the Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and, as of 2016, the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – integrated providers of hospital, community and primary care services, including the University Teaching Hospital.
The Salford Royal NHS Trust has a turnover of £440m, employs 6,500 staff and provides local services to the City of Salford and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond. Salford Royal had the highest rating in both the NHS staff satisfaction and NHS Patient Satisfaction surveys of any Acute Trust in the 2013 surveys.
Sir David has been an NHS Chief Executive for over 20 years, serving at Salford Royal since 2001. He has a particular interest in quality improvement with a focus on improving patient safety and service reliability. He is leading a programme to achieve the lowest mortality rate in the NHS and to achieve harm-free care for the patients of his Trust. He served on the Berwick Review of Patient Safety which reported its recommendations to the Prime Minister last year.
Sir David more recently worked with colleagues in primary and social care to develop a new integrated care service in Salford with its triple aim of improved outcomes, better experience and lower cost. He chairs the Haelo Group which organises improvement activity with Salford Partners to improve the health of the population.
Sir David is Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, which aims to improve health through better adoption of evidence of best practice and to improve wealth in the city region with a better interface with industry between NHS and University partners to adopt new devices and technologies.
Professor Goldsmith joined the University of Salford in September 1963 and retired over forty years later, in 2005.
During this period, he served as a lecturer, senior lecturer, professor, head of department, pro-vice chancellor (working with three different vice chancellors) and director of CAMPUS. He was a visiting professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada for two years; Sciences Po in Paris for three years, and at the University of Southern Denmark. He served part time as a researcher for the Department of the Environment between 1973 and 1978 and as a research coordinator for the ESRC between 1979 and 1985.
Mike is a Life Vice President of the UK Political Studies Association, having previously served as Chair and President. He also served as vice chair of the Executive Committees of the European Consortium for Political Research and of the European Political Science (Teaching) Network in the 1990s. He also chaired an EU network on technology transfer in the mid-nineties and served on the committee of the North West Universities Association. His is author of some dozen books and numerous chapters and articles in the field of comparative local government and urban politics, a topic which, along with jazz, keeps him fully occupied today. Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2002, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Political Studies Association in the same year.
Salford has played an integral part in Ged’s personal and professional development. Born and raised in the Salford area, Ged attended the local school and later the Salford Technology College.
Ged’s father founded Morson in 1969 and remains a key role model for Ged professionally and personally. Ged entered the family business, Morson International, in 1986, following completion of his university education in business studies and a period gaining experience within a technical recruitment organisation in Canada. Progressing to the role of Managing Director in 1997, Ged further developed his business acumen and cemented his commitment to developing the business and his profile within the local area by supporting many initiatives and charities.
The Morson Group has grown to a £750 million turnover company with offices through the UK and overseas, operating in Germany, Italy, Colombia, Brazil, Iraq, Dubai, Australia and South Africa whilst supporting many of the UK’s global infrastructure and maintenance programmes within the Aerospace, Rail and Nuclear Sectors. In 2012, Morson Group won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of this growth and international success.
The Morson Group has developed numerous projects with the University of Salford and there are a number of alumni who work with the company, as well as students on placement, helping Salfordians alike develop their careers. Ged and his family have demonstrated an active social responsibility and despite their international expansion and substantial global presence, they have retained their offices in Salford.
Known for his football career for Manchester United and England, and more recently as a pundit for Sky Sports, Gary is also an experienced property developer, businessman and advocate for sustainability.
Having built a number of the homes in which he’s lived and having been heavily involved in the planning, design and construction of these properties, Gary soon developed an interest in the benefits of sustainable building design, culminating in the creation of his own design practice in Manchester in 2005.
This new business allowed Gary to see on a wider scale how big an issue the need for sustainability was and was yet to become. It was at this point that Gary began to look at what he could do in his personal and professional lives to play his part.
Actions taken included changing his car to an all-electric vehicle, implementing train journeys and walking into his travel plans wherever he could and in 2010 he embarked on a project to develop a zero carbon, PPS 7 home, which obtained planning permission in 2011.
In the same year, Gary came up with the idea of connecting his new found interest in sustainability with his love of sport and established Sustainability in Sport, a programme launched to implement sustainability into sport and use the power and influence of sport to raise awareness to as many people as possible.
With Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs, Gary created a hospitality company, drawing on the vast array of experiences the pair had shared as they travelled the world during their footballing careers. In Gary’s words, they wanted a building that was green, sustainable and excellent. This resulted in Hotel Football, located next to Old Trafford, which appeals to more than just Manchester United fans.
David is an electronics engineer who shaped the consumer electronics industry through leading innovation. As Vice President of iPhone and iPod Hardware Engineering for Apple, David was responsible for the hardware engineering and technology development teams that revolutionized the digital music and smartphone industries; transforming the way people live, communicate, work, and think.
David built and led the entire iPod and iPhone hardware engineering teams from inception to 130 engineers. David and his teams were responsible for eighteen models of the iPod family and six generations of iPhone. David was an integral member of the team that grew these revolutionary new products from unknowns to over 1 billion devices shipped to date. David is a named inventor on over 30 US patents.
David’s passion for electronics began when he was just nine years old, building his first crystal radio set. At 16, David started an electronics apprenticeship with Caterpillar Ltd. where he studied and worked for four years. It was then David came to the University of Salford and earned a first class honours degree in Electronics Engineering and graduated with distinction in 1988.
Prior to Apple, David worked at Psion Computers, developing the Psion Series 5MX and Revo PDAs. He also worked at Schlumberger as a principal design engineer.
After a decade at Apple, David left to spend more time with his family. He is now the CEO of Details Lab, an advisory firm focusing on scaling organizations for high-growth, technology development and new product introduction.
Professor Weddikkara was the first female Quantity Surveyor in Perth, Australia. She has the unique distinction of being a chartered Architect and Chartered Quantity Surveyor.
In 1983, Chitra joined the Department of Architecture at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, as a part-time lecturer and later became the Head of Department of the Department of Building Economics in same faculty from 1987 for a period of 15 years. She was instrumental in the development of the undergraduate degree courses, namely the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and the commencement of the BSc (Hons) in Facilities Management. She facilitated the accreditation of these courses by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Australian Institute of Quantity surveyors. Under Chitra’s leadership as President of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka, the institute was incorporated by an Act of Parliament.
Chitra’s contribution to the Sri Lanka construction industry in general, and to the quantity surveying profession in particular, is significant and enormous. Her commitment to achieving superior education for young people and her personal interest in the professional growth of her students cannot be disputed.
John is the President and co-founder of the Hearthstone Alzheimer's Family Foundation and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care Ltd. The Foundation promotes non-pharmacologic treatment for Alzheimer's disease, including environmental design, music, communication, caregiver education, and art. Hearthstone Alzheimer Care manages eight assisted living treatment residences for people living with Alzheimer's.
John developed a comprehensive non-pharmacologic treatment for people living with Alzheimer's disease. His work has been featured extensively in the media and he lectures throughout the world on the importance of improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease through non-pharmacologic intervention. His professional development links his training in sociology to architecture and neuroscience. He was a Principal Investigator on a National Institute on Aging study to determine the relationship between environmental design characteristics in Alzheimer's Special Care Units and health and well-being outcomes.
In some of his more recent work, John has focused on the neuroscientific aspects of design programming, design projects, and evaluation, namely the ways in which physical environment supports brain development and function. He has studied the ways in which specific environmental factors reduce symptoms of aggression agitation, social-withdrawal, and delusions among people living with Alzheimer's. In office and workplace planning, specifically the programming and design for the 350-person newsroom of the Minneapolis Star tribune, John has translated healthcare related principles into criteria for design supportive of individual well-being and teamwork in the workplace. In 2004, Dr. Zeisel was honoured by an appointment as Associate of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.
John lectures internationally and teaches regularly at the business school of the University of Quebec at Montreal, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education Program. In 2003, he was awarded a CAMPUS Visiting Fellowship at the University of Salford’s Centre for the Built and Human Environment.