Keynote Speakers


Speakers appear in order of last name



Amanda Howe

Amanda Howe is a practising family doctor, an academic professor, and a national and international leader in family medicine.

Since 2001, she has been Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia, where she was part of the founding team for a new medical programme. During her career, she has held multiple roles in undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty education, including being Course Director for the UEA medical programme during its early years of development and accreditation.

She has particular expertise in the teaching and learning of professionalism and patient safety; in the models and effectiveness of involving family medicine in community based medical education; and in resilience and doctors' wellbeing. She also has clinical research interests in primary care mental health, the contribution of patients to health care, and in early interventions for risk factors.

She served from 2009 as an Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners, previously chairing their research committee and the U.K. Society for Academic Primary Care. She is now President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors from 2016-2018, having previously chaired their Women's Working Party and been on their Executive from 2013. 

Her lifetime commitment is to make family medicine better – for patients, governments, and for those doctors who choose to practice it!


Brigadier Benedict (Ben) Kite OBE

Commander, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK Defence Intelligence

Ben Kite has been a British Army Intelligence Officer for twenty-eight years operating against a range of adversaries across the globe. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, his early military years were spent commanding Infantry and Military Intelligence soldiers in Germany, the UK and Belize. He has also been the Chief Intelligence Officer for the Special Boat Service, 24th Airmobile Brigade, 7th Armoured Brigade and was an instructor at Sandhurst. 

Ben Kite has played an active part in some of the key moments in recent history, including participation in a 1995 US-led coalition operation to protect Iraqi Kurds from Saddam Hussein's forces and an attachment to the South African Army, where he helped integrate African National Congress fighters into the fledgling, post-apartheid South African Defence Forces. Along with much of the British Army he completed a number of tours curbing ethnic strife in both Bosnia and Kosovo and trying to stabilise Iraq following the 2003 invasion. 

However, the most challenging moment of his career came when he took command of 4 Military Intelligence Battalion in 2009. This was at the height of the British Army's deployment to Afghanistan and the unit swiftly became involved in transforming the British Army's tactical intelligence, creating the Land Intelligence Fusion Centre in the UK and a new breed of Intelligence Support Teams that operated right on the front line in Helmand. For their achievements in Afghanistan 4 Military Intelligence Battalion were awarded the Freedom of Marlborough and Ben Kite the OBE. Since then he has completed a tour in Kabul as deputy to a US Chief of Intelligence, been the principal strategy advisor to the Head of the British Army and, unusually for a foreigner, the chief planner for the United States Cyber National Mission Force. 

He is currently commander of the 2,400 strong Joint Force Intelligence Group, which plays a leading role in tasking, collecting, processing and disseminating Defence's strategic intelligence. He is also an author on Military History - his first book 'Stout Hearts – The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944' was published in November 2014.