Speaker Group: Conference 2024

Paul Yeomans

Paul has over 17 years of experience in healthcare design. He has substantial knowledge of the sector in areas of strategy, planning, design and construction and a proven track record of delivery. He brings an approach to design that values improved clinical outcomes and enhances the human experience of treatment and care. Paul has led… Read more »

Dr Franz James

Senior lecturer in furniture design and practicing designer in the field of interior design in compulsory care environments. PhD in Design with the specialisation in design for institutions of care and incarceration. The focus of research has so far been on the meaning of the physical environment in prisons, youth homes, and forensic psychiatric hospitals.

Stephanie Vito

Stephanie is a tireless advocate for improving patients’ and people’s lives through design. She consistently delivers successful projects that elevate mental healthcare across communities, specific populations, and society. Since the beginning of her career, her mission has been to bring this subset of healthcare and design to the forefront. Stephanie’s professional goal is rooted in… Read more »

Marianna Bia

Marianna is a Project Director at 4D Studio Architects, with extensive experience in healthcare design, across a wide spectrum from hospital estate masterplanning to specialist healthcare fit-out solutions. Marianna has acquired specialist knowledge in early-stage feasibility studies, value-adding detailed design and on-site construction supervision.  Her projects have ranged from small-scale refurbishments to pivotal multi-million-pound projects…. Read more »

Shaz Hawkins

Shaz Hawkins is the Healthcare, Aged Care and Education Segment Marketing Manager for Tarkett UK. She has been working within the built environment since 2010 and has been involved in a number of projects which have required a neurodiverse approach. Together with VR-EP, Tarkett developed the world’s first filter which allows users to experience first-hand… Read more »

Louis Sullivan

Louis is an award-winning Architect, Lecturer, and Educator. With more than a decade of experience in international practice, he has led the design and delivered mixed-use developments around the world ranging from sensitive Grade-II-listed restorations to city-centre skyscrapers and urban-district masterplans. He is currently the Principal Architect at Darwin Group, specialising in designing healthcare solutions… Read more »

Vicky Amiss-Smith

I am a passionate, energetic paediatric nurse with 20 years of nursing experience from community to acute, intensive care, specialist discharge planning and now in a project leadership role. I am a clinical lead nurse at Cambridge Children’s and responsible for clinical quality, safety, and engagement across the project. This has been an enormous challenge… Read more »

Raf Hamaizia

Raf Hamaizia is a leading mental health and social inclusion expert within the United Kingdom, with a track record in engagement, policy, quality improvement, campaigning and organisational culture change. As an Expert by Experience Raf uses his perspective as a former service user, to aid his professional and academic experience within a variety of organisations… Read more »

Hannah Chamberlain

Hannah Chamberlain, the CEO of Design in Mental Health Network, is a long standing member of the DIMHN community. From 2012 – 15 she was a member of the organising group, speaking at the conference, shortlisting awards, and introducing lived experience speakers to the Network and the conference audience. She has a background as an… Read more »

Professor Steven Brown

Steven Brown is Professor of Health and Organizational Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He researches service user experiences of secure care settings and the psychosocial dimensions of remembering and distress. He is the co-author of Vital Memory and Affect (2015); Psychology Without Foundations (2009) and The Social Psychology of Experience (2005).