Biographies

Allan P Goldman MBBChB, MRCP

Allan has worked as a paediatric intensive care specialist for the past 20 years. He graduated as a Doctor in 1986 in South Africa, completed a MSC in Sports Science in 1989 and then moved to the UK in 1990 where he completed his training in paediatrics and paediatric intensive care in 1998 (including his final year of training in Melbourne Australia). He has worked as a consultant in the cardiac Intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London UK since then. He has taken up Leadership Roles at GOSH for The Divisions of Cardio-Respiratory Medicine and more recently the Critical Care Division.

Allan's research interests have focused on mechanical assist devices and more recently on human factors, improvement science and patient safety. He was the principal author in the research study looking at the lessons that could be translated from Formula 1 Racing into Healthcare. These are Allan’s thoughts on Risky Business: “After realising the huge potential we had to learn from each other across the spectrum of high risk industires, sport, exploration, etc I was very fortunate to link up with my good colleagues Guy, Tony and Peter to initiate and evolve our concept of Risky Business - Learning from others. I genuinely feel very fortunate to be part of this ongoing cycle of learning and sharing ideas from those who face different stresses in their work environment and how have learnt to manage this in so many different ways and to hear their incredible stories. To me this is the best form of education, the sharing of ideas, particularly given the complex environment we work in.


Guy Hirst

Guy was a British Airways (BA) pilot for 34 years He flew over 18,000 hours. He was a Training Standards Captain responsible for ensuring BA’s pilots, not only conformed to the requirements of the regulator, but exceeded those parameters. Guy was also one of the small team that introduced, developed and presented Crew Resource Management programmes within the airline industry.

These are Guy’s thoughts: “When I started flying it was assumed that if airline crews were trained to be technically proficient then flying would be safe. The statistics show that this was a false assumption. After many high profile ‘human error’ accidents research was initiated into why highly professional, motivated crews still made fatal errors in certain situations. My aviation career straddled this period of enlightenment. I lived through a culture change that is still developing. For the last 13 years my research and training work in human factors development in Healthcare has made me realise that it is important to learn about risk from as many sources as possible. It is for that reason that Allan, Tony, Peter and I started the Risky Business conferences.”


Peter C. Laussen MBBS FCICM

Peter Laussen brings over 25 years of experience in pediatric cardiac intensive care and anaesthesia to Risky Business. An Australian, he graduated from Melbourne University Medical School in 1980, and then completed fellowships in anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine at the Austin Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He and his wife (Julia) and 4 children (Jacqueline, Aimee, Jon and James) moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1992 where he worked for the next 20 years in the cardiac Intensive care unit and the cardiac anesthesia service at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2002 he was appointed to the Dolly D. Hansen Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in 2008 Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. In 2012, Peter moved to Toronto as the Chief of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and is the David and Stacey Cynamon Chair in Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto.

These are Peter’s thoughts on Risky Business: “I work with wonderful caring people in perhaps one of the most complex and resource intense areas in healthcare, pediatric critical care. Outcomes are truly remarkable, but there are always potential and unintended threats. Being involved with Risky Business since 2006, and listening to and meeting with so many people across diverse industries and endeavours, has given me important and new insights. Appreciating the human and technical interface is so critical, and of course rules and protocols have a role, but the aim with Risky Business is to excite and inspire change, to share and learn from others in a meaningful way.”


Tony Giddings MD, FRCS

Following training in Bristol, Sheffield and the USA Tony was a consultant general and vascular surgeon in Guildford and at King’s and St Thomas’. He has been President of the Association of Surgeons and a council member of the Royal College of Surgeons with particular responsibility for workforce and safety. He is a distinguished fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Tony has also served in the Department of Health in the Performance Support Team, the Modernisation Agency and the National Clinical Advisory Teams and been a non-executive director for the National Clinical Assessment Authority.

His work in patient safety has included the Mid Staffordshire Enquiry for the Health Care Commission and as a special advisor to the Parliamentary Health Committee. He has been involved with training and research in safety science for more than fifteen years and has been executive producer for a number of films.

He is particularly interested in the mistakes we make as experts and senior professionals and the leadership, systems and cultures we need to avoid them.