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Building a More “Well” Wales ROUNDTABLE

Roundtable at The Institute Of Life Science At Swansea University
Medical School
JULY 14, 2015

 

On July 14, the Global Wellness Institute held its first roundtable in the small, but innovative, nation of Wales. Organized by Professor Terry Stevens, international tourism consultant, it was held in partnership with the Institute of Life Science at Swansea University’s Medical School.

The event attracted 37 high-level public and private sector leaders, including medical, policy and business professors and researchers from Swansea University and ABM and Hywel Dda University health boards; national and local government dignitaries across health, social services, culture and tourism; and private- and third-sector leaders from fields as diverse as nutrition, hospitality and the performing arts.

On the table: how to make Wales a wellness leader among small nations. And thinkers like Dr. Ruth Hussey, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer and Professor Marc Clement, vice president of Swansea University and chair of its Institute of Life Science, identified several “best ways forward”: from training a new generation of life scientists refocused on prevention, to driving intergovernmental collaborations the way only a small nation can, to the government considering a Minister of Wellness. A special focus: Wales’ opportunities in the fast-growing £281.6 billion ($494bn) global wellness tourism market, given that the modern traveler increasingly seeks raw nature, peace and cultural authenticity. As guest speaker Dr. Franz Linser, director, Linser Hospitality put it: “The luxuries of the future will be invisible: time, silence and space” – resources Wales knows well.

To learn more, read the Wales Roundtable Report and the press release highlighting key takeaways from the event.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:

Professor Steve Bain, Asst. Medical Director for R & D, ABM University Health Board
Andrew Campbell, Head of Tourism, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Cllr. Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing & Healthy City, City & County Of Swansea
Professor Marc Clement, Vice President, Swansea University & Executive Chair, Institute of Life Science
Jayne Daniels, Scientia Research Group, Swansea University
Professor Andrew Davies, Chair, ABM University Health Board
Huw Davies, Visit Wales, Welsh Government
Kathryn Davies, Executive Director of Planning & Integration, Therapies & Health Science, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Daniel Doneddu, Scientia Research Group, Swansea University
Andrew Evans, Owner, St. Brides Hotel & Spa
Dr. Ashley Frawley, Author and Specialist in Happiness, Swansea University
Cllr. Meryl Gravel, Carmarthenshir County Council & Vice Chair, Swansea Bay City Region Board
Sian Harrop-Griffiths, Strategy Director, ABM University Health Board
Nerys Howell, Howell Food Consultancy
Stephen Herrieven, Director of Business & Innovation, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
Dr. Ruth Hussey OBE, Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Lowri Jones, Head of Llangrannog, Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Dr. Phil Kloer, Medical Director & Director of Primary Care, Hywel Dda University Health Board
Hamish Laing, Medical Director, ABM University Health Board
Dr. Franz Linser, Director, Linser Hospitality & Board Member, Global Wellness Summit
Juliet Luporini, Commissioner, Bevan Commission & Member of the Swansea Bay City Region Board
Peter Mannion, Strategic Planning & Commissioning Manager, ABM University Health Board
William McNamara, Chief Executive Officer, Bluestone National Park Resort
Tracy McNulty, Head of Cultural Services, City & County of Swansea
Syd Morgan, Scientia Research Group & Fellow of the European Institute of Identities, Swansea University
Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
Ken Poole, Leader, Cardiff City Council
Mal Pope, Musician, Actor, Producer & Broadcaster
Bronwen Price, Head of Development, Literature Wales
Bjorn Rodde, Institute of Life Science, Swansea University
Dr. Alan Sandry, Scientia Research Group & Fellow of the European Institute of Identities, Swansea University
Katie Southgate, Leisure Media
Professor Terry Stevens, Managing Director, Stevens & Associates
Liz Terry, Director, Leisure Media
Sian Elen Thomas, Institute of Life Science, Swansea University
Professor Rod Thomas, Scientia Research Group, Swansea University
Nia Williams, Head of Learning, Museum Wales