Executive advisors

Our executive advisors are recognised international leaders with extensive knowledge and global networks in the interdisciplinary fields of health, wellbeing, design and the built environment. Their role is to provide SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange with specialist advice and expertise, and to engage their global networks to inform the future strategic direction of SALUS, assisting the Exchange to meet its vision to improve human and planetary health.
Blair L Sadler

Blair L Sadler

Senior fellow, Institute of Healthcare Improvement, USA

Blair L Sadler is a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and a member of the faculty at the UCSD School of Medicine and Rady School of Management. He served as president and CEO of the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego from July 1980 until July 2006. Under his leadership, Rady Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the United States to win the Ernest A Codman Award for its work in developing clinical pathways. He has written extensively on the compelling business case for evidence-based design and was the lead author of Fable 2.0: the Compelling Business Case for Building Optimal Hospitals published in 2011. He is co-author of Ten Rules for 21st Century Healthcare: a US Perspective in Creating Healthy, Healing Environments. He is also a strategic advisor to Health Care without Harm and their Healthy Hospital Initiative. They are applying lessons learned from the IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign to environmental sustainability that has led to a national cost saving campaign to enroll 2000 hospitals that was launched 2012.

John Zeisel

Founder, Hearthstone Alzhiemer Care and the I'm Still Here Foundation

Dr John Zeisel has a background that includes sociology and architecture. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Dr. Zeisel focuses his attention at Hearthstone on new development, design, teamwork and research. He serves on committees for the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Association, the New York City Office of Aging's Alzheimer's Unit, the International Healthcare Institute, and Centre for Health Design. John has been on the faculty of Harvard University's Department of Architecture, and received a fellowship at the National Institute for Advanced Studies near The Hague in the Netherlands. He has also taught at Yale and McGill Universities and at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. In 1994 he lectured at the University of Minnesota Architecture School as its Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor. Before cofounding Hearthstone, John consulted to the senior housing industry, carrying out needs analyses, strategic planning, facility design programs, design review and market feasibility studies. Dr Zeisel has carried out research into the needs of seniors through basic and applied research, including post-occupancy evaluations and policy research studies. He was Principal Investigator on a three-year 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 of residents.
John Cole

John Cole

Honorary professor, Queen’s University Belfast; international client advisor, Northern Ireland

Prof John Cole, an architect and health design champion, is an honorary professor at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast. John retired in June 2013 from the role of deputy secretary and chief estates officer DHSSPS (2008-2013), having previously acted as chief executive of the Health Estates Agency (2003-2008). During that period, he was responsible for the oversight and implementation of in excess of £3 billion of capital expenditure, covering the full range of health and social care facilities – from major regional centres of excellence and new acute hospitals, to community hospitals, mental health facilities and primary and community health buildings. John is currently procurement champion for RIBA and was IMPACT assessor in REF2014. John's involvement at Queen's University Belfast's School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering will strengthen its expertise in healthcare design and procurement systems that support design quality across public-sector buildings. John's inaugural professorial lecture, 'Architecture: the art of healing', was given on 19 November 2014. From 2008 to 2012, John was chairman of the European Health Property Network, and in 2013, the Queen appointed him as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his contribution to the development of health infrastructure.
Robin Guenther FAIA LEED Fellow

Robin Guenther FAIA LEED Fellow

Sustainable healthcare design lead, Perkins + Will; and senior advisor, Health Care Without Harm, USA

Robin Guenther is a practicing architect and author, principal of Perkins+Will and senior advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Robin works at the intersection of health care architecture and sustainable policy and participates in a wide range of initiatives while continuing to practice. In 2013, following Superstorm Sandy, Robin co-chaired the Critical Buildings Committee of the New York City Building Resiliency Task Force. She was a keynote at the 2014 AiA Convention, and a 2014 TEDMED speaker. She serves on the USGBC Green Buildings and Human Health Task Force, co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture with Gail Vittori in May 2013. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and a Graduate Diploma from the Architectural Association, London, and is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council.


Chair, Mike Nightingale Fellowship, UK and South Africa

Mike’s architectural career focused on healthcare design culminating in the creation of Nightingale Associates. Growing from a rural base in Oxfordshire in 1989, the firm has become an internationally successful member of the healthcare design community and is now and integrated part of the IBI Group. Mike is a non executive member of the Core Strategy Group for IBI Healthcare+. Mike has played a pivotal role in promoting quality of healthcare architecture. He was the author of ‘Better by Design’, the design guide published by the National Health Service, was a founder committee member for Architects for Health and the RIBA Health Client Forum. He was a member of the NHS Estates Knowledge Network Group for Building Design and was the External Examiner for the MARU MSc in Planning Buildings for Health for three years. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012, Mike, together with four Trustees, founded the Mike Nightingale Fellowship, a UK Registered Charity operating in South Africa. The MNF strap line of Changing lives through sustainable development has been expressed through a number of national, provincial and local projects focused on bringing people together to improve their social, economic and environmental situations. Mike is also a director of Elo Vale Limited, a small development company concentrating on the design and building of affordable eco houses.

Clifford Harvey

Vice President Planning at North York General Hospital

Cliff Harvey is an architect, strategic health capital investment and project advisor. He is the former Vice President, Planning, Facilities & Support Service at North York General Hospital. Previously he was the senior architect for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Canada’s largest provincial healthcare system. With over 20 years of experience, Cliff’s professional focus has been on health and wellness in the built environment and how these ideas translate into an environment of care. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in operational planning, design, and construction of health facilities as well as health systems planning. Cliff has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) specializing in Art and Architectural History from Carleton University, Ottawa; a professional degree in Architecture (B.Arch) from the University of Toronto, Toronto; and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Quality (MSc(HQ)) from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Cliff is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Director-Designate of the International Union of Architects - Public Health Group (UIA-PHG), a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES), American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Cliff is an advocate for the practice of design thinking and human-centered design.

Diana Anderson

Physician-Architect at Dochitect®

Dr Diana Anderson is a licensed architect (Order of Architects of Quebec, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Member) and a physician trained in Internal Medicine (Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital). Dr. Anderson is a past recipient of the AIA Arthur Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design, the Tradewell Fellowship in healthcare design awarded by WHR Architects in Houston, Texas and the immediate Past Chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Design Committee. As a dochitectTM, Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture, in order to truly understand the patient, visitor and clinical staff experience within the healthcare environment. She has worked on hospital design projects within the United States, Canada and Australia, specializing in medical planning of inpatient units, specifically intensive care environments. Dr. Anderson is currently a Medical Planner at Stantec Architecture in New York City.

Eve Edelstein

Director, Human Experience Lab (HxLab) at Perkins+Will

Dr Eve Edelstein holds a doctorate in clinical neurophysiology (Institute for Neurology, University College London), a professional master’s in architecture (NewSchool Architecture & Design), and anthropology (University California Berkeley), with clinical experience at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London, Harvard MIT Hearing Sciences Lab, California Department of Health and Human Services, and US Naval Medical Center, San Diego. Dr. Edelstein’s neuro-architectural approach translates rigorous clinical studies into brain-based design principles to enhance the human experience in all settings, from urban and community based health districts through inpatient and outpatient settings. Eve’s work has informed projects that serve clinicians and staff in their workplace, educational settings and areas of respite, as well as patients and their caregivers in emergency departments, operating theatres, intensive care and other settings. Eve directs the Human Experience Lab, Perkins+Will, the DesignHealth CoLab with AIA Design+Health Research Consortium, and teaches courses in Neuro-architecture internationally with faculty at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Built projects include academic medical centers in China, Canada, and the US, and mutli-sensory environments at Stanford University’s new pediatric hospital.

Jonathan Erskine

Executive director, European Health Property Network

Jonathan Erskine is the executive director of the European Health Property Network (www.euhpn.eu) and a researcher at the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH), School for Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University, UK. His research interests are in the areas of health service reform, the boundaries between primary and secondary care, and the relationship between the design of health service systems and the built healthcare environment. Jonathan has had a long association with the European Health Property Network, and until recently was also a non-executive director with NHS Stockton Primary Care Trust, and Vice-Chair of the Board. He has co-authored chapters in two books, ‘Investing in Hospitals of the Future’, and ‘Capital Investment for Health: case studies from Europe’, produced in collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. His research at the CPPH, Durham University, has recently focused on the use of Lean in healthcare systems, particularly in relation to the ‘North East Transformation System’ – a region-wide quality improvement programme that encompasses commissioning and provider NHS organisations. The report on this research was published in December 2014.

Christopher Shaw

Senior Director at Medical Architecture; chair, Architects for Health

Chris Shaw is chair of Architects for Health and founding partner of Medical Architecture, Christopher has an unrivalled understanding of the healthcare sector. He is a skilled leader with more than 20 years’ experience, underpinned by an ethos of innovation, evidence-based design principles, clinical service and human experience across healthcare design. With both strategic and practical expertise across acute and forensic mental health and academic research of medical facilities, Christopher’s particular expertise lies in developing strategic planning, enabling design to effectively enhance clinical outputs and the human experience of medical care. Applying principles of responsive design, Christopher provides a lateral and inclusive platform for strategy, communication and reporting for clients, stakeholders and clinical staff within a project.


National director, Hames Sharley; director, Union of International Architects - Public Health Group

Warren is the national director of the HAMES SHARLEY Health Groupin Perth, Western Australia, with responsibilities for all the healthcare projects undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to his formal qualifications in architecture, Warren has a Masters Degree in health administration and a post-graduate diploma in project facilitation. Warren is a member of the Board of the Research Centre for the Built Environment & Health at the University of Western Australia. From 2005-12 he was a Visiting Professor in health facility planning and design in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales and until December 2010, he was the independent Board member of the UNSW Research Centre for Health Assets Australasia (CHAA). Warren also represents Australia on the international work group on health facility planning and design established by the International Union of Architects, is a member of the Advisory Board for Health Environments Research & Design, and chairs the Special Interest Group for health facility planning and design of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Warren is a former State and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a former National Chair of the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions and during 2009 was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his services to architecture and healthcare planning and design.

Kate Cook

Corporate Nutrition Coach at The Corporate Nutrition Coach

Kate is a passionate nutritionist with over 20 years experience in nutritional speaking, have written 7 books, and had my own TV programme. She is an educator of nutrition, offering inspirational change management through upgraded energy and offering sensible changes around food. Kate also runs The Nutrition Network which is a fantastic platform for sharing products, knowledge and expertise acting as an information hub for the 1500 nutritionist members.

Coen van den Wijngaart

Acquisition & business development manager at archipelago

Coen van den Wijngaart is an architect, entrepreneur and strategic business developer. With about 20 years of experience Coen's professional focus has been on health and wellbeing in the built environment and how strategic concepts translate into sustainable environments and habitats. Nowadays Coen works as acquisition & business development manager for Archipelago Architects, to create contextual and sustainable architecture to better live, care, work and learn.

Martin Field

Devt Manager & Co Chair ULI Europe LSHC at Willmott Dixon & Urban Land Institute

Martin is Co Chair of the Urban Land Institute - European Life Science and Healthcare Council , a member of the TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association), Fellow of RSA  (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Member of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), Member of the ODI (Open Data Institute) , Member of the New NHS Alliance  and Supporter of the Royal Commonwealth Society.