About this event

In the tradition of Yorkshire Talking Heads, our first Autumn event will feature another unusual and thought provoking speaker. 

Dr Sue Proctor is probably unknown to many of you, despite having worked on one of the most high profile independent investigations of recent times, that of Jimmy Savile.

The implications from the Savile investigations go far, and raise important questions about the power of celebrity and its effects upon everyone from business and government, through to individual behaviour.

In his lifetime Jimmy Savile, son of Leeds, was a national celebrity associated in the public’s mind with his high profile charitable work with hospitals and disability charities all over the country.

Over a fifty year period, until his death, he had a particularly close relationship with Leeds General Infirmary, as a volunteer, a fundraiser and a celebrity ambassador.

A year after his death in 2011, a very different side of Savile was exposed. Although news surrounding Savile has subsided, the subject area itself has continued to attract media attention, most recently in Rotherham.

The results of an independent Savile investigation have now been published, and Dr Proctor will share with you her thoughts about the lessons we can all learn.

This promises to be a thoughtful, moving and insightful evening. Early booking is advised.

Each ticket costs £29 and includes a two course dinner and a glass of wine. The event will begin at 1830 hours at the New Ellington Hotel, Leeds. Please bring your printed ticket with you to the event. 

About the speaker

Dr Sue Proctor led the team who conducted the recent major independent investigation into Jimmy Savile’s relationship with Leeds General Infirmary, which was published to wide acclaim in June 2014. She now chairs the NHS Savile Legacy Unit.

This 18 month investigation was unprecedented in its scale and complexity, and whilst often very troubling, Sue has found the courage and honesty of the many victims who came forward, moving and hugely inspiring. 

With over 26 years’ experience in the health sector, including 7 years as Executive Director Sue has gained rich experience and insight into the NHS, especially in this region. In 2010 she left the NHS and last year set up her consultancy business. 

Sue is also a member of Leeds University Council, a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University, Chair of the LEAF Multi-Academy Trust in Seacroft and a Non-Executive Director at Harrogate Hospital.