June 20th 2018, Kettering Conference Centre, Northants.

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9.15     Welcome Introduction & Overview

9.20     Pete Shorrick   Regional Head (Midlands) Diabetes UK        – The Foot Health Issues Facing The Older Population

9.35     Ryan Clements            Surviving and Prospering by specialising in fitting shoes

9.50     Lisa Preston    How shoes can be adapted

10.10  Charles Denton How shoes are made

10.30   Coffee Break

10.45 Terry Mitchell   Why people wear orthotics

11.10 Connor Ratcliffe           The future of the running shoe

11.30 Alex Ziff           Financial planning

11.45 Steffanie Sweetmore    Can fashion and comfort be designed into the same shoe

12.05 Discussion session with the panel of speakers

1.15      Start the 2nd session repeating the program

4.30     Close


Speakers’ Biographies

Peter Shorrick –  Pete Shorrick has been Diabetes UK Midlands Regional Head for over 18 years. Previously worked in the leisure and financial sectors, before moving across to the Third Sector, when he managed Staffordshire Crossroads, a Company with 60 employees, providing respite care for carers. In 1998, gained an MBA at Staffordshire University. Pete currently covers 41 CCGs, works closely and collaboratively with regional NHS England, Clinical and Commissioning leads, towards improving the quality and equity of care across the Midlands.


Connor Ratcliffe – Connor graduated in Podiatry from the University of Northampton in 2012. He’s specialist interest is in sports podiatry and biomechanics. Since graduating he has worked for the University of Northampton as a graduate Podiatrist, a clinical educator and associate lecturer. He has also been involved with various privately funded research projects, one of which has been published. Alongside this work, he practises privately from the Back and Body clinic, and is also the Owner of the Running Shop Northampton since 2015. His interest in Podiatry and biomechanics began in his teens when he competed at a county and National level on the track and for cross country.


Lisa Preston –  Lisa lived in Australia for 21 years, working alongside podiatrists, as a Certified Retail Pediatrist.  Returning to live in the UK in 2011, Lisa and her husband founded ShoeMed in Stratford upon Avon, and have since opened a franchise shop in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Lisa is passionate to spread the word about the opportunities at retail level, to help find the perfect footwear solution


Terry Mitchel Terry is the Medical Director for Vionic in the US. He has been with Vasyli (now Vionic) for over 24 years and worked alongside Phil Vasyli helping to design and refine many of the orthotics Vionic sell today. He has a prodigious knowledge of biomechanics, insole/orthotic manufacturing; materials science (as relates to insoles/orthotics).


Stepanie Sweetmore – A childhood passion for footwear lead me to a Degree in Footwear Design. I graduated from De Montfort University in 2015 with a BA. Whilst undertaking the course I was introduced to bespoke footwear and I was compelled to study this area of design further.  In 2016 I graduated with an MA in Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics. I currently work as Bespoke Orthopaedic Shoemaker in the High Peak and I lecture on a part time basis at De Montfort University, teaching 3D Footwear Design and Foot Scanning to both post graduate and undergraduate students. My focus is the lack of choice and minimal stylish footwear available to people with non-standard  requirements.


Charles Denton – Charles Denton is the Managing Director of DB Shoes Ltd, a Northamptonshire based footwear manufacturer specialising in wide to extremely wide fitting footwear. He is a founder member of the Healthy footwear Guide and has been on the Council of the Society of Shoe Fitters.



Ryan Clements –  I’m 29 years old and live in Lincolnshire. I am one of the managers working for North Shoes Ltd. I started 2.5 years ago with the company and i thoroughly enjoy it. I completed the Society of Shoe Fitting course back in 2016 and since then have gone on and qualified as a Foot Health Practitioner, offering treatments and advice for all common foot health problems. I won the S.S.F. Student of The Year back in Feb 2017 and have gained a lot more knowledge and skill regarding the fit of shoes that I put into practise everyday whether it be children’s shoes, fitting of orthotics or fitting after injury. I am working for North Shoes, a successful multiple independent shop that incorporates fashion with fit and are recommended by major hospitals in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties.  The S.S.F shoe fitting qualification is important to the owner of the business James North and to all the members of staff.   I love my job


Alex Ziff – Alex runs Alex Ziff Financial Planning Limited, which is affiliated to St James’s Place. St James’s Place is a multi-award winning Wealth Management company, which has shown continued growth since the firm was established in 1994. In this short time it has recently been upgraded to a FTSE 100 company. St James’s Place gives Alex Ziff Financial Planning access to the best fund managers and investments in the world. Trust, Truth and Transparency are the values by which Alex Ziff Financial Planning Ltd abides and which it demonstrates daily. They offer a comprehensive range of financial solutions to individuals and businesses as well as financial advice for generations of families. Their aim is to help clients to  protect and grow their income and savings and to help fulfil their lifetime financial aims and ambitions, building wealth and security.