James Adams – ‘Kickstart your dreams: 99 doors but you only need 1’. James grew up in Stoke and, after a personal experience of serious illness as a teenager, is now training to be a hospital doctor based in Manchester. Alongside his work in medicine, James is founder of three charitable ventures. The first is CATS (The Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and young adults Society), which works closely with The Teenage Cancer Trust, using innovative and novel methods to raise awareness of cancer symptoms in teenagers. The second is ‘Pregnancy Twinning’, a venture to improve maternal health in Malawi. The scheme has resulted in dramatic reductions of the vertical transmission of HIV within many communities and has become a national success. This year James is setting up a centre in Stoke which offers more holistic care for disadvantaged people, trying to create better continuity between services to prevent individuals from falling through the gaps. James’ talk will focus on how to be an agent of change, with persistence being the key to becoming a real change-maker.