Is the venue accessible by public transport?
The Ark Conference Centre is a 5-10 minute journey from Basingstoke train station by taxi or a 1.6 mile walk. Buses are available from the train station to the hospital entrance from where it is a five minute walk to the venue. Please see the venue’s travel page for details.
Is the conference venue accessible to wheelchair users?
Yes! Our carpark and venue is fully accessible. Please see the venue’s accessibility page for full details. Please contact us in advance if you would like us to reserve a parking space for you.
Can my dietary needs be accommodated?
The venue has been fantastic in working with us to provide cornucopia of delicious, healthy, nourishing food to cater for most dietary needs. The aim is that our offerings look after vegan, low carb, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. If this doesn’t cover your needs, please email us at
Where is the nearest hotel?

The nearest hotel is the Apollo Hotel, five-ten minutes walk away.

We have arranged a discounted B&B rate for our delegates for Friday 13th September of £65 B&B, fully flexible (ie can be cancelled up to midday the day before arrival).  Just quote our group reservation booking reference: 717954 and mention the Unlock the Power of Lifestyle Medicine conference.

If you do stay at the Apollo, please consider leaving your car at the hotel for the day as parking at the conference venue is in short supply. Hospital visitor parking is available convenient to the venue but will cost £10.

Who are the conference organisers?
Lou Walker, a director of Candover Consulting Ltd, is the conference organiser. Focusing on societal change and the future of work, Candover Consulting is the entity from which Lou and her co-director Simon Walker run their individual consultancies. Lou is a workplace health and wellbeing consultant with a particular interest in snacking and the workplace environment.

Why is Lou organising the Unlock the power of lifestyle medicine conference? 

“I am passionate about making it as easy as possible for people to be healthy in our obesogenic environment. I’m not a medical professional, but I want to contribute. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing health pioneers and experts in the last few years and I hope that by bringing some of them together,  we can inspire practitioners to engage with lifestyle medicine, and collaborate to address our health crisis.”

Lou is an ambassador for the Public Health Collaboration (Winchester) and an associate member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She has an MSc in Obesity & Weight Management and will complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Human Nutrition in May 2019. Her MSc research explored office cake culture and is currently under peer review.

You can read more about Lou and her work at

This is Candover Consulting’s first conference.