Governor Focus 2024

9 July 2024

A conference dedicated to NHS governors

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free event for NHS governors. This year's event takes place virtually on Zoom on Tuesday 9 July 2024. 

Why attend?

Our programme is tailored to equip governors with skills to better support trusts in delivering high quality healthcare. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Share, learn, and develop their knowledge to better prepare for the future.
  • Hear from expert speakers who are committed to maximising the governor role.
  • Learn from their colleagues through the governor showcase.


We're inviting trusts to submit applications to our Governor Focus showcase and celebrate work undertaken by councils of governors across the country. 

This is your opportunity to share insights and the impact of governors' role within the trust, highlighting how they've been supporting their efforts. Finalists will have their submissions animated and showcased to colleagues, with opportunities to present and network during and after the conference.

Don't miss out on this chance to elevate your trust's efforts and contribute to meaningful conversations in our community.

Find out more and apply


We anticipate high demand for this event, and spaces are limited. Reserve your spot today to guarantee your place at our conference.

Please note that we will initially allocate no more than five places to each trust to ensure that governors from across the country are able to get the most out of the conference.

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Welcome and introduction

Welcome and introduction

Sir Ron Kerr will welcome delegates to our Governor Focus conference.

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers 




Setting the scene – a national policy update

Setting the scene – a national policy update

Sir Julian Hartley will provide an overview of the key issues facing the provider sector, with a particular emphasis on those areas of greatest concern to councils of governors.

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers   

Speaker: Sir Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, NHS Providers




Showcase session one

Showcase session one

Further information will be available soon.

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers   




Comfort break (morning)


Plenary panel

Plenary panel - Governor support in a difficult climate  

How can we strike the right balance between effectively holding to account our Non Executive Directors for the performance of the board and providing support to the trust at a really challenging time for the NHS? 

We will be joined by various speakers from foundation trusts who will share their perspective on how governors can add value to the organisation.  

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers   

Speakers: Selina Ullah, Chair, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust 






Showcase session two

Showcase session two

Further information will be available soon.

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers 




Roundtable discussion

Roundtable discussion

Governors will be invited to discuss topical issues.




Comfort break (afternoon)


Keynote plenary

Keynote plenary - Effective participation and engagement with our members

Our panel will discuss how can we improve both members participation and our general engagement with members which has proven to be a struggle for most trusts. 

Our speakers will provide both an NHS and external perspective.

Chair: Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers

Speakers: Elliot Roberts, Director of Voter Interaction, Civica

Russell Gill, Head of Membership and Community Delivery, The Co-operative Group, and Chair of the Board of The Cooperative Academies Trust




Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Sir Ron Kerr delivers closing remarks for Governor Focus conference.




Conference close


More details on the speakers will be available soon.

What previous delegates said

“I thought it was an excellent experience to be able to listen and gain insight from other people in similar positions to me.” 

Thank you for great event excellent networking opportunity.” 

“Rich and stimulating interactive sessions really highly engaging and a lesson in themselves.” 

All credit to the organisation of the three days, very well attended, excellent information sharing. 

contact us

For more information please contact the Governor focus events team.