Annual Conference and Exhibition

6-7 October 2020, Manchester Central

why attend annual conference?

The annual conference and exhibition is a unique experience where over 700 ambitious health professionals can learn, discover, celebrate and shape the future together with two days of unrivalled health content and networking.

Join us at our flagship annual conference to drive progress and transformation in health with top speakers from inside and outside the sector. Gain inside knowledge of government thinking to help you and your board future proof your business. Follow #NHSP19 to tap into the insights and highlights from this year's event.

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Day 1 annual conference and exhibition 2019

Plenary videos

A selection of plenary sessions and keynote addresses from this year's conference.

conference theme

This year's annual conference programme focused on ambition to reality – exploring how providers are embracing new opportunities with a realistic eye on the need to recover performance, stabilise the sector’s finances and invest to transform.

Our breakout sessions covered three strands: 

Ambitious for Quality
Focusing on sustainable quality improvement journeys and how organisations can embed improvement to effect real and lasting change in the care of patients and service users.

Ambitious for Workforce
Beyond the long term plan: looking at practical, innovative and long term solutions to workforce challenges.

Ambitious for Systems
Exploring how autonomous multi-sector organisations can work together across systems to improve how care is delivered, centered around patients and service users.


This year's dynamic programme explored the keys issues that matter to you - giving you the opportunity to debate, discuss and share ideas with expert speakers from within the healthcare sector and beyond. Our chair for the conference was Martha Kearney, broadcast journalist and Radio 4's Today Programme presenter. 


Registration, refreshments and exhibition


Welcome and introduction



Opening address

Location: Exchange auditorium 

The provider sector faces major challenges and opportunities as we enter the next phase in the NHS' development. Chief Executive Chris Hopson opens the conference with his assessment of the state of the sector and the actions that are needed to put trusts on a more sustainable path.



Leading and embedding a compassionate, inclusive and collaborative culture

Location: Exchange auditorium 

Exploring the vital role that an engaging, inclusive culture and strong leadership play in the success of organisations.


Exhibition, refreshments and networking


Breakout sessions – choose one

Hardwiring quality improvement into your trust's culture

Location: Exchange 11

What steps should trust boards take to hardwire quality improvement into their organisational culture? What investments in infrastructure, staff capability and culture are required? This session will explore what strategic, organisational approaches to quality improvement look like in practice, with examples from trusts that have made quality improvement part of their organisation’s DNA. It will explore the evidence on building improvement capability and describe steps of the improvement journey that trusts must go on to put in place an organisation-wide approach.  

Moving in the right direction: the journey from 'requires improvement' to 'good'

Location: Exchange 9

The challenges facing trusts rated by the CQC as requiring improvement are often complex and long-standing, demanding the board and staff to achieve significant improvements right across the organisation. During this session delegates will hear from several trusts who have recently achieved ‘good’ CQC ratings having previously been rated as ‘requires improvement’. They will discuss their improvement strategies and approaches including shaping the trust’s strategic aims, strengthening governance frameworks, supporting improved relationships with staff and local stakeholders, and introducing innovative changes to service delivery.

A practical look at the highs and lows of integrating Birmingham’s health and social care services for older people

Location: Exchange 10

Two years have passed since we began our journey to work as one system to completely redesign how care is provided to older people across Birmingham. From changes in acute front and back door services, to setting up a new multi-agency community service, we’d like to share our experiences, as well as hear your questions and views. Whether you are about to make a start, or are already well into your own journey, this session would suit those looking to discuss topics such as: leading change across multiple agencies, establishing collaboration, achieving measurable financial savings, working with commissioners, cross-agency vs. internal agency governance, how to empower frontline teams to embrace change, and how to do all this while improving services for older people.  


Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking - Workforce


Satellite sessions in the exhibition area

Maximising the value of the voluntary sector as a system partner

Location: Exchange Hall, Theatre B

What impact can the voluntary sector can have on relieving pressure on the health and social care system, improving outcomes for people and the patient experience. Can it really free up resources? The session will focus on winter pressures and learning from Red Cross experiences working in hospitals across the UK in recent years - what interventions work best and where the system could work better. It will look at how NHS providers can leverage the value of the voluntary sector to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, reduce length of stay and prevent readmissions.

The first digital collaborative staff bank for medics: paving the way to a sustainable workforce

Location: Exchange Hall, Theatre A

This session will delve into Locum’s Nest’s South England collaborative staff bank composed of six NHS trusts, spanning over 135 miles. These pioneering trusts, who are part of the first digital collaborative staff bank, are leading the way to a sustainable NHS workforce. They have shown that the silo-driven mentality often associated with the NHS is being eroded and demonstrated that a collaborative vision to staff banks can really make the NHS feel like a family - paving the way for a new way of working in the NHS. Guest speakers, Lara Alloway and Catherine Hope Maclellan will be giving a direct account of the collaborative, sharing why they decided to be a part it and the benefits it’s had for their organisations.



In conversation with NHS England’s Chief Executive

Location: Exchange auditorium 


Exhibition, refreshments and networking - Finance and capital


Breakout sessions 2 – choose one

Inclusive leadership: how can providers promote and support diversity in NHS boards?

Location: Exchange 11

Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce is proven to improve organisational culture, improve staff retention and be better for patients. An inclusive culture must be set by the leaders of the organisation but what exactly can providers do to help foster inclusive and diverse NHS boards. In this session experts will discuss the practical and pragmatic steps boards can take to improve the diversity of the workforce and in particular, how to support the future pipeline of inclusive NHS leaders. 

Innovate to change - examining impactful short-term workforce solutions

Location: Exchange 9

While the attention of national policy makers is set towards a long-term vision to fill the 100,000+ vacancies throughout the NHS, it is clear that success in the short-term will be harder to come by. This session will offer an insight into how NHS trusts could look to approach staffing issues in the next five years by showcasing proven methods which have addressed workforce challenges in the short-term. Our three speakers – from within and outside the NHS – will discuss their experience of radically improving staff engagement and morale; collaborating with local partner organisations to enhance employment offers and successful recruitment from outside the UK.

Kark and beyond: the challenges of being an NHS director

Location: Exchange 10

This session will consider the recent Kark review into the application of the fit and proper persons test for directors and Kark’s recommendations for the future.  We will suggest steps NHS organisations can take now to prepare for the implementation of Kark and other developments and pressure affecting NHS directors.



Transforming patient care and experience through digital transformation

Location: Exchange auditorium 
Exploring how the NHS can maximise the latest digital technology to positively benefit patients and staff.


Closing remarks


Drinks reception

Drinks reception served from the NHS Providers stand

Opened by Dame Gill Morgan, NHS Providers chair, and John Rostill, The Retirement Fellowship chief executive. 


Conference day 1 close


Conference dinner with after dinner speaker

Speaker: Alastair Campbell

Location: Trafford Suite, Midland Hotel

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British prime minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has recently written a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness and will speak candidly about his mental health struggles, reflecting on how important it is to talk about and why people are scared to discuss mental health at work. He will also share anecdotes from his time at the centre of British politics as well as his insight into the state of politics today.


Registration and exhibition viewing


Breakfast sessions

New strategies for improving sickness and stability rates

Location: Exchange 10
This session will focus on new and innovative strategies for improving sickness and stability rates within NHS organisations. These strategies will support the key pillars of the new People Plan introduced by Dido Harding.

Run by Salary Finance

Unlocking the value of NHS data and what you need to be aware of in the era of new technologies

Location: Exchange 9
Harnessing the power of NHS data to fuel innovation and improve patient care is at the heart of today’s health care revolution. This value can be unlocked commercially for the NHS, and for its patients in generating more effective, personalised diagnosis and treatments, but needs to be carefully considered. This session, jointly run by Hempsons and EY, will explain how NHS data can help place your organisation at the forefront of health care innovation. We’ll explore the key issues that need to be understood so you know what questions to ask, ensuring the benefits of new technology can flourish in an environment that still protects patients and the NHS.


Welcome address from the chair



Gill's reflections of her time as chair of NHS Providers

Location: Exchange auditorium

Dame Gill Morgan reflects on her time as chair of NHS Providers.



Playing a critical role in prevention and early intervention

Location: Exchange auditorium

This session will focus on how prevention can play a key role in managing mental health, both for individuals managing their own mental health issues, and more broadly in society.


Exhibition, refreshments and networking


Satellite session in the exhibition

Digitalising care - the opportunities

Location: Exchange Hall, Theatre A

This session explores the benefits and opportunities for patient care resulting from the digitalisation of an organisation, the digitalisation of place and the digitalisation of citizen information. Hear about the framework IBM Watson Health have put together for their digital transformation work in hospitals and their approach to population health management and citizen engagement.

Introducing the session


Breakout sessions – choose one

An ideal world: thinking big about collaboration with primary care

Location: Exchange 9

As the health service increasingly focuses on integration between services at a local level to join up and improve patients’ care, the provider sector is looking to primary care as an important partner in system working. The long term plan for the NHS looks to a future world where primary care, community services and other  secondary care services  work together seamlessly to deliver joined up care. But where are we now in collaborating with primary care, and what would ideal partnerships look like? In this interactive workshop, attendees will discuss these questions and rethink a vision for how the NHS can achieve its ambition of joined up working.

Two sides of the system coin: accountability and autonomy

Location: Exchange 11

The NHS long term plan and subsequent proposals to change existing NHS legislation have raised questions about the autonomy of individual providers and lines of accountability to the public and to regulators. As we move towards STP/ICS partnership boards, system-wide goals and performance measures, how will these changes affect the autonomy and responsibilities of providers? This session will focus on these questions and more, against the evolving backdrop of system working and changes to the NHS architecture.

Managing finances in a world of system working

Location: Exchange 10

In the new world of system work, providers, commissioners and other local organisations need to take collective responsibility for the use of financial resources. They will need to work together to ensure finances are aligned with system operating plans, which will also include workforce and activity assumptions. Organisations will need to focus on 'open book' working and look to achieve delivery against system control totals. In this session, the panel will reflect on the realities of trying to manage finances within systems, including challenges, perverse incentives and barriers to change.



Keynote address from the secretary of state for health and social care

Location: Exchange auditorium 

This session will outline how we can work together to revolutionise healthcare and embrace the coming wave of technology to transform our NHS so patients benefit from the latest treatments.


Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking - Systems and integration


Closing remarks


Conference close

Exhibition satellite sessions

The exhibition is a presentation of companies that offer services, solutions, technology platforms and create environments that will transform your business culture and employee wellbeing. The satellite sessions in the exhibition were designed to help you interact, discuss and work towards solutions to a particular problem.

To find out more about holding an exhibition session or to see our full list of supporter opportunities download the supporter opportunities brochure or email Roberta Henry or call 020 7227 1164.

Event partners


Stand number: 14

Using an evidence-based approach, Newton build a detailed picture of what’s happening in an organisation, then work alongside frontline teams to design and implement lasting change – delivering better finances and improved outcomes. They believe so strongly in this approach, they guarantee 100% of their fee against delivering sustainable results.

2 Kingston Business Park, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon OX13 5FE
01865 601300


Stand number: 10

Hempsons are leading health and social care lawyers. They are a full-service law firm for the NHS and advise on a range of strategic and operational issues. Currently Hempsons are working with clients on integrated care, collaborations, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), service reconfigurations, workforce planning and estates and infrastructure project.

Adrian Parker, Hempsons
The Exchange, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DY
01423 724029

Media partner


Health Service Journal (HSJ) part of Wilmington Healthcare, provides a deep understanding of the NHS through a wide range of services and solutions – news, analysis, insight, data, live networking events and a unique best practice database – aimed at professionals in the UK healthcare industry.

Twitter: @HSJnews



Stand 27

AdviseInc helps healthcare #MakeSense of spend data. We were founded on the core belief that we can help NHS provider trusts get greater value from the money they spend. Our approach is simple, even when the data and issues are complex. And we believe that having access to easy-to-use spend analytics and benchmarking is fundamental to delivering an effective and efficient healthcare system.


Mat Oram, AdviseInc
20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU
020 7112 9222

Allocate Software

Stand 18

Allocate is privileged to be attending the NHS Providers’ flagship conference. Our innovative workforce management technology supports organisations’ needs today and tomorrow. Engaging your healthcare professionals to ensure you have the right people, at the right place at the right time – deployed fairly and safely, and in the most efficient way. Meet us on stand 18, visit or call us on 020 7355 5555 to find out more about how we are using technology to support flexibility, choice and organisational sustainability.


Jo Hingley, Allocate Software
1 Church Rd, Richmond TW9 2QE
020 7355 5555

Assura Properties

Stand 26

Assura is a real estate investment trust and long-term property partner to more than 540 primary care buildings across the country, in which more than 500 GP practices operate and from which more than five million patients are served.

Adam Lowe, Assura Properties
The Brew House, Greenalls Avenue, Warrington WA4 6HL
01925 420698

Bevan Brittan

Stand 4

Bevan Brittan has an extremely strong public sector health team, but also to complement and reflect the market’s integration aims, has strong local authority, housing and independent sector health teams. It is one of only three law firms to be ranked in tier 1 for healthcare in both the chambers and legal 500 directories.  We advise around 60% of NHS providers around a third of commissioners, over 140 independent health sector clients, every local authority and nearly 100 housing clients.


James Atkins, Bevan Brittan
Fleet Place House, 2 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RF
0370 1941000
@ BevanBrittanLLP

Board Intelligence

Stand 24

Boards need high-quality information to take smart decisions, driving better outcomes for shareholders, employees and society. With Board Intelligence you can create effective board packs that power high-impact conversations and let your board work at their best. Over 14,000 executives and non-executives rely on us across companies large and small, public and private, commercial and not-for-profit.

Roland Stewart, Board Intelligence
24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
020 7192 8200

British Red Cross

Stand 9

British Red Cross provide innovative solutions that can improve patient flow by preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, re-admissions and delayed transfers of care. In 2018, working across 100 UK hospitals we supported 116,400 people to live independently, using person centred services to build resilience and confidence.

Colin Brown, UK Director,
Independent Living and Crisis Response,
British Red Cross
44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL
07595 411 529


Stand 11

Providing peace of mind in healthcare is vital. From technological advancements, digitization and complex regulations, BSI can help organizations adapt and embrace these changes. For over a century we’ve been challenging mediocrity and complacency to help embed excellence into the way people and products work. That means showing organizations how to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth. We can help any company in the healthcare supply chain achieve safety and sustainability goals while simultaneously protecting patients and people.


BSI Group, Kitemark Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8PP
0345 080 9000

Defence Medical Services

Stand 28

The Defence Medical Services (Navy, Army and RAF) provide medical care to sick and injured military personnel and others in a range of uniquely challenging operational and training environments worldwide.  Reservists have access to a wide range of funded military and clinical training which benefits both them and their employer.


Lt Col P A Eslea MacDonald, Defence Medical Services
SO1 FR20, Joint Medical Group, Building 105, Forthside, Stirling, FK7 7RR
030 6770 8163


Stand 30

The NHS is facing unprecedented challenges in the face of greater demand, workforce shortages and financial pressures. At Deloitte, we are passionate about innovation and see real potential for emerging technologies to support NHS organisations to meet these challenges. Working alongside a variety of healthcare organisations, we have combined our deep industry knowledge and technical expertise to develop affordable, user-friendly solutions across the patient pathway that address some of the greatest service delivery challenges facing health care systems today.


Sara Siegel, Deloitte
1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ

Stand 37

Doc2uk is an innovative digital platform that makes NHS recruitment of overseas doctors safe, streamlined and cost-effective. We are a team of NHS doctors who are part of NHS England's Clinical Entrepreneur Fellowship Programme. We source high-quality doctors form overseas and introduce them to different Hospitals who are relying heavily on locum staffing. Having made the same journey as the candidates (doctors), we connect to them at a personal level and support them with the integration into the new environment.

Dr Naveen Keerthi ,
22 Camborne Road, Edgware, London HA8 8FD
07939 401539



Stand 31

Pan-Safe is a must have fire safety product for the home. The sachet, weighing just 203g fully extinguishes pan fires within seconds. Pan-Safe is like a fire blanket in a sachet! Spray-Safe is a small, lightweight and portable fire extinguisher for the home or small working environments. Spray-Safe can tackle small fires including electrical, flammable liquids, paper, wood and cooking oils. All Firescape products are environmentally friendly and non-hazardous.

Kelly Francis,
Firescape UK/EA-RS Engineering
4 Swanbridge Industrial Park,
Black Croft Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3YN
07934 299 470

Foodmarble Digestive Health Ltd

Stand 40

FoodMarble have developed a breath analysis device and connected app to help patients identify which foods they are able to digest most effectively. With a particular focus on hard-to-treat functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS and SIBO, this independently validated device can be used to enable dietary personalisation. A clinical dashboard is available to the gastroenterologist, dietitian or GP to assist the patient in the long-term management of their symptoms from the home, saving clinician time and overall healthcare utilisation.

Niall Moloney, FoodMarble Digestive Health Ltd

27 Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2 D02F890


Fresenius Medical Care

Stand 20

Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s leading company in the field of dialysis, combining expertise in the development and production of technologically-advanced products with comprehensive care for patients. We offer products and services to improve therapy outcomes, in line with the specific needs of the individual patient and therapy approach. We are also market leaders in the provision of partnership dialysis unit programmes with nearly 60 clinics in the UK.


Marie Beaumont, Fresenius Medical Care (UK) Ltd
Nunn Brook Road, Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire NG17 2HU
01623 445100

Guardian Jobs

Stand 16

Guardian Jobs works with some of the biggest names in healthcare. From world leading healthcare organisations, NHS trusts, to local practices, they understand the needs of the health sector. Visit their stand to find out how they can tell your story. 

George Huitson, The Guardian
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Tel: 020 3353 2085

Health Education England

Stand 25

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Health Education England
1st floor, Blenheim House, Duncombe Street, Leeds, LS1 4PL


Stand 10

Hempsons, a specialist healthcare law firm across the public, private and third sectors, works for a vast range of NHS organisations advising on a range of strategic and operational issues. Currently we are working with clients on integrated care, collaborations, STPs, service reconfigurations, workforce planning and estates and infrastructure projects.  Hempsons is running sessions on ‘Kark and beyond – the challenges of being an NHS Director’ and ‘Unlocking the value of NHS data’.


Crispin Pettifer, Hempsons
The Exchange, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DY
01423 522331


Stand 23

HSJ provides a deep understanding of the NHS through a wide range of services and solutions – news, analysis, insight, data, live networking events and a unique best practice database – aimed at professionals in the UK healthcare industry. HSJ employs the largest team of expert healthcare analysts and journalists in the UK, who provide unparalleled news and analysis on national policy decisions and deliver the most up-to-date information on developments within the NHS.


Stephanie Gaynor, Health Service Journal 
10 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 8QS
020 7608 9008

Hunter Healthcare Resourcing Limited

Stand 17

Hunter Healthcare provide executive and management talent to the healthcare sector. Founded in 2011, Hunter has grown organically to become a recognised market leader across the NHS, offering services including Interim management and fixed-term contracts, executive and non-executive search and selection and clinical consultant recruitment.


56-58 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3QT

020 7935 4570


IBM Watson Health

Stand 5a

From digitising paper records to joining up data across organisational boundaries, getting the most out of data can seem like an impossible challenge.
At IBM Watson Health, we can help you extract value from your data. Our actionable insights help you free up more time to care, make efficiencies that can reduce costs, and unearth intelligence to help improve population health. We draw on decades of IBM's global experience, and combine data-driven analytics and advisory services with advanced technologies such as AI, to give clients the innovative answers they need.

Trevor Purt, IBM Watson Health
IBM UK Ltd, 76/78 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PZ
07815 052 238
IBM #WatsonHealth

Infinity Health

Stand 41

Infinity Health is a team of clinicians, designers and software developers that are addressing the challenges associated with coordinating staff activity and patients’ care in a variety of demanding healthcare environments. Infinity is a mobile-first collaboration and task management solution that integrates with existing PAS/EHR systems and supports individuals at the point-of-care to share their caseloads and coordinate team activity in order to improve patient safety and workflow efficiency.

Kanto Elect

Stand 35

We make better ballots for you! We are an Independent Scrutineer that specialises in providing electoral services in all key sectors. Created with the former chief executive of the UK Electoral Commission Peter Wardle, we are a leader in the pilot of online balloting with world-leading technology. We conduct membership audits, membership recruitment and retention plans. We understand that every client is unique hence our dedicated team is ready to provide a personalised service to meet your needs.


Lioko Mabika, Kanto Elect Ltd
Office 120, 77 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0HW
020 7776 9000

Locum's Nest

Stand 6

We are not an agency! Locum’s Nest is the staff bank management app created by and for doctors. Our software connects healthcare professionals to locum work in NHS foundation trusts, GP federations, Primary Care Networks and practices. The clever technology revolutionises the formation and maintenance of staff bank, meaning an ever-increasing pool of local, highly qualified staff constantly at the trust or practice disposal. This leads to a significantly increased shift fill rates of over 90% and 100% attendance rate.


Ahmed Shahrabani, Locum’s Nest

1 Lyric Square, London W6 0NB


MIH Solutions

Stand 29

MIH Solutions is a first-rate strategy, communications and change agency. Our specialist services range from helping organisations successfully handle CQC inspections and reports, to media training and crisis management, staff and stakeholder communications and engagement, and programme management. We offer coaching and facilitation services with many skilled, experienced, professional coaches and facilitators to choose from. We cater for teams as well as individuals and have successfully helped many clients to improve areas such as performance, confidence, wellbeing, satisfaction and teamworking.


Jo Yeaman, MIH Solutions
Bretby Business Park, Ashby Road, Bretby, Burton on Trent, DE15 0YZ
01283 221568

Motorola Solutions

Stand 3a

Motorola Solutions is a technology company that provides mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. Public safety and commercial customers globally depend on the company’s two-way radios, broadband technology, video surveillance and analytics solutions, Body Worn Video, services and software to keep them connected, from extreme to everyday moments.


Dom Robertson, Motorola Solutions
Nova South, 160 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB

Mutual Ventures

Stand 4

We are a management consultancy passionate about better, more sustainable public services and our highly experienced team works across the NHS, local authorities and other public bodies. We are working with a number of NHS organisations to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. Supporting them with strategic planning and service transformation. We are experts in new delivery models – redesigning existing services or new organisational forms, such as public sector-owned trading companies, joint ventures and independent social enterprises.


Jamie McMahon, Mutual Ventures
2-6 Boundary Row, London SE1 8HP
020 3714 3900


Stand 14

We work alongside you, at the frontline, to make sustainable change happen which has a positive impact on people’s lives, engages staff and delivers financial savings. We put 100% of our fee at risk against achieving measurable results. We have worked across health and social care systems to improve and establish services which have resulted in 500 fewer people admitted to hospital every year, reducing length of stay by 30% and sending 13% more people home from an intermediate bed.


2 Kingston Business Park, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, OX13 5FE
01865 601300

National Leadership Centre

Stand 37

The National Leadership Centre (NLC) helps leaders work together to improve public services, with three strategic aims:

Leadership programme

Our flagship leadership programme brings together 100 of the most senior people across the public sector each year

Network of peers

Through national and local events and a new digital service, we are connecting the country's leaders across every sector and region.

Research and evaluation

The National Leadership Centre is becoming a global hub of leadership data and high quality research.

National Leadership Centre


NHS Blood and Transplant

Stand 38

NHS Blood and Transplant need 600 new donors every day to replace those who can no longer donate. This ensures we have the right blood types at the right time, so patients who need blood receive the best possible matches. We especially need more male donors and black donors. Visit our stand, sign up as a blood donor and find out your likely blood type. Find out how you can make a difference and join us in saving lives.

Shelley Bilston
NHS Blood and Transplant

NHS Charities Together

Stand 3

NHS Charities Together are the National association representing over 138 NHS charities and the amazing work they do. We ‘Help the NHS do more’ by giving over £1 million to the NHS every day to enhance patient care. Our vision is to inspire NHS Charities to be the nation’s biggest independent supporters of health and wellbeing.


Jen Emeny-Green, NHS Charities Together
Suite 68, Lake View House, Wilton Drive, Warwick CV34 6RG
08454 635328

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Stand 1

The NHS Long Term Plan says that when organisations work together they provide better care for the public. That is why on 1 April 2019 NHS Improvement and NHS England united as one - our aim, to provide leadership and support to the wider NHS. Nationally, regionally and locally, we champion frontline staff who provide a world-class service, and constantly work to improve the care given to the people of England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement
Skipton House, 80 London Road SE1 6LH
0113 825 0000

NHS Providers

Stand 13

Visit the NHS Providers stand to talk to us about how we can help you and your trust get the support you want. Pick up a copy of our latest reports and tell us what you think. Our team will be on hand to answer your questions in our policy drop ins and provide you with the latest policy advice.

Adam Brimelow, NHS Providers
One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ
020 7304 6977

NHS Provider Showcase

Stand 15

Twelve organisations will be showcasing some of the pioneering work they have done to help them innovate and improve services.

NHS Retirement Fellowship

Stand 22

The NHS Retirement Fellowship enables retired NHS and social care staff enjoy a full and active life and to be an advocate for them. The charity will; provide a social network, contribute to the mental and physical well-being of members, help to combat loneliness, provide volunteering opportunities in local communities, create an effective connection to NHS and social care services and ensure that the NHS and social care retirees’ voice is heard. The NHS Retirement Fellowship strives to help all retired members deal with the day to day changes that occur with the transition from work to retirement.


John Rostill OBE, NHS Retirement Fellowship
Forston Clinic, Charminster, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9TB
01305 361317

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Stand 2

We’re the independent regulator for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. We hold a register of all the 690,000 nurses, midwives and nursing associates who can practise in the UK. Better and safer care for people is at the heart of what we do, supporting the healthcare professionals on our register to deliver the highest standards of care.


Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place, London W1B 1PZ


Stand 19

Oxehealth was founded by Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of Engineering at the University of Oxford, in 2012. It gives staff more time for hands on care where and when they are needed most. Oxehealth’s DCA helps staff to prevent serious incidents like falls, take spot check pulse rate and vital sign measurements and understand patient activity better. The DCA is deployed in all settings caring for the elderly or vulnerable, such as: mental health, care homes and custodial, slotting into existing care protocols.


Will Southall-Ford, Oxehealth
Magdalen Centre North, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford OX4 4GA
01865 900 599

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Stand 5b

The RCPCH’s Invited Reviews Service helps senior management support clinicians to deliver the highest standards of patient care. Cost-effective and authoritative, our expert teams engage with peers towards to resolving concerns about paediatric provision, safety, team dynamics and communication, compliance with standards and proposals for reconfiguration or service design.


Jenni Illman, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH
020 7092 6049 / 07949 393 628

Salad Money

Stand 36

Salad Money is the antidote to toxic loans. The first to tackle the issue head on through affordable small loans for employees.  Our loans are interest free for fifteen days, then taken directly from an employee’s monthly salary. It’s a straightforward offer, with interest rates matching those charged by mainstream credit, but using the latest technology. We offer loans from £300- £700.Unlike most lenders, we use open banking to assess the affordability of loans. Not outdated and unfair credit scoring, which excludes millions from access to mainstream credit. Our approach means more applications are approved. We’re not a charity, we’re a for-profit social enterprise with a clear social purpose.


Lucy Symes, Salad Money
5 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AY
0203 092 0896

Salary Finance

Stand 12

Salary Finance exists to help NHS employees improve their personal finances, so they can focus on what really matters - patients. Their free, award-winning employee financial wellbeing platform helps NHS staff pay off debts faster and at lower cost, provides valuable financial education and makes it easy for NHS staff to start saving regularly.

Dimitar Iliev, Salary Finance
One Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 9DL
Tel: 07812 060083

Senate Media

Stand 33

We specialise in turning serious and complex topics, of which there are many in the healthcare sphere, into engaging videos. We have created videos for NHS trusts, pharmaceutical companies, research groups and trade bodies within healthcare, including NHS providers. Our films and animations have one thing in common: they take complex topics and make them simple and relatable. Which means more of your key messages getting to the people you want to hear them.


Nathan Coyne, Senate Media
51-53 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AE
020 3758 9405

Sintons LLP

Stand 32

Combining specialist lawyers from across the firm, our expert healthcare team delivers advice to healthcare professionals, businesses and organisations. In a constantly changing sector, clients need to know that they are dealing with experts who understand the legal and commercial challenges they face. Our nationally recognised team has the proven experience and expertise to help you make the most of new opportunities and anticipate and prepare for inevitable future changes in this fast-moving sector.


Robert Dale, Sintons LLP
The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6DB
0191 2267878

The Finegreen Group

Stand 8

The Finegreen Group is a values’ driven and award-winning recruitment consultancy - delivering innovative recruitment solutions to a wide variety of Public and Private Healthcare sector clients. Predominantly focused on senior management, executive and board level appointments, Finegreen’s consultants operate across specialist many professional fields including corporate and clinical specialisms. Established in 2005, Finegreen has regularly featured in Recruiter’s Top 100 Recruitment providers, alongside being acclaimed as top small to medium sized business at the Best Business Awards, and recruiter of the year at both the HealthInvestor Awards and the Recruitment Business Awards.


Neil Fineberg, The Finegreen Group,
Suite 3, First Floor, Building 3, Universal Square, Manchester M12 6JH
0345 130 4006

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Stand 34

The National Workforce Skills Development Unit is commissioned from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust by Health Education England. The unit helps to develop workforce capability and capacity to enhance mental health and learning disabilities workforce across care systems. The Unit brings together expertise and thought leadership to co-produce solutions.


Ian J Tegerdine, Deputy Director - National Workforce Skills Development Unit
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, National Workforce Skills Development Unit
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA


Stand 21

TeleTracking are the experts in patient flow, providing innovative command centres across the UK and North America. Managing in real time, capacity and demand of the health system, giving the hospitals the ability to proactively assign resources so no patient waits for the care they need. TeleTracking’s unique solution draws on 29 years of experience to deliver improved efficiencies in operational flow.

Rory Dennis, TeleTracking
Henry wood House, 2 Riding House St, Marylebone, London W1W 7FA
Tel: 07984 590 979


Stand 7

The financial lifeline your employees need. Reward your people with the power to track, instantly access and save the wages they've already earned to reduce workplace stress and increase employee productivity. No loans, no credit and no interest rates, just a smart and simple technology solution that provides measurable financial wellbeing. We are proud to be funded by social impact charities to work together in bringing financial security and stability to the lives of working people.

Paul Windsor,
NHS Partnership Director, Wagestream
Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, Holborn,
London WC2B 6NH
07775 940 368

Zesty Ltd

Stand 39

Zesty is a leading UK digital health company, founded in 2012 and backed by international VC funds including Mangrove Capital, LBO France and Qualcomm Ventures. We offer a suite of patient facing digital tools to healthcare providers. Our clients are hospitals, community providers and GP surgeries. Our apps remove the friction from everyday health related tasks, like booking and managing appointments, reading letters digitally and sharing copies of electronic medical records.


Lloyd Price, Zesty Ltd
4th Floor, 20 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RS
0203 771 7799

Networking opportunities

Annual conference and exhibition is your opportunity to meet with your peers and other senior health professionals in the sector. Our exhibition forms the networking hub of the conference, giving you the space you need to exchange ideas and discuss the content from the day with delegates. It also gives you the chance to evaluate the latest health solutions and services and connect with new suppliers in the sector.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner is the perfect chance to share ideas and best practice with your peers and hear from our after dinner speaker. 

Networking drinks reception

Our hosted networking is specifically aimed at helping you to make the connections you need. Unwind after the first day of conference and share experiences with your peers.

You can also network with fellow delegates before and during the conference by joining in with the conversation on twitter using #NHSP19.

Provider showcase

The Provider showcase is an area in the annual conference exhibition where we shine a light on the innovative and pioneering work of our members, recognising their successful contribution to healthcare. The showcase inspires delegates and allows trusts to share good practice with senior leaders from across the provider sector. This year’s theme focused on 'ambition to reality' – exploring how providers are embracing new opportunities. 

We were really pleased to be able to showcase the following trusts this year:

  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    All-age disability and mental health service
  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
    SEAL – student early assessment and mental health learning service
  • The Manchester Resilience Hub
    The collective Greater Manchester NHS response to the Manchester Arena attack
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
    Our improvement journey and cultural shift
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
    Community first responder (CFR) lifting scheme
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
    Armed forces community support team – a collaborative approach
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    Using the internet of things and AI to help people with dementia live well at home
  • The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    The game of flow – learning through table-top gamification
  • University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
    Sample 360 – a fully digitalised closed-loop sample tracking system
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Putting patients first through earlier discharges home
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust
    Integrating care around localities from secondary to community to primary care
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
    The YAS electronic patient record (ePR)

 Find out more about the inspiring work of these trusts on our Provider showcase page.

What previous delegates thought

“A good opportunity to hear from key players who are shaping health and social care and provided a chance for networking with other trusts.”
Chief Executive, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“I have been to many conferences over the years and this is amongst the best I have been to. Great event.”
Chair, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I really enjoyed the event and meeting a wide range of colleagues from across the NHS – it was great for networking and also for showcasing excellence in our work.

Head of workforce planning and recruitment, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The conference gave good quality time to network and to think as well as learn from others.
Chief Operating Officer, Dorset County Hospital

Book your place today

Venue and accommodation

Our next annual conference and exhibition takes place on 6-7 October 2020 at Manchester Central at the exchange side of the building.

Venue address

Manchester Central - Exchange side
Windmill Street
Manchester M2 3GX

We always negotiate specially discounted rates with Reservation Highway for our conference delegates. More details for 2020 will be released soon.

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Chairs and speakers

Sue Baker OBE
Sue Baker OBE

Global Director

Time to Change

Sue has worked to de-stigmatise mental health for almost 25 years in the UK, New Zealand, and now globally. She set up the Time to Change campaign in England in 2007 that has led to a "sea change" in public attitudes in England and reductions in discrimination. She advises Governments and NGOs on social change programmes aimed at improving public attitudes, reducing discrimination and empowering people to lead change, and now leads a new global anti-stigma programme working with NGOs and people with lived experience in Africa and India. She was awarded an OBE for services to mental health in 2016.
Sir David Behan
Sir David Behan


Health Education England

David began his career as a qualified social worker before becoming director of social services in three local authorities and president of the Association of Directors of Social Services. In 2003 he was the first chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. He was appointed to the Department of Health in 2006 as the director general for social care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. In 2012 he became chief executive of the Care Quality Commission where he has led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England. In 2017 he was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care. He was appointed as Chair of Health Education England in December 2018.
Beverley Bryant
Beverley Bryant

Chief Operating Officer

System C & Graphnet Care Alliance

Beverley is chief digital information officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

She has recently moved from System C & Graphnet Care Alliance, where under her watch as chief operating officer, the Care Alliance recently celebrated signing up its 350,000th user.

Prior to that, as director of digital technology at NHS England, Beverley led on a number of national initiatives including tech funds and patient online in the post national programme for IT era. She led the creation of NHS Choices in 2007 and has held senior roles in the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care.

Beverley is also founding ambassador of One HealthTech.
Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell

Writer, Communicator and Strategist

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British prime minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has written fourteen books in the past ten years, including a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport. He has also been chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes, speaking about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia.

A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by then Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign and in November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.
Dr Ben Goldacre
Dr Ben Goldacre


Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab, University of Oxford

Ben Goldacre is a doctor, researcher, and best-selling author. His books, including Bad Science, have sold over 700,000 copies in more than 30 countries. He runs the DataLab at the University of Oxford, building tools and services from large health datasets; and advises government on the better use of data and evidence.
Matthew Gould
Matthew Gould

Chief Executive


Matthew is the chief executive for NHSX, a joint unit between the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England, set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need.

Matthew was the government’s director general for digital and media policy for 3 years, until May 2019. Before that he was british ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub, and the UK government’s director of cyber security. As well as Israel, he has completed postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila.
Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Matt Hancock MP was appointed secretary of state for health and social care on 9 July 2018. He was secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in 2018. He was previously minister of state for digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the public accounts committee and the standards and privileges committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as paymaster general. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as chief of staff to the shadow chancellor of the exchequer.
Isabel Hardman
Isabel Hardman

Assistant Editor

The Spectator

Isabel is assistant editor of the Spectator and presenter of Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster. She regularly writes political columns for a number of other publications, including The Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Sun, Evening Standard, and the Independent. Isabel’s first book, Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize, shortlisted for Waterstones’ 2018 Book of the Year, and won Book of the Year by a non-parliamentarian at the Parliamentary Book Awards.
Chris Hopson
Chris Hopson

Chief Executive

NHS Providers

Chris joined NHS Providers as chief executive in September 2012 after a career in politics, commercial television and the civil service.

Chris leads the organisation, with a particular emphasis on setting strategy, senior stakeholder management, acting as the principal public voice of the organisation and representing the provider sector on a range of NHS system level committees.
Prerana Issar
Prerana Issar

Chief People Officer for the NHS

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Before joining the NHS Prerana was director for public-private partnerships at the United Nations and prior to that she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the World Food Programme where she led the development of the United Nation's first strategic human capital approach, as well as the reform of many key policies. Before the United Nations, Prerana worked for over 15 years at Unilever Plc, starting with them in India and then for several years was in global roles at Unilever's headquarters in London. Her last role in Unilever was vice-president HR for the Global Foods business.
Baroness Dido Harding
Baroness Dido Harding


NHS Improvement

Dido is a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England and chair of the Bank's Remuneration Committee. She was chief executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses.

Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher and Thomas Cook where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company and Cheltenham Racecourse. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board.

In August 2014 Dido was offered a peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017.
Martha Kearney
Martha Kearney

Broadcaster and journalist

Martha Kearney is a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and has developed a reputation as one of the BBC's most respected political journalists. Before joining the Today programme, she hosted The World At One (BBC Radio 4) for eleven years. She has been political editor of Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Woman's Hour for nearly a decade. Martha has won the Sony Radio Bronze Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for her coverage of Northern Ireland peace process.
Dame Gill Morgan
Dame Gill Morgan


NHS Providers

Gill joined NHS Providers as chair at the beginning of 2014. Her career in healthcare began as a doctor working in hospitals, general practice and public health before moving into management. Her previous roles include permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly government, chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chief executive of North and East Devon Health Authority.

Gill is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. While working in healthcare, she served on a large number of national committees and working groups. She has an honorary Doctorate of Science from City University and is a past president of the International Hospital Federation. She is a trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation and is a patron of the Infection Prevention Society.

Gill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2004.
Simon Stevens
Simon Stevens

Chief executive

NHS England

Simon Stevens is chief executive of NHS England, which leads the NHS' work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS accounting officer he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100bn of annual health service funding. Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning. He also served seven years as the prime minister's health adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive health secretaries at the Department of Health.
Ian Trenholm
Ian Trenholm

Chief Executive

Care Quality Commission

Ian began his career as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Service. He then served with the Surrey Police for four years before moving to the commercial sector. He became chief executive of NHS Blood and Transplant from 2014 until he joined the CQC in 2018. Prior to that he was chief operating officer at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a role which included being the Department’s Digital Leader. Ian’s other roles have included Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Strategic Director for Resources at Buckinghamshire County Council.
Dr Francesca Cleugh
Dr Francesca Cleugh

Associate Medical Director, Quality Improvement

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Francesca is a paediatric emergency medicine consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. With continuing pressures on urgent and emergency care services, she works at a local, regional and national level in being proactive to responding to these. Through various initiatives she champions a whole system approach to innovating improvements and ensuring delivery of safe quality care.

Francesca is associate medical director for quality improvement at Imperial, leading a programme to create a culture of continuous improvement across the organisation.
Dame Jackie Daniel
Dame Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive

Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Dame Jackie began her NHS professional career as a nurse before moving into NHS management and has been a Chief Executive Officer for the last 17 years leading acute, mental health and a specialist Trust and was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to health care. She has a degree in nursing, a masters in quality assurance in health and social care and is a qualified business and personal coach. She is an executive in residence at Lancaster University Management School, an avid commentator on the NHS and a strong advocate of developing diverse leadership and supporting women in leadership roles.
David Fillingham
David Fillingham

Senior Affiliate


David is an AQuA Affiliate, undertakes consultancy to support transformation and improvement, and holds a number of non- executive positions in the NHS. He is a qualified and experienced coach and facilitator. He was appointed as the first chief executive of AQuA in April 2010 and served in that position until 2019. He is also a non-executive director and deputy chair at Aintree Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and chair of both the Healthier Wigan Partnership and the Trafford Local Care Alliance. In his consultancy and his work with AQuA David focuses on developing Improvement Leaders, working with boards, and nurturing system leadership skills across whole communities.
Dame Marianne Griffiths
Dame Marianne Griffiths

Chief Executive

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals & Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust

At the beginning of her career, Marianne trained as a nurse, before reading psychology at the University of Exeter, and completing chartered accountancy examinations with KPMG. Marianne is now celebrating her 11th year as chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals having led the trust from its creation. Within four years the organisation was awarded foundation trust status. In 2016, it became the first multi-site trust to be rated outstanding by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and that same year Marianne was named chief executive of the year at the HSJ awards. In December 2018, she was made a Dame for services to the NHS.

In 2017, Marianne also became chief executive of neighbouring Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust when she entered into a three year joint management contract to lead the teaching hospital and regional trauma centre. In 2019, the trust was awarded a 'Good' rating by CQC.
Donna Lamb
Donna Lamb

Director of Nursing and Non-medical Professionals

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Donna is a senior nurse with over 30 years of experience, 20 of which are community based. Her area of clinical expertise is in health visiting where she worked in specialist projects supporting vulnerable families including homeless asylum seekers and refugees. As well as her professional qualifications, Donna has a master’s degree in health services management and is a Florence Nightingale scholar. She worked with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for five years, sitting on Fitness to Practice panels.
Andy Lumb
Andy Lumb

Senior Business Manager


Andy has over 20 years' experience, most recently working in health and social care with NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and councils including those in Birmingham, Bristol, Cumbria, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Sheffield and Swindon. Before this, Andy worked in the private sector - inside and outside the UK in financial services, energy, confectionery, retail, technology and insurance. Andy joined Newton in 2017 and brings his experience into Newton's most complex and large scale transformation programmes.
Siobhan Moran
Siobhan Moran

Director of Quality Improvement

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Siobhan Moran is the director of quality improvement and productivity at the northern care alliance where she leads the development and implementation of the trust quality and safety strategy across acute and community settings. The NHS group was formed by bringing together two NHS Trusts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The group provides a range of healthcare services including five hospitals and associated community services: Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and North Manchester General Hospital.

Over 10 years successes of this strategy include a 51% reduction in pressure ulcers, a 22% reduction in risk adjusted weekend mortality, and a 44% reduction in catheter associated UTI.

Before joining SRFT in 2008, Ms. Moran worked at Forth Valley Board in Scotland managing their patient safety portfolio.

Before coming to the UK, Siobhan spent 7 years working at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) managing a portfolio of large-scale strategic relationships including a piece of work improving the care of chronic conditions within the native american population for the Indian Health Service.

Siobhan is also a graduate of the IHI’s patient safety officer program.
Will Warburton
Will Warburton

Director of Improvement

The Health Foundation

Will is responsible for the Foundation’s work on quality improvement, including the Q Community, THIS Institute and the Flow Coaching Academy. A Generation Q fellow in leadership and quality improvement, he is co-author of The Improvement Journey and The Spread Challenge. Will was previously Forum Director for the World Innovation Summit for Health, Operational Director at the Centre for Health Policy at Imperial College, and an operational manager in the NHS.
Andrew McKirgan
Andrew McKirgan

Director of Partnerships

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew started his NHS career as a graduate on the NHS Financial Training Scheme in September 1992. Having completed the scheme in December 1995 and qualified as an accountant (CIPFA), Andrew moved into general management and operations and held a number of posts in the North West of England including group manager for Renal Services and general manager for Women and Children.

He moved to UHB in April 2003 as the deputy director of operations for division 1 and in July 2006 assumed his first director of operations role. In 2009 he became director of operations, division 2 and in April 2011 he became deputy chief operating officer. He was appointed executive chief operating officer in September 2012, then director of partnerships in 2014.
Helen Buckingham
Helen Buckingham

Director of strategy and operations

The Nuffield Trust

Helen is the director of strategy and operations at the Nuffield Trust. She has 25 years experience in NHS roles, including senior roles in national bodies, as well as in both commissioner and provider organisations.

A finance professional by background, Helen’s past roles include director of strategy and organisational development in a mental health trust, primary care trust chief executive, chief of staff at Monitor, and more recently director of corporate affairs at NHS Improvement.

Helen has particular interests in the development and implementation of strategies leading to clear delivery of outcomes. She also focuses on the development of effective partnerships within organisations and across systems, and also between public sector bodies and the populations they serve.
Saffron Cordery
Saffron Cordery

Deputy Chief Executive

NHS Providers

Saffron is NHS Providers deputy chief executive, part of the senior management team and sits on our board. She has extensive experience in policy development, influencing and communications and has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007. Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education.

She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University in Manchester, for ten years was a board member and then chair of a 16–19 college in Hampshire and is a trustee of GambleAware, a leading charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm.
Andrew Davidson
Andrew Davidson

Partner and Head of Employment North


Andrew supports employers in the health, social care and private sector on employment law issues. He has a national reputation for his work in handling concerns about doctors (under the MHPS framework), dealing with discrimination issues, employment tribunal claims and TUPE in particular and he has considerable expertise across healthcare employment law.

He regularly provides training for clients on a wide range of employment law and HR issues and is a regular speaker at national conferences. He was recently a panel member for a HSJ webinar on the Fit and proper persons test and in July presented to NHS Providers HR director’s network on the Kark Review.
Martyn Dicker
Martyn Dicker

Director of People

Unicef UK

Martyn is an award-winning people director, with considerable experience within the not-for-profit sector. He has held people director posts at a number of leading, large-scale charities including Unicef UK, The Prince's Trust, Children's Investment Fund Foundation and the Fairtrade Foundation. He has also held senior people posts at British Red Cross. Martyn is on the taskforce of Engage for Success and the chair of the not-for-profit sector group. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He was included in the 2018 HR Magazine most influential HR practitioners list, as well as featuring in the not-for-profit sector most influential list for each of the last four years.
Simon Fanshawe OBE
Simon Fanshawe OBE


Diversity by Design

Simon Fanshawe OBE is a co-founder of Diversity by Design (DbD) and author of the report Diversity – the new prescription for the NHS. Recent clients cover the public, private and third sectors. DbD is currently running a trial of Recruiting for Difference (RfD) with 20 NHS Trusts to present to NHS England and NHS Improvement in the autumn and partnering with Nottingham University Faculty of Engineering on an EPSRC funded project on diversity in engineering (HE and private sector). He has served on many Boards of public and private companies and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights.
Jonathan Higman
Jonathan Higman

Chief Executive

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Jonathan Higman joined the board of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in January 2009 and became chief executive in March 2018. During this time he has held a number of director level posts, including director of strategic development and director of operations at the trust.

Jonathan has over 20 years' experience working across the NHS in the south west and south east of England. He is passionate about the benefits integrated care models and finding new solutions to long standing problems.
Stacy Johnson MBE
Stacy Johnson MBE

Associate Professor

University of Nottingham

Stacy Johnson is an associate professor in the school of health sciences, University of Nottingham. She is founder of the award winning National and European Junior Leadership Academies for student nurses and midwives. Her latest work, The ReMEDI Project is a reverse mentoring framework for enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Stacy was included in the Health Service Journal’s 2013 list of 50 BME pioneers and was made a member of the British Empire in the 2019 new year's honours list for services to healthcare and higher education equality, diversity and inclusion.
Beverley Murphy
Beverley Murphy

Interim chief operating officer

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Beverley Murphy took on the role of interim chief operating officer at South London and Maudsley (SLaM) in July 2019. She joined the trust as director of nursing in April 2017. She was previously director of nursing at West London Mental Health Trust and before that chief nurse at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Beverley has worked as a mental health nurse for more than 30 years and has held a range of senior nursing and quality governance roles across the NHS. Beverley's first role as a qualified nurse was in the high secure setting of Broadmoor Hospital. She has managed acute mental health wards and specialised for some years in eating disorders working in inpatients and in a nurse-led eating disorder service in the community.

In 2004 Beverley gained a Master’s degree from the Tavistock and Portman (University of East London). She has a strong professional network and is a member of a number of nursing and multidisciplinary forums with the aim of improving mental health practice for those who use it.
Martin Kirke
Martin Kirke

Non Executive Director

Epsom and St. Helier University NHS Trust

Martin is also chair of the equality, diversity and inclusion committee. He was group HR director at the Post Office and a change consultant at the cabinet office and No.10. He writes, speaks and advises organisations on employee engagement and change. He is advisory board chairman for PushFar and non-executive director at the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Martin is a qualified coach and a mentor with the Prince’s Trust.
Angela Hillery
Angela Hillery

Chief executive

Northampton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Angela is chief executive at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) which provides mental health and community services in Northamptonshire and in July 2019 became chief executive at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust sharing the chief executive role between the two Trusts. In 2018 NHFT achieved an overall rating of outstanding from the Care Quality Commission. Angela has worked within the NHS for 31 years and her ethos is in her commitment to upholding values, listening and learning, developing compassionate cultures for those we work with and for those we care for.
Meera Nair
Meera Nair

Chief people officer

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Meera has recently started as chief people officer at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Prior to this she worked with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as director of workforce and quality improvement. She has over 15 years experience in the NHS and has previously worked in the private sector (in the IT and manufacturing industries) in India and the US.
Rebecca Clegg
Rebecca Clegg

Chief Financial Officer

Berkshire West CCG

Rebecca is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a career that has included working at an acute trust, commissioning and regional level experience. She has responsibilities for finance, contracting, estates and corporate governance for the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.

She was senior responsible officer for the finance and contracting work stream within the wave 1 Berkshire West ICS.
Sarah Dugan
Sarah Dugan

Chief Executive

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Sarah is the chief executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the chief executive lead for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). Sarah is a registered general nurse, registered sick children's nurse and health visitor and has a masters degree in health and social care management. She has held a wide range of senior positions within provider and commissioning organisations and has a particular interest in partnership working, integration and the development of positive learning cultures.
Dom Hardy
Dom Hardy

Director of Primary Care and System Transformation

NHS Improvement

Previously Dominic was director of commissioning operations and regional assurance and delivery director for the NHS’s Wessex region, he also worked in the South of England and South Central SHA. Before moving to the NHS, he held various posts in central government including Department of Health project director for Lord Darzi’s NHS Next Stage Review, principal private secretary to two health secretaries and policy advisor to Tony Blair. He now leads the development of integrated care systems across the country, built on a strong foundation of primary care.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Deputy Chair

Local Government Association

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE has been a member of Liverpool City Council for 37 years having held major portfolios in both control and opposition. He is currently the Leader of the opposition and of the Liberal Democrats. He is the deputy chair of the Community Wellbeing Board of the Local Government Association (LGA) which supports the work of Councils in England in their work on public health and health and social care. He was the vice chair for 9 years and leader of the Liberal Democrats at the LGA and the UK representative on the World LGA.

He is the chair of World Merit, a global charity based in Liverpool, which works with 120,000 young people in 130 Countries helping them with activities based on the United Nation's in their own communities.
Mel Pickup
Mel Pickup

Chief Executive and STP lead

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Merseyside sustainability and transformation plan

Mel Pickup was appointed as chief executive of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in February 2011. She qualified as a registered general nurse in 1990 and has worked in a number of management and leadership roles across Yorkshire and the Northwest. Prior to this Mel was chief executive of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust from January 2007 (taking it through its foundation trust application to a successful conclusion) prior to her appointment with Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2011. She is also chair of the north west regional emerging leaders group which amongst other things includes leadership and development work and overseeing the NHS graduate management training scheme across the north west.

In 2015 Mel was invited by Baroness Cumberledge to be the provider chief executive representative on The national maternity review, and has been the lead for the Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership (sustainability and transformation partnership) since September 2017.
Andrew Ridley
Andrew Ridley

Chief executive

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Prior to becoming chief executive of Central London Community Healthcare Trust, Andrew was regional director for NHS England. While previously working as managing director for North East London Commissioning Support Unit, he was seconded to programme director for the Better Care Fund, which focused on developing local areas for integrating care. He held a variety of senior positions in NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, including director of primary care.
Vincent Sai
Vincent Sai

Chief Executive

Modality Partnership

Vincent is a chartered accountant with significant experience in health management, commissioning support and large-scale transformation both in the UK and internationally. Since joining Modality in 2015, Vincent has overseen significant expansion of its national footprint and keeping the partnership at the forefront of innovation as a vanguard / new care model site.

Prior to joining Modality, he held senior management roles at Deloitte Consulting and at Aetna, a large US health insurer. He holds both honours and master’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Western Australia. Vincent also has an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Rob Whiteman
Rob Whiteman

Chief Executive

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Bio to follow
Julie Wood
Julie Wood

Chief Executive

NHS Clinical Commissioners

Julie is the chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, the membership organisation for clinical commissioning groups. Her NHS career spans 30 years, focused on service development and innovation in primary care and commissioning, with the last 16 years at director or chief executive levels within health authorities and primary care trusts.
Dr Mina Gupta
Dr Mina Gupta

Group Clinical Chair

Modality Partnership

Mina is a GP principal at Smethwick Medical Centre, Birmingham. She trained at St Thomas' Hospital, London and after qualifying in 1988 she worked in many locations across the country as a salaried GP, taking up her partnership in 2003.

Smethwick Medical Centre joined Modality Partnership in 2014 and Mina has worked at executive level to create this renowned, national super-partnership. She has a broad experience of all aspects of primary care and led service redesign programs, innovation, research, workforce development and clinical governance. To improve patient access, she has helped win bids with the prime minister's challenge fund and system transformation with the vanguard programme, and her work on behavioural motivational support for self-care won an HSJ award.

Her current role is to standardise clinical governance for the many diverse practices across the organisation. Mina was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners for her commitment to enhancing primary.
Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson

Executive lead - Finance and investment

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Steve is the Executive Lead – Finance & Investment for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Steve has worked in NHS finance for 23 years having started his career on the North West Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in 1996.

He has worked in a variety of roles across the north west including provider experience in community, acute, mental health and specialist NHS Trusts and has gained commissioning experience across several primary care trusts, culminating in a period as acting director of finance for NHS Manchester and director of finance and development for Wirral Community NHS Trust.

Immediately prior to moving back to Greater Manchester Steve was the director of financial control for NHS England, a post he took up at the beginning of August 2014.

Steve lives in Manchester with his wife Claire, who is a foundation trust chief financial officer, and two teenage children. He is an avid Derby County fan.
Thea Stein
Thea Stein

Chief Executive

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Chris Alderson
Chris Alderson



Chris is a leading information lawyer and advises a wide range of local, national and international health and third sector organisations on information law and legal and practical aspects of the data protection and freedom of information legislation. Chris has expertise in the particular ethical rules governing the use of health data, and especially in the developing area of using information derived from health records with AI techniques to discover improved treatments. He has advised the NHS on a lead test bed project involving a major pharmaceutical company, and also advises digital health companies developing such products.
Dr. Mark Davies
Dr. Mark Davies

Medical Director

IBM Watson Health

Mark is chief medical officer for IBM Watson Health, having previously worked as European CMO for MedeAnalytics, for the Health and Social Care Information Centre and for the Cabinet Office. A practicing GP for over 25 years, he has particular expertise and passion for population health and the realisation of the potential of digitalisation.
Leigh Griffin
Leigh Griffin

Senior Health Consultant

IBM Watson Health

In addition to his roles as a non executive director of a large acute trust and an executive coach, Leigh is a senior health advisor for IBM Watson Health, with particular interests in integrated care and system reform. This follows a long career as a successful NHS Executive, including roles as chief executive of five separate organisations in the North-West and West Midlands.
Dhiren Master
Dhiren Master

Global Insight Director

Salary Finance

Dhiren started life as telecoms research engineer and has an engineering degree from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD. He has held a number of chief executives and marketing director positions in different industries globally: telecommunications, sporting goods, oil and gas, food retail, automotive services and worked in Brazil, Canada, USA, India, Sri Lanka and the UK. Prior to this he was head of global strategy for BG Group. He has also been the chairman of a number of not-for-profit charities. He is an award winning marketing director, has a patent pending on a new type of charcoal oven, and has written a book to help people 'to think about what they think'.
Michael Rourke
Michael Rourke



Michael is a corporate commercial solicitor and has broad experience advising a wide range of clients operating across the health and social care sectors. These clients include NHS Providers, healthtech and private healthcare companies, charities and GPs. Michael frequently advises on difficult contracting and regulatory issues facing health and care organisations.

Michael has been involved in advising on the commercial and data law implications of a number of health related contracts, especially since the coming into force of GDPR and with it the greater appreciation of organisations to receive advice in this complex area.
Dr Ahmed Shahrabani
Dr Ahmed Shahrabani


Locum's Nest

Doctor and co-founder of Locum’s Nest, the staff bank management app on a mission to solve the UK’s healthcare staffing crisis and recently awarded 'The company delivering the greatest benefit to the NHS' by DigitalHealth.London. Launched in Royal Surrey County Hospital Trust in 2016, Locum’s Nest is now present in over 180 healthcare organisations, with over 20,000 doctors on its platform and matched 120,000 doctors to short staff shifts, delivering 1.1m hours of patient care by non-agency doctors.
Naomi Phillips
Naomi Phillips

Director of Policy and Advocacy

British Red Cross

Naomi heads up the UK policy, research and advocacy department, which covers priority areas of health and care, refugees and vulnerable migrants, first aid and emergency response. Prior to joining the British Red Cross, she has headed up the policy and campaigns teams at other national charities, including Mind and Breast Cancer Now.
Deborah Fisher OBE
Deborah Fisher OBE

Director for Independent Living and Crisis Response

South and Channel Islands

Catherine Hope-Maclellan
Catherine Hope-Maclellan

Director of People

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Lara Alloway
Dr Lara Alloway

Chief medical officer

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Lara Alloway has recently been appointed as chief medical officer for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in the trust as a consultant in palliative medicine, since 2005. She has held a number of leadership roles within the trust, including clinical director for cancer services and latterly divisional medical director for medical services. She has also worked regionally as Wessex strategic network clinical director for palliative and end of life care.
John Rostill OBE
John Rostill OBE

Chief executive

The Retirement Fellowship

John Rostill OBE started his NHS career as a NHS regional admin trainee in 1964. He benefited from various NHS reorganisations and became one of the first area personnel officers in 1974.

In 1982 he was appointed as the district administrator of the Walsall Health Authority. In 1991 he became chief executive of one of the first wave of NHS Trusts located in the Midlands.

In 2003 he was appointed chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust from where he retired in 2011 after completing 47 years NHS service.

He felt he needed to give something back and in 2013 he became director of the NHS Retirement Fellowship. He is looking specifically to raise the profile of the NHS Retirement Fellowship within the NHS.

John was awarded the OBE in 2010 for service to the NHS.

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