Governor Focus 2019

9 May – Congress Centre, London

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Why attend Governor focus conference?

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free-to-attend event for NHS governors, giving them the chance to network and learn from their peers. Attended by governors from across the country, our jam-packed, governor-specific programme helps delegates to explore how they can be best equipped to support trusts in delivering quality healthcare. 

Our 2018 event included speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst, The King’s Fund and Geoffrey Rivett, contemporary health historian. We explored the first 70 years of the NHS, as well as looking in to the future at upcoming developments for the sector. Our 2019 agenda will promise another look at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examining issues most directly affecting the role of the governor. 


What our delegates said

"Well worthwhile: very encouraging to meet other governor groups with similar issues and some good solutions"

"A good opportunity to learn from colleagues about how things work in different settings"

"Interesting, informative and good networking."

"Speakers were excellent and the topics covered what was needed. It's good to feel governors are valued and have an important role."

"The networking is extremely useful - came away with some good ideas from elsewhere."

"Overall an essential conference."




Registration, refreshments and showcase


Morning sessions

Welcome and introduction


Welcome and introduction from conference and NHS Providers chair, Dame Gill Morgan. 

Session 1: Setting the scene - a national policy update

Chris 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.


Refreshments, networking and showcase


Afternoon sessions

Introduction to the Governors advisory committee


Mark Price, programme manager – governor support at NHS providers, and Peter Abell, chair, governor advisory committee (GAC), introduce the newly elected GAC members.


Mark Price

Session two: Roundtable discussion


Delegates will be invited to discuss a topic (which will be announced shortly) and feedback their views.



Lunch, showcase and networking


Second afternoon sessions

Roundtable feedback


Gill Morgan will comment on the feedback from the roundtable discussions.

Session three: Healthwatch and the NHS Governor – opportunities for closer working for the benefit of patients


 This session will explore the opportunities for governors to work more closely on the impact of patients with speaker Imelda Redmond CBE, national director, Healthwatch. 

Plenary four: Equality and Diversity – what governors need to know


A session from Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE, director, and Dr Habib Naqvi, policy lead at NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) at NHS England respectively. 


Closing remarks




Conference close

Governor showcase

We want to hear from your governors about their work and impact. Following the success of last year's exhibition area, our governor showcase will be back at this year's conference, showcasing the exciting work and best practice of up to ten trusts.  The area will showcase the exciting work and best practice of up to ten trusts. We are keen to hear from trusts about the work and impact of governors in the NHS and any creative ideas that will promote, inspire and acknowledge their role. 

We will again be inviting trusts to apply for a free space in the exhibition to showcase their work. Each trust selected will:

  • be provided with their own free stand in our exhibition
  • have their exhibition boards, displaying information about their work, produced by NHS Providers for free
  • receive two further event places for representatives from the trust to man their exhibition stand.

To see examples from last year's exhibition entries, please visit our 2018 page here to view the previous submissions.  

NHS Providers will provide and meet all costs of the space, stand, design and exhibition. Participating organisations will however be asked to fund their governor’s travel and the cost of any materials that they may wish to provide to other delegates. We will also include a 200 word outline of your showcase on our website. Ten exhibition spaces will be available in total and once all applications are in submissions will be assessed by an internal judging panel.

To apply, download and complete our application form and return to by 14 March 2019. 

Apply now

Share interesting practice

We are particularly keen to hear what works in terms of councils of governors exercising their statutory duties. Engaging with members and the public is always a hot topic as is developing good relationships with the trust board.

When preparing your submission, you may also want to think about:

  • what is your council of governors most proud of?
  • in what ways are your council of governors making an impact?

Governor showcase 2018 participants 

Eight trusts took part in Governor showcase 2018 to showcase examples of best practice and demonstrate how their governors are making an impact. 
Find out more about their work and download their exhibition posters here.
The trusts that took part were:

  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Gill Morgan
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.
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.
Mark Price
Mark Price

Programme Manager – Governor Support

Mark is responsible for the programme of support and development for NHS foundation trust councils of governors.

Before joining NHS Providers Mark spent over 30 years as an NHS manager, more than 20 of which working at director level, in four different parts of the country. Most recently Mark was Foundation Trust Programme Director and Company Secretary for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust between 2013-2017.
Imelda Redmond CBE
Imelda Redmond CBE

National director


Imelda Redmond has 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she was chief executive of the charity 4Children where she led the organisation through a period of significant change. Before that she was director of policy and public affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care, and chief executive of Carers UK where she received a CBE for her services to disadvantaged people in 2009. Imelda is passionate about championing patients’ needs and ensuring that their views are listened to.

Booking terms and conditions

  • Every trust is entitled to two guaranteed delegate places, and one reserve delegate place, to be appointed by the booker.
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary
  • There may be a photographer or filming at the event and photographs of delegates may be used on future marketing materials. If you do not want your photograph to be taken or used in this way please notify a member of staff on site.


For more information please contact the Governor focus events team.