Governance conference

7 May 2020 – BMA House, London

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Why attend Governance conference?

The NHS Providers' Governance conference is a unique experience – it's your chance to hear from high profile speakers and meet with members in the sector who are committed to improving governance and board performance.

Our event, taking place on 7 May in London, is the only kind in the sector, giving you a variety and depth of guidance on the topics that matter to you – information you won't find anywhere else.

Board effectiveness in a changing world

Governance conference 2020 is all about board effectiveness. System working has the potential to deliver benefits that would be unattainable by organisations working alone. But system working brings with it new challenges both for system leaders and for local boards. This year's governance conference aims to identify some of the key issues facing systems and boards and provide practical help in meeting new challenges as they arise.

Join over 250 of your peers at the next event on 7 May 2020 to get the latest policy updates, practical tips and techniques you need to ensure you have effective and efficient governance arrangements within your organisation. Hear from high profile speakers and build your network of colleagues committed to ensuring good governance.

"A great opportunity to refresh your thinking, learn from others and network with peers."  Previous delegate

Book your place

Bookings for Governance conference 2020 are now open. Complimentary places are available for members of NHS Providers. Places are limited to two per trust on a first come first served basis. Commercial organisations can attend via our Associate Membership Scheme.

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Associate members rate

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Full conference place £299 + VAT

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Find out more about becoming an associate member. For more information email Mark Stevenson or call 020 7227 1164.

Terms and Conditions

  • Two complimentary places are allocated for NHS trusts on a first come first served basis. Places fill up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • For associate members a cancellation fee will apply if you cancel four weeks prior to the conference. The full delegate fee will apply after this date.
  • There may be a photographer 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.
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary.


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Registration and exhibition viewing


Introduction and chair's welcome

Welcome from Sir Ron Kerr

Sir Ron Kerr, new Chair of NHS Providers, will introduce the conference.


Plenary 1

Sound decisions: avoiding dysfunctional decision making in a changing environment

This session will look at the dangers of cognitive bias and decision making and how to avoid it.


Ivo Vlaev


Plenary 2

Successful system working: a perspective from NHS England and Improvement

This session will explore the challenges facing system leaders and boards and will provide signposts to further advice and assistance on successful system working.


Refreshments and exhibition/showcase viewing


Plenary 3

What next for governance?

NHS Provider deputy chief executive, Saffron Cordery, will talk about the challenges facing system leaders and boards and provide signposts to further advice and assistance on successful system working.


Lunch and exhibition


Breakout sessions 1 - choose one

1a. Housing and health: working with the broader public and social sector in your area

Discussing how health and housing can join up.


1b. Effective risk management across systems

Discussing risk management and system working.


1c. Future-proof your board – modern governance practices for NHS providers

Governing boards today face a wider array of challenges now than at any other time – and nowhere is this more the case than in the NHS. From dealing with new areas of risk, such as cyber risk, social media firestorms, and digital disruption – to being responsive to rapid changes, the boards of NHS Providers are challenged to find new ways to ensure long-term success. Now is the time when leaders need better tools, insights and practices to help future-proof their board.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about modern governance practices and tools, and how boards across sectors are adapting to today’s demanding realities. We’ll discuss:

  • New approaches to managing board information flow and communication
  • Strategies to ensure all board members are up-to-speed, regardless of their technological expertise
  • Practical approaches to building a more resilient board for the digital age.


Refreshments and exhibition


Breakout sessions 2 - choose one

2a. Board assurance and accountability for system wide decisions

Looking at how boards should be accountable in system working.


2b. Building the right culture at organisational and system level

Looking at just culture and restorative culture in practice

2c. A new code of governance in a system context

We’ll examine how you can apply code based governance to your trust in the context of system working and consider the questions you should be asking to get assurance that your organisation is compliant.


Conference close

Governance showcase

For the first time will be holding a Governance Showcase at our upcoming Governance Conference 2020 on 7 May.

The showcase will be a key part of our exhibition at the conference to promote, inspire and acknowledge the work of trusts boards and highlight how they are working effectively in the new changing world of governance. It will be an opportunity for trust boards to share interesting and creative governance practices and learn from others in how they are managing decision making, culture, board improving and working with system partners. 

We would actively encourage applications from trusts boards who are demonstrating:

• Visible leadership and inspiring staff
• Engaging and empowering staff
• Working with partners and service users to drive change
• Innovation in technology
• Managing risks

Applications are open until 20 February 2020 and all entries will be judged by the NHS Providers governance and policy team. We will announce the winners in late March. To enter please email Deepa Mistry for an application form using the link below.

Ask for an application form

Networking opportunities

This event provides the platform for the thinking, discussion and debate that lies at the heart of your role. Enjoy networking throughout the conference with other governance professionals to share insight and best practice.

Join in the conversation on Twitter using #governance20


Miranda Carter
Miranda Carter

Director of M&A and New Organisational Models

NHS England and Improvement

Bio to follow
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.
Jessica Dahlstrom
Jessica Dahlstrom

Head of Governance

NHS England and Improvement

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Hattie Llewelyn Davies
Hattie Llewelyn Davies


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Hattie became chair of the trust when it was put into special measures and is proud to now having a rating of Good by the CQC. Prior to this, SHE was chair of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, a mental health and learning disabilities trust for ten years. Her background is in housing and homelessness, she currently chairs two housing associations and is a consultant on governance and board development.
Paul Devlin
Paul Devlin


Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Paul has had a varied and successful career in a number of senior leadership roles within the third sector as well as executive and non-executive director level experience. He is particularly committed to ensuring patients receive the best care possible to enable people to maintain their independence. Paul occasionally writes, speaks, and regularly tweets about, governance best practice, and had blog pieces published by Health Service Journal and NHS Providers.
Sir Ron Kerr
Sir Ron Kerr


NHS Providers

Ron has a long and distinguished career in health service management, including ten years as one of the country’s leading provider chief executives. His experience spans acute, community and primary care services, as well as mental health and social care, and he has worked in both provider and commissioning organisations.

He served as the chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, one of England’s largest and most successful combined acute and community trusts. He has national level experience of the social care system and is currently independent chair of a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP).
Kate Moore
Kate Moore

Solicitor, General Council to the Board and CEO

NHS England and Improvement

Bio to follow
Amanda Oates
Amanda Oates

Executive Director of Workforce

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Amanda has extensive experience with director level posts in a number of NHS trusts and she has operated at the most senior board levels since 2008. Her passion for getting the best from everyone permeates everything she does for her colleagues going way beyond the normal expectations of her role. Since joining Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust she has transformed the way the trust delivers its workforce function, and has received external endorsement from the highest levels in her profession, winning numerous awards for her team. In June 2018, the trust won the National SPF award for partnership working for the implementation of their Just & Learning Culture at the HPMA awards. Amanda also won the HPMA human resources director of the year for 2018.
Joe Rafferty
Joe Rafferty

Chief Executive

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Before joining the NHS, Joe had a successful career in cancer research, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to becoming chief executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust in 2012, Joe was director of commissioning support at the NHS Commissioning Board.

He was recently named number nine in HSJ’s, top 50 chief executives awards list and included in the HSJ’s list of 100 most influential people in health. Joe has also been championing Expert by Experience as a major driver for transformation.
Dottie Schindlinger
Dottie Schindlinger

Executive Director

Diligent Institute

Dottie co-authored Governance in the Digital Age: A Guide for the Modern Corporate Board Director, in 2019 and co-hosts the corporate director Podcast. Dottie was a founding member of BoardEffect, software serving the governance needs of nonprofit boards, which was acquired by Diligent in late 2016. She lives in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US with her husband Ron.
Ivo Vlaev
Ivo Vlaev

Professor of Behavioural Science

Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Ivo received a DPhil (PhD) in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford (and St. John's College). Before coming to Warwick, Ivo worked as a research fellow at University College London and senior lecturer at Imperial College London. He has a track record of research in decision science (behavioural economics) and behaviour change. Ivo’s research focuses on developing an integrated theory of behaviour change which combines principles from psychology, neuroscience, and economics. Ivo is also a co-author of the famous UK Cabinet Office MINDSPACE report, which provides a framework for designing effective policy utilising the latest insights from behavioural sciences (also known as nudge theory). The framework is widely used across government (it provided the basis for establishing the first Behaviour Insight Team at the UK Cabinet Office) and in the commercial sector.


Our Governance conference takes place at BMA House on 7 May 2020 in London. Further details can be found on their website.

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