Governor Focus conference

5-7 July 2022, online


A conference dedicated to NHS governors

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free event for NHS governors. This year's event will take place online over three days on 5, 6 and 7 July 2022.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to network with other governors from across the country and learn from colleagues as well as hear from sector leaders on issues directly affecting the governor role and explore developments in the sector.

why attend governor focus conference?

Governor Focus conference is a unique event aimed specifically at NHS governors, giving them the chance to explore developments in the health and social care sector, examining issues more directly affecting the governor role.

90% of attendees scored the conference as excellent or very good and 97% of governors would recommend this event.

Governors will:

  • Share, learn, and develop their knowledge to better prepare for the future.
  • Have a fantastic opportunity to network with governor peers online.
  • Dip in and out of sessions to fit around your schedule - with morning sessions on 5 and 7 July and afternoon sessions on 6 July.
  • Get the chance to hear from expert speakers who are committed to maximising the governor role.
  • Learn from their colleagues through the governor showcase.  

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Programme

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09.50

Registration/Log on

10.00

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome.

10.15

Session 1: Setting the scene – a national policy update

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.

11.05

Session 2: Governor Showcase

Session 2: Governor Showcase

Introduction to this year’s showcase and announcement of the finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their Showcase project.

11.30

Session 3: Breakout discussions

Session 3: Breakout discussions

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two/three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

12.30

Close of day 1

Close of day 1

Close of day one of the conference.

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13.50

Registration/log on

14.00

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome.

14.10

Session 4: Update from the governor support team

Session 4: Update from the governor support team

Mark Price will give an update on governor support and the work of the NHS Providers Governor Advisory Committee.

14.25

Session 5: Governors as key partners in system working

Session 5: Governors as key partners in system working

A panel discussion that will bring together a group of individuals with diverse perspectives to give their views on how governors can work effectively within a system context. We will explore the council of governors duties’ that will be most affected and signpost to key documents.

15.05

Session 6: Governor Showcase

Session 6: Governor Showcase

Introduction to this year’s showcase and announcement of the finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their Showcase project.

15.30

Session 7: Breakout discussions

Session 7: Breakout discussions

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two/three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

16.30

Close of day 2

Close of day 2

Close of day two of the conference.

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09.50

Registration/log on

10.00

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome

Introduction and chair’s welcome.

10.10

Session 8: Understanding the board's performance: your role as a governor

Session 8: Understanding the board's performance: your role as a governor

It’s an important part of the role of the council of governors to understand and comment on the performance of their board.  

Due to the challenges facing all parts of the NHS and social care at present, the apparent performance of boards as judged against performance targets is not always a reliable indicator of how well boards are performing. In these circumstances the way councils of governors work needs to adapt to circumstances without losing sight of core performance issues. 

This session explores how governors should understand the performance of their trust and its board, and considers the values and behaviours that enable the board and council of governors to act collegiately, for the benefit of patients, in times of system-wide pressures.

10.50

Session 9: Governor Showcase

Session 9: Governor Showcase

Introduction to this year’s showcase and announcement of the finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their Showcase project.

11.15

Session 10: Breakout discussions

Session 10: Breakout discussions

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two/three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

12.15

Recap of key issues from across the week

Recap of key issues from across the week

Recap of key issues from across the week.

12.30

Close of conference

Speakers 

Sir Ron Kerr
Sir Ron Kerr

Chair

 
Sir Ron Kerr has spent all his career in the health and care sector and has been a chief executive at national, regional and local level for over 30 years, latterly as chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust until 2015. He is currently independent chair of Healthier Together, the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and a board member of Genomics England Ltd. He is also a trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and King’s College London. He was knighted for services to the NHS in 2011.
Suzy Brain England OBE
Suzy Brain England OBE

Chair

Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust

 
Suzy Brain England OBE is the Chair of the Board at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. She is a former board member of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals, Barnsley Hospital and Kirklees Community Healthcare. Suzy is a Chartered Director and Lead examiner for the Institute of Directors. She is a trustee on the NHS Providers and NHS Retirement Fellowship Board and Chair of Keep Britain Tidy. She is a Director of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce. Suzy received her OBE for public service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
John Adler
John Adler

Chair

Governor Advisory Committee

 
John became a public governor for Sheffield Children’s FT in September 2020.  This followed a 35 year career in senior NHS management, including periods in Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Leicester.  At The Children’s, John is a member of the committee which appoints the Non-Executive Directors to the Board of Directors.  He is also the Governor observer on the Board Quality Committee, where he aims to add value through his experience in safety and quality improvement in the NHS.
David Astley
David Astley

Chair

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT

 
David was awarded an O.B.E in 2006 for services to the NHS, has held a number of very senior roles in the NHS including Chief Executive of East Kent University Hospitals NHS Trust between 1999 and 2006 and Chief Executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust between 2006 and 2011. He joined the NHS in 1974. From 2011 to 2015 David was Chief-Tertiary Hospitals Group of the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. On return to the UK and retirement from full time Executive duties, David served as a non-executive director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between 2016 and 2018. He was appointed as Chair of South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust in September 2018.
Peta Foxall
Peta Foxall

Lead Governor

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, prior GAC member

 
Peta has achieved a hat trick of experiences as a Governor; from Appointed Governor, to Public Governor and currently as Lead Governor of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The golden thread that runs through these experiences is that Peta is a lifelong patient and refers to the NHS as her other family. Peta is Senior Independent Trustee of the NHS Confederation, national Chair of The Wildlife Trusts and a previous member of NHS Providers’ Governor Advisory Committee.
Marie Gabriel CBE
Marie Gabriel CBE

Independent Chair Designate

North East London ICS

 
With 20 years of NHS Board experience, Marie is currently the Chair Designate of the North East London ICS, Chair of the NHS Race and Health Observatory and until December 2021 was Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, Marie chaired mental health and commissioning organizations with budgets up to £3bn. Her first NED role was as Vice Chair of an acute Trust. Nationally, Marie is a member of the National People Board and Equality, Diversity Advisory Group and regionally, she is Co-Chair of the London People Board and a member of the Greater London Authority’s London Health Board. Marie’s background is in local government and the voluntary sector with particular experience in social justice, regeneration and equity. Marie’s contribution to the NHS has been recognised through her incorporation in the Health Service Journal’s lists of the most influential and the award of her CBE in 2018.
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

Member Development Manager - Governor Support Programme

NHS Providers

 
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.

Governor showcase

We will once again be running our Governor showcase as part of the conference, and applications are now open!

We are keen to hear from trusts and their governors about their work providing creative ideas that will support and inspire others performing the role.

How to apply

Applications for Governor Focus Showcase are now closed.

Watch last year's showcase winners videos below.

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What previous delegates said

"Fantastic conference, shows how effective we can engage using virtual platform."

"Thank you for an incredible three days! So much to take in and take back."

"An insightful agenda and such interesting speakers and breakout sessions today, I really enjoyed attending."

"Very interesting lot of helpful information thank you."

"Excellent breakout discussions, thank you."

"It was an excellent opportunity to meet Governors from all over country."

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