We are pleased to be bringing you our new Leadership Series – LEADERSHIP PRIDE – and we invite you to join us.

We will explore pride in leadership through our system leaders, our key note speakers and individual leadership journeys. We will look at the challenges leaders have faced, inclusive and diverse leadership practice, the change they can make happen and the pride they have from being a leader.

The series will focus on the creation of pride, ownership and connection in our organisations and systems. Inspiring leaders to nurture an environment of learning, inclusive encouragement and a compassionate culture.

There will be opportunities to reflect on your own journey, how you can capture your learning and what we can do as a system to ensure the lessons learnt are built upon to provide inclusive leadership behaviours across our healthcare system.

We will explore what connects leaders to the people that they serve and how this leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes.

One of the aspects that makes Leadership Pride unique, is the real life leadership stories we wanted to highlight and share from across our region.  These stories will come to life throughout the series and we will be releasing more information as the weeks go on.

We are pleased to announce we have secured a wealth of keynote speakers, and we are privileged to share with you a few real life leadership stories from our healthcare colleagues.

The series is promised to be thought provoking and inspirational providing perspectives on pride in Leadership. Each session within the series will be delivered by carefully selected speakers on a range of subjects, this will enable you to tailor your agenda to meet your own interests.

We’d love it if you can join us!

Keynote Speakers:

Nigel Owens MBE

Thursday 19th November, 10.00 – 11.30 


The leading international rugby referee who also raises awareness from lived experience on inclusion and diversity. Nigel believes that life experience builds stronger leaders and will be sharing his own experiences in dealing with difficult times, dealing with adversity, as well as dealing with mental health issues and inclusion as a gay man.

Read more about Nigel.

Dr Kate Allatt

Thursday 26th November, 10.00 – 11.30

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After recovering from a catastrophic brain stem stroke and Locked In Syndrome, Kate went on to found the Fighting Strokes charity of which the world’s first Stroke Survivor Day originated. Kate will touch on her pride in being a leading, worldwide advocate, influencer and disrupter within the stroke establishment.

Read more about Kate.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Thursday 3rd December, 10.00 – 11.30

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With a challenging early life, leaving her home aged 15 for the streets of Newport, South Wales. She spent two years surviving on the streets selling The Big Issue before she had enough money saved to rent a flat.  Having an address enabled her to join the fire service at the age of 18 and her path to security, self-improvement, and success was set. Working as a firefighter, simultaneously she studied for a PhD in Psychology.

Read more about Sabrina

As part of the series, we are privileged to be sharing real life leadership stories from:

Eugine Yafele

Chief Executive,

Dorset HealthCare University

NHS Foundation Trust

Rebecca Dunn

Deputy Director of Transformation,

Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG

Dr Naheed Rana

Public Health Consultant

COVID-19 Health Inequalities Programme Lead

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Twitter chat

Join us on twitter to talk about pride in leadership. We would value your views and opinions, join in by tweeting using the hashtag #SWLA_Pride.

Register your place:

To obtain a place on each session, you will need to register via the links above. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered your place is confirmed and joining instructions will be sent two weeks before the event.

There is no fee to attend, by registering you will be signing up to a cancellation charge of £150 for non-attendance unless you notify leadership.sw@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk 10 working days in advance of the event date or your attendance is deputised.

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