Leadership Pride

Thursday 19th March, 9.15am-4pm, at Sandy Park, Exeter.


We are taking a different approach this year by exploring the benefits of leadership and leading through examples of pride in our work. We will concentrate on the pride we all have from being an NHS leader, which is self-sustaining and motivating; leadership through our programmes and individual’s leadership journeys as well as directly looking and seeking out the challenges leaders face and the change we can make happen.

We will also shine a light on organisation and system culture; nurturing an environment of growth, commitment, teamwork, improvement and compassion.

That’s not to say the day won’t address the complex and challenging environments we and our teams are working in, but we want to offer an uplifting experience to those working with such complexities through celebrating the best in the South West. We also look forward to welcoming our keynote speakers who will share their perspectives on pride in Leadership.

Keynote speakers

Nigel Owens MBE – 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.

Dr Kate AllattInternational Author

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.

Mike MartinArt of Brilliance

Mike will talk about how we can bring a little more brilliance to the workplace through the pride we have from being NHS leaders.

Plenary speakers

Ann James – Chief Executive, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Andrew Foster – Interim Managing Director, NHS Leadership Academy

Christina Quinn – Director, NHS South West Leadership Academy.


Throughout the day there will also be a marketplace comprising of SWLA, GMTS, the South West Regional Talent Board, the SWLA systems leadership offer and the NHS Leadership Academy for you to visit.

Target Audience: This is an event for all levels of our health and social care colleagues in the South West.

Please click here to book your place.

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Terms & Conditions

To obtain a place you will need to register via the link 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.

Key Dates:

Thursday 19th March

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NHS South West Leadership Academy
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Blackbrook Park Avenue
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Telephone: 01454 252719

Email: leadership.SW@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk



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