Lessons in Leadership from the Healthcare sector


This is a chance to hear from two outstanding leaders at the front line of leading the healthcare system in England.

Dealing with the acute pressures of funding and performance on a daily basis they will share their experiences and insights on how to make the most of the money available, develop people, and look after yourself . For both of them, excellence today goes hand-in-hand with securing the future by developing the next generation.

Sarah-Jane Marsh is CEO of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s hospitals. Integrating two hospitals in February 2017 to create Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its kind in Europe, Sarah-Jane also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham – another UK first. Her passions are exceeding the expectations of patients and families and making Birmingham Women’s and Children’s the very best place to work and be cared for.

Professor Nick Harding is Chair of the NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group. Nick has unusual experience both as a commissioner and provider of healthcare. As a commissioner, he created an award-winning CCG recognised for its innovative culture, approach to engagement and its consistent high performance. As a provider, he was a founding GP Partner of the Modality Partnership which has seen steady growth in the last 10 years. It is now a multi-site primary care provider organisation with over 46 health centres and serving over 300,000 patients.

Nick has a real passion for creating a sustainable future for healthcare. He secured funding and delivered a leadership programme for over 100 West Midlands GPs to support their emergence as future leaders and inspire them to achieve change, which is now being rolled out nationally. In addition to this, he helped drive forward the new Aston Medical School to support children in deprived inner city areas, nurturing future medical talent for Birmingham that will be representative of their communities. He is also involved in health education projects in Malawi and social projects in inner city Birmingham.

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Richard Gill – Teaching Schools Council


As the recently appointed Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, I am delighted to be able to say that we are supporting the 2019 Inspiring Leadership Conference.

Having been asked as a TSC Rep to attend the 2018 Conference as a delegate, presenter, speaker and showcaser, it was indisputable that the TSC should be involved in such an impactful event.

As a key partner this year we are pleased to be part of the planning group arranging a fantastic line up of speakers, masterclasses and workshop sessions, led by some of the very best thinkers and speakers.

The Inspiring Leadership Conference is renowned for being an excellent opportunity to reflect, meet with your peers and exchange ideas, all highly crucial activities that we so often find ourselves without the time to do.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Richard Gill, Chair, Teaching Schools Council


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What can geese teach us about leadership?

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! As we start our journey into 2019, we wanted to reflect on what geese can teach us about leadership…

Have you ever wondered why Inspiring Leadership embraces the V formation of geese within its brand? We believe that there are lessons of teamwork and leadership to be learnt from geese. When you watch the skein of geese closely, you realise that the geese are all leaders and followers each taking a turn.  So what lessons of leadership can we learn from geese?

Lesson 1: Sharing a common goal

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift, an aerodynamics orientation that reduces air friction for the birds that follow, allowing them to preserve energy for a long-distance flight. When the lead goose becomes tired, it rotates back into the formation and allows another goose to take the leadership position.

The lesson we can learn here is that people who share a common goal can get to where they want to quicker if they work as a team.

Lesson 2: Recognition and encouragement

Geese honk to recognise each other and to encourage each other to keep up.

The lesson we can learn here is to make sure we are offering support to each other and continue to praise one another by giving people the recognition and encouragement they deserve.

Lesson 3: Staying committed to the common goal

The geese migration routes never change, they use the same route each year even if there are new members.

The lesson we can learn here is to stay true to our core values. Colleagues, pupils and other aspects may change but great organisations will always stick to their core values and remember why they do what they do.

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