An evening with… Chris Turner

‘An evening with’ is a fusion of the formal and informal; an evening that combines a 3 course dinner with wine, entertainment and socialising.

The conference dinner in 2020 will be an evening with a difference. We are delighted to have secured Chris Turner to join us for dinner on Thursday 4th June. With over 20 million views on YouTube Chris is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite who has won multiple awards during 11 years of sell-out shows and is a regular closing act at both the world-famous Comedy Cellar in New York, and the Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles.

A British comedian now based in the USA Chris’s freestyle improv rap is something you will most likely not have seen or heard before!

Book onto ‘An evening with…’ for £65 + vat when registering for the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2020.

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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.

Ready to be inspired? Secure your place today to hear Sarah-Jane Marsh, Professor Nick Harding and all of our other fantastic speakers.


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Podcast: What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? Marie-Claire Bretherton and Matt Davis talk collaboration.

At Education Development Trust, peer review and school-to-school collaboration are the tenets of school improvement. Here, superhead Marie-Claire Bretherton – headteacher of Mount Street Academy, Regional Director for CfBT Schools Trust and leader of the Kyra Teaching School Alliance – talks collaboration with UK Director Matt Davis.

What do ‘peer review’ and ‘collaboration’ look like in reality and in action? What does it take to make them work? In this podcast, Matt examines the success that Marie-Claire has engineered, along with her colleagues, in more than 50 schools in Lincolnshire. By working together, they are achieving their aim of making a difference for children.

‘Peer review allows you to open up, show everything and not be fearful of any repercussions.’
‘The importance of the open classroom when it comes to collaboration.’
‘How the Schools Partnership Programme’s peer review framework legitimises those sometimes tough conversations.’
‘The secret to success? Strategically and systematically building trust and building reciprocity between schools. Invitational leadership. Being intentional about creating opportunities for relationships.’
‘The system is quite fragmented – academies, maintained schools, church schools, small schools, primaries, secondaries…: collaboration is the glue that holds all of those schools and all of those individuals together.’

Want to find out more? Matt and Marie-Claire will be joined by Maggie Farrar at Inspiring Leadership this year as they host a workshop on 15 June: Moving on from ‘why?’ 5 practical things every leader should know about making collaboration work.

The session – intended for everyone from middle leaders through to MAT CEOs and Regional Schools Commissioners – will share five insights about the ‘how’ of collaboration at school, network and system level. Drawn from Education Development Trust’s own research, the global literature and three years’ experience working on collaboration projects with schools and local systems in England and around the world, this set of highly practical actions will provide a toolkit for putting in place the kind of collaboration which has the potential to improve pupil outcomes.

Confirmed speakers: Helen & Kate Richardson-Walsh

The nail-biting finale to the Rio 2016 Olympic hockey final provided one of the most memorable moments of the Games for British fans. For the scorer of the winning penalty (Helen) and the long-serving team captain (Kate) it was the pinnacle of two international careers stretching over 15 years. Come to Inspiring Leadership this year and listen to Kate and Helen share their lessons in overcoming setbacks, building a winning culture, teamwork and leadership, the first same-sex married couple to win gold in the same team also reveal how the team changed, life in the Olympic Village, and their views on inclusion and diversity.


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Confirmed speaker: Michael Fullan

Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to the latest leadership insights from the internationally renowned author, speaker and educational consultant Michael Fullan.  A worldwide authority on educational reform with a mandate of helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning Michael is making a rare visit to the UK this year to join us at Inspiring Leadership


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Confirmed speaker: Professor Steve Peters

Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to Professor Steve Peters, author of the best-selling personal development book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. With a fascinating and multi-disciplinary career Steve’s began teaching Mathematics and then moved on to Medicine. He has worked in the clinical field of Psychiatry for the past twenty years but is perhaps best known for his work in elite sport. Some of his clients, past and present, include: British Cycling, GB Taekwondo, England Rugby, England Football, Liverpool football club, British Swimming, UK Track and Field, Sky Procycling, Masters Golf and World Snooker.

Steve’s keynote at Inspiring Leadership will centre around understanding how the mind is structured and the way in which it operates. By using this information we can learn how to get the best out of ourselves by managing emotions, thinking and behaviours. He may also explain why for fun, he competes in Track and Field Athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and World Records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres. But we can’t promise that!


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Confirmed speaker: Lucy Adams

If we are to survive and thrive in this new, volatile business world, how do we lead, manage, engage and support our employees in a radically different way? Come to the Inspiring Leadership conference this year and listen to Disruptive HR CEO Lucy Adams explain why it’s time to break the mould of outdated HR practices and pioneer a new and improved way to work. Drawing on her experience of leading complex change and heading up HR in major organisations such as the BBC, Lucy offers leaders and HR professionals new ways to respond to the challenges of building a workforce in a disrupted world.


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Confirmed speaker: Spencer West

Come to Inspiring Leadership this year and listen to the amazing Spencer West redefining possible. With his trademark humour and humility, Spencer spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, to when he climbed, and summited, Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.


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