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NHS non-executives driving diverse leadership

15 Jun 2021
B - Breakout stage 4
Health Inequalities

Chairs and non-executives are an important NHS leadership group. As independent board members they hold the executive to account, and in doing so build patient, public and stakeholder confidence in the NHS. The NHS Confederation report “Chairs and non-executives in the NHS: The need for diverse leadership” showed that there was insufficient diversity in those appointed to these roles in the NHS. In response, an independent taskforce was set up to address this issue and support the diversity ambition of the NHS People Plan. This session will include:

  • A presentation of work carried out by the NED Diversity Taskforce, including results and recommendations from the ensuing report.

  • Hearing from Chairs and Non-Executives who are successfully diversifying their Boards.

  • Hearing from NHSEI about strengthening diverse leadership in line with the NHS People Plan and ways of working proactively in partnership with the Taskforce on next steps to achieve this.

Professor Dame Clare Gerada MBE, Medical Director - Practitioner Health
Joan Saddler OBE, Director of Partnerships and Equality - NHS Confederation
Mr Adam Doyle, Chief Executive Officer Designate - Chief Executive Officer, Sussex CCG
Ms Jacqueline Davies, Director of Leadership & Lifelong Learning (MD NHS Leadership Academy) - NHS England and NHS Improvement
Martin Earwicker, Chair - Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer - NHS England and NHS Improvement