Our Honorary Fellows

In 2013 we launched the first of our annual lectures, delivered by Sir Robert Francis QC following his recent report into Mid Staffs. Since then, we’ve been honoured to have a wide range of inspirational leaders joining us as Honorary Fellows, and delivering one of our annual lectures. In 2015, we dedicated our lectures to our founder and visionary leader, Professor Aidan Halligan.

The lectures provide a wonderful opportunity for our members and supporters to come together for an insightful evening. We’ll be announcing our speaker for 2020 soon, but if you’re interested in joining us, sign up to receive our newsletters and you’ll be the first to know.

Our Honorary Fellows

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE

In November 2019 Staff College were delighted to have Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust present the fifth Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture.

In his lecture, “Is the NHS fit for the future?”, he spoke about why, how and what the NHS needs to develop and how leaders are involved to enable our NHS to continue to deliver world class care.

Alwen Williams

Staff College were thrilled to have Alwen Williams, CEO Barts Health NHS Trust present the third Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture, ‘Leadership and Legacy – it’s personal.’ Alwen’s talk centred on the importance of inclusive leadership, living our values and the role that we all, as leaders, play in the future of our NHS.

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy

In November 2016, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy delivered the second Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture, ‘Leadership in the NHS – Limits and the Role of Language.” His impassioned talk centred on the importance of the use of language, understanding the constraints within the system and the role politics plays in it. This also marked the official launch of Staff College as an independent charity.


Brigadier Kevin Beaton OBE QHP

In November 2015, Brigadier Kevin Beaton delivered the first Annual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture, ‘The need for an NHS Staff College – a military medical perspective.” He gave a very powerful, and at times emotional, talk which reflected on why and how the military medical services prepare for and deal with trauma in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and shared his first-hand experience of the medical response required by the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Based on over 30 years experience as a military doctor he made a compelling case for the NHS’s need for a Staff College and the critical importance of coherent leadership development for leaders throughout healthcare.

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Duncan Selbie

In autumn 2014, Staff College were privileged to host Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England for the second Annual Staff College Leadership lecture. Duncan gave an amusing and thought provoking talk during which he reflected on the challenges faced by PHE specifically and the NHS more generally. He endorsed the importance of good leadership at every level of any organisation and the significant contribution the Staff College makes in supporting leaders throughout the healthcare community.


Sir Robert Francis QC

In autumn 2013, Sir Robert Francis QC, who headed the inquiry into failures at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, delivered the first Annual Staff College Leadership lecture. In his report Sir Robert had identified failures in leadership as a critical contributory factor to the widespread  failures in patient care at that hospital. He also recommended the establishment of an NHS Staff College.  At the end of his lecture he accepted the first Honorary Fellowship of the NHS Staff College.