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.

Free and open to all, the lectures provide a wonderful opportunity for our members and supporters to come together for an insightful evening. In 2020, we delivered this as our first virtual event and had an international audience stretching from New Zealand to Canada. If you want to be the first to know next year’s speaker, sign up to receive our newsletters and you’ll be the first to know.

Announcing our Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture 2021

Annual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture
“Focus on people, the rest will follow” with Dr Navina Evans
29 November, 18:30-21:00
The Henry Wellcome Auditorium, Wellcome Collection,
183 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE

We are delighted to announce that Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive of Health Education England, will be delivering our Annual Professor Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture 2021.

Dr Navina Evans joined Health Education England (HEE) on 1 October 2020 from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) where she had been Chief Executive since 2016. She has over twenty years of clinical experience in psychiatry, medicine and paediatrics and previously held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations.

Navina has worked as the Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at ELFT. She has also been involved in medical education at Barts and The London Medical School as Honorary Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, and provided pastoral care to medical students.

Navina has considerable experience of working in multidisciplinary roles crossing organisational boundaries. She has worked with local authorities, the voluntary sector, acute and community services, and in primary care. More recently she has taken an active role in the development of local integrated care systems.

Navina is passionate about staff wellbeing and coproduction with patients, advocating for the best possible care and creating a culture of enjoying work for staff.

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Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Lord Victor Adebowale presented a provocative and passionate call to arms in the first virtual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture on 24 November 2020. Victor is Chair of Social Enterprise UK and the NHS Confederation and is a non-Executive Director of the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, Nuffield Health, Visionable and Leadership in Mind.

In his lecture, “The Truth Revealed in a Crisis”, he spoke about the underlying inequality within society that the global Covid-19 pandemic had exposed. He talked about the incredible advances that have been made in history, and can be made by a single individual, recognising an injustice and seeking to do something about it.

Were you unable to join us?

The benefit of being a virtual event, you can watch the whole event here

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 fourth 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.