Lectures and Events


Find out about our upcoming lectures and events. Free and open to all, you can register to attend below.

During the pandemic we’ve been hosting a series of virtual lectures and events, including our Talking Heads: Talking Health series and 2020 Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture. You can find out more and watch the full series below.


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.

Register to attend here.


Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture 2020

Annual Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture
“The Truth Revealed in a Crisis” with Lord Victor Adebowale
24 November, 18:30-19:15, Zoom

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.

Touching on many issues close to his heart he highlighted the work to house homeless people during the first wave of Covid and what this showed us about the political and societal decisions that have led to people to be able to all-too easily fall through the cracks in the welfare state.

With questions from the audience ranging from how to ensure that the problems raised in reports and reviews are actually acted upon to how leaders can foster greater diversity within their teams and is there a risk of creating positive discrimination.

You can watch the whole event here

Find out about our previous memorial lectures and Honorary Fellows here


Talking Heads: Talking Health Series

You can watch them all here at a time to suit you!


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Ajit Abraham, Staff College Principal

Our first Talking Heads: Talking Health Session took place on the 1 July 2020. With questions ranging from how Covid-19 has impacted on leadership within the health service, how mission command has been effectively used within some areas during the pandemic to the difficulties of leading when those in more senior positions don’t seem to be, Ajit shared his perspective as a front-line clinician and his unwavering belief that doing the right thing on a difficult day is key to be an effective leader.

You can watch the whole event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Professor Sam Shah

Our second Talking Heads: Talking Health Session took place on the 9 September 2020. With questions ranging from the impact on him as a leader of completing the Staff College Senior Leadership Programme, dealing with pressure, and how he leads when things go wrong. Sam shared his perspective working on a local, regional and national level and how he listens, questions and responds, to have the important conversations to allow him to lead the teams and deliver successful outcomes.

Unfortunately owing to a human glitch with technology we did not manage to record Professor Sam Shah sharing his thoughts about leadership. However we did record the Q&A session where members asked Sam about his experiences. Thank you to those who asked a question giving their consent for us to share this recording with you.

You can watch the Q&A session here


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Professor Sir Sam Everington

Our third Talking Heads: Talking Health Session took place on the 6 October 2020. In a wide ranging talk, Prof Sir Sam spoke about his pioneering work in social prescribing and explained how this system is expanding nationally. He also outlined the key attributes and approach that he feels are required of leaders. He urged every leader to find something they feel passionate about and then to use this to develop ideas that can improve health for everyone. He discussed the numerous challenges he has faced and concluded by explaining the central role that he feels primary care should have in reducing excesses deaths post Covid-19. In the Q&A, Prof Sir Sam responded to questions about the ability to reflect before making decisions, the role of patient power, and the challenges of leading in large, complex organisations like the NHS.

You can watch the event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health Session with Charlotte Williams

Our fourth Talking Heads: Talking Health session took place on 9 December 2020. Charlotte Williams, Director of Strategy at Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, spoke about her work on pioneering programmes including the New Care Models Vanguard Programme, the London Cancer Collaborative, and recently with the merger of three Essex hospitals. She reflected on how she has adapted and evolved as a systems leader, the impact of working with experts, and how she maintains resilience.

You can watch the event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health with Professor Martin Marshall

Our fifth Talking Heads: Talking Health, and the first of 2021 was on 9 March 2021. Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a GP in Newham, East London, talked about some of the leadership challenges and experience he’s gained through his varied roles.  He talked about the opportunity the pandemic provided for leaders to work faster and without some of the usual red tape, as well as the importance of maintaining a vision, bringing people with you, making difficult decisions early and using the influence of the RCGP to support national efforts and the vaccination programme.  He reflected on the challenges ahead for the workforce as they contend with the next crisis of the back-log and highlighted the potential for the acceleration towards a trend for part-time working and early retirement for primary care which could contribute to an ever-greater workforce crisis.  Martin also talked about the progress in developing leaders within primary care who could play a greater role in the integration of care pathways and Integrated Care Partnerships. 

You can watch the event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health with Brigadier Toby Rowland

Our sixth Talking Heads: Talking Health, was on 21 April 2021. Brigadier Toby Rowland, Head of the Defence Medical Academy, reflected on his extensive and varied military career and his experience of the military’s approach to developing leaders. He spoke about his personal belief of taking the time to listen to and invest in your people. He discussed how the NHS can learn from the military’s experience in developing leadership, and apply the lessons in practice to support the deliver of the NHS People Plan and develop compassionate leaders.  

You can watch the event here


Talking Heads: Talking Health with Mr Martin Griffiths

Our seventh Talking Heads: Talking Health session 2 June 2021 we were joined by Mr Martin Griffith, Clinical Director for the Violence Reduction Network in NHS London and the National Clinical Director for NHS England. Martin works as a consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust where he developed the nation’s first ward-based intervention programme for the victims of interpersonal injury, and has led the expansion of the public-health approach to violence reduction in the capital. He has an interest in integrating peer groups in the co-design of community and healthcare-based prevention and education programmes.

Martin spoke about what drew him to his work in public service.  He reflected on the lessons he has learnt as a leader including humility, seeing the issue in different ways, choosing to want to understand and empowering individuals.  He talked about his leadership journey and the challenges he has overcome which have seen him adapt his leadership style. 

He spoke about how he creates professional intimacy and a positive environment. As well as how he builds his personal capacity and what he believes in and does that help to maintain his own wellbeing. 

You can watch the event here