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Moving forward… at pace: RCN Executive Nurse Network Conference 2019

26 Sep 2019 09:30 - 18:00

RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN

This event aims to give nurses in Executive roles a non NHS perspective on leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence, compassion and excelling in conquering challenges. Speakers will provide a new and invigorating approach to feed the conscience and imagination of those in challenging roles.

The event aims to:

•Provide a safe space for delegates to challenge their own thinking and invigorate individuals to recognise and value their input and potential.
•Demonstrate how facing the challenge full on achieves unbelievable results even in the face of adversity
•Explore how emotional intelligence (EQ) is limited in the worlds’ population, but is the key ingredient to success
•Highlight the key ingredients to move from player to leader and create strong teams.

Who is the conference aimed at?

Nurse leaders working across the health and social care sectors; Executive Nurses, Nurse Directors, Deputies, Regional Nurse and Area Nurse Leaders.

Please note this event is exclusively targeted at nurses working in senior roles (as listed above) and event registrations will be screened to comply with this requirement.

RCN London
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.

Visitor car parking

Q-Park Oxford Street is an underground car park situated underneath Cavendish Square.  You can pre-book your parking by visiting the Q-Park website.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.


London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted.

  • London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have dedicated express train services into central London.

  • London Heathrow and City airports are directly connected to the Tube network.

  • National Express, Easybus and Greenline coach transfers run 24 hours a day and start as low as £2 when booked in advance.

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View the programme 

 Panel discussion

We are pleased to announce the following will be joining us on the panel to discuss ‘Exerting influence in the changing world of health and social care’.
• Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN CEO
• Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC CEO
• Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse HEE
• Professor Mark Radford, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer – Delivery and Innovation, NHS England/ NHS Improvement.

Key note speakers

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders, World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer and Repeat TED Speaker

Polar explorer Ben Saunders’s incredible feats of endurance challenge conventional wisdom and prove what can be accomplished through ambition, passion, and a refusal to quit. Best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete an epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to the South Pole – equivalent to running 69 marathons back-to-back. Of his expedition he said, “We can all accomplish great feats. If you dream something hard enough, it does indeed come to pass.” Read Ben’s full biography here. 

Anne Wafula-Strikes

Anne Wafula Strike MBE, Paralympic Champion

Anne Wafula Strike MBE, provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement and excellence across a broad range of life situations through motivational talks and appearances that encourages others  to maximise their potential. 

Anne is a Paralympian wheelchair racer and a Tough Mudder conquoror who demonstrate that it's possible to break down barriers. She is a NED on UK Athletics, British Paralympic Association and Active Essex. She continues to encourage for an accessible and inclusive society and believes sport and proactive activism and campaigning can be a catalyst to achieving it. She holds a B.ed degree and Honorary Doctorate of Health Science from York St John University supports various not-for-profit organisation both at national and international level. In 2012 she founded The Olympia-Wafula Foundation with a vision to promote healthy living solutions for differently able and disadvantaged people with special emphasis on education and advocacy to empower and enrich their lives through social inclusion.

Stephen Hart

Stephen Hart, Managing Director, NHS Leadership Academy

Stephen is the Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy, part of the NHS People Directorate. 

Stephen joined the NHS Leadership Academy in 2016.  His focus since joining has been to support the development of NHS leaders who have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required to promote cultures of compassion, collaboration, inclusion and learning.  Prior to joining the NHS Leadership Academy in 2016 Stephen served for 20 years in leadership and management positions in the Military including time as the Head of Command Leadership and Management training for the Army Division at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

We are pleased to announce the following will be joining us on the panel to discuss ‘Exerting influence in the changing world of health and social care’.

Donna Kinnair, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary
Dame Donna Kinnair, has been acting as Chief Executive and General Secretary since August 2018, and was permanently appointed in April 2019.
Donna joined the RCN as Head of Nursing in 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice in 2016, where her key role is to work with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.
Prior to joining the RCN Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. 
Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

Donna Kinnair

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar 
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE joined as our Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2019. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care.
She joined us from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she was the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care since October 2013. While there she led on the regulation and inspection of adult social care including residential and nursing homes and domiciliary care. Andrea was also responsible for the registration team, supporting all health and care sectors.
Prior to that she had roles as the Chief Executive at Social Care Institute for Excellence and also Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission. She was also an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.
In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List

 Andrea Sutcliffe

Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse HEE
Liz Fenton joined Health Education England in 2015 and was appointed as their Deputy Chief Nurse in 2017. Within her portfolio Liz has responsibility across a broad nursing programme as well as for patient and public involvement.
Starting her nursing career at Kings College Hospital joining the nursing register in 1981, Liz has held a variety of operational, managerial and leadership roles in health and care, including at Executive Director level.
Passionate about nursing and improving out comes for patients, Liz also acts as a specialist advisor with the Care Quality Commission and participates in their inspection programme in health and social care settings.
As a member of the leadership team at the Community Hospitals Association Liz supports the work of these community facilities and champions the development of the evidence base to inform best practice. Work has included planning of an annual conference and innovations and best practice awards.
Liz has been recently appointed as the Chair of the CHKS Accreditation Council and as a surveyor participates in national and internal peer accreditation of services, most recently in Portugal. This work is focused on bench making services against international best practice and supporting quality improvement.

 Liz Fenton

Professor Mark Radford, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer – Delivery and Innovation, NHS England/ NHS Improvement.
Mark Radford is Deputy Chief Nursing Officer - Delivery and Innovation for NHS England and NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and governance.  
Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive Care in the UK and Europe.  He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.  Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.

Mark Radford

  • Accrue over 8.5 hours of CPD to count towards your re-validation
  • Take time out to reflect on your professional journey and current practice: what can you do to improve the patient experience and outcomes?
  • Network with like-minded peers from across the UK, build professional relationships and share your experiences / ideas
  • Discover how innovation will affect what you do and how you do it
Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use.

 Conference fee:
 Inc VAT
 RCN Member
£125 + VAT
 Non-RCN Member
£185 + VAT

Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.
Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.
All bookings will be confirmed in writing.
You will not be registered for this event unless payment accompanies your application. Places cannot be held provisionally.
The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.





We have an exclusive sponsorship package which will provide an unrivaled opportunity to connect with a significant group of influential executive nurses.

To discuss sponsorship packages please contact the Jenny Burrows on 01442870143 or email


This events is sponsored by 


PJ Care Ltd is a leading provider of specialist neurological care and neuro rehabilitation for people with complex, progressive or acquired neurological conditions. PJ Care’s highly skilled multi-disciplinary team manage these varied and complex needs with a fully holistic approach within their three residential care centres in Peterborough and Milton Keynes.

To book your place, contact the RCN Event Registrations Team
029 2054 6460

Melissa O’Dwyer, Business Events Organiser
020 7647 3577

Christine McKenzie, Professional Lead Executive Nurse Network

07810 525 210

Page last updated - 18/09/2019