About this event

  • Date and time Fri 9 Jul 2021 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Be inspired, motivated and learn how to develop personal leadership skills in your career as a healthcare professional.

The NHS People Plan recommends the development of leaders in the Medical World. Good leadership, in all forms, is an inherent part of medical practice and has never been more necessary than in the current pandemic. 

This webinar is a unique opportunity to learn about different leadership styles through the lived experiences of the diverse group of successful leaders who will be speaking on the webinar. 

We will cover more than just the essentials of good leadership. Delegates can expect to:

  • Learn about best practice
  • Feel empowered to innovate, facilitate transformation and communicate more effectively
  • Learn from and be inspired by global role models in leadership

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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Key speakers

Mr Steve Andrews

Associate Director of Leadership, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Mr Steve Andrews is the Associate Director of Leadership at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. Since 2016, he leads the Organisational Development service.


In 2008, Steve became the Director of Programmes (Education) at UCLH. He developed and delivered training programs on team development, human factors, patient safety, and leadership. In 2010, he became the Chief Instructor for the NHS Staff College. In his time there, Steve initiated leadership programs with the NHS, the military, and other independent specialists.


Steve is also a qualified nurse specialising in care for children and young patients with cancer. In his clinical career, Steve became a CNS, Ward Manager, and a Senior Nurse.


Steve has a master’s degree in Organisational Behavior and Health. He also has a Diploma for Higher Education in Nursing and Health Management.

Ajit Abraham

Dr Ajit Abraham

Consultant General, Trauma and HPB Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Ajit Abraham MBBS, MS, MA (Medical Ethics & Law), FRCS, FRCS (General Surgery) was born in Kumasi, Ghana, schooled in Manchester, and trained as a general surgeon in Pune, India. He returned to the UK in 1993, training in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery and liver transplantation in London at the Royal Free and the Royal London.

He has been Consultant General, Trauma & HPB Surgeon at the Royal London, Barts Health NHS Trust since 2005. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London, and the Trust Undergraduate Dean. He is also Barts Health Group Co-Chair of the Inclusion Board that oversees inclusion and equity for staff, patients, and their communities.

His HPB interests include surgical management of benign and malignant disease of the liver, the gall bladder, bile duct, and pancreas, with related expertise in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical approaches. He has over two decades of expertise in emergency general surgery and trauma at the Royal London Hospital, the first dedicated Major Trauma Centre in the UK.

Other areas of interest are clinical leadership, quality improvement and patient safety. He was Health Foundation QI Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard, 2011-12, and has an MA in Medical Ethics & Law from Keele University, UK, 2004.

At Barts Health, he was Clinical Director for Surgery, 2010-11, Associate Medical Director for Improvement & Innovation, 2013-14, Executive Group Director for the Surgery & Cancer Clinical Academic Group, 2014-2016. Chair of the Boards of Surgery & Cancer, 2017-18, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, 2016 -18.

On sabbatical 2018-19, he re-established and led the HPB service at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore. He is the Principal of The Staff College for Leadership in Healthcare and he has a longstanding ‘Hatha Vinyasa’ Yoga and ‘Vipassana’ meditation practice.

Dr Navina Evans

Dr Navina Evans

Chief Executive, Health Education England

Speaker's biography

Dr Navina Evans MBBS DCH MRCPsych joined HEE on 1 October 2020 from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) where she had been Chief Executive of Health Education England since 2016.


She has more than twenty years of clinical experience in psychiatry, medicine and paediatrics, and previously held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Health Education England. 


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 co-production with patients, advocating for the best possible care and creating a culture of enjoying work for staff.

Dr Diana Hamilton-Fairley

Management Consultant, Former Medical Director, Medway UK and Director of Education Transformation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHSFT

Speaker's biography

Diana qualified as a doctor in 1981. She trained in obstetrics and gynaecology and became a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas's hospitals in 1996. Her particular interest was in the ovulation problems of women affecting their fertility. Diana established a 24-hour multi-professional emergency gynaecological unit at GSTT. She was also an obstetrician for the women of Clapham and ran two weekly clinics in the community. During her time as a consultant, she led the training of junior doctors and eventually ended up as the Postgraduate Dean for acute specialities across London. Prior to that, Diana ran the O&G training programme across London, Kent Surrey and Sussex. She was the Clinical Director for Women’s services for several years before becoming Deputy Medical Director and Acting Medical Director. In 2014 she was asked to provide support to Medway Foundation Trust because its CQC rating was not improving.

In 2015 she became the Medical Director for MFT and helped lead it out of special measures in 2017. Diana worked with colleagues across Kent and was chair of the Clinical and Professional Board for Kent and Medway determining the clinical priorities and strategy for the Sustainable Transformation Partnership. In 2019 she became the lead for the developing Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership before retiring in January 2020. During the pandemic, she volunteered to support King’s College Hospital whilst also supporting the new Clinical Director for the ICP and Primary Care Networks in Medway and Swale. She is a vaccine prescriber and do regular shifts at GSTT.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Miss Sangeeta Agnihotri - President


Professor Timothy Draycott


Dr Laurie Zephyrin - Vice President of Health Care Delivery System Reform

Leading for the future, lessons from the pandemic

Dr Navina Evans - Chief Executive of Health Education England

Leading Doctors

Dr Diana Hamilton - Fairley - Management Consultant, Former Medical Director at Medway UK, Director of Education Transformation Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHSFT

When Soft and Fluffy Met Coronavirus

Mr Steve Andrews - Associate Director of Leadership and Change at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Just Be, Be Just – A surgeon’s reflections on mindfulness, compassionate leadership, inclusion and equity

Dr Ajit Abraham - Consultant General, Trauma and HPB Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust

Panel discussion



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.