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VLN Celebration and Listening Event 2024

Virtual via MS Teams.

Welcome to another year of our Celebration and Listening Event for the Visible Leaders Network – a unique chance to learn and celebrate the learning from the previous year and listen to your views and wishes for the forthcoming year.

This year our theme is ‘BUILDING YOUR FUTURE TOGETHER – VLN UNITED AND STRONGER’ and it is our hope that our Visible Leaders Network will continue to go from strength to strength.

This is a members only event however to find out more about joining the Visible Leaders Network please click here.

We have an impressive array of speakers for this year, along with an opportunity to hear Carlotta Oakenfull and the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Choir during our break times.


Details of our programme are:-


Welcome and Introductions Caroline Dove and Lisa Godfrey – NHS Elect

Diana Belfon – Co-Chair of VLN

13:10 The role leadership in tackling inequalities Dr Habib Naqvi

Executive Sponsor

13:30 Learning through lived experience – strengthening staff and patient voice Lyndsay Bunting

Head of Talent, Leadership & Lifelong Learning

13.40 The ups and downs of my journey in the NHS Yvonne Coghill CBE


Excellence in Action

14:30 Opening Doors Angela Hillery CBE


15:10 Breakout Sessions – chose one of the following:-

Breakout Room 1

‘Your Time is Now!’ – Asha Day

 Breakout Room 2

“Blind boy to Head of EDI?” – Haseeb Ahmed

Breakout Room 3

‘Unlocking your Potential’ – Bina Kotecha

Shahnaz Aziz – Co-Chair of VLN


15:30 COMFORT BREAK – Grab a drink and enjoy the CHOIR PERFORMANCE Carlotta Oakenfull

NHFT Choir


15.50 Breakout Sessions – choose one of the following:-

 Breakout Room 1

‘Your Time is Now!’ – Asha Day

Breakout Room 2

“Blind boy to Head of EDI?” – Haseeb Ahmed

Breakout Room 3

‘Unlocking your Potential’ – Bina Kotecha

Shahnaz Aziz – Co-Chair of VLN


16:10 Feedback session Plenary and listening for views for the forthcoming year.


Caroline Dove or Lisa Godfrey – NHS Elect

What do you hope to achieve by belonging to the VLN?

What would you like to see as the VLN development and support offer for you in 2024?

As members of the VLN how we can actively support one another?

What has been most beneficial to you in the previous year?

16:40 Next Steps Lyndsay Bunting, Head of Talent, Leadership & Lifelong Learning
16:50 Closing Comments via Slido & Word Cloud


Dr Habib Naqvi

Executive Sponsor


Please ensure your select your choice of two breakout rooms to ensure you can can the one of your choosing as these will be on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Is there a cost to participates ?

No, there is no cost associated with this event.

Please Note:-

  • If you need any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either during, or after the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.
  • We will send an email with details of joining instructions for the day to all participants, prior to the date.
  • In order to participate you may need a webcam and a headset.
  • Your computer will need to have the sound function on so you can hear and speak at the webinar.
  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar.

Questions about this event?

Organiser : Wendy Walker

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk