Leadership Matters Conversations

As part of ongoing support to colleagues across Integrated Care Northamptonshire organisations, our Leadership Matters Conversations series brings world-class leaders to our virtual space to engage, inform and inspire across a range of topics.

Who are they for?

All health and social care colleagues in Northamptonshire are welcome to join these free online sessions, which are hosted on Microsoft Teams.

Find details of upcoming Leadership Matters Conversations and catch up on past sessions on the Leadership Matters Conversations home page.

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Previous sessions

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown – See Me First (Oct 23)

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Dr Hannah Barham-Brown – See Me First

We were delighted to welcome Dr Hannah Barham-Brown for this Leadership Matters Conversations session entitled See Me First: Disability Does Not Mean Inability.

Hannah is a GP registrar in Yorkshire, Council Member of the British Medical Association, and Deputy Leader of the Women’s Equality Party with the portfolio for ‘Making Change Happen’.

Alongside her clinical and political work, she is heavily in demand as a speaker and Chair, focused on employment, disability and LGBTQI issues, in venues from the House of Lords to international publishing companies. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and works to support disabled and LGBTQI people in politics, employment, travel, health, and education.

Sam Allen - Women in Leadership (September 23) 

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Women in Leadership with Sam Allen (September 23) 

In this Leadership Matters Conversations session, Sam Allen, CEO of North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), explores why it’s important to have women in leadership roles and the role of allies for supporting women in the workplace.

Sam is an experienced NHS CEO and joined North East and North Cumbria to set up the ICB in January 2022. She is also the Chair of the NHS confederations’ Health and Care Women Leaders Network, a leadership fellow at St George’s House, a trustee of the Charted Management Institute and a member of The Kings Fund General Advisory Council.


ICN LGBTQ+ Community – Inclusive Language and Putting People First (June 2023)

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ICN LGBTQ+ Community - Inclusive Language and Putting People First 

This Leadership Matters Conversations session, run by members of our LGBTQ+ community within the ICN, explores the importance of inclusive language (sometimes known as neutral language) within the workplace, why it matters, the effect it can have, and the role we all can play.

It ties in genuine lived experiences to highlight the realities we oftentimes overlook without meaning and provides insight into what we can do today to ensure everyone has a place in our ICN.

The session is delivered by Aaron Scott, Alistair Weston, Haitch Brackenbury and Paul Shanley.

  • Aaron is the Chair, and founder, of the North Northants LGBT+ Forum, and Project Coordinator within North Northants Adult Social Care.
  • Alistair is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Officer with Northampton General Hospital, and Cultural Ambassador with the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Haitch is a SEND case worker within the Strengthening Families team within the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust.
  • Paul is a Commissioning Manager within the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust and member of their equality steering group.

Michael Reilly – The Future of Work (May 2023)

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Michael Reilly - The Future of Work  (May 2023)

In this Leadership Matters Conversations session, Michael Reilly presents a discussion entitled 'The Future of Work - how the pandemic has created the biggest change to work since Henry Ford introduced the assembly line'.

As a qualified psychologist, Michael has had director-level roles in product development, business development and strategy at several organisations including BT, Orange and SiteKit Health.

In 2000, Michael was awarded his PhD in which he explored the relationship between actual management behaviour and exposed organisational values communicated by senior leaders in divisions of BT plc.

Since 2005 he has worked in the digital transformation of healthcare development and supported with the deployment of innovative digital technology that delivers evidence-based improvements for both patients and clinicians.

As a psychologist Michael is trained is Gestalt Therapy. This is a client-centred type of therapy that gets clients to focus on understanding what is really happening in their lives currently rather than what they perceive to be happening based on past events.

You can watch any previous session from our Leadership Matters Conversations series, dating back to March 2021, on our Leadership Matters Conversations YouTube playlists.

Leadership Matters Conversations – February 2023 onwards

Leadership Matters Conversations – March 2021 to September 2022

What our community thinks

"What an amazing session. Fascinating evidence linking compassion and inclusion to outcomes, incredibly relevant and poignant today and Professor West's presentation style is incredibly engaging."


"Absolutely excellent – simply brilliant! Very much of the moment – what we need to hear as we move towards ICS and system leadership."


"Fantastic session and lots of take-aways."


"Thanks for organising these events. These are interesting and relevant topics and provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues."


"Good length – one hour. Good quality speaker, well rehearsed. Good amount of time for questions."