9 March 2023, 09:30 - 12:30

Hear from Tracey Neville MBE, former England netball international and a former England head coach, in what proved to be a fascinating exploration of the power of authentic and compassionate leadership.

Tracey helped England to win their first Commonwealth gold medal in 2018. She turned around a downtrodden, underfunded programme to create one of the greatest team triumphs of the last decade. Tracey will draw on her experiences as a player, coach, and leader when delivering this session.

We also heard from Donna Hall, former Chief Executive of Wigan Council who implemented The Deal, a radically different, holistic approach to public service delivery. 

The Deal ensured that, despite significantly reduced funding, no frontline services were cut, and outcomes - particularly around health and social care - actually improved, changing the lives of local residents for the better.

The event was chaired by Sue Holden, chief exec of AQUA, who in her previous role as National Director for Intensive Support at NHS England and NHS Improvement, has carried out research analysing the role of a CEO in leading the improvement of challenged NHS organisations. 

Learning outcomes
  • To showcase leaders who demonstrate authentic and compassionate leadership and help you consider how to translate those values into your leadership role
  • Look at how senior leaders can be brought in to support change and integration using an authentic and compassionate style of leadership
  • Examine what makes leaders exceptional in the face of adversity
  • Show diverse perspectives and stories to challenge our thinking


About the Collaborative
We are an influential partnership, formed from cross sector organisations in the North West. We represent the NHS, health and social care and local government to bring you a range of collaborative masterclasses.

By combining our unique specialisms, the collaboration explores innovative thinking with expert speakers, to provide cross sector knowledge sharing for leaders across the North West.

The collaborative is made up of the following organisations:

  • Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA),
  • Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA)
  • NHS North West Leadership Academy (NHS NWLA)
  • North West Employers (NWE)
  • North West Association of Directors of Adults Social Care Services (ADASS)
  • Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast

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