The best leaders are remembered for the questions they ask rather than the answers they give

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

Non-executive directors use a variety of styles in the boardroom; a coaching style is effective for opening out conversations and issues in a non-judgemental way by using powerful, catalytic questions. This half-day workshop is your chance to learn the art of asking powerful questions and put this into practice with a view to deciding for yourself when this style will be most useful. At the end of this session you will have a framework for developing and using powerful questions and an approach to using a coaching style in your board.

The speakers

Sarah Goodson

Sarah Goodson has more than 25 years' experience in the NHS, most recently at NHS East of England, where she was responsible for talent management and leadership development.

In addition, Sarah supported the work of the East of England Commissioning Directorate where she led leadership and organisational development interventions for emerging clinical commissioning groups.

Sarah has a clinical background, working in hospital pharmacy after qualifying in 1987. In her role as Director of the South East Regional Pharmacy Education and Training Team she was involved developing extended roles and professional registration for pharmacy support staff at a national level.

In 2002, Sarah moved into the field of workforce development, working for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight strategic health authority. Here she focused on new ways of working, associate practicioner development and the widening participation agenda. Sarah was also seconded to the National Workforce Review Team as part of the review of ambulance service workforce development.

Sarah has held several senior roles across the NHS in a range of organisations at both an operational and a strategic level. She is qualified at Level B Intermediate Plus in British Psychological Society psychometric testing and is also accredited with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Katy Steward

Katy Steward is an Assistant Director in Leadership at The King's Fund. She joined the Fund in 2006 and has more than 20 years experience of working in the public and private sector. Before joining the Fund she worked at Monitor on governance and leadership as Head of Governance Policy.

Katy has worked extensively in change management and organisational effectiveness. She has a PhD in engagement, culture and communication and following this worked as a consultant at KPMG, and was Vice President at Citigroup. She has implemented new structures, teams and processes, working at board level and below to define roles, change strategies, and develop leaders and cultures. Before coming to the NHS she worked for two years on government change programmes, including with the House of Commons and with the University for Industry.

She is a qualified coach and enjoys running action learning sets. She currently runs a programme of action learning for senior leaders in London. She has a strong interest in board leadership and its impact on culture and governance. At The King's Fund she directs the Board leadership programme and works with boards she set up with the Foundation Trust Governors Association. She also runs the New Medical Director Programme.

Katy has a breadth of experience gained from working across a range of sectors. Outside work she is a trustee of a charity which focuses on sustainable development in Africa.