Governors' case study for chairs

The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act creates a new dynamic between foundation trust boards and councils of governors. With the new Act, governors are being asked to engage in a dialogue with their boards that includes extensive consideration of new and frequently complex issues.

This event will use a scenario-based approach to tease out the role of governors, especially in relation to public engagement. The session will allow chairs and non-executive directors to share experiences and explore opportunities in relation to the governor role.

The event is based on the new open programme jointly developed by The King's Fund and DAC Beachcroft for foundation trust governors. It is led by Programme Co-director, Katy Steward.


Giles Peel

Adviser, Health Advisory Team, DAC Beachcroft

Giles leads DAC Beachcroft's Health Advisory team. He is a chartered secretary with a broad background in a number of fields, ranging from FTSE financial services to the public sector. His particular interest is advising on governance, and he has worked with numerous clients in health and the commercial sector. In the course of his career he has managed change, led operational teams, negotiated commercial contracts and planned and delivered acquisitions and mergers. He is an experienced speaker and media spokesman.

His recent roles have included Policy Director of the ICSA, Managing Director of Capita's Company Secretarial Services Outsourcing Business and a fixed-term appointment as Corporate Development Director of an acute NHS trust created out of a merger.

His first career was in the Royal Navy, where he served as a supply officer in a variety of appointments at sea and in Whitehall.

He is an experienced chair and non-executive director.

Katy Steward

Assistant Director of Leadership Development, The King's Fund

Katy joined the Fund in 2006 from Monitor, where she worked on regulatory policy in the area of governance, and became Assistant Director of Leadership in 2011. She has extensive experience of working on culture, leadership, change management and governance in the NHS and more broadly across the private and government sectors, previously working in business transformation at KPMG.

She is also a qualified coach, works with boards and runs a network, the Board Leadership Programme, for NHS chairs and non-executive directors.

She is currently a trustee of Oxfam. Katy has a PhD on organisational behaviour and learning from Imperial College London.