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Activities so far:

  • Working closely with national WDES team – e.g. on WDES strategy, funding support
  • Conference presentations – NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, NHS Employers Disability Summit
  • NHS Leadership (Messenger) Review – DNDN Roundtable and EDI Roundtable with Sir Gordon Messenger
  • Working with Leadership Academy (nationally and regionally) on Talent Management
  • Work stream with Head Hunters (executive search firms)
  • Disability History Month – national (NHS England) and local (trust boards) presentations, NHS Employers blog
  • HSJ interview
  • Website development (w. Royal Cornwall Hospitals)
  • Logo design competition (North Lindsey College design students)
  • DNDN Twitter account
  • DNDN face-to-face and/or virtual conference 2023 – sponsor already arranged
  • Good Practice Toolkit for recruitment and retention of disabled NEDs and execs
  • Reasonable Adjustments work stream
  • Mentoring for recently recruited disabled NEDs and aspiring NEDs (funded by NHSE/I)

Future events

DNDN meeting dates

Dates for DNDN main meetings between now and the end of 2023 have been arranged as follows:


  • 18 July – Keynote Speaker Chloe Smith MP, Minister for Disabled People
  • 19 September – Keynote Speaker Lord Holmes
  • 21 November – Keynote Speaker Vicky Foxcroft MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People


  • 16 January – Keynote Speaker Em Wilkinson Brice, Acting Chief People Officer NHS E/I
  • 20 March
  • 15 May
  • 17 July
  • 18 September
  • 20 November

All meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams and will be from 5 PM-6:30 PM.

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