The Dragon’s Heart Institute is delighted to share the success of the Climb Leadership Programme’s recent Summit Event, which took place on June 19th. The event, celebrating the graduates of the second cohort of Climb as well as the 75th anniversary of the NHS and the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, brought together leaders from diverse fields to exchange invaluable insights and explore the future of leadership in health and social care.

The Summit Event featured a line-up of speakers who captivated the audience with their thought-provoking talks. The Climb graduates showcased their transformative leadership journeys, sharing personal anecdotes and lessons learned along the way. Their stories served as inspiration for aspiring leaders, illustrating the power of perseverance, resilience, vulnerability and innovation.

Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale UHB, delivered a keynote speech that resonated with attendees. With her wealth of experience in healthcare leadership, Suzanne provided profound insights into navigating the challenges and opportunities faced by the healthcare sector today. Her vision for high quality patient-centred care and her passion for cultivating effective leadership left a mark on all those present.

Joining Suzanne on stage, Carol Shilabeer, Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, shared her perspective on leadership in the context of the NHS, emphasizing the importance of collaboration, teamwork, and inclusivity. Her address shed light on the critical role played by leaders in ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare services to the community.

Brigadier Toby Rowlands, renowned for his leadership in the armed forces, delivered a speech that drew parallels between the challenges faced in military operations and those encountered in the health and social care sector. His insights on adaptability, strategic decision-making, and fostering a strong sense of camaraderie resonated deeply with the audience.

Peter Hillary delivers his keynote speech on the main stage.

Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary, graced the stage to share his unique perspective on leadership and adventure. Drawing from his own and his father’s remarkable achievements, he emphasized the importance of courage, determination, and pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as possible.

Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to engage in interactive question and answer sessions, enabling them to delve deeper into the core principles of effective leadership. The networking sessions facilitated meaningful connections among like-minded individuals, fostering an environment of collaboration and idea-sharing.

Jonathon Gray, lead for the Dragon’s Heart Institute said, “All of us at the Dragon’s Heart Institute congratulates the Climb graduates for their success and determination throughout the programme. Their presentations made for an extraordinary Summit event that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on all those fortunate enough to have attended. The convergence of insightful talks, profound discussions, and remarkable individuals has further ignited the passion for exemplary leadership, inspiring a new generation of leaders committed to shaping a brighter future.

“As we reflect on this occasion, we look forward to witnessing the far-reaching influence of the Climb graduates and the transformative leadership they will bring to their respective fields.”

For more information about the Climb Leadership Programme and upcoming events, please visit the Climb webpage or contact our dedicated team. Together, let us continue to ascend the heights of leadership excellence.

Bryn Kentish
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Bryn Kentish