Some of HSJ’s top 50 chief executives explore both the pressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and how their own roles are changing in an environment of competing demands

HSJ’ s top 50 chief executives are recognised as being at the pinnacle of their profession, with insights into running NHS trusts which display a deep understanding of both their organisations and the areas they serve.

Each year HSJ brings a group of them together to look at some of the most pressing issues for the NHS today. This year we looked at diversity and inclusion in the NHS – which led onto a wider discussion about racism, homophobia and other attitudes staff often encounter in their work. Our chief executives were determined that the NHS should offer opportunities to advance to all staff and that more needed to be done to overcome barriers to this.

They then turned to “purpose” – why they and their organisations were there and what their main priorities should be in an environment where every one of them has to balance competing demands for their time. The answer to the question “why am I here?” seems to be evolving with many chief executives stressing the system role they now have and the need to inspire staff and empower them to deliver the best care possible.

Read the longform guide on the roundtable

The panel 

  • Sam Allen – Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Tom Cahill – Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
  • Nick Carver – East and North Herts Trust
  • Neil Dardis – Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Stephen Dunn – West Suffolk Foundation Trust
  • Garrett Emmerson – London Ambulance Service Trust
  • Dame Marianne Griffiths –  Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust
  • Nick Hulme – East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust
  • Paul Jenkins – Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
  • Alastair McLellan – HSJ editor, roundtable chair
  • Andrew Ridley – Central London Community Healthcare Trust
  • Melanie Walker – Devon Partnership Trust
  • Kate Wilson – Korn Ferry