The power of the team: Harnessing collaboration, diversity and challenge

Our free to attend annual Do OD Conference will take place on 14 May 2024 in Manchester.
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General information

14 May 2024 10:00 GMT
Open to all


  • Bruce Daisley
    Bruce Daisley
    Culture coach, writer and speaker
  • Dr Thanda Mhlanga
    Dr Thanda Mhlanga
    Associate Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nicole Williams
    Nicole Williams
    Chartered Occupational and Coaching Psychologist
  • Rob Booth
    Rob Booth
    Accredited Team Coach Affina OD

Join us for the OD in the NHS XI, where we’ll delve into the heart of OD by putting a spotlight on the ever evolving topic of team dynamics.

Teams are currently being asked to do more than ever, and they are experiencing challenges within their relationships, identity and purpose. This year, we want to focus on the potential of the team, and how we can harness it to achieve organisational goals and foster a positive workplace culture. We will delve into the dynamics of teams within systems and beyond, emphasising how they function as essential components within the larger system frameworks.

This free to attend, in-person event will bring our OD community together with industry leaders and like-minded professionals to explore the latest trends, share valuable insights, inspire collaboration, and foster meaningful connections.

During the day, you will get a chance to:

  • network with colleagues from across the country

  • attend main stage events and breakout sessions where you’ll hear from a range of amazing speakers

  • celebrate successes and share challenges.


Morning sessions

  • Join the NHS Employers Do OD programme team for a pre conference energiser.

  • An introduction to the 11th Do OD annual conference from Dr Carly Telford, Interim Assistant Director (Do OD), NHS Employers

Morning mainstage session

  • Listen to a panel of experts discussing building NHS teams for the future. Join them to delve into the dynamics of teams within systems and beyond.


    • Tally Kandola, Head of Professional Development – People Profession, NHS England
    • John Herring, Director of Organisational Development and Culture, NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care
  • Break followed by breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

  • Session lead - Dr Thanda Mhlanga, Associate Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust  

  • Session lead - Jamie Parker, Organisational Development Lead, NHS Blood and Transplant

  • Session leads - Dr Pascale Daher and Rob Booth, Affina OD

Afternoon mainstage session

  • Bruce is a bestselling author and technology leader from the UK. He has become regarded as one of the most respected thought leaders on the subject of workplace culture and the future of work.

    His prior business career saw him spend 12 years as one of the best known technology leaders in the country, first running YouTube in UK and then Twitter across Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

    Having led at some of the fastest moving and high profile companies in the world Bruce understands that there's a big difference between what might work in theory and what actually works in practice. His discussions about workplace culture are always filled with practicality, warmth and often humour.

    On the day Bruce will share insights into nurturing effective team dynamics and explore strategies to cultivate a collaborative team culture. 

  • Break followed by breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

  • Session lead - Nicole Williams, Chartered Occupational and Coaching Psychologist

  • Session lead - Louisa Graham, Deputy Chief People Officer, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Refreshments, networking and exhibition

Final mainstage session

  • Speakers

    Anita Asante, Former Lioness, Olympian, FA Coach, Sports Broadcaster

    Julia Tybura, Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor and Mentor. Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Greenwich, 

Conference close

  • Join the team for a post conference drink, debrief and more networking. 

Quotes from delegates who attended last year's conference:

"I don't think I have ever attended a conference with such a friendly and collaborative feel before. I felt at home."

"It was a great event with lots of space to meet new people and time to reflect on the work we do."

"I'm new to OD, so this was a great opportunity to network and connect."

Who should attend

This event is open to people working in NHS provider organisations or integrated care systems who support or have an interest in organisation development.

Attendance is free, but space is limited to two people per organisation as the event has been oversubscribed in previous years. We encourage you to secure your place by booking now.

The Do OD conference is very popular and each year we have a waiting list of colleagues who would like to attend. If you are registered to attend conference and for any reason cannot use your place, please do let the team know as soon as possible by emailing We can ensure your place is passed to a colleague on the waiting list.

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Exhibition opportunities

For exhibition opportunities, please contact Shaz Azam, Senior Business Development Manager.