Nightingale2020, ExCeL London
27-28 October 2020

Welcome to Nightingale2020

“This international conference will showcase how nurses and midwives can work collectively to transform global health and care for everyone, everywhere. Nightingale2020 will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s legacy, put the voice of nurses at the heart of health policy and contribute to the World Health Organisation’s work in the Year of the Nurse. What a celebration!”

- Professor Greta Westwood CEO, Florence Nightingale Foundation


The Florence Nightingale Foundation, Burdett Trust and Dods all recognise the vitally important role played by nurses and midwives in delivering against global healthcare goals.  We are delighted to be working together to deliver this important and timely event in the 200th centenary year of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The Foundation’s principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity and capability. It does this by enabling nurses and midwives to access sophisticated and bespoke leadership development opportunities, both in the UK and overseas, tailored to the scholar’s needs.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust named after Sir Henry Burdett KCB, the founder of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses (RNPFN).

The Trust was set up in 2002 in recognition of the foundation, philosophy and structure of the RNPFN. Nurses, midwives and the allied health professions make up the majority of the healthcare workforce and play a pivotal role in direct care to patients. The Trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

Dods is a market leading business intelligence, events, media and training company. Who have built a reputation for high quality, unbiased content across all of our products and services. Dods’ global reach enables customers across six continents and 50 countries to navigate the complex and changing UK and EU political and public sector management environments.

Steering group

The conference agenda is the result of expert knowledge and professional guidance from our Steering Group which is made up of senior advisers who bring a wealth of experience from very senior roles in health, government, education and international policy.

Shirley Baines

Chief Executive, The Burdett Trust

Shirley Baines has over 30 years’ experience in the charity sector...

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Nursing Now Global Campaign Programme Lead

Lisa has worked in healthcare in both the private and public...

Dame Christine Beasley

Chair, Florence Nightingale Museum, Trustee The Burdett Trust

Dame Christine Beasley served the UK National Health Service...

Yinglen Butt

Associate Director Nursing

Bronagh has been at the RCN since late 2018...

Howard Catton

CEO, International Council of Nurses

Howard qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and held...

Jane Dwelly

Event Director, Nightingale2020

Jane has worked at the highest level in health policy in Whitehall...

Simon Enright

Director of Communications, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Simon enjoys using the skills...

Hilary Garratt CBE

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Hilary leads the implementation of a range of national programmes...

David Green

Director, Florence Nightingale Museum, Chair 2020 Partners

David has been the Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum...

Stuart King

Managing Director, Events, Dods Group PLC

Stuart King is Managing Director Events at Dods Group...

Gillian Knight

Nursing Officer, Safety, Regulation & Service Development, Welsh Government

Gill registered  as a general nurse in 1994...

Dr. Clare Lewis

Deputy Chief Nurse, Department of Health, Ireland

Clare has been working in senior nursing roles in both primary...

Mary Frances McManus

Nursing Officer Public Health, Department of Health, Northern Ireland

Mary Frances McManus is a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health...

Fiona McQueen

Chief Nursing Officer, Scotland

Dame Yvonne Moores

Chair, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Dame Yvonne qualified as a nurse and midwife in Southampton...

Dr Joan Myers OBE

Director and Trustee, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Joan has over 35 years’ experience as a senior nurse leader..

Wendy Nicholson MBE

Deputy Chief Nurse, Children, young people and families...

Working as the Deputy Chief Nurse & Deputy Head of World...

Professor Ian Norman

Executive Dean, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing...

Ian Norman is the Executive Dean of the Florence Nightingale...

Dr. Barbara Stilwell

Executive Director, Nursing Now Global Campaign

Dr Stilwell has worked throughout the world as a champion for health workers...

Baroness Mary Watkins

President, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Professor Lady Watkins is a nurse academic who has...

Professor Greta Westwood

CEO, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Greta qualified as a nurse in 1983...