Nursing Leadership in the English NHS: Influencing Diversity, COVID-19 and Me


Date: 29 Oct 2020

Presented by: Yvonne Coghill, Director (Workforce Race Equality), NHS London; Deputy President, Royal College of Nursing

Room: ONLINE via Zoom

Time: 12-1pm PST

The Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward Foundation has generously supported the annual Marion Woodward Lecture since 1969. This lectureship marked the first time that Marion Woodward had allowed her name to be used in conjunction with any of the beneficiaries of the Foundation.

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The UBC School of Nursing is pleased to be virtually hosting internationally renowned nursing leader, Yvonne Coghill, for a keynote lecture on COVID-19 and race equality. Ms. Coghill is the Director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation in the British National Health Service (NHS) and deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom. Ms. Coghill brings her considerable operational and strategic leadership expertise to bear in leading cultural and transformational change during a time of global upheaval and disruption.


Yvonne Coghill, CBE, FRCN, (Hon) Fellow KCL, Hon DUni (Bucks),
Director (Workforce Race Equality), NHS London;
Deputy President, Royal College of Nursing

Yvonne Coghill, CBE, FRCN, (Hon) Fellow KCL, Hon DUni (Bucks), commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.

Yvonne is currently the Director, workforce race equality, NHS London, prior to which she was the Director for the Workforce Race Equality Implementation Team in NHS England/Improvement. She is a member of faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she helped develop their inclusion strategy. Yvonne has delivered lectures on inclusion and diversity at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D. Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.  

In 2012 Yvonne was appointed a Magistrate to the North London bench. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers and in December 2017 she was included in the HSJ top 100 influential leaders list. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed to the position of Director for WRES implementation in June 2015. In 2018 Yvonne was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from Kings College University, honorary doctorates from The Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities, voted one of the top 70 most inspirational nurses in the NHS over the last 70 years and became Deputy President of the RCN in January 2019. Summer 2020 Yvonne led on the development of a race equality strategy for London and was invited to be a senior fellow at the Institute of Health Improvement.