Midlands Leadership Network


The Midlands Leadership Network is an invaluable opportunity to meet like-minded people, exchange information and develop professional and social contacts.

It was created to meet the needs of our leadership students, who told us how important their peer networks were when they were studying. They recognised how much we can learn from each other, based on our own unique experiences. There were also subjects they wanted to know more about that were not covered on the course and the network is an opportunity to explore those further.

But the network isn’t just limited to our leadership students. Leaders who were unable to attend the course expressed a wish to meet and talk with other leaders in children and young people’s mental health.

Why join a leadership network?

Fresh ideas and continuous personal and professional development

Most of us try to stay up-to-date with developments in our field of work, either by continuing our education or reading journals, but how much time do we devote to considering our own and other’s leadership?

There’s a wealth of knowledge out there that you can gain access to by simply talking to other leaders who know your world. Being on the receiving end of new ideas enables you to introduce new practices in your workplace but, more importantly, it helps you to remain on top of trends and developments in children and young people’s mental health services, and leadership. This helps you to lead your service area knowing that you’re up to date.

An opportunity to help others

One of the most important benefits of networking is that you get to help other people.  In helping others, in turn, other people will help you.

Expand your personal support

A support network can be helpful you at every stage of your career. For example, let’s say that you are interviewing for a particular job or organisation, there may be someone who has worked there already, which means they can give you advice and tips on what to expect.

Improve your self-esteem

Improving your self-esteem may not be what you think about when joining a network, but it might just do that, as well as increasing your own resilience. Knowing people, being asked for your opinions and ideas, or introducing people, can be exciting, and it may be exactly what you need.

Explore subjects that real leaders of CYPMH services have asked for

We asked leaders what subjects were important to them, and we will keep asking:

Participants’ suggestions for future event themes

These will inform our next few networks.

Events in 2022

Below, you’ll find the events running during the current year.

  • 14 Jul

    Resonant Leadership

    – Paul Chudley

  • 1 Dec

    New Beginnings

    – Brian Lawson

Events in 2021

Below, you’ll find the events we ran during 2021.

All events were scheduled from 10:00am to 1:30pm and were hosted online via Zoom. Each topic was followed by a discussion of the impact on leadership practice.

To reserve a place, please click on the EventBrite links below:


Below is a selection of presentations from recent Leadership Network events:

by Brian Lawson
Be Yourself
by Dawn Rees
Delivering Mental Health Services
by Mike Garner
Leading Transformation
by Julie Hackett
Improving the CAMHS Access Rates
by Zoe Gilbert