'Achievement in Adversity'

How do we develop and sustain resilience in hospice care


Thursday 17th October 2024


Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8AZ

Travel Information:

Northwood House is a short walk (10-15 minutes) from the red jet terminal in Cowes. Car ferry crossings to the isle of Wight are available from Red Funnel (Southampton to East Cowes) and Wightlink (Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth).

Key Speakers:

Tia De Nora, Professor of Cultural Sociology, University of Exeter 

Tia is currently working as a Leverhulme Major Fellow on the Island Life and Death project. The project explores the question of how a hospice and its local community can work in tandem to support people’s experiences of death, dying and bereavement. Tia has a number of publications and her books include Hope: the dream we carry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), Music in Everyday Life (Cambridge, 2000) and Music Asylyms: Music and Wellbeing in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2013). Tia is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Toby Porter, Chief Executive, Hospice UK.

Toby joined Hospice UK as its Chief Executive in September 2022. Prior to his appointment, he led Acorns Children’s Hospice as Chief Executive from 2016, guiding the children’s hospice care service through the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic. Before joining the hospice sector, Toby was Chief Executive at HelpAge International, the secretariat to a global network of civil society organisations working with and for older people; in that position, he was invited to join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Population Ageing and the WEF’s global meetings in Davos from 2014 to 2016 as a civil society representative. His earlier career was largely dedicated to humanitarian aid, working for Save the Children and Oxfam, including leading the response to the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, and the conflicts in Kosovo and Rwanda.

Laura Gaudion, Strategic Director - Adult Social Care and Housing, Isle of Wight Council.

Laura has more than 20 years experience in local authority which she reflects have been varied, challenging, and hugely rewarding. Having originally been a lawyer by trade Laura’s day job has changed but she is clear that one thing that has not is the opportunity she has to make a difference, have real impact, and make life better for local people – Laura is very clear that this is the reason she chose local government, and this is the reason she chose a career in adult social care. Laura’s roles within adult social care have provided her with an opportunity to look at things a little less traditionally than would be expected – a more forensic analysis of social work has enabled her to focus on what really matters and she frequently says that this has meant that she has felt able, and encouraged, to challenge constructively ‘the ways things are done’. 


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