Winter School 2020 – Reimagining leadership for healthcare

4-6 February 2020 - Grimbergen, Belgium


Leadership has traditionally focused on authority, position and dominance. New Public Management has dominated during the last thirty years with a particular focus on key performance indicators and measurement. Leaders in health care need to think differently in tackling the huge social challenges that confront care services in the 21st century.
Collaborative and relationship-focused approaches encourage a shift towards collective New Public Leadership, demonstrating public value. This Winter School brings together experts from three European Universities to introduce the concepts of New Public Leadership and the competencies needed to confront the future challenges of health care.

What will you learn

  • Reimagining Leadership – how to work collectively by Dr. Stephen Brookes & Dr. Jillian McCarthy, University of Manchester, UK
  • ‘Solid soft-skills’ – Dealing with paradoxes and wicked problems by Dr. Maarten Janssen, Erasmus Centre for Healthcare Management, The Netherlands
  • Am I an effective leader? Self-perception of potential leaders by Dr. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

How will you learn?

  • Highly interactive sessions in a small group setting
  • Health Management trainers from leading European Universities
  • Targeted to develop skills & competencies needed for the healthcare leaders of the future
Dr. Stephen Brookes
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Dr. Stephen Brookes

Dr. Stephen Brookes

Dr. Stephen Brookes is a senior fellow in public policy and management and specialises in leadership and organisational development. For six years, he was the  Programme Director for the MSc in Healthcare Management, which was relaunched in 2017 as the MSc International Healthcare Leadership and is a regular contributor to the full time and Global MBA. Stephen has a unique blend of experience at a senior level in the police, central and regional government, and local government. He also has a sound academic background, having completed his PhD in 2004 and increasingly publishing in academic journals and books and presenting papers at conferences. Immediately prior to his appointment at MBS Stephen was the Home Office Director for the Government Office for the East Midlands, which he undertook for almost six years. During this time Stephen had considerable experience in working with partnerships and supporting both performance improvement programmes and in facilitating and leading change.

Dr. Maarten Janssen
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Dr. Maarten Janssen

Dr. Maarten Janssen

Dr. Maarten Janssen works at the Erasmus Center for Healthcare Management since June 2016 as a Program Manager for the Master of Health Business Administration. He mostly works in the organisation of the MHBA’s educational program, being the point of contact for both students and teachers. Prior to joining the Erasmus Center for Healthcare Management, Maarten was affiliated with the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of the Erasmus University. As a researcher, he has worked on various national and international research projects in the field of innovation and governance. The results of the research, strongly focused on practice, were collected in a dissertation on the governance of healthcare innovation ‘Situated Novelty’ (2016). This dissertation was nominated in 2017 for the Karolinska Medical Management Center / EHMA Research Award. Maarten graduated from Utrecht University in 2009, where he studied Science & Innovation Management.

Dr. Axel Kaehne
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Dr. Axel Kaehne

Dr. Axel Kaehne

Dr. Axel Kaehne took up a position of Research Fellow at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University in 2005 and joined Edge Hill as a Senior Research Fellow in April 2013. He was appointed Reader in Health Service Research in 2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care Research Interests. Axel was educated in Berlin (Germany) at Free University and Humboldt University and subsequently studied at Aberdeen University and the University of Wales. Axel has designed and delivered evaluations of health improvement programmes in England and Wales and is also member of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit at Alder Hey, the Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Jillian McCarthy
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Dr. Jillian McCarthy

Dr. Jillian McCarthy

Dr. Jillian McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Health Management at Manchester Business School.  She is also an active member of the NHS Research Ethics Committee NorthWest, and is external examiner for postgraduate programmes at the University of West London including the PGCert in Strategic Workforce Planning and Developing Integrated Services module. In addition, she is a reviewer for Health and clinical text books and journals, including: Sage Publications; the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice; Nurse Education Today; and McMaster University Health Journals. With over twenty years’ experience in teaching health management and leadership, and related topics, Jillian commenced her role at Manchester Business School in 2012 and has since been engaged in the design and delivery of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc in Healthcare Leadership; she is one of the programme directors and lead for several cohorts within the programme.  Jillian is also involved in undergraduate teaching within the Business School and research supervisor for both Masters’ and Doctoral students.

Detailed Programme

Tuesday, 4 February 2020
14.00 – 14.10 – Welcome by Dr. Axel Kaehne
14.10 – 14.30 – Introductory address by EHMA President, Prof Federico Lega
14.30 – 17.30 – Reimagining Leadership – how to work collectively by Dr. Stephen Brookes and Dr. Jillian McCarthy
19.00 – on – Social dinner

Wednesday, 5 February 2020
09.30 – 11.00 – Keynote address by Dr. Peter Lees and Ms. Kirsten Armit, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, UK
11.15 – 13.00 – Discussion
13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch break
14.00 – 17.00 – ‘Solid soft-skills’ – Dealing with paradoxes and wicked problems by Dr. Maarten Janssen
19.00 – on – Social dinner

Thursday, 6 February 2020
09.00 – 12.00 – Am I an effective leader? Self-perception of potential leaders by Dr. Axel Kaehne
12.00 – 13.00 – Summary and feedback
13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch and departure


The EHMA 2020 Winter School fees are:

  • For EHMA members: 900 Euro per person (VAT excluded)
  • For non-EHMA members: 1,200 Euro per person (VAT excluded)

It includes

  • 2-night accommodation and breakfast (Tuesday, 4 and Wednesday, 5 February 2020)
  • 3-day lunch (Tuesday, 4; Wednesday, 5 and Thursday, 6 February 2020)
  • 2 social dinners (Tuesday, 4 and Wednesday, 5 February 2020)
  • Coffee breaks and meeting space
  • Study materials and training program.


We are not accepting registrations for this event.

EHMA reserves the right to cancel the Winter School and inform the participants of its cancellation. Should the Winter School be cancelled, the paid participation fee will be reimbursed in full. However, EHMA will not reimburse any travel arrangements made by the participants.
At any time, you may transfer your booking for the Winter School to another participant upon written notice to You have the right to cancel your booking at any time. If your cancellation is received by Monday, 6th January 2020 (included), your payment will be refunded less an administrative fee of 250 EUR. If your cancellation is received after Monday, 6th January 2020, there will be no entitlement to any refund. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision via email at
NOTE – The EHMA 2020 Winter School has been submitted for review under the MedTech Conference Vetting System (CVS). Following the MedTech assessment, the EHMA 2020 Winter School has been determined: COMPLIANT.

What our Members say

I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain