Join us for the Mountbatten Conference 2024 at Northwood House in Cowes

The Mountbatten Conference returns for 2024, and this year's theme is Achievement in Adversity: How do we develop and sustain resilience in hospice care?

The event will take place at the beautiful and historic Northwood House in Cowes, on Thursday, 17 October, between 9am and 4.45pm.

Tickets cost £50, which includes tea and coffee, and a buffet lunch.

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The key speakers for 2024 will be Toby Porter, who is the chief executive of Hospice UK, the University of Exeter's Tia De Nora, a professor of cultural sociology, and the Isle of Wight Council's strategic director of adult social care and housing, Laura Gaudion. 

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Meet the key speakers for the Mountbatten Conference 2024:

Tia De Nora, professor of cultural sociology at the University of Exeter 

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Tia is a Leverhulme Major Fellow on the Island Life and Death project, which explores how a hospice and its local community can work in tandem to support our experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

An author, Tia's 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 of Hospice UK

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Toby became the chief executive of Hospice UK in September 2022.  Previously, he was chief executive of a children’s hospice, guiding it through the challenges of COVID-19. 

Toby was also chief executive at HelpAge International, a global non-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of older people around the world. He was invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on population ageing, attending meetings in Davos.

He has also worked for Save the Children and Oxfam, including leading responses to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and the conflicts in Kosovo and Rwanda.

Laura Gaudion, strategic director for adult social care and housing, Isle of Wight Council

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Laura has more than 20 years' local authority experience. She says it has been varied, challenging and hugely rewarding.

A trained lawyer, Laura strives to make a make a difference, have real impact and make life better.

Laura is very clear that this is the reason she chose local government and a career in adult social care.

Laura’s approach is a little less traditional than might be expected, leading to a more forensic analysis of social work, which has enabled her to focus on what really matters.

She has felt able and encouraged to constructively challenge the ways things are done. 


Key details:

  • When: Thursday, 17 October 2024
  • Where: Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8AZ
  • How to get here: Northwood House is a short walk (about 10-15 minutes) from Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel's Red Jet foot passenger terminal, in Cowes. If you are bringing a car, arrive via Red Funnel (between Southampton and East Cowes) or Wightlink (between Portsmouth and Fishbourne or Lymington and Yarmouth).

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Mountbatten 2024 ticket prices:

  • Individual Delegate = £50 (including VAT)
  • Group (x4) Delegates = £175 (including VAT)

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