11 October 2021

ELFT's Chief People Officer, Tanya Carter, has been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the most influential Black and minority ethnic figures working in the English health system today. 

The annual Top 50 of most influential BAME leaders in health is accompanied by a further list of 26 people that 'did not quite make it' into the top 50, which includes Tanya.

She is one of 76 leaders that were picked from 'a substantial longlist of contenders' according to the judges.

The compilation of the list was sponsored by the NHS Race and Health Observatory this year.

The HSJ judges cite Tanya's leadership in the #MyNameReallyIs campaign that was launched in 2020. This was part of an extensive and creative portfolio of work the Trust's People and Culture team led in the wake of the global Black Lives Matter movement that rose up at the time. In addressing issues of race equality in the NHS, it was seen by many as an outstanding example of how to organise and manage such a campaign.

On being recognised by the HSJ as an influential leader, Tanya said:

"To be recognised as an influential leader by the HSJ is an honour. I'm proud to work for a trust that is committed to improving the experience of our staff, so that they can be their authentic self and reach their full potential.  The result of which they will provide the best care for our service users and patients. I’m also really lucky to have a team of such committed, talented and hardworking individuals to support me in doing what is right for our staff. "

On hearing the news, Trust CEO Paul Calaminus said:

"It is gratifying to know that the wider healthcare community recognises talented colleagues like Tanya, who are leading the way in shaping the agenda for improvements in equality and diversity.

"Tanya is focused and passionate about her and her team's role in delivering change."

The HSJ statement in full reads

Tanya Carter, chief people officer, East London Foundation Trust

Ms Carter has extensive experience in the NHS, working at three acute trusts as well as a primary care trust before joining East London FT in 2016 as associate director of human resources. She also acts as quality improvement sponsor. She has lectured on undergraduate programmes and worked as a management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCooper. One of the initiatives she has been involved in at ELFT is #hellomynamereallyis encouraging staff to use their given names rather than using and offering more English-sounding ones to assimilate.

Read the full article here (paywall): HSJ Journal Top 50 Most Influential BAME Leaders 2021