Celebrating women in the NHS

We’re proud that ten of our 15 board members are women.

This includes our chair Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, chief executive Claire Molloy, executive director of finance Suzanne Robinson, executive director of nursing, healthcare professionals and quality governance Clare Parker; executive director of service development and delivery Judith Crosby and executive director of workforce Nicky Littler.

In support of International Women’s Day (8 March 2019), Evelyn and Clare Parker have shared their thoughts and what inspires them.

Evelyn Asante-MensahEvelyn has a strong interest in promoting equality and diversity. She was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to ethnic minorities in the field of health.

Evelyn said: “Today is about celebrating the achievements of women - certainly within the NHS. It’s been built on the shoulders of women and I think we need to celebrate that.

“We know we’ve still got a long journey to go and we can’t do it on our own. We need to work with men, who can support us and enable us to continue on our journey and make progress.

“As a black woman, I know a lot of other black women who’ve built a legacy. And I want to build a legacy for my little person, so that she knows that nothing can stop her from being who she is or who she wants to be. Certainly not her gender or her race.”

Clare is a learning disability nurse by background, joining us in May 2018. She spent most of her early career working within learning disability and mental health services, specifically with people who have challenging behaviour and complex needs.

Clare ParkerClare added: “Happy International Women’s Day 2019. Exactly a year ago today I was interviewed for my current post and I’m proud to be a senior leader in the NHS.

“Over the years I’ve learned that sometimes being a woman means that you need to be a bit more resilient; but persevere with things and you’ll get there in the end.

“One of my female inspirations has been Jessie the cowgirl from Toy Story. I used to watch the films with my children and I admired her grit and determination. I find this is really important in being a female leader in the NHS.”