Our Action Group

Mission Statement

The National BAME Health & Care Awards seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of BAME medical, health, and social care professionals, improved services for BAME communities and triumphs in areas of multiple discrimination that are often marginalised.

The Awards will promote high standards of healthcare practice and advocate an ethos of BAME excellence in healthcare practice.

We remain indebted to our BAME health and care staff who continue to provide unparalleled quality care and together will continue to passionately champion health equality for all to ensure real and lasting change for our BAME colleagues and our communities.

Wendy Olayiwola

Biography

Wendy is a registered nurse and midwife and currently the Senior Midwifery Manager and Professional Midwifery Advocate in a large NHS Trust, London.

The multi-award winner passionately promotes and advocates for equalities among black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. Her dislikes are inequalities and unfairness.

The recognition and influence of her abilities reach, impact and touch several spheres within and outside the United Kingdom. Wendy is well seasoned in articulating and participation in diverse roles that involve hospital, community, private health and wellbeing.

With more than two decades of active, fruitful and broadened years of professional service and contributions, among her membership and leadership roles are: President, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK (NNCA UK), and Member of NMC Midwifery Thought Leadership Group.

Wendy has also won numerous awards including winner of NHS Leadership Academy NHS@70 women leaders Award 2018 and winner of Top 100 women for LIFT EFFECT Star Award 2018.

David Truswell

Biography

David is Executive Director of the Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity (www.demace.com ) a UK social enterprise developed by local and national voluntary organisations working with dementia and is an independent writer and researcher on dementia support and services for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with a number of journal publications of the issues.

He is also the Director of somefreshthinking limited, a healthcare consultancy working on service redesign and change management in health and social care services and has worked in community based mental health services in the UK for over thirty years developing services for people with complex care needs and enduring mental health problems in a career spanning the voluntary sector, local authority services, and the NHS at a senior level.

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE

Biography

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE is an author, consultant, facilitator and coach. She is a former civil servant and has undertaken leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries. In 2012, after publishing her book: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks, Cherron founded The Power of Staff Networks consultancy where she provides a wide range of services. She is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation.

Cherron is also a Non-Executive Director at Homerton University Hospital, an associate consultant for PDT Global and, advisory friend to the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals. In 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to HM Government and for her work in the faith community with young people. In 2019, Cherron won Woman of the Community category of the Wise Women Awards.

Cheryl Cole

Biography

Cheryl Cole is the Editor of DiversityQ and has worked for GSK, The Birmingham Post, Investment Week and Bloomberg.

Cheryl is an award-winning and innovative journalist and editor with over 20 years’ experience in implementing effective communication and publishing strategies.

Most recently, Cheryl was a Communications Business Partner for the Global Banking and Markets, and Commercial Banking divisions at HSBC.

She was the editor of GSK’s UK Pharma print and online magazine for over 13 years, as well as other publications and internal communications for the business.

Cheryl joined Trinity Mirror in 2001 as a business reporter before becoming City Editor of the Birmingham Post. Prior to that she worked at Incisive Media on Investment Week and Bloomberg Money magazines.

Cheryl started her journalistic career in Bloomberg. She is also a qualified dispensing optician.

Cheryl is passionate about affording equal opportunities to all in the workplace, regardless of their difference.

Lawrence Gosling

Biography

Lawrence Gosling has more than 20 years’ experience in senior editorial roles, having launched and grown several notable titles within the investment sphere. Most recently, Lawrence was the Group Editorial Director of Incisive Media and the Editorial Director of the Financial Services Division.

He was the editor of Investment Week when it was launched in January 1995 and went on to launch a range of magazines, websites and conference and awards programmes for the business.

In 1994, he joined Reuters and prior to that spent five years with Financial Times magazines, notably on Financial Adviser.

Lawrence was also the launch editor of IFA online, Mortgage Solutions, Cover and Bloomberg Money magazines. Lawrence started his journalistic career at the Fleet Street News Agency which provided a range of stories for the UK’s national newspapers.

Aishnine Benjamin

Biography

Aishnine Benjamin is the Equality and Diversity Policy Manager at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has worked as an equality and diversity professional in various public sector bodies for over 15 years, including the NHS, the GMC, the Ministry of Justice and local Councils. Aishnine has also actively volunteered: as a listener and Director of Training for the Samaritans; and she is currently a Trustee for the Jigsaw Trust, a charity and school for autistic children and recently took up appointment as a Justice of the Peace.

Aishnine academic background is in race, culture and human rights, with particular focus on Caribbean migrants’ perceptions of England, and how to use a human rights framework to tackle discrimination.

Aishnine gives presentations and training to leaders about equality, diversity and inclusion best practice, in particular in the areas of improved diversity data monitoring and bespoke scenario based discrimination training.