NAOMI CLIFFORD

My name is Naomi Clifford and I have worked for the NHS in Acute Mental Health for 16 years, alongside gaining a Joint Honours BA in Education Studies and Early Years. I have a particular interest in academic research, clinical practice-based improvement and bridging the gap between the two. Life-long learning, knowledge sharing and empowerment of others are additionally important to me. As part of three older children, the numerous inequalities face by people of Black, Asian and ethnic minority heritage is becoming more apparent, and I am committed to actively supporting the development of sustainable changes in order to improve the futures and life chances of those affected. 

NEESHA RIDLEY

My name is Neesha Ridley. I am Indian by background and I am a Qualified Midwife. I previously worked as a Midwifery Lecturer and now I am working for Health Education England. I live within an area of mixed demographic and have worked in areas of deprivation. This has made me passionate about ensuring that families have access to equal levels of health care, particularly within maternity care. In my recent role within the university worked to increase Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation within the midwifery course. I also worked closely with students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, to understand how to support these students and help them achieve their full potential.

JOY GANA-INATIMI

My name is Joy Gana-Inatimi. I am a Consultant Chartered Physiotherapist with over 20 years’ clinical experience in managing multiple pathologies. I have worked across critical care, acute medicine, rehabilitation and primary care and I’m passionate about empowering patients to self-manage effectively and developing health care professionals to support patients through their patient journey.  I have also lectured, specialising in anatomy and physiology, developing clinical skills, complex case management, long term condition management, rehabilitation, clinical leadership and research. Through my PhD at UCLan, I have designed an online resource for Liverpool CCG that provides tips and advice for patients with chronic respiratory disease.

SANCHIA BISWAS

My name is Sanchia Biswas. I’m a Clinical Psychologist based in the East Midlands, and I have extensive experience working within oncology. Besides being well published, my team’s psychological input into cancer services was nationally recognised when we won a Macmillan Professionals Excellence Award for Integration 2018 and were nominated as finalists for the ‘Innovation in Mental Health’ HSJ Award 2019. I am an active member of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic community and Q Community, with a keen interest in research for service quality improvement. I’m also the co-founder of my own private practice, working alongside other clinical psychologists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

BASH HEESAMBEE

My name is Bash. I work as a Sports Instructor and healthcare professional providing therapeutic services for the NHS. I am also a Health, Wellbeing and Recovery champion within the organisation. In addition, I am passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as well as an active member of the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic steering group hoping to make a change within our healthcare system by making improvements. Furthermore, I am an activist against discrimination and oppression whilst my friends and families would describe me as determined, compassionate and the voice of the voiceless.

TOMI OLAIYA

My name is Tomi. I’m a Senior Clinical Fellow in bone marrow transplant and cellular therapies in Cambridge University Hospital where I am an active member on the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic community. I have over 15 years of clinical experience and over 10 years of experience in the NHS, working in diverse NHS trusts within this time.

LEILA LAWTON

My name is Leila. I am a mum of three, accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Equality Activist and Part-time Lecturer. I chair the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust Psychology and Psychotherapy (P&P) race equity working group and I’m a member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Equality & Culture Group. 

My passion for people, inclusive clinical and research practice is cultivated through 16 years combined experience within mental health and social care. Enhancing effectiveness of implementation of culturally congruent therapies. 

With lived experience of mental health difficulties, oppression and discrimination. My reflexivity in clinical practice, demonstrates knowledge of intersectionality and power imbalance. I aim to inform the evidence-base and empower communities. 

I’m committed to developing solutions through education to address systemic and structural racism, increasing Black, Asian, and minority ethnic research participation and shaping policy for meaningful change. 

PAULA MERIEZ

My name is Paula and I work for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. I am a Senior Clinical Mental Health Nurse in the NHS. 

MONALISA BORA-WHITE

My name is Monalisa. I’m a Research Coordinator in the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust and work on a portfolio of observational and interventional mental health research. I have 4 years of experience working within both commercial and portfolio research within the NHS, with previous experience in Ophthalmology. I am also a Peer Researcher for the TIDES study, and a member of the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Leadership Group in my Trust, working to affect positive change for staff, service users and carers.