Our equality, diversity and inclusion committee

Last updated: 7th May 2021

The committee aims to raise awareness, support and affect change, enhance quality and ensure all stakeholders are treated, listened, and responded to equitably.

How and why the committee was founded

The School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was first founded in the Summer 2020 by Chanelle Peters, Digital Service Support Officer.

Chanelle was inspired by individual responses from across the world, coming together in solidarity during the pandemic to survive and ease the demand on our healthcare systems in addition to adjusting to new ways of living and working, whilst at the same time witnessing and experiencing racial and social injustices. Being aware of the impact some of these factors were having on our communities and disadvantaged groups, sparked a need to use the School’s platform to promote change, become more educated and eliminate any barriers. The idea was to have a safe space to communicate matters that are usually very hard conversations to discuss in a ‘normal’ setting. Chanelle also wanted a place to consider ideas and suggestions that are usually overlooked and be able to find solutions for employees at the School, our stakeholders, trainees and other service users for the programmes we provide for.

Committee membership, which is continuously growing, is exclusive to School employees with the expectation that they attend monthly meetings and stay up to date with relevant information. One of the committee aims is to keep evolving and to ensure that the Schools processes, policies and procedures continue to evolve and we will use this section to update you on their journey. The committee also keeps in contact with Health Education England’s regional diversity, inclusion and participation managers and the School’s Scientist Trainee networks.

Committee members Chanelle Peters and Katie Foster wrote an article about diversity and inclusion at the School, which was published in ‘The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists‘. Click the link below to read the full article.

Meet our committee members

Amrita Nanra

(Deputy Chair)

Berne Ferry
Bhupinder Balaghan
Boota Singh
Caroline Thompson
Chanelle Peters

(Committee Chair)

Delmar Smith
Emily Petty
Halarna Davis
Jas Daine
Jane Lynch
Katherine Bayley
Katie Foster
Owen Driskell
Rita Garcha
Sherryl Arellano
Stephanie Pinches
Stephen Tipping
Sufia Bibi

Contact us

You can contact us with any concerns or queries at nshcs.edi@hee.nhs.uk and one of the committee members will respond. We aim to respond to your email within 10 working days. If our team are unable to answer your query, we will forward your query to the relevant team for action.