Inspiring leaders of the future on International Women’s Day

News: International Women's Day

Inspirational personal stories were shared and achievements celebrated by women working for Oxleas NHS as part of International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year and this year’s theme, ‘a balanced world is a better world’ aimed to raise awareness against bias.

More than 50 women attended our event in Bexley to hear from our senior leaders about what and who has been their inspiration and how they have achieved roles in senior management.  The audience heard how women are well represented in senior positions within the trust - our Board of Directors consists of seven women and six men and our Executive Team has eight women and seven men, including female directors of finance, IT and estates.

Helen Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to be here today, celebrating International Women’s Day with colleagues. As a trust, Oxleas welcomes and supports all women to grow and thrive in their career and some of the personal journeys told today have been truly inspirational.”

Lorraine Regan, Service Director for Greenwich and our Adult Learning Disability Services, said: “I have worked for Oxleas for 23 years and truly feel my gender has never been an obstacle. I feel like I have always had the support of senior colleagues to develop and grow my career and I am very grateful for that.”

Juliana Frederick-James, Head of Equalities and Human Rights, said: “We wanted to provide our future women leaders with a good sense of how to move from being really good at their job into senior management roles. International Women’s Day was the perfect opportunity to do this.”

We have made a short film of the day which you can watch here.

As part of International Women’s Day, Matthew Trainer, Chief Executive, also attended the launch of a new parliamentary report which he has contributed to.

Launched at the House of Commons, the ‘Men as Allies’ report gathered views from men in senior frontline and system roles in the NHS.

Its central message is that men in senior positions must act as allies if the NHS is to achieve balanced gender representation among its workforce, especially at the highest levels.

The report has been published by the Health & Care Women Leaders Network and can be read here.

Published on 8th March 2019