Thank you to Andrea Williams-McKenzie, Deputy Chief People Officer Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust , for joining us in the first in the second short profile of influential leaders shaping organisational and systemic change while advancing a culture of inclusivity – part of Black History Month UK celebrations.
“From my experience, sponsorship has been a key thing (for leaders to avoid tokenistic gestures and ensure they drive meaningful change). Taking an interest in individuals who are junior, that are curious, that are demonstrating potential; that’s not a tokenistic gesture. Also, taking a risk. In some of my jobs, someone’s stuck their neck out to ensure that I’m the selected candidate. Be fearless.” Andrea Williams-McKenzie