Happy International Women's Day from your NHS Finance colleagues

Author: Louise ClayDate: 1 month 1 week Ago
FFF is proud to share #ChooseToChallenge pledges, as part of International Women's Day 2021, from NHS finance staff - female, male and non-binary, who are showing their commitment to challenge inequality and biases, question stereotypes, and be a part of creating an inclusive world. Use your mouse to hover over photos and read each pledge shared by your colleagues. 



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Lorraine Bromley-Martin

Business Manager, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Hannah Witty

Chief Financial Officer, Central & North West London NHS FT

'Women make up 70% of my Executive Team, and 50% of my ICS’s CFOs. Change is possible. As part of the London Finance Academy Board I’m committed to ensuring that this is not exceptional, and that we work collectively to shatter that glass ceiling.'

Peter Ridley

Group Chief Finance & Compliance Officer, Royal Free London NHS FT

'Over 50% of the Board of the Royal Free London are women. However the same cannot be said for the senior team in finance. As part of the London Finance Academy Board I’m committed to work with others across London to address this under-representation within both my own organisation and in the wider London finance community. It is only by taking real action that we will make the most of our talent and attract and develop the leaders we need both now and in the future.'

Sarah Griffiths

Head of Finance Assurance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Elena Loredana Tudose

Accountancy Assistant, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

'The challenge in Finance for us women is how can we transmit the message : 'We don’t want the power but can we share it with you?' It will make such a difference to fill the confidence gap for women and help them in finding their voices. Mentorship among women at diferent points in their careers is crucial in ensuring our generation has the opportunity and confidence to succeed.'

Anu Babu

Director of Commissioning Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Lynn Hartley

FSD Manager, County Durham & Darlington NHS FT

‘NHS Finance has come a long way in the 35 years that I’ve been part of it and now almost every grade in the North East NHS Finance teams has gender parity. The exception is still the executive level, but we’re so very close to achieving that too, and I’m delighted to do my bit to provide active support and encouragement to all who want to break that final ceiling – Lynn Hartley, Skills Development Network Manager, North East and Cumbria.'

Usman Niazi

Chief Finance Officer, South East London CCGs

'We have made real progress across London at improving the gender diversity of the senior finance teams however I know there is still much to do including in my own team. I am committed to working with the London Finance Academy and learning from others so that we can address the under representation of women in senior finance roles to ensure we attract, develop and retain the leaders we need going forward'

Ann Johnson

Regional Director of Finance, NHS England and Improvement

‘This is my inspiration. My mam (yes, regional dialect is ok!) struggled for equality all of her working life and my nieces are just starting out in their careers. If you’re eagle eyed, you’ll also notice a strong feminist man reflected in the glass taking the snap. Our work to ensure equal representation and opportunities for women at all levels in our organisations is simply doing the right thing’.

Bimal Patel

Chief Finance Officer, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

'Having worked with many brilliant female leaders in my career, it is important to me that I can do as much as possible to encourage, support, mentor and sponsor as many female finance professionals to senior positions as part of the London Finance Academy. I share a selfie with someone who has been an inspiration to me in my career in the NHS - Dame Jacqueline Docherty (yes it was Christmas Jumper day, and I’m never too shy for a selfie!).'

Yarlini Roberts

Chief Finance Officer, Kingston Hospital NHS FT

'I was fortunate to be supported back into the workplace after having a career break to look after a young family. As a member of the London Finance Academy, I fully support flexible and agile working as a way to ensure that we continue to attract and develop all staff in our organisations and improve gender equality.'

Terry Huff

Productivity Lead, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Cathy Kennedy

Director of Operational Finance, NHS England and NHS Improvement – North East and Yorkshire

'NHS finance can be a challenging place to work, but when there’s that moment of 'I’m not really sure I can do this' and you push through those moments, that’s when you get the best feeling and the greatest results. My advice would be to cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues, and I strive to be part of those networks to grow greater diversity in our future leadership.'

Caroline Owusu-Bennoah

Chief Financial Officer, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

'I am keen to work with colleagues on the London Finance Academy board, to actively address the gender inequalities in the Senior finance community in London. I would like to see the board as a place where open discussion and strategizing around the bridging of the gap is had and taken further by working with colleagues to provide organisations with the right framework to support this change.'

Rich Sawyer

Institute Frameworks Manager, Healthcare Costing for Value Institute

'To challenge is a choice, when exposed to inequalities and bias it takes courage not to stare at your feet, change the topic, nervous laugh, to roll your eyes or to shrug. Awkward conversations are necessary to move polarising confrontation to productive debate. I call on people like me to be brave, to show courage, to be an ally and choose to challenge when you know you should.'

Vicky Gaultere

Director of Operational Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Sandra Easton

National Director of Operational Finance & Performance, NHS England & NHS Improvement

'Let's celebrate the creativity of women. Let's embrace their talent and develop their future potential. The challenge of making the world a better place for our daughters will unite us'

Simon Mendy

Head of Finance Assurance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Phil Morris

Head of Reporting & Analysis, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Hardev Virdee

Group Chief Finance Officer, Barts Health NHS Trust

'As part of the London Finance Academy I believe: We have so much untapped potential. We have a glass ceiling preventing gender equality. We all have a role to play to release the potential. Support gender equality. Break the ceiling and be inspired.'

Jane Tomkinson

Chief Executive, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS FT

' Progress has been slower than we would like at a time when it is clear that diverse finance teams are essential to driving excellence. Developing a broad range of talent will help us facilitate excellence in care, outcomes and access as well as ensuring our investment choices are the right ones. I personally support two female BAME colleagues through the HFMA schemes, they challenge my thinking as much I do theirs. Lets be serious about this and shape a healthy future.'

Suzanne Robinson

Executive Director of Finance & IM&T, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT

'For those of us involved in NHS finance departments, we know there is more work to be done to ensure the percentage of management positions occupied by women is equal to men. GMMH welcomes and supports all women to grow and thrive in their career and I’m proud and fortunate to work in an strong female senior leadership team promoting the talents of women throughout my department.'

Moji Fasanya

Head of Commissioning Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Matthew Style

Director of Strategic Finance, NHS England and NHS Improvement

'My commitment is to step-up my efforts to make a difference to gender equality in my professional as well as my personal life. My children are avid readers of Kate Pankhurst’s books, and have a good grounding in female role models of the past. While the current edition does not feature an accountant, let’s support our female colleagues across the profession and hope that one of them features in a future edition of Fantastically Great Women Who’ve Changed the World.'

Phill Wells

Director of Finance, Homerton University Hospital NHS FT

'As part of the London Finance Academy Board I now know that women are sadly underrepresented in senior finance positions in the NHS. That must change. We have to work even harder than ever to ensure there is gender equality in our finance leadership so that, regardless of gender, we attract, grow and develop the very best of the best.'

Nick Taylor

Senior Finance Manager, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Rob Willis

Head of Financial Reports and Accounts, Greater Huddersfield CCG

'As a father of three daughters who have all passed through their education into the workplace, I want to be sure that their opportunities are not limited. I have worked for and alongside many women in the NHS as they bring their skills and ambition forward in the service of our public, patients and carers.'

Amy Whitaker

Executive Director of Finance, Airedale NHS FT

'I believe that the NHS finance community has been slow to adopt flexible working patterns for senior roles which has led to some of the gender gap that we see at FD level and this was a concern for me as I had children. My view is that the new ways of working that have been enabled throughout the pandemic are a step in the right direction to support women into more senior roles. I will certainly be grasping this change for myself, as well as ensuring it helps others in their career journey.'

Nik Khashu

Director of Finance & Information, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

'On IWD I wish to add my support to the #ChooseToChallenge campaign. As finance colleagues in the NHS we have a duty to ensure we each are treated fairly and with kindness. We have a right to say when something does not meet the standards we chose to set knowing you will be listened to and supported by your leaders'

Laragh Walton

'We have amazing talent within our finance teams and the work we are doing on gender equality in finance leadership in London will focus on change across the grades which means challenging our recruitment, our talent management, and our behaviours. It is our responsibility to do this at all levels in our finance teams.'

Jeff Buggle

Regional Director of Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Grace Lovelady

Programme Manager, Future-Focused Finance

'I am proud to support our female NHS finance colleagues not only on International Women’s Day, but every day. Through Future-Focused Finance, we #ChooseToChallenge the disparities that still exist within the sector and work closely with our networks in building a more inclusive and open environment for everyone to work in.'

Maria Wheeler

Deputy Director of Finance, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT

'The NHS has a good record overall in terms of gender equality. But there’s still more to do, especially in Finance where the gender imbalance at the highest level is still very evident. We must continue the great work that has started in developing female networks, promoting female role models and encouraging our male allies.'

Jason Donovan

Head of Finance Assurance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Jenny Ehrhardt

Group Chief Finance Officer, Manchester University NHS FT

'As women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of NHS finance, I see my role as showing credibility and supporting colleagues to develop. I have many great female role models and I aim to champion the need for diversity, which can be a challenge to some, but which is essential for us to support delivery of excellent patient care for our diverse population.'

Ekanem Kofi Ikpeme

Financial Lead, NHSX

'In the words of Serena Williams - 'Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another, we're strongest when we cheer each other on.' I Ekanem, challenge women in the NHS to cheer each other on, to quickly and effectively give each other a hand up, to speak well of each other, seek to develop each other without inhibition and stand together for a stronger and sound NHS workforce.'

Andrea McGee

Director of Finance & Commercial Development, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

'As part of FFF I have been acting as an EDI sponsor which has been very rewarding and has demonstrated the real difference we are all able to make.  I am so privileged to be associated with #ChooseToChallenge and urge everyone to seek support when they need it, and where you can provide support to others do so, and together we can make a positive difference.'

Tom Burton

Director of Operational Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Ayshah Anwar

Business Accountant - (Surgery Division), Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

'We must accelerate the development of women and call out gender bias and inequality in finance, whenever we see it. Growing together and celebrating diversity, collectively we can all help create an inclusive community which produces the best outcomes for patients and a fair deal for all staff.'

Jazz Thind

Acting Director of Finance, Oxleas NHS FT

'Many women, including myself, have suffered ‘Imposter Syndrome’, questioning are we good enough, but I can safely say ‘yes…women do belong in the circle of ‘winners’’. As a member of the LRFTB and as a senior leader I must do what I can to support change - I will role model my commitment to gender diversity, actively sponsor women, and try my best to ensure we have in place a more inclusive and flexible workplace. As an accountant I like numbers and I want to make these ones count! '

Zoe Pietrzak

Director of Operational Finance and Deputy Regional Director of Finance, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Sophie Rowe

Programme Manager, Future-Focused Finance

‘I will call out gender assumptions and bias, support female colleagues to have faith over fear, together we can make the NHS finance function a truly inclusive place to work.’

Camilla Godfrey

Assistant Programme Director, Future-Focused Finance

'One of the main focusses of FFF is to improve diversity within NHS finance teams. We all know that inequalities exist and are unacceptable, and I’m proud to work for a programme helping to make changes in this area.'

Gillian Mackenzie

Business Support Officer, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Shahida Mohammed

Assistant Director of Finance, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT

'My personal pledge would be to create environments where colleagues feel safe to air their thoughts/concerns, without fear of repercussions.'

Declan Nugent

Senior Finance Business Partner, East of England regional Senior Finance Team

'As the East of England regional senior finance leadership team, we believe that the challenge is to grow and support a more diverse and representative NHS financial leadership, connecting with all levels of our finance community. In response to this challenge we will continue to raise awareness, inclusively working with and empowering others - holding ourselves and the wider regional NHS finance leadership to account for delivering the change needed.'

Gayle Wells

Interim Head of Finance – Financial Strategy, Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

'We have so many brilliant examples of women leaders in the NHS finance community, but not all have opportunities or feel confident enough to share their experiences, challenges and achievements. I aspire to be an enabler to change, to support women working in all areas of our NHS finance community, to allow their voices and experiences to be shared, and to be the best ally I can be.'

Jenny Greenshields

Deputy Chief Financial Officer & SIRO, North West London Health and Care Partnership and CCGs

'For years I struggled to find role models at senior levels and worried that I didn’t have what it takes to be a finance leader as I didn’t behave like the men and couldn’t hold a conversation about sport! This is definitely changing and I am committed to supporting a new generation of female finance staff to believe in themselves and create a new normal in which women are represented in equal numbers all the way through to the top of the profession.'