Regional NHS boss named among most influential figures from ethnic minority backgrounds in UK healthcare - The Rugby Observer

Regional NHS boss named among most influential figures from ethnic minority backgrounds in UK healthcare

Rugby Editorial 10th Oct, 2020   0

THE CHAIR of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) has been named as one of the most influential figures from an ethnic minority background in UK healthcare.

Jagtar Singh OBE was among a list of the 50 most influential BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) figures in the NHS, published by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

The ‘BAME50’ list features the BAME people who will exercise the most power and influence in the NHS and health policy over the next 12 months.

Mr Singh was recognised for his roles and experience in public service, including six years as the Chair for the Trust, membership of the NHS Assembly, and membership of the regional talent team for NHS Improvement.

He has many years of experience in senior public service and national roles. He previously worked in the fire and rescue service for 20 years, where he rose through the ranks to Acting Chief Fire Officer. He was then seconded into the Department for Communities and Local Government as lead inspector of fire and rescue services, where he led on embedding equality and diversity. His work led to an OBE in 2003.

He has also previously worked with two ambulance trusts, and he works with other public services on equality and diversity issues.

Mr Singh said: “I am pleased to be listed for the second time on the HSJ top 50 influential BAME figures.

“I wish to acknowledge this nomination and award is an acknowledgement of the focus on equality diversity and inclusion in our Trust.

“The award also supports the work the Trust has carried out with our BAME staff and communities. We have much to do as we are on a journey to ensure that the trust is the great place for care and to work that we all want it to be.

“I very much hope that BAME awards will one day never be required as BAME individuals are recognised in mainstream awards. I am humbled by the award and accept it on behalf of all my Trust and Board colleagues.”

Simon Gilby, Chief Executive at CWPT, said: “Jagtar Singh is an inspirational Chair of the Board who works tirelessly in the interests of the communities of Coventry and Warwickshire we serve, and to support our dedicated staff to do the jobs they do.

“He is known and respected for his contribution, at local, regional and national levels, and particularly for his work in promoting inclusion and diversity. It is a fitting tribute that he is recognised in this list of influential leaders.”

Visit for the full BAME50 list.

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