12 August 2019

Trust CEO Dr Navina Evans is one  of fifty professional women from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds featured in a highly influential report designed to spotlight the broad and deep female talent pool available to top British companies and organisations.

Cranfield University's report, 'Women to Watch 2019: spotlight on BAME board talent of the future' was released in July and has received much national media interest.

It is a supplement to a bigger survey into the impact of women in top British company boardrooms.

The report notes that there has been a constant increase in the amount of women entering top positions within FTSE companies since 2008 when the figure was 11%

By 2019 32% of FTSE 100 board members are women.

But the report highlights how in 2019 only 11% of women from BAME backgrounds are represented on the FTSE 100 boards.

Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, Co-Founders of the Black British Business Awards, said: “In 2019, it is simply unacceptable for any FTSE 350 nomination committee to refer to the common refrain that there are no Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) women on boards because the talent does not exist. This report is a bold step to disrupt the status quo by declaring, through the profiles of these 50 impressive women, that BAME women of commercial excellence and tenure exist in substantial numbers.”​

Alongside Dr Evans other women identified in the report come from a range of different backgrounds including the first black leader of an Oxbridge college, the Marketing Director at Google UK and a Managing Director for Development Partners International (DPI), a  private equity firm with over £866 million of management assets.

The Women To Watch 2019 report says that: “Dr Evans  provides vision, leadership and clarity for more than 5,500 members of staff.

“Under her leadership the Trust has gained commissioning responsibility, entered a buddying arrangement with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and won a £39 million community services contract in Bedfordshire.

“In 2018 she was named as the second most influential NHS Chief Executive in the country.”

Upon learning of the report Navina said: “This is an important survey. I hope that it helps encourage leaders of organisations everywhere to ensure that genuine work is done to make inclusivity and equality a reality." 

The report can be found here.