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Trust Appoints Its First Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Trust Appoints Its First Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Date of release: 1 December 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has appointed its first Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Balvinder Everitt has taken up the new post, joining the Workforce and Organisational Development team, led by Daniela Locke.

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Balvinder Everitt

The Trust has created the post to try to shape and align its culture more closely to reflect the racial and cultural diversity among its 10,000-plus staff.

Nearly a third (29 per cent) of the Trust’s workforce comes from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and within that the organisation has a substantial international community presence. 

Eighty per cent of the workforce is female, while 1.5 per cent of staff has a declared disability or long-term condition and one per cent of the workforce defines as lesbian, gay or bi-sexual.

Having started in the voluntary and community sector, Balvinder progressed in a number of EDI-related roles, including being a Schools Inclusion Advisor then Equalities and Workforce Planning Manager at Keele University helping to integrate international students, prior to working as an advisor to the City of Wolverhampton Council for five years.

Balvinder joined the NHS seven years’ ago as senior EDI manager for Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group, which later became Birmingham and Solihull CCG. 

Instrumental in setting up the West Midlands Regional Equalities Network, which she continues to chair, Balvinder is hoping to use her experiences to enable the Trust to have a more inclusive, top-down culture of EDI.

“The key thing is to further develop the EDI delivery plan, underpinning the Trust’s Inclusion Approach, to take the agenda forward,” said Balvinder.

“To do that we need to get better experience of the different staff groups through data and then develop that.”

Balvinder believes staff engagement is vital to enrich the Trust’s vision and culture, starting by consulting with the organisation’s various Employee Voice Groups.

“I want to work on improving the culture within the Trust and there’s also scope to support the organisation to bring policies up to date,” she continued.

“We value and support the diversity within our workforce and are working with our Employee Voice Groups to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging for all.”

Daniela welcomed Balvinder’s appointment, saying: “I am extremely pleased we have been successful in appointing such an experienced professional as Balvinder to move the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda forward.”

The decision to appoint an EDI Lead was put forward by David Loughton, Chief Executive, in the summer, following the murder of George Floyd in the United States, which raised awareness of Black Lives Matter.

A qualified florist who enjoys walking with her family around National Trust properties, Balvinder is mother to six-year-old twin daughters and has lived with her husband in Compton, Wolverhampton, for 15 years.


Notes to Editor

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