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NHS diversity champion appointed to Mary Seacole Trust board

Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, has been appointed to the Board of the Mary Seacole Trust (MST).

MST Chair Trevor Sterling said:  “The Mary Seacole Trust is privileged to have Dr Naqvi as Trustee. He brings huge insight and experience as evidenced by his Literature Review on Race Equality in the Workplace commissioned by the Trust, His appointment will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to continue to deliver Mary’s legacy.”

He continued: “I am delighted that Habib will help the Trust maintain strong links with the NHS and the work that is being done to improve equality and inclusion both within the NHS itself and in terms of the communities it serves.”

Dr Naqvi, currently an Ambassador for the Trust, was previously interim Director with the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard. Before joining NHS England in 2013, he worked on the development of national equality and diversity policy at the Department of Health and Social Care.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to become a Trustee of this excellent and forward-thinking charity. Promoting equality and overcoming exclusion are at the heart of what I believe in. These are also the values and principles that underpin the work that the charity undertakes. It is therefore an honour for me to contribute towards the legacy of Mary Seacole, and work towards the pursuit of fairness and equity within, and beyond, our society.”

Dr Naqvi is currently involved in a collaboration between NHS England and MST to capture the BME contribution to nursing and midwifery, as part of celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

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