Non-executive director recognised in leadership list celebrating 75 years of NHS

Sim Scavazza, non-executive director at Imperial College Healthcare, has been recognised in GEMS: Hidden in Plain Sight (75@75). This is a new leadership list curated by the Seacole Group and Colourful Healthcare to recognise 75 health and social care professionals from Black, Asian and other minoritised backgrounds who are making a difference in the sector but who are often hidden in plain sight.

The 75 GEMS were nominated by their peers for demonstrating that they are making a difference to their organisation, patient care/community and/or the diversity and inclusion agenda. Sim chairs our People Committee and has been a key driver in improvements in equality, diversity and inclusion across the Trust.

As the former deputy chair of the University of the Arts London, Sim spent 11 years championing equality, diversity and inclusion. She is currently a member of the steering group for the Seacole Group of ethnic minority NHS non-executive directors and chairs and is an advisor on race for NHS Providers, the membership organisation.

Upon winning the award, Sim said, "I am truly honoured to have been nominated and recognised by my peers and colleagues. I care deeply about inclusivity and diversity and will continue to push this agenda until we improve the experience of all those with protected characteristics."

Kevin Croft, chief people officer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said, “It's fantastic to see Sim's huge contributions, over many years, being recognised in this prestigious list of health and social care leaders from Black, Asian and other minoritised backgrounds. We've been lucky enough to benefit from her vast experience in her role as a non-executive director over the past three years. This includes her current role as chair of our People Committee, where she's been driving us to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive organisation. Huge congratulations to Sim.”

View the full GEMS: Hidden in Plain Sight (75@75) list.