Our BME People and Communities – a Conversation


“Our BME People & Communities – a Conversation”

This session – held on Tuesday 7 July, 2 – 3.30pm – was for all our NHS ambulance service people with the aim of enhancing understanding and raising awareness of BME staff and communities, particularly in the context of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.   

We heard from some speakers with expertise, knowledge and experience in this area and provided the opportunity for colleagues to reflect on what they have heard, and to share their own thoughts and views. Thank you to all who contributed, supported and attended.

A copy of the slides is available here.

A recording of the call can be viewed below.

Prior to attending the call, we asked attendees to check out the below films.
There are additional resources available at the foot of this page.


The session was facilitated by Tasnim Ali, Chair of the National Ambulance BME Forum, and Ian Baines, Transformation Consultant at NHS Horizons.


Jason Killens
Chief Executive, CEO, Welsh Ambulance Service / AACE CEO Diversity Lead

Melissa Berry
Diversity Consultant, London Ambulance Service

Lena Samuels
Chair, South Central Ambulance Service / Council Chair, AACE

Islam Faqir
Chair of Diversity Steering Group, College of Paramedics

John Brouder
Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion, NHSE/I in London

Claire Vaughan
Director of Workforce and OD, Welsh Ambulance Service / AACE HRD Diversity Lead


Liz Harris
Head of Professional Standards, College of Paramedics

Dr Catherine Goodwin
Consultant Clinical Psychologist Organisation Culture /
Workplace Wellbeing Lead at Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Asmina Chowdhury
Manager for Diversity, Inclusion, & Patient Public Engagement at South East Coast Ambulance Service


The 7 A’s of Authentic Allyship – Yvonne Coghill, Director, Workforce Race Equality, NHS London

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