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Meet Yinka, our new associate director of inclusion 

Olayinka Iwu

Olayinka Iwu has joined Barts Health as our new associate director of inclusion. 

As associate director of inclusion, Yinka will lead our WeBelong programme which seeks to make Barts Health an inclusive organisation where everyone is welcomed, valued and empowered.  

Yinka joins us from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where she was Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. However, previously Yinka has worked in a wide range of public and private sector roles, from finance to the food industry and transportation. She hopes to use this experience to innovate how we improve inclusion in the NHS. 

A full circle moment

Commenting on her new role, Yinka said:

I was born in Newham so coming to work at Bart Health is a bit of a full circle moment for me. I am passionate about social responsibility in all its forms.

Over the next six months I will be working to get to know the Barts Health family, including visiting all our hospital sites. I’ll also be dropping into wards and I’m hoping to gain a better understanding from you about what an inclusive workplace means and what challenges we need to address.

In addition to her role at Barts Health, Yinka is independent chair for the joint committee for EDI at The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).  

Previously, Yinka has supported designing and publishing resources for NHS England. Most recently, Yinka produced toolkits for the NHS Leadership Academy (Noticing and Challenging Microaggressions and Effective Allyship) which are available across the NHS and social care workforce.


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