Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

Introducing Our Diversity Lecture Speaker, Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

Thursday 21 April, 2022

The Diversity Lecture & Q&A

Day 2 - 10:00 -11:30

Our ED&I Virtual Festival brings together thought leaders, change-makers, and allies to share their stories and perspectives, bringing their voices to our dialogue.

On day 2 of our Festival programme, we will hold a  Diversity Lecture event.  The Diversity Lecture will be delivered by an outstanding individual, who is an inspiring and influential figure. Our Lecturer will bring important topics to life through the storytelling experience, including personal and professional anecdotes. The Lecture will be delivered over 90 minutes including a Q&A.

This year we are honoured to host Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, non-Executive Director at the East London NHS Foundation Trust, who will be sharing her journey as a child of Caribbean parent of the Windrush Generation to ultimately become the nation’s most senior Black nurse. Dame Kinnair speaks to the ways in which she has had to navigate the barriers and overcome challenges she faced in a system that was designed without people who look like her in mind. This is a storytelling experience, including both personal and professional anecdotes, as well as an interactive Q&A facilitated session.


Why should you attend?

Set yourself apart from the rest and participate in our Festival to:

-    Grow your self-awareness
-    Continue your professional development
-    Build impactful strategies
-    Focus on insights-driven people decisions
-    Knowledge-sharing and networking


Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE
Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE is a British nurse and former Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. A leader and Chief Executive with a national and international health care profile. Extensive commissioning, legal, strategic and operational management. A highly motivated, credible, visionary and analytical leader with substantial experience as a corporate board member and commissioner, with extensive networks throughout the healthcare, and legal communities’. With a thorough understanding of varying cultures in both private and public sector organizations’, she was recognized in 2008 for services to nursing and awarded a DBE.

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