King's College Hospital appoints new Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Funmi Onamusi as Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
Funmi Onamusi has been appointed to the newly-created substantive role at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will be a core member of the senior leadership team.
Funmi will be working directly with Chief Executive Prof Clive Kay, and will be responsible for accelerating the Trust’s ambitious equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) agenda. She will also lead the way in inspiring and delivering sustainable cultural change and ensure King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is an exemplar in all its people practices.
Funmi will be joining the team in June, moving from her role at global management consultancy EY (formerly Ernst & Young) as Diversity and Inclusion Lead. In this time, she has worked with several large organisations to help them create, monitor and implement their EDI strategies - including a national healthcare organisation and a police service.
Succeeding Claudette Elliott, who has been carrying out the role on an interim basis, Funmi will bring over 18 years’ of experience across consulting and industry roles and expertise in talent management, leadership development, and change strategy and implementation.
On her new appointment, Funmi said:
I am honoured and excited to be a part of an incredible team that has already made huge strides towards making King’s a more diverse and inclusive environment for all members of its community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on lives and livelihoods and has had the most significant impact on public health and the economy for generations.
The pandemic has also further highlighted and brought into sharp focus existing inequalities and inequities. As we begin to emerge from the other side of the pandemic with light at the end of the tunnel in the UK, we must not forget or neglect these issues.
Diversity and Inclusion must be more than just a token program - it must become intricately embedded in our culture and equity must be introduced to fix inequalities across all the touchpoints of staff and patient journeys.
I see my appointment as an opportunity not just to support the delivery of what is an ambitious EDI agenda but to work with colleagues and partners around the country to continue to create real sustainable change here at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.