We are delighted to tell you that the new EDI and Anti-racism subcommittee is now constituted with Alan Kessedjian and Shazma Thabusom as the Co-Chairs.
They are both really enthusiastic about the project and bring a powerful range of experience and ideas to our work for change.
Much of Alan's work over the past 30 years has been with marginalised and often racialised groups and being of mixed Anglo Egyptian-Armenian heritage, he has some lived experience to draw from.
He has worked within a full range of services and with clients across the lifespan with NHS Consultant appointments (across two Trusts) in the specialisms of Acute Care Psychology (CIHT’s and Inpatients) and specialist community DBT services. He brings a working knowledge of current debates in the field of equality and diversity including a good understanding of transcultural psychology and psychiatry with a network of contacts in the field.
"My recent experience on the BAME NHS Leadership Ready Now Programme has further developed my resolve and skills set to work within systems to bring about transformational change towards greater levels of equality and inclusion."
Shazma currently manages services in inner city Birmingham.
She has extensive experience of mental health services, specifically in Clinical Psychology working with diverse needs of service users and staff. She has experience of various languages and has developed creative ways of meeting needs of various groups of people
She is particularly interested in working towards systematic changes to the Clinical Psychologist roles so that a significant change can take place in the profession.
"I am committed to developing some shift in terms of diversity and moving beyond diversity and towards inclusion."
The first meeting is currently planned for 02 October 2020.