Shahana is Head of Diversity and Inclusion for NHS England and NHS Improvement. She has 30 years experience in the public sector and has consistently demonstrated an authentic commitment to improving the working lives of staff and patients.
Shahana has held leadership roles as Director of NHS Employer’s Positively Diverse programme and Deputy Director of the National Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health programme.
She has extensive experience of supporting programmes which enable patients and carers to have choice and control and to live independent lives. This includes working with the Department of Health’s Putting People First programme, advising on equality, diversity and user engagement issues.
Shahana has worked as an Action Learning Set facilitator for the NHS Graduate Management Trainee programme and for the Future-Focused Finance, Aspiring Finance Leaders talent pool. She has completed the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme with a certificate in Executive Healthcare Leadership, has been recognised by the Health Service Journal as a BME pioneer, was highlighted as one of 100 virtual change activists for health and social care through NHS Improving Quality and was nominated for an NHS70 Windrush award.
In her current role, Shahana has established a corporate Diversity and Inclusion Team, collaborating closely with managers and stakeholders to develop a Diversity and Inclusion strategy for NHS England and NHS Improvement’s workforce.