BAME Network Chair and Deputy Chair appointed
Interviews took place recently for our very first BAME Network Chair and Deputy. The interview panel was made up of and chaired by BAME Network colleagues. We are delighted to inform you that Kyeiyanne James was appointed to be the BAME Network Chair and Rez Rogers has been appointed Deputy Chair and will be supporting Kyeiyanne in taking the network forward. Congratulations to them both on what will be pivotal roles in the organisation at this point in time.
Here Kyeiyanne and Rez tell us a bit more about themselves:
“Hello, my name is Kyeiyanne James (Beckles) and I originate from Trinidad and Tobago from a big city called Port of Spain. I am a proud mum of two boys, aged nine and 10, and have been living in the UK since 2010. In Trinidad I studied Medical Laboratory Technology, which involved working in various labs.
“I started working for the Trust in 2013 as a phlebotomist, and after one year I got a position in Microbiology as a Band 2. Presently I work as an Associate Practitioner in the Immunology/Flow Cytometry department and in time I wish to work as a Biomedical Scientist.
“Since our move to Plymouth, my family, friends and I have experienced discrimination. Whilst I have been involved at my children’s school making changes and increasing awareness, it wasn’t until the BAME post came up at the Trust that I started to believe I could be involved in making a bigger impact.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to be the Chair of the BAME Network and because of my own personal experiences I am confident that I can help others. I look forward to improving the BAME relationships within this Trust and the wider community. We are all different but we are all equal and there is strength in unity.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me so far, and I am looking forward to the BAME Network moving from strength to strength. I am very proud of the Trust for investing in such a positive movement and the future is an exciting one.”
“My name is Rez and I work as a Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology. I am delighted that UHPT initiated a network for BAME staff to come together in support to share their knowledge and the experiences they have had regarding racism, both from staff and patient perspectives. I am incredibly grateful for receiving the role of vice chair to the network. Individual voices, opinions and opportunities should not be overlooked or ignored because of where a person comes from, what they believe in or skin colour.
“The COVID-19 pandemic this year has led to Public Health England highlighting both the under-representation of BAME staff at every organisational level, and the resistance to speak up and ask for help due to previous experiences of racism. Discrimination in any form, directly or indirectly, should neither be tolerated nor ignored when raised to other colleagues. Through the Network, I hope to increase awareness and education of the true impact of racism to prevent staff and patients from experiencing these painful incidents, and unify all colleagues to speak up in the face of adversity by challenging and reflecting on these behaviours, both from themselves and others.
“My door will always be open to anyone who wants their voice to be heard. Remember that you are not alone. I look forward to working with every member of the Network and the wider Trust to make these positive changes for everyone.”