Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE is Chair of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and the recently formed North West Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Assembly. Previously, she was Head of Equalities and Economic Inclusion for the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), and Chief Executive of the Black Health Agency, where she grew the organisation from a community group to a well-respected regional organisation with a national profile. She was Strategic Adviser for Community Cohesion and Diversity for the Government Office for the North West and has held several non-executive roles, including Commissioner for the Equal Opportunities Commission, Chair of Race for Health and Chair of NHS Manchester. She was also a member of the board of Partners of Prisoners.
This interview with Evelyn touches on; her experience as a black leader in the North West’s health and care system; the work that still needs to be done to end racial inequalities and discrimination in recruitment and patient care; her hopes for future generations and much more.