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Edith Akenkide

A recent graduate of the 'Ready Now' Programme, Edith is a truly inspirational leader.  She has a great passion for equality and dedicates much time and effort to developing this in additional to her 'day job' as a social worker.  She shows great leadership, drive, enthusiasm and creativity in relation to her role as BAME Staff Network Lead.   Edith has been most generous in her willingness to share materials, ideas and learning from initiatives undertaken and also in sharing her expansive network of fellow inspirational BAME leaders.  Edith is a great motivator and a warm-hearted, open-handed individual.  Thank you Edith for all your support, encouragement and fabulous network.  In the words of Yvonne Coghill, 'Everyone needs an Edith'!

Jacqueline Onalo Apr 30, 2018

Edith is not only passionate about diversity and inclusion but an activist as well. She has been instrumental in setting up several BAME staff networks including at her current trust which she chairs. She selflessly supports colleagues in and outside her trust in constructively addressing institutional racism. She has supported numerous individuals by providing counsel, motivation and practical tips in their seeking promotions, slowly penetrating the glass ceiling for BAME staff. Edith is often referred to as the "Honey Bee" because she is master in networking. Not in any shallow way but forming meaningful relationships with individuals both influential and otherwise within and outside the NHS who are committed to bettering the NHS in an equitable way for patients and employees. She does not work in a competitive way and will use her networks to support colleagues within the NHS. She has been able to invite and attract numerous leading personalities from trusts accross the country, the private sector and from WRES in a bid to secure counsel and inspiration for the change sought. Some of these have been Dame Elizabeth Aniowu DEB, Yvonne Coghill, Leslie Brisssett, John Brouder etc She does all the above and so much more, over and above her contractual role and hours. Incidentally she is an exemplary social worker who cares about patients and assists them in crisis working in both a practical and humane manner. Often when Edith gets in touch with me it is because she is seeking support for a third party or has information that will support me in my various roles. I am one of many recipients of her almost daily emails and WhatsApp messages with inspirational quotes, videos , news articles, reports, training opportunities, job openings etc I have no hesitation in endorsing Edith for this leadership award.

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David Uzosike Apr 30, 2018

Edith is the pioneer Chair of the BAME networking Group in EPUT Essex NHS Trust. She worked very hard with the NHS Board to ensure that BAME networking group is not only introduced but also encouraged within the Trust. She has transformed the way we look at race relations in the Trust , based on the WRES agenda. Edith is a ‘’ Superstar networker’’ she is committed to improving the Quality of patient care through supporting and enable BAME Staff both within the Trust and across the country. She is always willing to help and a source of direction and inspiration within the Team.

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Sharon Akinkunmi May 3, 2018

Edith is the Chair of our BAME Network at EPUT. I work closely with Edith as her vice chair of the network. She has made a tremendous impact in our Trust with her dynamic approach in 'Master' networking with highly influential leaders. Some of these Leaders include Yvonne Coghill, Director or the WRES, Dame Prof Elizabeth Anionwu, Profess Michael West , Cherron Kinko-Tariah, MBE and the author of the Power of Staff Networks and many more up and down the country in relation to BME issues and the WRES agenda. She has also supported me on the WRES EXPERT Programme as well as many others in their roles inside and outside of the Trust. I truly believe she deserves this award! Well done Edith.

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sarah nsubuga Apr 30, 2018

Edith is a very supportive/motivating person. She is approachable and will give you her time whenever you approach her. She is very passionate about diversity.She deserves to be recognised.

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Donald Palmer Apr 30, 2018

Edith is a true role model and passionate about change.

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Solomon Lebese May 1, 2018

Edith is a tremendous motivator, networker and an incredible resource! She has single handedly been responsible for connecting me and my organisation with influential people to move the diversity agenda forward.

She is ever optimistic and hard working. She certainly leads by example! She is selfless in her assistance and drive to help people. The effects of her networking and assistance are having rippling effects up and down this country and possibly in other parts of the world.

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sandra tafira May 1, 2018

Edith is passionate about diversity and race equality. She is dedicated to the BAME network and she has encouraged me to believe in myself and celebrate my uniqueness. She deserves the award.

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Martine Eyong May 1, 2018

Edith is a trutly inspiration as leader. She has a great passion for equality and diversity. She is dedicated with much with much time and passion. She already show great leadership with enthusiasm and creativity. She is generous in her willingness to share ideas and learning from initiatives and sharing network of fellow inspirational BAME leaders.
Edith is a great motivator and open handed as a person

Thank you so much for all your suppor and encouragement. i always said you are my royal model

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Manish Ratesswar May 2, 2018

Edith is sincere and dedicated professional who puts her heart n soul in any job assigned to her and always deliver the best from her efforts

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Steve Charles May 2, 2018

Edith is has so much enthusiasm and knowledge to share with everyone she works and connects with. She is happy deals challenges faced at work in a professional manner and always around for support when needed. So I am therefore nominating Edith for BME inspirational leader - Steve Charles 07708 304968

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Mani Ratesswar May 2, 2018

Edith loves her work n i love her for that

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Aaron Arasasingham May 2, 2018

Edith is a highly motivated professional, whom will go above and beyond to help her fellow man . Great leader

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Paul Dayes May 2, 2018

Everything that I wanted to say about Edith I have seen and read that it has already been said. I will keep this simple. Edith does not work for awards and neither does she work for recognition. I have had the pleasure of working with and being advised and guided by this lady and all that she wanted in return was to see me and all those that I work with succeed. Edith is simply amazing in her field for 2 reasons. Firstly, due to her personal journey she has a passion for her client group and colleagues.

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Paul Dayes May 2, 2018

I have read and noticed

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Fumipoppy May 3, 2018

Edith is so passionate about her work it is inspirational.

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Wafaa Gadelkarim May 3, 2018

Edit is a very able, dedicated and compassionate person and she uses all these qualities and more in her job as a social worker. She approaches her job with energy and always with a smile on her face no matter how daunting the problem facing her. She is always willing to help showing the qualities of a true leader always leading by example and is quite inspirational. To sum it all up,” SHE IS A STAR"

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Kenny Owei May 3, 2018

Yes I’m voting for Edith. She’s a mother and dedicated lady who’s so truth worthy and reliable with task ahead of her. Absolutely wonderful lady. She is a brilliant wonderful lady. I believe she’s up to the challenges ahead of her and also believes she will do a good job. She listens and take necessary steps to ensure situations get solved and resolve. It’s well with her spirit, soul, soul, body and mind.

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Adrian Gonda May 3, 2018

Amazing person and professional. Leader and teacher. You get my vote all day

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Jason Anderson May 4, 2018

An amazing human being and inspiration to myself and others

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MTA May 4, 2018

A friend, closer than a sister. I have known Edith since the beginning of her journey when she was studying on a college course prior to her social work training. Even back then she was a determined and focused person with a clear vision and plan for her future.

She works with integrity and honesty in a profession she truly loves. Her working style is one of transparency and clarity, there are no sides to Edith, what you see is what you get.
Her desire to advocate for the vulnerable, disadvantaged or discriminated stems from her own challenging childhood. An experience that has given her the ability to authentically empathise with others as they experience their greatest challenges in life.

Edith has a strong sense of justice, with fairness and equality at the core of what she does. This manifests itself in her professional practice and ultimately the recipients who access the service.

Having served the community as a magistrate for many years, Edith proactively contributed to ensuring that justice was served in an impartial and fair manner. To wholeheartedly commit to a cause that supports those who are voiceless and vulnerable is typical of Edith.
We now see the commitment that Edith has made to fight for equality and equity for Black and Ethnic Minorities employees within the NHS. Edith has embarked on this humongous task without financial incentive and on an unpaid basis, all whilst undertaking a full time job. Imagine.
Her networking ability has brought people together and served as a catalyst to empower, build and strengthen. Sharing knowledge and resources simply for the enhancement and betterment of others is a regular and selfless practice demonstrated by Edith on an ongoing basis.
Yet, it is not solely on a professional level that Edith extends her hands to support others. She has supported me on a personal level, maintaining a cool head and warm heart approach when navigating me through a personal matter.

Phenomenal, extraordinary, outstanding and selfless are but a few words to describe Edith. I am sure everyone contributing to this can think of many more.
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Mobolaji Lewis May 4, 2018

Edith is the Chair of BAME Network at our trust - EPUT. She is an inspirational selfless leader, very passionate about equality and diversity. Edith is a master in the art of networking, she has used this skill and ability to broaden support for EPUT BAME network both within and outside the trust. I particularly love her enthusiasm and very positive can-do attitude. She is always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and colleagues. Edith, you have my 100% support as you deserve the recognition. Go girl, #goedith2018

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Obi Ricky May 5, 2018

Edith has been very understanding and always eager to help within the short period I have known her.

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Geraldine Huka May 5, 2018

Edith Akenkide has been working in the community for over 20 years. N this time she has worked with diverse ethnic minority communities. She is intuitive but professional n her approach to work.
She is good a assessing situations in a timely and thus avoiding potential crisis
Her clients trust her and she empowers them and builds up their confidence. She embodies the spirit of Social Work. The support that her clients need is the service she strives to provide.
Edith Akenkide has been working in the community for over 20 years. N this time she has worked with diverse ethnic minority communities. She is intuitive but professional n her approach to work.
She is good a assessing situations in a timely and thus avoiding potential crisis
Her clients trust her and she empowers them and builds up their confidence. She embodies the spirit of Social Work. The support that her clients need is the service she strives to provide.

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OLUSEGUN DAIRO May 6, 2018

Edith is an exceptional individual that perceive race as only one that ever exist i.e. HUMAN RACE. She speaks from her heart not from her mouth, this makes her voice and words to go beyond hear. Edith’s words are manifested to whom could breath to hear her words. As she speaks so she act, this describes her peaceful personality. Edith is an inspiration and a role model to every existence that is opportune to be fortunate to meet her penchant personality. Well-done Edith! , this award is truly meant for you because of your uncommon demeanour

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Demetri May 6, 2018

Edith is, simply, a blessing. She is a positive force for good. With her smile and a twinkle in her eye she always move forward, and we are all better for her being around.

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POSN May 6, 2018

Edith is a master connector and strives to bring equity for staff in the NHS. She is enthusiastic, articulate and determined to usher in change. She is a true champion for inclusion, benefiting staff, patients and the NHS.

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Diana Belfon May 7, 2018

Many congratulations on your nomination!

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Manal El-Maraghy May 7, 2018

Very enthusiastic person. When she believes in a target, she will go for it and won' t be persuaded otherwise. Reach out for people and spare the time to listen. Proud to be a social worker and approved mental health professional. Fair and straight talking, tactful though. Has a lovely smile.

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FelixO May 8, 2018

I support Edith’s nomination for this prestigious award due to the selfless work and invaluable contribution she has initiated in getting the BAME network on the agenda of EPUT. I came to know Edith after joining EPUT last year and within this short time I have observed from my close working relationship with her that she is a professional lady with a great passion for developing people’s interests and motivating them to get involved in the trust work as well as being interested in their health and wellbeing. She has a great sense of humour and approach in supporting, influencing and helping students and newly qualified staff. She has great wealth of knowledge and experience in networking in the BAME arena. Her work and achievements are highly recognised by the board of Directors. She is very innovative and outgoing.
It's been a great opportunity to put these thoughts together and I would not hesitate to endorse her nomination.

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Prerna Gogia May 8, 2018

Edith is a passionate and a dedicated BAME chair in EPUT. She gives her best and is supportive and approachable. All the best!

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Alexandra Anyanwu May 8, 2018

Edith is a people's person and very passionate about change. Congratulations on your nomination as you deserve it. Go girl!

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Simon Dein May 8, 2018

An excellent choice

passionate about racial inequality and a very good social worker and leader

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stephen zingwe May 8, 2018

Great networker and good leader

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Mousumi Basu May 9, 2018

Edith is the Chair of the BAME Network for Essex Partnership NHS Trust, one of the largest community health trusts in England. Edith deserves to win this nomination as she practices inclusion in her strategic role, as well as in her day to day operational role in the workplace. I have heard from Edith how she has advocated for BME staff to access development opportunities whilst galvanising the input from the Organisation's senior leadership team. Edith has a lovely manner and an inspiration to her colleagues, using her personal networks and vast research into BME inclusion to push forward the inclusion agendas in EPUT.

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Nkechi A Abeng May 9, 2018

Edith works enthusiastically and hard to practice what she preaches in respect of the practice of healthy living and is constantly networking and making valuable links between people.

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Deborah Mbabazi May 9, 2018

Edith is an inspirational leader. She works in such a multilayered, multifaceted way in a seemingly effortless way. She is always offering helpful advice for both personal and professional development. Edith is conscientious, flexible and extremely boundaried in her professional engagements. It is such a pleasure working with her!

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manu d May 9, 2018

Edith is inspirational and supportive, always checking on the wellbeing of others against a backdrop of a heavy workload. True leader

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Lizzy Dunning May 9, 2018

Edith is truly a motivational and excellent leader. Her dedication, passion, energy and compassion is an inspiration to the rest of us and I back her 100% for this award!

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Efua Adabie May 9, 2018

Edith is truly inspirational having lived through so much at a young age and now determined to make a change in the lives of others

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Adrian Foncette May 10, 2018

Edith has been a personal friend, client and inspiration for over a decade.
Consistently engaging, professional and a real champion at putting people in touch with services and advice that can really make a difference.

Having come from a diverse background this has given here many professional insights into the field. From working on ground breaking mental health studies to personally giving time to support individuals to make progress, I can think of no better role model for both diversity and the promotion of BAME
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Anthony Shivbarat May 10, 2018

I met Edith at an NHS Staff Networks Event. Edith came across very passionate about the BAME/WRES agenda and was instrumental in setting up a Whats app Group to facilitate greater networking across Trusts. Edith is selfless in her ability to help others and consistently goes beyond the call of duty to progress this challenging agenda. Edith in my opinion needs to be recognised for the relentless contribution she has made and 'hands down' is the best networker I have ever had the pleasure of coming across.

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Lucia Vambe May 11, 2018

Very inspiring leader

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Michelle Simmons Safo May 11, 2018

Edith aka the Honey Bee is a magnificent Networker and compassionate about care. She is a born Leader and shows LOVE and acceptance to All. She is a pioneer for the needs of the BAME Community

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Judith Glashen May 11, 2018

I only very recently 'met' Edith through our interconnected Network of professional colleagues. We arranged to have an introductory telephone discussion just to get to know each other a little better - well I was met with Edith's passion, excitement and joy for life so 3 hours later, not only had we had shared our mutual journeys and passion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion but also genuinely committed to supporting each other to fulfil our ambitions to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we had the blessing of interacting with. I wholeheartedly support your Windrush Nomination Edith you truly do deserve it

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Sandra Griffiths May 11, 2018

Edith ability to network meaningfully and champion for improved services for racalised communities is an inspiration to us all. It is a privilege and an honour to know Edith. Good Luck with this nomination - so well deserved.

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McIntoshNichole May 11, 2018

Congratulations on your well deserved nomination Edith! You get my vote!

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Annette Ogunsakin May 11, 2018

Edith is a leading Social Worker who has mastered the art of networking and she truly is the ‘Networking Queen ‘. Of BME events and I would like to have her little red book.

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This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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Jeanette Williams May 18, 2018

Congratulations Edith well deserved

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