Beverley Powell is a Senior Advisor to the National Managing Director of Leadership, Life Long Learning and Talent at the National Leadership Academy and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is an accredited Transformational Life Coach.
In 2014, Beverley was nationally recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 50 BME Pioneers for her work in providing leadership and strategic direction of ED&I, namely for her research and critical analysis addressing inequalities of Trans patients accessing primary and secondary care in the NHS.
Beverley worked as an Equality Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) leader in the NHS HR Sector, leading and managing culture system change at a grassroots level. At policy level, Beverley was a member of the Patient Experience strategic group and represented patient experience matters relating to ED&I. Beverley designed and delivered ED&I leadership development for front line clinical staff and Board members of the Trust.
Beverley brings a wealth of experience in building, supporting, and sustaining key stakeholder partnerships. An example of this work was her 14-year employment in a UK Police Force, where during a period of community unrest, lack of recognition of diverse talent, recruitment and retention issues, Beverley helped formed the first Black Police Association.
Following the Police Service, Beverley achieved her BSc hons and postgraduate in education. Her first degree involved the study and analysis of child psychology and criminology. This led to her appointment as a Diversity Manager in the prison service to manage system wide culture change and the implementation of robust systems managing the Race Equality Prison Officer and Foreign National Prison Officer.