Chief People Officer
Shahana joined Solent NHS Trust as Chief People Officer on 1st July 2022. She has 35 years’ experience in a range of public sector roles and has consistently demonstrated an authentic commitment to improving the life experiences of staff and patients.
Shahana has held national leadership roles as Director of NHS Employer’s Positively Diverse programme and as Deputy Director of the Department of Health’s National Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health program. As part of her role with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Shahana developed the ground-breaking Making it Real programme which generated practical solutions to implementation of personalised and community-based support.
More recently, Shahana led the successful Vaccination Workforce programme in the South East Region and co-chaired the Regional Turning the Tide Transformation and Oversight Board which focused on addressing racial inequalities across our workforce and population.
The positive impact of Shahana’s work has been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) where she was listed as a BME pioneer and she was highlighted as one of 100 virtual change activists for health and social care through NHS Improving Quality (The Edge) and was nominated for an NHS70 Windrush award. More recently the impact of the Turning the Tide Transformation programme co-chaired by Shahana has been recognised through a high commendation for the HSJ NHS Race Equality award.