Learn Best Practice from the UK’s Most Inclusive Employer – Presented by Karmini McCann & David Wilkinson (UHMBT)

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Inclusive Companies Webinars
5th February 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Europe/London Timezone

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) replaced media giant Sky as the UK’s most Inclusive Employer recently, taking the top position for the first time ever in recognition of their innovative practices.

The Trust were the highest-ranking public sector organisation on the List last year, and the first public sector organisation to ever feature at number one, showing their continued dedication to workplace diversity. A robust survey submission showed the Inclusion and Diversity agenda at UHMBT continues development at a massive scale in line with its Board approved strategy. Looking at the impact of Covid through an inclusion lens has been a real opportunity for them to engage with and support staff to really make a difference to their lives and shone a light on the power of inclusive leadership and inclusion networks.

During this exciting webinar, CEO & Founder of Inclusive Companies Paul Sesay, will be joined by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s Director of People and Organisational Development, David Wilkinson, and the Head of Inclusion & Engagement, Karmini McCann.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from those leading in the organisation as Karmini & David share best practice on how to…

– Create safe cultures

– Lead with inclusion at the forefront

– Implement tangible actions across all protected characteristics

– Share their D&I evolution during a year of challenges & uncertainty

About David Wilkinson

David was appointed as Director of People and Organisational Development at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) in July 2013.

David has over 25 years of experience in the NHS, working in different provider settings across London and the North West. 

David is passionate about employee engagement and inclusion, and has led the development of the Trust’s Behavioural Standards Framework and Towards Inclusion approach from the front.  David is tireless in his quest for the Trust to become an ‘effortlessly inclusive’ organisation and has forged partnerships with a number of external organisations, as well as being an active alumnus of the NHS Employers’ Equality and Diversity Partners Programme and contributing to the national development of inclusion policy through his membership of the Workforce Disability Equality Standard Steering Group.

David and his team have won numerous awards since his appointment in 2013, amongst which is the NHS Employers’ Inclusive Team of the Year Award in 2016, and he has been instrumental in UHMB being ranked the UK’s 10th Most Inclusive employer in 2019.  In 2018, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay won the Employee Engagement category at the Personnel Today Awards, as well as scooping the Overall Winner Award.

About Karmini McCann

Karmini is Head of Inclusion and Engagement at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB), where she has worked for 12 years. Prior to her NHS career Karmini worked to create a positive difference in both local government and the private sector though HR and management roles, before progressing into more specialist areas of people and organisational development.  

A fellow of the CIPD, Karmini has led diversity and inclusion for the NHS workforce at UHMB for almost 6 years, including the development of the Trust’s first five-year ‘Towards Inclusion’ strategy, launched in 2016.  Her current portfolio also includes colleague engagement, creating positive organisational cultures (including through addressing bullying, harassment and incivility) and just and learning culture development. She is also an active alumnus of the NHS Employers’ Equality and Diversity Partners Programme and the NHS Leadership Academy’s Ready Now positive action programme for senior Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders.   


Karmini’s contributions to diversity and inclusion have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally, including the NHS North West Leadership Academy Inclusive Leader of the Year Award; NHS Employers Inclusive Team of the Year Award; and the NHS Employers Highly Commended Inclusive Leader of the Year Award in 2016. She has been instrumental in UHMB being ranked the UK’s top most Inclusive Employer in 2020.