26 Oct 2017

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, has been featured in the 2017 OUTstanding Leading Public Sector LGBT+ Executives list, presented by the Financial Times (FT).

The list recognises the work of inspirational LGBT+ senior leaders from the public and third sectors who are helping to make their workplace more diverse and welcoming, and who are making a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion outside of their workplace. From the top 20, Carolyn has placed at number 19 on the list.

In her nomination, Carolyn was singled out for her commitment to eradicating stigma and for launching the Trust’s first ‘LGBT+ Champion’ initiative in February 2017 – coinciding with LGBT+ History Month. LGBT+ Champions at the Trust are committed to patient wellbeing, and identify themselves by wearing their ID badges on rainbow-coloured lanyards. In addition, Carolyn has encouraged an active participation by the Trust in the London Pride event over the last two years.

Carolyn said: “I am delighted to be featured in OUTstanding’s list this year, especially as I want to ensure LGBT+ employees are not hiding their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather bringing their best selves to work.

“Sadly, despite progress around LGBT+ inclusion, there is still an absence of visible LGBT+ executives in businesses. It is a privilege to be recognised by OUTstanding and the FT as someone who is proudly waving a rainbow flag for the LGBT+ community.

“I am also very fortunate to have an excellent Equality and Diversity team at the Trust, who lead from the front and give everyone a platform to thrive. The Trust are Stonewall Champions, and recently, the Trust’s ‘Transgender Guidance’ document was converted into a policy and approved – we now have a scrutiny group to ensure its implementation.

“We have an LGBTQ user group within Hounslow Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where young people as service users have produced narratives of their experience of coming out and formed a voluntary support group. Broadmoor Hospital’s Equality and Diversity Strategy Group have also produced equality leaflets on display in each of the wards. We aspire to be a truly inclusive organisation where everyone can contribute and grow, but there’s always more we can do for staff, patients, service users and carers alike.”

Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO at OUTstanding, said: “These lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognising and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.”

As well as being Chief Executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Carolyn is currently Chair of the London Mental Health Payment and Outcomes Transformation Board, which reports to the London Mental Health Transformation Board, and a highly experienced Chief Executive in the justice system. She is also the Chair of Trustees of Just for Kids Law and is a board member of the Press Recognition Panel. Carolyn has sponsored diversity at a corporate level for over 30 years, which has included mentoring Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) candidates for over 25 years, and guiding other senior executives who are gay parents, like herself, in the NHS for 30 years.