Pride network co-chair elections

Group of staff at Pride

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to become the new co-chair of our Pride network.

As Co-Chair you will work closely with the existing Co-Chair, Darren Castle-Beal, as well as the other staff networks and their chairs and help shape the network’s activity moving forward.  You will have a strategic role in representing the vision and purpose of the network across the Trust and help develop organisational change with LGBTQ+ issues at the heart. The role of Co-Chair is integral to the smooth running of the Pride Network and ensuring member’s voices are heard and acted upon.

Our staff networks are instrumental in creating an inclusive culture within Newcastle Hospitals where staff can feel supported, valued, respected and listened to.  A key part of their work is to support embedding equity of opportunity in everyday practices such as recruitment, career progression and promotion and provide a fair, equitable, supportive and encouraging working and learning environment for our workforce.

So, if you are a person who is passionate about driving forward positive change for all, feel you can collaborate with and support others, help co-ordinate the work of the network and act as a conduit to senior management via the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Managers and the EDI Steering Group, this may be the role for you!

Please submit your expression of interest to [email protected] and include a short biography of yourself and what you feel you could bring to the role of co-chair, by 5pm on Friday 24 November 2023.

A few words from our current Pride network Co-Chair, Darren Castle-Beal

We are looking for a new Co-Chair to work closely alongside me and join the journey to make our LGBTQ+ staff feel more respected and included here at Newcastle Hospitals. Having a workforce that is diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability or neurodiversity, ethnicity, and perspective is proven to make for a better workplace.

However, diversity without inclusion is like filling up a cup with a hole in it – if people don’t feel appreciated and listened to, they won’t want to stay. My aim is to ensure that all staff feel comfortable and valued enough that they can be their authentic self at work and feel able to be more creative and innovative as this will enable us to give our patients the best experience.

I am extremely keen to look at new ways we can affect change, not only for the members of the Pride Network, but also across the whole Trust. I want the Pride Network to be more visible in promoting inclusive working practices and help shape organisational change.

Everyone has a voice, and every voice should be given the time to be heard and listened to by all of us. So, if like myself, you are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes equity and values diversity, then the role of Co-Chair of the Pride Network is for you.  If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate in getting in touch with me with prior to submitting your expression of interest  [email protected]