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Bernadette Thompson receives OBE

Last week our associate director of inclusion, Bernadette Thompson, received her OBE medal at Windsor Castle for services to diversity and inclusion. Bernadette discusses her award and what this means for her inclusion work.

“It was an honour to receive an OBE in the Queen's 2021 Birthday Honours list. Now that the palace is catching up on its ceremonial backlog, it was a glorious moment last week on 30 March when I received my medal from the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at Windsor Castle. 

“Receiving this recognition for services to diversity and inclusion within the UK Civil Service really means a lot to me, as it encapsulates who I am as a person, my values and my ambition. Helping organisations create cultures where people can thrive is an important part of what I do. 

Bernadette with Princess Anne

Receiving this honour has re-energised me to push on and press for progress. To tackle inequalities and inequitable behaviours in our organisation head on, and to lay bare any uncomfortable truths we may need to hear to help us on our journey of belonging.

At Barts Health, we have recently refreshed our commitment to becoming a truly inclusive organisation. This ambition is a "marathon and not a sprint" and we are on this journey of becoming a place where everyone can categorically say "WeBelong".

If you haven't read our strategy, please find some time to have a look and let’s act together and echo these words summarising our inclusion aspirations."

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  1. Stephen Vaughan Tuesday, 5 April 2022 at 05:51 PM

    Congratulations and well deserved Bernadette. I am very proud of your effort to make Barts Health an inclusive organisation!

  2. Khasruz Zaman Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 10:34 AM

    Congratulation Bernadette!

  3. Paula Oates Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 10:52 AM

    Congratulations! Amazing achievement.

  4. Catherine Zulu Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 11:22 AM

    Congratulations Bernadette!

  5. Mun-Leng Lim Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 02:46 PM

    Congratulations! You're an inspiration.

  6. Mohammed Ahmed Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 02:58 PM

    Congratulations ! Truely deserving

  7. Hemlata Mistry Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 03:10 PM

    Congratulations Bernadette - and well deserved.

  8. Jane Stephenson Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 03:47 PM

    Bernadette, that is amazing! Well done you and how lucky we are to have you at Barts :-) Thanks for everything you do.

  9. Fabia Ghany Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 07:25 AM

    Many congratulations Bernadette!

  10. Loveday Akinbode Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 09:21 AM

    Congratulations to you my dear Bernadette, you are a breadth of fresh air. We are at Harmony are very proud of you. Keep the Flag flying and grace to you my dear.

  11. Loveday Akinbode Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 09:21 AM

    Congratulations to you my dear Bernadette, you are a breadth of fresh air. We are at Harmony are very proud of you. Keep the Flag flying and grace to you my dear.

  12. Loveday Akinbode Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 09:21 AM

    Congratulations to you my dear Bernadette, you are a breadth of fresh air. We are at Harmony are very proud of you. Keep the Flag flying and grace to you my dear.

  13. Loveday Akinbode Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 09:21 AM

    Congratulations to you my dear Bernadette, you are a breadth of fresh air. We are at Harmony are very proud of you. Keep the Flag flying and grace to you my dear.

  14. Paula Joseph Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 09:37 AM

    Congratulations Bernadette

  15. Kemi Downer Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 01:19 PM

    Congratulations Bernadette - fantastic achievement! You looked beautiful also x :)

  16. Maxine Johnson Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 02:37 PM

    Congratulations Bernadette!

  17. Maxine Johnson Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 02:37 PM

    Congratulations Bernadette!

  18. Bintu Kamara Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 02:40 PM

    Congratulations and well done

  19. Bintu Kamara Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 03:49 PM

    Congratulations and well done