“Nobody should be scared to talk about race and diversity.”

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Foluke Akinlose MBE is the founder of PRECIOUS, the leading online network and resource for women of colour. Launched in 1999, it was the first digital publication of its kind to launch in the UK. In 1997, Foluke launched the annual PRECIOUS Awards which celebrate the achievements of women of colour in business and leadership. Foluke was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2010.

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“This programme could be included in your personal development plan.”

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The NHS needs strong, stable leaders who are able to strategically plan and look ahead while taking the immediate needs of their staff and patients into account. We can spend years nurturing and supporting leaders to develop and progress into a chief executive role, yet the average tenure is just 18 months. What’s making people think about moving on so soon? And how can we get better at keeping them?

In the third of a series of blogs, Navina Evans, chief executive of East London NHS Foundation Trust and a graduate of the Aspiring chief executive programme, discusses her experience and the impact the programme has had on her, her colleagues and the system. The programme is a collaboration between NHS Providers, the NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Improvement.

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