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Gemma Peters

CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 2): Implications of Black Lives Matter - What does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion really mean?

“It cannot possibly be true that we have the best scientists working on blood cancer, if that scientific community only represents one bit of the population.”

Gemma Peters joined Blood Cancer UK as Chief Executive in September 2017. Prior to this she worked at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners as Executive Director of Fundraising and Supporter Development. Gemma also spent 7 years as Trustee for Action Aid UK. 

Ep 2. Gemma Peters, CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 2)

Implications of Black Lives Matter - What does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion really mean?

In Part 2 of our conversation with Gemma Peters, CEO of Blood Cancer UK, we delve in to what true Diversity, Equity and Inclusion means for the charity sector. Gemma shares the responsibility she feels being a white leader, with an all-white Board, Executive Team and with predominantly white scientific researchers. We look at specific initiatives that Blood Cancer UK are pursuing to address this and how as a sector we can look to disestablish racist structures and precedents.

Gemma reveals that the true inspiration and drive for the work comes from the people she and her organisation are striving to help. 

For some extra inspiration, watch the video she talks about from people affected by blood cancer, saying thank you to the staff at Blood Cancer UK.

Episode recorded August 2020.

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