Karen Pearce

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (People)
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals FT

Head of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (People) at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust Karen provides leadership and expertise for all matters relating to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda. Her dedication has helped influence positive change across many diverse work-streams.  Karen began her career as an Employment Adviser with the British Medical Association before being appointed by Newcastle Hospitals as Head of Medical HR in 2003 with the primary objective of implementing the Consultant Contract (2003).  Working within the HR function Karen’s focus has always been ‘people’ – a key asset of the NHS.   

Over the last six years Karen has become increasingly involved in the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and whilst she hasn’t left her HR roots behind she now predominately supports the Trust to develop and deliver its legal, ethical objectives and uses national frameworks to benchmark and measure progress. As the Trust’s WRES Expert she works closely with and supports the Trusts BAME staff network, WRES sub group and senior leaders to continually influence positive change and whilst her ambition is for Newcastle Hospitals to be at the forefront of the equality and inclusion agenda she see’s real value in partnership working across the NHS.