Midlands Leadership Academy

Visible Leaders Network

Coming soon!

On Monday 14th February 2022 from 13:00 to 17:00, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Midlands Visible Leaders Network – NETWORKING LEADERSHIP IN ACTION EVENT. This preludes a year of Masterclasses, development opportunities and networking.

As a network primarily aimed at developing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff into leadership roles, we have an exciting agenda planned. With a fantastic array of speakers including, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Dr Habib Naqvi, from NHS England and Improvement, Paul Deemer from NHS Employers, Morvia Gooden from the NHS Leadership Academy and Ian Phillips from People Opportunities.

Members will be able to attend both taster masterclasses, which will give an insight into future masterclasses planned for 2022.

In order to attend this event you must be a member of the Midlands VLN, so if you are not a member, please ensure you read about the Midlands VLN and the eligibility requirements along with how to join below.

Once you have done this, you will be sent an email on how to register for the event.

Who is the VLN for?

The Visible Leaders Network (VLN) is a network for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff leaders and aspiring leaders. It is designed to support your personal progression to senior level roles within the NHS.

You can join the VLN if you are an NHS employee working in the Midlands at Band 3*- 8a level.

With inclusive membership in mind, if you are not Band 3*- 8a and have an interest in joining the VLN please email us.

*A band 3 may join if they have the written endorsement of their leadership role by their manager.  

Why the VLN?

In response to the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), individuals and senior leads are looking for practical ways to develop and support aspiring BAME staff to achieve their full leadership potential. 

Your membership and active involvement in the VLN not only supports your own professional and personal development but also contributes to shaping your organisation’s response to the WRES and wider inclusion agenda.

What’s in it for me?

Focused opportunities to develop the skills to positively influence the change you want to see for BAME people. To become a successful leader, networking is essential for creating personal and professional contacts to provide support, feedback and the resources that enable you to get things done. 

What does the VLN offer?

  • A ‘safe place’ for key conversations
  • A peer network community
  • Opportunities to explore and develop the skills you need to progress
  • Tools to leverage systemic change for members
  • Topical leadership discussions
  • Opportunities to shape the VLN development programme
  • The ability to influence the approach to future talent inclusive management

How do I become a member?

If you would like to join the VLN and receive emails with information on network events please complete the signup form below:

Visible Leaders Network (VLN) signup form