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CV Lenna Cumberbatch

Lenna is a diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategist with experience of working in education, the public sector and corporate environments in both the UK and USA. Lenna is a Trustee (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) for the British Pharmacological Society and Non-executive Director (Diversity, Inclusion & Respect) at Goodman Masson. For the Research Executive Agency at the European Commission Lenna audits, reviews and monitors multi-million Euro grant applications and projects as one of their team of experts. She has worked and volunteered in roles across the diversity spectrum for organisations such as the Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, the University of Cambridge, The Terrence Higgins Trust and various small businesses. Training sessions that she has run on D&I have included clients such as architecture firms, one of Her Majesty’s Prisons and Schools. She has a broad experience base having worked in healthcare, information technology and as a research assistant in a lab. Publicised projects have included the Parent Carer Scientist book, the associated #AndAScientist campaign and the “Understanding Unconscious Bias” animation used internationally. Lenna is regularly invited to speak in public and keeps up her public speaking skills at her local Toastmasters Club. Lenna is a Patron of Switchboard the LGBT+ helpline and a mentor for young people in schools. Lenna’s first degree, a Bachelor of Arts, is a double major in English and women’s and gender studies. Her MBA dissertation subject was on revalidation, the appraisal system for doctors in the UK. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of St Andrews where she is researching D&I strategic change.