The £1bn Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation has recruited Cynthia Duodu as chief people officer in a new role that will ensure diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of the organisation.
Duodu brings a range of experience from the private and public sectors, having worked in roles across telecommunications, energy, health and impact investment at organisations such as Nesta and the NHS.
She joins the foundation from the Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company, where as director of people and organisation development, she led on organisational strategy, culture and transformation.
Duodu will work to foster an environment of what the foundation calls “high performance and innovation” across the organisation.
This will include establishing the structure to make sure the organisation is fit for purpose after a period of growth for the foundation.
She will also lead the executive team’s collective work on developing the organisation’s culture.
The Guy’s & St Thomas’ endowment is one of the largest for a foundation in the UK, allowing it to take a long-term view to its work while also addressing the health issues of the day.
The foundation is an independent entity, separate from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and independent from the NHS.
It is a big impact investor using its endowment as a “dual mandate” seeking health and financial returns.
Cynthia Duodu said: “In this role I’m committed to putting diversity, equity and inclusion at the centre of culture, so that everyone can thrive and work towards our health equity mission.”
Kieron Boyle, chief executive officer at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, added: “Our people are our most valuable asset and crucial to our mission to drive equitable health. We want to attract and retain brilliant and diverse talent, and operate in the best way to help us realise our vision.”