Four Barts Health women recognised in New Year Honours


Barts Health NHS Trust Group Chief Executive, Alwen Williams, was recognised for her “inspiring leadership” in the NHS by being made a Dame in the New Year Honours.

Already recognised as one of the top 50 leaders within the health service, this wider award coincides with a notable career landmark as Ms Williams celebrates 40 years as an NHS manager this year.

The official citation pays particular tribute to her achievement in transforming Barts Health since taking the helm of the trust five years ago.

She was honoured alongside three other members of Barts Health team, including:

Dr Gloria Rowland, director of midwifery

Dr Gloria Rowland trained as a nurse and midwife in Nigeria before relocating to the UK where she became the first black African director of midwifery.

Today she is celebrating being awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours.

Dr Rowland has been recognised in the New Year Honours for her services to midwifery.

She said: “A good midwife is kind, compassionate, skilful, brave, very competent and is willing to stand as an advocate for women.

“Bringing life into the world is such a private event and midwives supporting women through the process should see this as a privilege.

“It should always be treated with respect and dignity as child birth is a major life event. The role of a good midwife is to help to foster positive birth experience at all times.”

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Anne Claydon, diabetes nurse consultant

Anne Claydon has been awarded a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) award in the 2021 New Year Honours List

Anne began her nursing career in south Manchester, where she trained as a cardiothoracic nurse.

“I feel very honoured and humbled to receive such an honour,” said Anne. “Especially given the fact that I couldn’t do any of my work without the fantastic support of those I work with. The doctors and nurses at Newham Hospital, and across Barts Health are brilliant, hardworking dedicated individuals.

“That’s why for me, receiving this honour is recognition for all of our hard work, not any one individual’s. Without teamwork, nothing would be possible.”

Becky Platt, advanced clinical practitioner

Becky Platt has been awarded a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) award in the 2021 New Year Honours Overseas and International List for services to Humanitarian Response.

Becky has been practicing as a nurse for over 23 years. When asked about her motivation, Becky said: “If you feel motivated, you can motivate others.”

She shared her love and passion for her job: “It’s a privilege to work in health care.”

Becky finds being able to be there and make a difference to patients’ lives is hugely fulfilling and strives to give other nurses a voice and make them feel valued.

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