Professor Laura Serrant OBE is a multi-award-winning global diversity and inclusion specialist with over 30 years experience in leadership, health and education. She was listed as the 8th most influential Black person in Britain by Powerful Media UK. In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and health policy. She is author of over 100 articles and one of the BBC Expert women. She is a qualified coach specialising in diversity leadership and inclusive practice coaching.
Professor Serrant’s research interests relate to community and public health, specifically health disparities and the needs of marginalised and ‘seldom-heard’ communities. She developed and published a framework for conducting research, policy and improvements in this area of work ‘The Silences Framework’ (Serrant-Green 2010) which has been used to guide policy and organisational practice in the UK and overseas. Professor Serrant has extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and enacting social justice in practice.
She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Previous Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education. Her work has been recognised with numbers awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards.
Her family are from The Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean.