Bernadette thompson obe

Bernadette thompson OBE


Bernadette Thompson OBE has a proven track record of engaging with employees at every level, reaching hearts and minds and supporting people to be the best that they can be. 

With her remarkable achievements, passion for diversity and inclusion, and commitment to making a positive impact, Bernadette Thompson OBE continues to inspire individuals and organizations to create a more inclusive and thriving workplace.


Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Kings College Hospital

Bernadette Thompson OBE is a strategic and progressive HR professional who has made a significant impact in the field of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Inclusive practice. With a wealth of experience working with various UK Government Departments and Agencies and more recently the NHS as the Associate Director of Inclusion in Barts Health NHS Trust. Bernadette brings a depth of knowledge, insight, and expertise to her role as the Executive Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for NHS Kings College Hospital. Her passion for driving cultural transformation and diversifying talent pipelines has earned her recognition and respect across sectors.

A Stellar Career

Professional Background

Bernadette has an extensive professional background, having worked at high-profile UK Government Departments and Agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, HM Treasury, Legal Aid Agency, Cabinet Office, and Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities. Her strategic approach, coupled with her business acumen, has enabled her to shape and embed innovative strategies that promote accountability and engagement in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion.

A born leader

Leadership & Influence

For five years, Bernadette co-chaired a multi-award-winning cross-Government race network, where she played a pivotal role as an influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders. Her ability to engage employees at every level, capturing hearts and minds, has contributed to creating an inclusive and empowering work environment. Bernadette is also a Different Woman Ambassador, actively advocating for a more inclusive gender agenda and amplifying the voices of women of colour.

Speaker & Trainer

Keynotes & Workshops

Over the past five years, Bernadette has delivered over 15 keynote addresses, focusing on senior female representation in the UK public sector and ensuring that women of colour are included in this dialogue. She provides training, facilitates organizational discussions, and delivers keynotes on various topics, including diversity, inclusion, organizational culture change, leadership, employee engagement, and wellbeing. Her expertise in creating a thriving workforce makes her a sought-after speaker and facilitator.

multiple Award winner

Recognition & Awards

In 2020, Bernadette was recognized for her exceptional work in championing and driving race equality and inclusion across the Civil Service, winning the Workplace Hero category in the national Investing in Ethnicity Awards. In 2021, she received one of the prestigious “We are the City” Rising Star Champion awards. In June 2021, Bernadette was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her outstanding services to Diversity and Inclusion. Her contributions to publications such as ‘Still Breathing’ and her inclusion in the ‘SHE2’s first Wonder Women’ publication have further solidified her influence and impact.

A life of Service

Community Involvement

Beyond her professional endeavors, Bernadette has been a Community Governor at a local infant school for over 18 years, demonstrating her commitment to education and community engagement. She also volunteers at athletics/sports events, including the 2012 Olympics, where she supported the Nigerian Olympic Committee and athletes during the London games.

Advisory Committee Membership

Bernadette sits on the advisory committee for Black Women in HR, an organization dedicated to supporting the progression of Black Women in Human Resources. Her involvement reflects her dedication to fostering inclusivity and empowering underrepresented groups.

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