CEO Jinjer Kandola awarded MBE for her services to mental health

Date: 31 December 2020

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The Chief Executive of Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) has been named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Jinjer Kandola has been awarded an MBE for her services to mental health. She joins a prestigious list of people who have been singled out for their extraordinary achievements, from across the UK.

Ms Kandola who has worked in the NHS for 35 years, said: “I am totally overwhelmed and humbled to have been honoured in this way, when I was simply doing something that I love and feel passionate about.

“Anything I have ever achieved has been a team effort, so I feel this honour should be shared with all the inspirational colleagues I have worked with over many years.”

Ms Kandola’s path to Chief Executive was via senior roles in workforce and organisational development. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. She led the organisation’s cultural change programme which embedded its vision and values, as well as an ethos of continuous improvement, supporting the organisation’s achievement of a CQC rating of Outstanding.

She joined Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in June 2018 and in just over a year has led the Trust from Requires Improvement to Good, following its CQC inspection in summer 2019. Her focus, always, is on improving the quality and safety of care for patients and their families and putting them at the heart of everything.

BEH Trust Chair, Mark Lam, said: “We are so proud of Jinjer as we celebrate her extraordinary contribution to mental health. This honour also recognises the transformation journey that BEH is on to deliver even better community and mental healthcare to the people of north London and beyond.

“Jinjer is an inspiring leader and this strength has never been clearer than in the assured way she has steered us through all the challenges of the pandemic, managing its far-reaching impact on our services. We are privileged to have Jinjer leading the Trust at this time and could not be more thrilled for her.”

  • Summary:

    Jinjer Kandola has been awarded an MBE for her services to mental health. She joins a prestigious list of people who have been singled out for their extraordinary achievements, from across the UK.