Professor Carol Elaine Baxter


Professor Carol Baxter CBE, FRSA, PhD, MSc, DN (Lond.) FETC, RHV, RN, RM, HonMFPHM has over four decades of experience of working across the health and social care, private, voluntary and academic sectors at a local, national and international level. Her career has embraced the public sector in a variety of roles, including as a nurse – advisor to central government departments, national and international agencies and as a Professor of Nursing. She has extensive experience of leadership roles in the third sector (where she established and chaired a charitable organisation addressing healthcare for ethnic minorities).


Carol was Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights at NHS Employers from 2005 to 2014 and has a significant track record of achievement in promoting equality, diversity and human rights as fundamental to improving service quality and working lives, as well making knowledge, research evidence and best practice accessible to health workers, policy makers and the public. Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Trust in the North West and of Arawak Housing Association.


Carol was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours list for services to Equal Opportunities and was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame in 2010.

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