As part of Black History Month 2020, we’re highlighting the work of some of our staff and supporters of the Trust.
John Davis, who joined C&I in 2012, works as Conference Centre and Switchboard Manager at St Pancras Hospital and is a familiar friendly face to many of our staff.
“For me, Black History Month is a time to recognise the contribution people from ethnic minorities have contributed to building our nation. There are so many very skilled people contributing to every sector in British industries and it’s something as a society we should be very proud of.
“The month is also a chance to share the stories of immigrants, many of whom come to this country knowing no one without family or friends and essentially have to start from scratch to build their life. People from ethnic minorities go through a lot and the month should not only recognise this but positively celebrate all the achievements and contributions they make to this country.
“I moved from Ghana to the UK in 1978 when I was 18 years old. I moved to the UK because I had a real passion to travel in my teens. When I first moved to the UK everything felt so alien to me, and with that came loneliness. I started to enjoy London when I got a job at a hotel in the 80s where I made friends with people from the UK and immigrants from the Caribbean.”
John has worked in a wide range of roles since he moved to the UK, including as a cleaner, factory worker and a hotel night manager. John also completed a qualification in computer programming – something which he has found helpful in his current role.
John’s key role at C&I is making sure our conference centre is ready for meetings, and staff and service users walking past the conference centre when John is setting up for an event can often hear the sound of classical music.
“I love various genres of music and dancing and have often found this is a great way for me to relax. Other hobbies of mine include running in the morning before work and cooking. I love to keep healthy and learnt my culinary skills when I worked in hotels.
“I want to say how proud I am to work for the NHS, and to support services which care for people from every background.”
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