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Health visitor shortlisted for BME business award

SHORTLISTED: Ruth Oshikanlu

A RESPECTED nurse leader and innovator has been shortlisted for a ground-breaking set of awards designed to celebrate world-class black British business leaders.

Ruth Oshikanlu, a registered nurse and health visitor, who currently describes herself as a “pregnancy mindset expert”, is among 37 finalists of the 2016 Black British Business Awards.

The Black British Business Awards were launched in 2014 to recognise and celebrate the “exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals throughout Britain”.

This year’s finalists also include an exceptional musician, a winner of TV show Dragons Den, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and a pioneering managing director.

Ms Oshikanlu has been shortlisted in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Leader of the Year category.

Following a successful career as a nurse and midwife in the NHS, she founded Goal Mind Limited – a coaching consultancy that helps individuals improve their performance at work.

However, she said she soon realised that her true passion was in supporting pregnant women and new mothers to grow and raise happy and healthy babies.

In 2012, Ms Oshikanlu wrote a book, Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies Don’t Come with An Instruction Manual – and developed it into a holistic parenting programme.

As a pregnancy mindset expert, she said she helped equip women who have had assisted conception or experienced previous pregnancy loss with the tools to manage anxiety, fear and stress so they can remain pregnant, bond with their baby before birth, promoting maternal and infant mental health.

Ms Oshikanlu is currently undertaking a PhD in parental-foetal attachment, and has recently launched a private practice in London’s Harley Street.

She is also a Queen’s Nurse, a fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and was named on the Nursing Times Leaders List 2015.

Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, said: “The [awards] programme has grown rapidly since its inception. This year we received an unprecedented number of nominations.

“All of the 2016 finalists are exceptionally talented role models and ambassadors across all of the business sectors, and represent the very best of British industry,” she said.

Karen Blackett, awards judge and chair of MediaCom, added: “The awards enable people to prove that, no matter where one starts off in life, it is possible to contribute to society in terms of its economic prosperity and achieve personal commercial success.”

An 18-strong judging panel of business leaders will choose the winners, who will be announced during a ceremony at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on 6 October.

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