Dr Leanne Armitage: MMBS BSc, is a force for diversity and inclusion in the medical field. She is the CEO of the Armitage Foundation – an organisation set out to increase diversity across the medical profession. Booked as a speaker she is heartfelt, direct and influential with a wealth of experience that defies her years.
Growing up in a single-parent home on a council estate in Peckham, Leanne wanted to realise her dream of becoming a doctor but did not have any medics in her immediate family and social circle, making what is typically a difficult admissions process, even harder. Her relentless drive, months of research and work saw her through, despite initially being rejected at her first attempt, she waited a year, reapplied and was accepted, eventually graduating from the St George’s University of London in 2020. Dr Leanne’s pioneering work, through the work of the Armitage Foundation, is making support more accessible to thousands of young people from diverse backgrounds who want to get into the medical field via school-based programmes.
For her outstanding work with young people, Dr Armitage has been the recipient of many awards. In 2018 she was voted in the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, presented by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, she has also been listed in the Future Leaders Magazine as one the UK’s most outstanding African and African Caribbean Students. Moreover, she has won the Akindolie Medical Scholarship in 2018and the NEON Student of the Year Commendation presented by Lord Watson of Invergowrie. A testament to her academic prowess. In 2020, Leanna was listed in LinkedIn Top Voices in the healthcare space. Her experience has also earned her a position as a member of the steering group for the British Medical Association BAME Forum, the first-ever national forum supporting doctors and students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
Dr Leanne Armitage has built relationships and set up several other charities and organisations within the medical field, she is the chair of the Aleto Foundation Medical Mastermind Group, and is a Trustee of the Anthony Nolan medical charity. All her various experiences and responsibilities support her ability as a speaker, she is warm, engaging and authentic. Drawing on vast pools of knowledge and expertise, delivering keynotes and inspirational talks to a wide range of audiences.
“Leanne is a fantastic speaker and role model – you get it straight from the heart and it makes an immediate impact on any audience. To convince others, you need to be accessible as well as well informed – Leanne has both qualities”
“If these turbulent times – politically and economically – have taught us anything, it is that we need a different style of leader if we are to heal divisions and build an inclusive world. To be able to relate to we ordinary people, tomorrow’s leaders will have to replace privilege and entitlement with experience and compassion. As is evident from her track record of giving rather than taking, of community rather than self and focus on the future rather than the past, Leanne is an exemplar of that new generation.”