Senior Policy Advisor - Early Years Health Workforce Lead
Department of Health and Social Care
Abigail is an award-winning Senior Policy Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion and Neurodiversity Advocate with over eight years’ experience in building and maintaining strong working relationships with community groups and supporting voluntary and marginalised groups. She currently works in the Start for Life Unit on early years health workforce policy.
Abigail won the 2020 Civil Service Rising Star Award for her dedication to public service making significant impact to communities and being instrumental in leading on race discussions in the Civil Service and enabling uncomfortable conversations with senior leaders and amplify the voices of ethnic minority people in the department in order to create inclusive, safe and accountable culture.
Abigail is incredibly passionate about intersectional identities and how their lived experiences are shaped in the world and also has ADHD and Dyspraxia. Abigail wants to create a community for people to learn more about ADHD and bringing awareness around neurodiversity especially in Black girls and Women as this group tend to often be misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed. She was chosen as one of the Top 50 most influential neurodivergent women by Women Beyond the Box and recently did a Tedx at University of Essex on ADHD in Black Women.
Abigail was awarded MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 2022 New Year British Honours for Public and Community Services. Abigail was recently part of the inaugural Linkedin U.K. Creator Accelerator Programme expanding on her work advocating and bringing more awareness around ADHD and neurodiversity in Black Women, people and families and breaking down stigmas.