LAHF board member Suki Kaur is a Deputy Director for Partnership Development in the NHS and runs her own fashion brand.
What is your current role and what projects are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I play a few roles. My main one is working for the NHS in East London as a Deputy Director for Partnerships. Essentially this role is about connecting parts of health and social care together which is helping GPs, hospitals, social workers, mental and community health services work better together.
My other role is totally different. I am a co-founder and Director of my own fashion brand which I run with my sisters. It’s called UME London and we specialise in occasionwear. This role involves working with my sisters to design, source fabric, market and sell our clothes, primarily via an e-commerce platform.
What brought you to this role?
I started life in the NHS when I joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme 16 years ago. I have worked in hospitals, ambulance services, mental health services and commissioning, which is quite varied. I was exposed to the NHS early in life when my father and grandma passed away. I spent a lot of time watching how staff worked to help them. I joined the NHS to help give back to the service which was there for my family during their last moments of life.
There were two main reasons for starting my fashion brand, first to reconnect with my sisters and second as an outlet for my creative side.
What do you love most about your work?
I love that it’s so diverse and pushes me to grow every day. No one day is the same which helps feed my desire for curiosity and diversity.
What is your favourite piece of art or culture?
The work of Banksy, although it is graffiti but now known as street art. I love how he uses his art to highlight real-life political issues too. I also love the anonymity around his identity, which keeps the focus on his work and the messages through his art.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration through travelling and new experiences. I am naturally a curious person and thrive when I’m learning and growing. My best moments have been while I’ve been travelling the world. Asia is by far my favourite, it’s just so vibrant and rich with culture.
How do you relax?
Anything to do with water makes me feel relaxed, whether that’s taking baths, walking along the canal, or being near the sea. There something so relaxing about water and its light, flowing energy.
What makes you smile?
My nephews. They’re aged 1 and 4 and I just love watching them grow. I love their boundless creativity and I learn so much from them.