We are delighted to announce that a GDST Exceptional Contribution Award has been made this year to Sutton High School alumna, Dr Nikki Kanani MBE, for the key role she has played in the roll-out of the Covid vaccination programme.
Dr Nikki is a GP and Medical Director for Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement, the first woman ever appointed to this role.
“Always remember to be true to yourself and your values. Listen to your gut, be driven by your heart, leave a legacy that will inspire others”
Nikki has been consistently at the forefront of the fight against Covid, and played a leading part in the roll-out of the largest vaccination programme in the health service history, launching the NHS blueprint to increase vaccine confidence – a critical part of the roll-out. She did all this while continuing to work as a GP in her south east London practice.
She was awarded an MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to primary care, and is a member of The King’s Fund General Advisory Council. With her sister, Dr Sheila Kanani (Wimbledon High School alumna and Alumna of the Year finalist in 2011), she co-founded STEMMsisters, a social enterprise supporting young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
Speaking about her work, Nikki said, “Always remember to be true to yourself and your values. Listen to your gut, be driven by your heart, leave a legacy that will inspire others.”