Visible Leaders Network (VLN)

Who is the VLN it for?

The Visible Leaders Network (VLN) is a network for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff leaders and aspiring leaders. It is designed to support your personal progression to senior level roles within the NHS.

You can join the VLN if you are an NHS employee working in the East Midlands at Band 5 - 8a level.
With inclusive membership in mind, if you are not Band 5 - 8a and have an interest in joining the VLN please email us.

Why the VLN?

In response to the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), individuals and senior leads are looking for practical ways to develop and support aspiring BAME staff to achieve their full leadership potential. 

Your membership and active involvement in the VLN not only supports your own professional and personal development but also contributes to shaping your organisation's response to the WRES and wider inclusion agenda.

What's in it for me?

Focused opportunities to develop the skills to positively influence the change you want to see for BME people. To become a successful leader, networking is essential for creating personal and professional contacts to provide support, feedback and the resources that enable you to get things done. 

What does the VLN offer?

  • A ‘safe place’ for key conversations
  • A peer network community
  • Opportunities to explore and develop the skills you need to progress
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Tools to leverage systemic change for members
  • Topical leadership discussions
  • Opportunities to shape the VLN development programme
  • The ability to influence the approach to future talent inclusive management

How do I become a member?

If you would like to join the VLN and receive emails with information on network events please email:


To fully subscribed member organisations, costs are included in your subscription and no fee is applicable.  If you are unsure if your organisation has membership, please see our eligibility page.


Our full cancellation terms and conditions have been outlined in our policy