Events and Logistics Director
"The BiPP Network are a thoughtful and psychologically minded group of individuals who work hard to bring a wide range of timely, interesting and accessible learning events and reflective spaces to the African and Caribbean therapist community."
— Dr Roberta Babb (Registered Clinical Psychologist and Registered Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist)
Jessica is a 3rd year medical student at King’s College London who champions for widening participation and support for young people pursuing higher education regardless of their socioeconomic background, race or gender. Jessica is a current member and former president of King's College London African Caribbean Medical Society, which aims to inspire African and Caribbean students to pursue and thrive in medical careers. Jessica is passionate about ensuring racial disparities in healthcare are recognised and encouraging professionals and patients alike to contribute to improvements to alleviate them. Jessica was recognised as one of the Powerlist Media’s Top 150 Future Leaders 2019 and recently launched her own initiative ‘Progress with Jess’ to support aspiring and current medical students to reach their full potential.
Jessica joined the BiPP Network because of her awareness of the chronic lack of BME psychiatrists across the UK and was motivated to work on increasing representation across psychology and psychiatry professions. Jessica’s work within BiPP involves fostering collaborations with funders and other key stakeholders that aim to support and inspire psychiatry and psychology students. A favourite previous BiPP event of Jessica’s was the ‘Addressing Men's Mental Health’ event, where she successfully managed the logistics for a panel event with over 200 attendees. The event highlighted the perspectives of BME male mental health professionals and service users regarding help-seeking behaviour. Jessica is pursuing a career in academic surgery and aims to continue supporting BiPP in prioritising and advancing the representation of BME professionals in psychiatry and psychology.