Cynthia Abankwa has over 25 years of experience as a Consultant for the National Health Service (NHS) as well as within the telecommunications and IT Industry in the United Kingdom. Organisations she has worked for include the Department of Health, The London Ambulance Services, hospital trusts and GP practices, federations and primary care networks all over the UK. As part of her work with the NHS, Cynthia has led key programmes relating to new developments in health practices specifically in ambulance trusts, management of general practitioner surgeries as well as hospital IT interfaces and systems. Having held several positions as a Senior Project Manager and Director in healthcare transformation, Cynthia’s innovative and committed approach has resulted in the saving of several millions of pounds in healthcare initiatives as well as more importantly, the improvement of the quality of service for patients and carers.
Cynthia has been the driving force in the set-up of a Federation of General Practitioners (GPs) in the Sutton, Surrey area of the UK and has led the recruitment of key staff helping the organisation achieve a turnover of 2 million pounds in its first year of establishment.
Prior to working in the NHS, Cynthia worked in the private sector on communication and marketing projects with a focus on revenue generation and process improvement. She is a trained journalist whose career focused on reporting current affairs in Africa including health issues with a leading print media firm in Ghana.
Cynthia has a Masters in Communications and Development Studies from City University, London, and a degree in Journalism as well as being a qualified PRINCE2 project manager. Also, an entrepreneur, Cynthia runs an online business with her partner – Indigene Warehouse Limited, an enterprise focused on curating and showcasing products from Africa. Her company is committed to supporting women and street children.
She is passionate about women centred activities and empowering young girls to become strong independent women. She enjoys coaching the youth about career choices for the future. She is married with a daughter.