GO! Presents 100 Women We Love: Class of 2024

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August 5, 2020

Greta McLachlan

Photo by Alexandra Elaine Adams.

General Surgical Trainee Greta McLachlan was so tired of seeing all-male panels at healthcare conferences that she founded, along with four other doctors, Women’s Speakers in Healthcare (WSH). Since its creation in 2019, McLachlan’s company has become the world’s largest database of women speakers and male allies for healthcare events. “The response to [WSH’s] creation, and the support we have received from both women and men, has shown us just how much this initiative is needed. Whilst our name is about women, we are about diversity of all kinds,” McLachlan tells GO. “The hope is that by promoting all types of diversity at events, speakers can be role models for the future leaders in healthcare and increase diversity and representation — because it’s hard to be what you can not see.” Most recently, McLachlan has been working in the NHS England and Improvement’s Strategic Planning and Development Cell in response to COVID-19. While the role includes working on national strategy, national guidance, and response coordination, McLachlan had to step away from the role for a bit after herself falling ill with what was likely Coronavirus. Prior to her current work, she also acted as an Anatomy Demonstrator at King’s College London and President of the Alcock Society, which organizes an annual national conference for surgical trainees and anatomists. No matter what role she’s taking on, though, McLachlan is conscious to some extent that others look to her — for healthcare guidance, leadership advice, and how to live their lives out and unapologetically. “I consciously try and make references to my wife in talks, conversations, or stories,” McLachlan says. “I’m not sure I can change the world, but I am going to keep on trying, and hopefully bring a few friends.” —IL

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