Natalie Creary

Programme Director, Black Thrive

Natalie is the Programme Delivery Director for Black Thrive Lambeth. The cross-sector partnership works to address structural racism within systems that sustain mental health inequalities for Black African and African-Caribbean communities. She commits to creating space for Black people to be seen and heard and has a keen interest in approaches that push conventional boundaries. In her role she ensures that the partnership centres the voices of communities to influence policy, inform commissioning intentions, embed antiracist practice within research and statutory services.  

As a member of Lambeth Together she brings her expertise and the learning from her team in delivering systems change to remove the structural barriers that prevent Black communities from thriving. She acts as a critical friend to the Alliance and is working to ensure that residents from the Black community are able to take the lead in shaping decisions that affect their lives.  

Natalie is the current Co-Chair for the Healthy London Partnerships Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inequalities Group; the Greater London Authority’s Building Stronger Communities Covid Recovery workstream. She is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Lancet Psychiatry journal, the Health Foundation’s Q Community and an Acumen Fellow.