Ishmael Beckford: candidate for CSP council elections 2021


Vita’s Director, Ishmael Beckford is running for election to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Council 2021. Find out more about Ishmael, his thoughts and ambitions for the future of physiotherapy including the role that equality, diversity and inclusion plays in it’s continuing development.

More about Ishmael

I am an experienced physiotherapist, operations manager and head of service. I have worked in a number of challenging roles and environments which have developed me as a clinical leader. Authenticity, ambition and compassion are three key characteristics I hold which allow me to succeed when business targets need to be balanced against clinical outcomes and customer service. I thrive under pressure and pride myself on being a supportive and effective team player. As such I enjoy being able to lead and participate in creating a vision and working towards achieving it through diligent work and fostering a culture in which excellence is not just an aspiration but the expected standard.

View Ishmael’s introductory video here: Video

Further reading

Ishmael has featured in a number of articles on his involvement with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists including the co-opted role he already holds:


Election address

It is essential that physiotherapy remains relevant, by maintaining its traditional values whilst embracing opportunities to modernise and evolve. Integral to this is collaboration and co-creation with members.

I believe maximising diversity at all levels of our profession, to ensure we are representative of the population we serve is integral to our success. Therefore, my commitment if elected is to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all the CSPs activities.

My personal and professional experience evidence my alignment with the role person specification.

I’m a Director at a large provider of NHS, private and corporate physical and mental health services and have a history of managing and leading award-winning teams. I am comfortable in board level environments and have the confidence to appropriately challenge, not confirming to the status quo.

I value listening, work well in a team and can communicate effectively to engage others. I believe these skills will be key in supporting, persuading, and motivating stakeholders in this post.

My clinical background is in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and occupational health, but I am ready to champion all facets of progressive physiotherapy practice.

As a CSP Charitable Trust Education Awards Panel member, Kingston University Beyond Barriers mentor and active CSP BAME network member I am passionate about professional development and support. I also represent the CSP BAME network as a co-opted member of the CSP Council. This has given me great insight and experience in Council matters, preparing me to immediately contribute in full and make an impact.

Whether it be students at the start of their professional journey, highly experienced members, colleagues working in the NHS, private, charitable or research sectors – all make significant contributions to our profession whilst facing their own complex challenges.

Being able to represent and support this diverse group’s needs is a privilege and an opportunity I would grasp with both hands.

I am committed to driving change with transparency and have an ambition to ensure the CSP does better for everyone.

I will be sharing more information to support my nomination on Twitter, please follow me @IshmaelBeckford

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