Dr Lalith Wijedoru

Founder, Behind Your Mask

Dr Lalith Wijedoru is an independent wellbeing consultant, specialising in the use of personal storytelling in the workplace. He is a former practicing NHS doctor, with his last NHS role as a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. 

Lalith championed staff stories as a way to support NHS staff, winning the Staff Engagement Award at the Health Service Journal Awards (2020), the Point of Care Foundation’s Schwartz Awards (2021) for the Most Powerful Storytelling Round, and the HPMA Excellence in People Awards in Employee Engagement (2021) with Organisational Development at the children’s hospital. 

He features in Aliza Nisenbaum’s video documentary ‘Painting the NHS’ as part of her art exhibition showcasing NHS workers at the Tate Liverpool in 2021. He was a prominent contributor to the oral history projects NHS@70 and Voices of COVID-19 archived in the British Library, and Our Stories published for the 75th birthday of the NHS, being a minority within the workforce. 

He strive to create authentic leadership, compassionate work cultures, and human connection in the workplace. He creates psychologically-safe reflective spaces where staff can share personal stories in front of their work colleagues. He has clients both in the UK and internationally including corporate law, performing arts, education, and tech. 

He is a Strategic Partner of the All-In Diversity Project, using storytelling to kickstart conversations on all DEI themes. Both his talks and the storytelling sessions he facilitates have been described as engaging, eye-opening, and inspiring. ‘Everyone needs a Lalith’, they have said. Do you?