Commissioners 

 

Trevor Phillips (chair)
Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea OBE (deputy chair)
Dr Nicola Brewer (chief executive officer)
Kay Allen
Baroness Jane Campbell DBE
Kay Carberry CBE
Jeannie Drake CBE
Baroness Sally Greengross OBE
Professor Kay Hampton
Professor Francesca Klug OBE
Sir Bert Massie CBE
Ziauddin Sardar
Ben Summerskill
Dr Neil Wooding
Morag Alexander
Maeve Sherlock OBE
Joel Edwards

Trevor Phillips (chair)

Trevor Phillips

On 8 September 2006, Trevor was announced as chair of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, which inherited the work of the previous equality commissions on disability, gender and race  in October 2007. 

The Commission also has responsibility for the new areas of age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, and the promotion of human rights. 

Trevor's previous  appointment was as  Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) from 1 March 2003.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor attended secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana, and then studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He then went into broadcasting, becoming Head of Current Affairs at LWT in 1992. Trevor received awards from the Royal Television Society in 1988, 1993 and 1998.

He was elected as a member of the Greater London Authority in May 2000, and became chair of the Assembly later that month.

Trevor is a director of Pepper Productions, founded in 1995, and was the executive producer on Windrush (which won the Royal Television Society Documentary Series of the Year award in 1998), Britain's Slave Trade, Second Chance and When Black Became Beautiful. He is a vice president of the Royal Television Society.

At present, he is a board member of Aldeburgh Productions and The Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham. He is a patron of The Sickle Cell Society. Between 1993 and 1998 Trevor was chair of the Runnymede Trust.

In addition to many newspaper articles and comment pieces, Trevor has co-written Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multiracial Britain (with Mike Phillips), published in 1998, and Britain's Slave Trade (with S.I. Martin) published the following year. 

Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea OBE (deputy chair)

Margaret Prosser

On 5 December 2006, Margaret Prosser was announced as deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Previously Deputy Secretary General of the Transport & General Workers Union, Margaret was President of the TUC, an Equal Opportunities Commissioner and active International Trade Unionist, chairing the World Women's Committee of the International Chemical & Energy Workers' Union.

After retiring from the TGWU Margaret was appointed chair of the Women's National Commission, a post she held for 4 years before resigning to take up her position with the EHRC.

In 2004 Margaret was asked by the PM to chair the Women and Work Commission, looking at the continuing reasons for the gender pay and opportunities gap. The WWC reported in 2006 and Margaret continues to work with TU's, the business lobby and NGO's to promote its recommendations.

Margaret became a member of the House of Lords in July 2004, and in November of that year she was appointed as a non-executive director of the Royal Mail.

Dr Nicola Brewer (chief executive officer)

Nicola Brewer

Dr Nicola Brewer was appointed the Equality and Human Rights Commission's first chief executive in December 2006. She took up her appointment on 5 March 2007.

Prior to joining the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Nicola was director general for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she was responsible for delivering one of the UK's 10 international strategic priorities: 'an effective and globally competitive EU in a secure neighbourhood'. She led the FCO's contribution to the UK's 2005 Presidency of the EU, and advises the foreign secretary and minister for Europe on EU and other European policy issues. She sits on the FCO Board.

Before that, Nicola was director general for regional programmes at the Department for International Development (DfID), supervising the UK's overseas bilateral aid programmes, and was also a DfID board member.

Nicola has worked overseas in India, France and Mexico. She joined the FCO in 1983, with degrees in English and linguistics from the University of Leeds. She was awarded the CMG in 2002. She is married and has two children.

Kay Allen

Kay Allen

On 5 December 2006, Kay Allen was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Recognised as one of the leading diversity specialists in the UK, Kay is MCIPD qualified with over 16 years' direct experience in diversity management.

In 1992, she became the HR Director for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Working in this role, Kay became aware of the need to understand diversity in relation to customer profile and business development and introduced one of the first diversity programmes in the arts. From this, she developed a specialised role in corporate diversity management and was invited to head B&Q's diversity team in 1995, where she was responsible for developing and implementing its award-winning diversity strategy.

In January 2000, Kay was appointed as a commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission.

In 2001, she joined the Grass Roots Group as a diversity specialist and has been involved in a variety of programmes, including work for the British Army and several public sector organisations.

In her most recent appointment, Kay joined the Royal Mail as group head of social policy and inclusion. Her previous role was in the public affairs team at BSkyB, where she was implementing a diversity strategy. She is looking at a range of issues, including portrayal of disability, employing disabled people, and access to services.

Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton DBE

Jane Campbell

On 5 December 2006, Baroness Jane Campbell was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Jane is an independent health and social care policy adviser. She is chair of the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) Independent Living Review Expert Panel, and has been a commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) since its inception in 2000. She is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW) and trustee of the National Centre for Independent Living. Jane recently stepped down as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), an independent, government-funded organisation dedicated to improving the quality of social care across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She co-founded, and for a time directed, the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL). As chairperson of the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP) from 1991-95, she saw the organisation through some of its most pioneering work in the fields of independent living, civil rights, peer counselling and equal opportunities. 

Jane has a long history of parliamentary lobbying for improved civil and human rights for a range of excluded communities, by encouraging all disabled people, whatever their diagnosis, from all sectors of society to take control of their lives and influence political and social change. This work became the basis for a book, Disability Politics (Routledge 1996), co-authored with Professor Michael Oliver. Jane has been recognised for her work twice in the Queen's birthday honours (in 2000 and again in 2006) and is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees.

Kay Carberry CBE

Kay Carberry

On 5 December 2006, Kay Carberry was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Kay was appointed assistant general secretary of the TUC in January 2003, having previously been the first head of the TUC's equal rights department, set up in 1988. As head of the new department, she established new TUC equality structures, including new specialist committees and
conferences focused on issues relating to disability and sexual orientation, to supplement longer-established structures representing the interests of women and black workers. These TUC equality bodies have led the TUC's support for trade unions in their work to counter discrimination, promote equality and protect the interests of women workers and disadvantaged minorities.

As a representative of the TUC, Kay has been involved in public policy development across a range of areas and has served on a number of government advisory bodies on equality, education, training and employment. In recent years, this has included membership of groups focusing on age diversity, work-life balance, parental support and migration. She was a commissioner on the Equal Opportunities Commission and was a member of the Women and Work Commission, which reported to the prime minister in February 2006 with recommendations aiming to close the gender pay gap within a generation.

She is a trustee of One Parent Families, the People's History Museum, the Work Foundation and a member of the Franco-British Council.

Jeannie Drake CBE

Jeannie Drake

On 5 December 2006 Jeannie Drake was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Jeannie Drake CBE was deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers' Union and a member of the TUC General Council. She was TUC President 2004-2005. She is a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, a board member of the Pension Protection Fund, acting Chair of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority and an independent member of the Walker Guidelines Monitoring Group for the UK private equity sector. She recently retired from the board of the Sector Skills Development Agency. Jeannie is also responsible for transition issues relating to the former Equal Opportunities Commission on the Equality and Human Rights Commission board.
 

Baroness Greengross OBE

Baroness Greengross

In December 2006, Baroness Sally Greengross was announced as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Chairs three All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Corporate Social Responsibility, Intergenerational Futures: Old & Young Together, and Continence Care. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and Ageing and Older People, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities.

Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre UK. She also co-Chairs the Alliance for Health & the Future. She is Chair of the Advisory Groups for the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA) and the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA). Sally is also Patron of Beginnings, an initiative to encourage the employment of people with disabilities, and Patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, among many other charity interests. She is a trustee of the Resolution Foundation, President of the Pensions Policy Institute and Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. Sally is co-Chair of STEP, a foundation working with disadvantaged young people, post Tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Sally was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000, and is now their Vice President. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. At Age Concern, she established many innovative programmes, including the Employment Forum on Age, and was also responsible for building Age Concern Enterprises into a multi-million-pound business.

Sally holds honorary doctorates from seven UK universities.

Professor Kay Hampton

Kay Hampton

Kay Hampton is Professor of Communities and Race Relations at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). She is also a commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Scottish Human Rights Commission.

She was the last chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and previously served the CRE as deputy chair and commissioner for Scotland.

As a former research fellow and director of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Research Unit (GCU) between 1994 and 2000, she researched and published widely on racism, ethnicity and discrimination. As a lecturer at GCU, Kay taught on the sociology and criminology of race and racism. Kay has also been employed by the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa (1978-1989), and the strategic planning department of Durban City Council (1990-1993).

Kay has always been keen to bridge the gap between intellectual and social capital and since her arrival in Scotland in 1994, she has served on several management committees, trusts and boards working in the field of inequality and disadvantage, including the Community Fund (for whom she was board member and chair between 1998 and 2003) and the Wellcome Trust Society Awards (2001-2003). She is currently an ambassador for BTCV, a UK wide environmental body.

Professor Francesca Klug OBE 

Francesca Klug

On 5 December 2006, Francesca Klug was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Francesca Klug is a professorial  research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Futures project. She is based in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance and is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She was a member of the government's Commission for Equality and Human Rights Steering Group and was an independent academic advisor on the Equality Bill. She is a member of the small Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Reference Group at the Ministry of Justice. She is also a Commissioner on the IPPR Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. She has been a specialist advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, carrying out a review of their working practices.

Francesca was formally a senior research fellow at King's College Law School, where she worked on the model for incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law as reflected in the Human Rights Act. She was a member of the Home Office's Human Rights Task and is a former director of the Civil Liberties Trust. She was awarded an OBE for services to human rights and civil justice in the 2002 new year's honours list.

Francesca has been a campaigner for equality and human rights for 25 years. Her first job was at the Anti-Apartheid Movement and she worked for four years as a research officer at the Runnymede Trust.

Francesca is the author of Values for a Godless Age, published by Penguin in October 2000. She is currently working on its sequel, to be published by Routledge, with a working title How Rights Went Wrong: time for a new Enlightenment?. She writes regularly for legal and political journals and the national press and is a frequent broadcaster.

Sir Bert Massie CBE

Sir Bert Massie

Sir Bert Massie is the Commissioner (chair) of the Commission for the Compact and was chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) until its closure at the end of September 2007. He is a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a trustee of several voluntary organisations including  Motability and is a Governor of Liverpool John Moores University.

During the last 30 years, he has been involved with a large number of disability organisations. He has also served on a number of government advisory committees concerned with disability. These include the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Committee on the Employment of Disabled People. He was deputy chair of the National Disability Council and a member of the Disability Rights Task Force.

In 1978, he joined the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation and became its Director in 1990. He remained there until the end of 1999, when he became chair of the DRC in January 2000 (he was appointed in October 1999). He has authored or co-authored a number of books and booklets dealing with disability issues. He received a knighthood in the New Year Honours for recognition of his work for disabled people.

Bert is also responsible for transition issues relating to the DRC on the Equality and Human Rights Commission board.

Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar

On 5 December 2006, Ziauddin Sardar was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Ziauddin is a writer, broadcaster and academic. He has also written extensively about issues of human rights, equality and community. He has also previously acted as an advisor on equality, development and constitutional matters to international organisations and numerous national governments.

Ben Summerskill

Ben Summerskill

On 5 December 2006, Ben Summerskill was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Ben was appointed chief executive of Stonewall in March 2003. He has successfully led parliamentary campaigns for the introduction of civil partnership, pioneering new 'goods and services' protections for gay people and the new criminal offence of incitement to homophobic hatred.

At Stonewall, he has led significant organisational growth in the last three years, during which membership of Stonewall's Diversity Champions good practice programme for major employers rose from 35 members to 430. Organisations now engaged in the programme - between them employing almost 4.5 million people - range from IBM and Barclays in the private sector to the Royal Navy and MI5 in the public sector.

In 2005 Stonewall launched an Education for All programme, supported by a coalition of 70 organisations, to tackle homophobia in schools. Until 2003, Ben had spent 12 years as a journalist and was previously Assistant Editor of the Observer. Prior to that, he was operations director of a publicly-quoted restaurant and hotel company.

Ben is chair of the Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee

Dr Neil Wooding

Neil Wooding

On 5 December 2006, Neil Wooding was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Neil has spent much of his career working with organisations across the UK to promote Equality and Human Rights. He was the first Equality adviser to be appointed in Wales and during the course of his career successfully established the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights.

He is currently the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales having previously served as the Equal Opportunities Commissioner for a number of years. He is currently a Trustee of the National Aids Trust. As a full-time occupation, he is the Director of Public Service Management Wales, an organisation set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to build outstanding leadership and managerial capacity across Wales. He is the author of a number of important studies and publications and a respected authority on Equality and Human Rights issues. He lives with his partner in South-east Wales and co-parents two children.

Morag Alexander

Morag Alexander

On 29 March 2007, Morag Alexander was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. As Scotland Commissioner, she chairs the Commission’s statutory Scotland Committee.

Morag has a lifelong commitment to equality: from 1992-2001,she was the Equal Opportunities Commission’s first Director in Scotland; and Founding Director of Training 2000 (Scotland) Ltd., Scottish Alliance for Women’s Training (1990-92).  Morag was also the Founder Editor of Women in Europe (1985-1989); and UK correspondent of Women of Europe (1987-1992).

From 2001-07, Morag was appointed the first Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council and a Board Member of the Care Commission for Scotland.

An active campaigner for Scottish devolution, Morag was a Board Member of Partnership for a Parliament (the campaign for a ‘yes, yes’ vote), in 1999, a member of the Expert Panel on Procedures and Standing Orders in the Scottish Parliament (1997-98), and a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance (1999-2000).

Morag was also a trustee of Turning Point Scotland (1998-2006) and chaired the Early Years Advisory Group of Children in Scotland (1995-2003).

For the last 6 years, she was a Member of the Court of Scotland’s Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (1992-2008).

Morag was awarded an OBE for her contribution to equal opportunities in Scotland, 2001.

Maeve Sherlock OBE

Maeve Sherlock is currently at Durham University doing research for her doctorate on the subject of the interface between Faith and the State in modern Britain.  Until October 2006, Maeve was Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, the largest charity working with refugees and asylum-seekers.  Before that, Maeve spent three years as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury, advising the Chancellor and Treasury ministers on a portfolio of issues including child poverty, labour markets and the Third Sector.  Before moving to the Treasury, Maeve was chief executive of the charity One Parent Families and, prior to that, director of UKCOSA, a charity focusing on overseas students and international education. She is a former President of the National Union of Students.

During the 2007 Spending Review, Maeve chaired an Advisory Panel advising ministers on the future role of the Third Sector in economic and social regeneration.  She is a member of the Carnegie Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society and a judge for The Charity Awards.

Joel Edwards

Joel EwardsJoel Edwards has served on a number of faith, government and public agency advisory groups and is a regular broadcaster for UK and international media.  He is the current General Director of the Evangelical Alliance and is Chair of Micah Challenge International and the Churches Media Council.  He was a probation officer for 14 years with the Inner London Probation Service before his appointment as the General Secretary for the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance in 1988. Joel is an honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and has an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews.