National Director for Equality and Human Rights

Surinder Sharma took up his post as National Director for Equality and Human Rights at the Department of Health in October 2004.

  • provides: a focus for the departments equalities programme
  • ensures: policies are non-discriminatory
  • contributes: wide experience and knowledge gained from a varied career
  • is responsible for: promoting diversity within the workforce and equality of patient treatment

About Surinder Sharma: As a fully qualified lawyer, he began his career with the Commission for Racial Equality in 1983, gaining the strategic knowledge base on which his subsequent career was built.  He has been a Councillor in Leicester, chaired Leicester Racial Equality Council and has also been Chair of a Magistrates Court.

He was a Commissioner at the Equal Opportunities Commission, chairing the Legal Committee, and the Conference Board European Work Life Diversity Forum.  He is also a Trustee of the National Space Centre.

His career has taken him into a variety of different organisations: BBC Television, Littlewoods Retail and Ford Motor Company.

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