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EHRC appoints two new Commissioners

Minister for Women and Equality Harriet Harman has announced the appointments of Maeve Sherlock OBE and Joel Edwards as Commissioners for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Maeve Sherlock is Former Chief Executive of the Refugee Council and was previously a Treasury Adviser on employment, child poverty, and the Third Sector.

Joel Edwards has served on a number of faith, government and public agency advisory groups and is currently, among other roles, the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance.

The appointment of Joel Edwards has caused a stir amongst gay rights activists. According to an article published by Pink News recently, Joel Edwards had previously opposed full protection against discrimination at work for gay people.

Trevor Phillips, EHRC Chair, said:

"I am delighted that Maeve Sherlock and Joel Edwards have been appointed to our team of Commissioners. They have exceptional experience in the field of equality and human rights and their skills will be a major asset to us. The new Commissioners will join a formidable team, whose expertise will be vital to fulfilling our mission."

Under the Equality Act 2006, the secretary of state can appoint between 10 and 15 commissioners to the EHRC, as well as a chair and one or more deputy chairs (also acting as commissioners).

Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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