Government announces Equality and Diversity Stakeholder Group

A new senior stakeholder group has been launched by the Government Equalities Office (GEO).  Representatives from across the equalities spectrum have successfully enlisted, as well as senior figures from trade unions and business organisations including the CBI, TUC and EHRC

The group will provide advice to the GEO and its Ministers on how to further strengthen equality protection and to streamline the law.

Jonathan Rees, Director General of the GEO, who will chair the group said:-

"I am delighted that we are pulling together such a strong, diverse and committed group. The equality agenda is for everyone: individuals and society.

"It is also the foundation of a strong, prosperous, and modern economy and even more important in the current economic position that we harness the abilities of all individuals, whatever their background.

"The Group also embodies the commitment made when presenting our proposals in June and July to continue to engage widely with stakeholders, and to draw on their experience as we finalise our plans."

The members of the Senior Stakeholder Group are

Jonathan Rees (Government Equalities Office) - Chair
Barney Leith Religion & Belief Consultative Group
David Ruebain Equality and Human Rights Commission
Diana Holland UNITE
Dr Katherine Rake The Fawcett Society
Gordon Lishman Age Concern/Help the Aged
John Dodds Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
Jonathan Finney Stonewall
Katja Hall CBI
Koku Adomdza The 1990 Trust
Liane Venner Unison
Liz Sayce RADAR
Lucy de Groot IDeA (& LGA)
Alastair Henderson/Sian Thomas NHS Federation
Prof. Stephen Whittle OBE Press for Change
Sarah Spencer CBE Equality and Diversity Forum
Sarah Veale TUC
Stephen Alambritis Federation Small Businesses
Stephen Haddrill Association Of British Insurers
Una O'Brien Department of Health

Biographies of the members can be found on the GEO website at:


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Asif Yusuf



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