Equality and Human Rights Commission announce new Scotland Committee members

12th September 2011

The Equality and Human Rights Commission today announced the appointment of three new members to their Scotland Committee. 

The Scotland Committee is responsible for ensuring that the overall work of the Commission reflects the needs and priorities of Scotland. The Committee sets strategic direction and steers the Commission's work in Scotland.

The Commission welcomes the appointment of its new members :

Neelam Bakshi has had strategic and operational roles in promoting equality, including as a member of the Scotland Advisory Committee of the Equal Opportunities Commission and as a non-executive Board equality lead in NHS Health Scotland where she ensured the introduction of processes to meet legal obligations and to deliver equality across the organisation’s work.  Other work on policies/strategies has included equality impact assessment and contributing to the work of the EOC and the EHRC.

Elaine Noad is a member of the Parole Board for Scotland . She was formerly a Director of Social Work and Housing  for a Scottish local authority. She holds a number of public and voluntary positions and has had an active involvement in equalities and human rights work throughout her career.

Morag McLaughlin was Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders before retiring from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in June 2011. In her 21 years as a prosecutor, she held several senior posts, including Head of Policy, and Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian.  Latterly she was appointed as COPFS corporate lead on equality, chairing the departmental Equality Strategy Working Group, advising Scottish Law Officers and senior colleagues on equality matters and implementing the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Commissioner for the EHRC in Scotland, Kaliani Lyle, said: ‘We are extremely happy to welcome Neelam, Morag and Elaine as new members of the Scotland Committee. The diverse backgrounds and wealth of experience and expertise that they bring will benefit the Commission in Scotland enormously.  They will play an important part in the Commission’s ongoing work to ensure that Scotland is a fair place for all, where diversity is celebrated and not stigmatised.’ 

For more information please contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission Media Office on 0141 228 5979/5938 or on 07970 541369.

For general enquiries please contact the Commission’s national helpline: England 0845 604 6610, Scotland 0845 604 5510 or Wales 0845 604 8810.
Notes to editors:

• The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission.

• The Equality and Human Rights Commission is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights.

• The Equality and Human Rights Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It will also give advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2011