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On 19 November 2009, Michael Smith was announced as a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
On 14 January 2010, the Commission appointed him as the new chair of its Disability Committee. He replaces acting chair Alun Davies who stepped down at the end of 2009.
Michael (known as Mike) is currently a freelance consultant focusing on equality and board governance issues working with private, charity and third sector organisations.
Prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 19 years, qualifying as a chartered accountant and specialising in company tax advice. After working in risk management his most recent role was Director of Policy, Compliance.
Mike was amongst the first appointees to the EHRC Disability Committee (2007 to date) where he has led on legal matters, including the current Equality Bill, and social care.
More recently Mike has chaired the Oral Evidence Panel for the EHRC’s Formal Inquiry into sex discrimination and the gender pay gap in the financial services sector.
Mike has been involved in equality and diversity organisations for the last 10 years, starting off with his involvement in the disability movement in Tower Hamlets, London. Mike is Chair of the National Centre for Independent Living (2005 to date), which is the national umbrella organisation that works with government and other stakeholders to help realise independent living for all disabled people.
Mike is also a member of the board of Stonewall (2006 to date), the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.
Mike does not hold any other Ministerial appointments. Mike declared that he has previously held office at a local level and canvassed on behalf of the Labour Party during the past five years but not in the last year, when responding to the political activity questionnaire.