New appointments to strengthen the Commission's work

New Commissioners appointed

19 November 2009

Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, today announced new Commissioners for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The three-year appointments will further strengthen the Commission’s work on gender, age, disability, sex orientation, race, religion and belief, gender identity and human rights, as well as its work with employers in the public and private sectors, and trade unions. The Commissioners, who were chosen from more than 600 applicants, are (alphabetically by surname):

Ms Harman said:
'These new Commissioners join the existing commissioners to create a strong team to take the EHRC forward.

'Each one brings a wealth of experience, and the new team will be vital in taking forward support for the Equality Bill.'

They will join existing Commissioners Trevor Phillips (Chair), Baroness Margaret Prosser (Deputy Chair), Morag Alexander (Scotland Commissioner), Maeve Sherlock and Joel Edwards.

Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission welcomed the appointments:
'These new appointments, together with existing Commissioners will and provide us with strong team to take forward the Commission’s work in making Britain a fairer country where everybody is treated equally and able to fulfil their potential. I look forward to working with them all.'

About EHRC Commissioners:

  1. The Equality Act states that Ministers shall appoint not less than 10 or more than 15 Commissioners to the EHRC. 
  2. These are statutory appointments under the Equality Act 2006, which the Lord Privy Seal makes in the light of the assessments of the scrutiny panel set out below.
  3. The appointments will be for three years from December 2009.
  4. EHRC Commissioners are expected to commit to a minimum of 20 and maximum of 30 days per year, at a daily attendance rate of £500.
  5. The EHRC Commissioners will not be employees.
  6. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.
  7. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
  8. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if declared) to be made public.

Full biographical details including portraits and details of declared political activity during the past five years can be viewed on the GEO website: