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News and events in Wales

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News and upcoming events

Kate Bennett, former National Director for Wales, awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

EHRC Commissioner for Wales June Milligan has congratulated Kate Bennett, former National Director for Wales at the Commission, on being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Kate has been awarded the honour for services to equality and human rights following nearly twenty years’ service in the public sector in Wales and a career dedicated to the creation of a fairer society.

Read the full statement 

Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference 2017

We have set the date for our annual Equality and Human Rights Exchange Conference.

This year we will be holding the conference at Cardiff City Stadium, on 6 July 2017.

We will be sharing more details around the content of the conference in the coming weeks.

If you have an questions please contact us at

New Head of the Commission in Wales

We’re delighted to announce that, following a competitive recruitment exercise, Ruth Coombs will be joining us on 3 April 2017 as the new Head of the Commission in Wales.

Ruth brings with her a wealth of experience of working at a strategic level within influential charity and public sector organisations, and of leading diverse teams through a range of challenges and towards achieving success.

Ruth is currently the Head of British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru where she is the face and presence for the BHF in Wales, working collaboratively to raise not only their profile but also the combined impact of services throughout Wales. She has an expert understanding of the Welsh context and a wealth of experience in the equality sector gained through her diverse career history including roles at Mind Cymru and a commendable sabbatical working for the Mitengo Women Association in Zambia, all after a very successful career as a teacher and head teacher.

We congratulate Ruth and look forward to welcoming her to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Annual Human Rights Lecture – 7 March 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales is partnering with Cardiff Law School for its Annual Human Rights Lecture. The lecture will be delivered by barrister Adam Wagner founder of UK Human Rights Blog and Rights Info.

As part of the event Cardiff School of Law and Politics will be exhibiting their work on Equality, Human Rights and Access to Justice.

Book now to secure your place.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

5pm – Exhibition of the work of Cardiff Law School on Equality, Human Rights and Access to Justice

6.00pm – 7.15pm – Lecture

Towards a fairer Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales has published its annual review for 2015 – 2016. ‘Towards a fairer Wales’ highlights some key achievements from last year and sets out the current work priorities.

Read our press release and find out more about how progress has been made and what needs to be done if we are to achieve a fairer Wales.

Wales review 2015-16 press release | Welsh Language version

Identifying and Tackling Discrimination in the Workplace Course

Our free discrimination in the Workplace course started in October 2016.

This is a well-established course which has been independently evaluated, with 100% of past course participants agreeing that the course improved their knowledge in this field.

The aim of the course is to provide CAB advisers, Trade Union officials and other Equality Representatives with a free of charge introduction to Equality law.

The course runs 1 day per month for 6 months and focuses on:

  • the concepts that underpin the legislation
  • how advisers can support clients and members with discrimination claims
  • prepare them for Employment Tribunal if appropriate.

The course will provide you with a safe and supportive learning environment in which you can improve your knowledge and practice your skills. On successfully completing the entire course, you will receive 4 credits towards a nationally recognised qualification at level 3.

Levels of learning are now considered to have broad parity across qualifications in the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF): GCE A levels also equate to level 3.

Disabilities Discrimination & Equal Opportunities

We are committed to the principles of the Equality Act 2010 Part VI which requires education providers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled participants. We would ask that you make us aware of your needs, preferably before the course starts, but this can be done at any time during your course. 

Register you interest now

If you are interested in attending this course, please use these links to complete the Expression of Interest Form for either Cardiff or Wrexham

To find out more about our FREE course, download a flyer here 

**Events in Wales, arranged by other organisations that are closely linked to the work of the Commission, can also be found here.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2017