Recruitment starts for our Chair and Board members

Published: 29 Jun 2020

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is beginning recruitment for our new Chair and up to four Board members, as David Isaac’s term comes to an end in August.

Deputy Chair, Caroline Waters, will assume the role of Interim Chair and current Board member, Susan Johnson, will take the role of Interim Deputy Chair upon David Isaac’s departure and until the new appointments are confirmed.  

As part of the recruitment process, it is hoped a new Wales Commissioner will also be appointed to the Board, with the role currently unoccupied.

David Isaac said:

“It has been a privilege to chair the Equality and Human Rights Commission during the last four years. The Covid pandemic and the Black Lives Matter campaigns have sharpened society’s awareness of inequality, and the need for human rights. I’m pleased that I leave the Commission in a stronger position to tackle these issues - a confident, independent organisation that will stand up for what is right and take action without fear or favour.

"When I joined the Commission I set out my ambition for us to increase the use of our unique legal powers. We are now undertaking more inquiries and investigations than ever before and supporting cases that help individuals challenge discrimination.  I am confident that all these things will lead to wider change in society. The EHRC must continue to be a leading voice in the debate to end the disadvantages and inequalities that exist in our country, and to promote inclusive workplaces that are fit for modern Britain. I am proud of all we have achieved in the last four years but I am also aware that to create an equal society there is still a lot more to be done.”

Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, said:

 “I would like to thank David Isaac for his hard work and commitment to equality and fairness during his time as Chairman.

 “The EHRC carries out a vital role by independently investigating and eliminating unlawful discrimination in this country. We will continue to ensure that its Board is best placed to take forward this important work.”

Further details  of the appointment process can be found on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments site.

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