Equality watchdog appoints new members to Wales Committee

Published: 8 July 2024

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced the appointment of two new members to its Wales Committee.

The Committee provides impartial advice to the EHRC, its Board and the Welsh Government, on a range of complex equality and human rights issues relating to Wales, ensuring the EHRC delivers its functions in relation to both reserved and devolved matters.

The two new committee members are:

  • John Williams
  • Lauren McEvatt

Interim Chair of the EHRC’s Wales Committee, Martyn Jones JP DL, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome our two new committee members following their appointment last week.

“They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which will further strengthen the Wales Committee as an expert and impartial adviser on the needs and priorities of people across Wales.

“At the end of 2023, the EHRC published its latest ‘Is Wales Fairer?’ report, a comprehensive examination of the equality and human rights landscape in Wales. Together with EHRC Wales staff, the Committee will continue to work with our stakeholders nationwide to make Wales a fairer place, by addressing the specific challenges the report identified."

Notes to editors


  • John Williams is emeritus professor of law at the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. John is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for Age Cymru, and a member of the Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland’s inquiry into Dunmurry Care Home. He currently researches around the topics of older people and the law, with a reference to human rights.
  • Lauren McEvatt is a former member of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales, which launched its final report on 18 January 2024. Lauren is a Conservative former UK Government Special Adviser to the Wales Office from the Coalition Administration. Lauren has worked for several governments across East Africa and the Caribbean, including the government of a British Overseas Territory. Lauren currently works in international government affairs covering public and private sector engagement with multilateral institutions and development organisations.