New Equality and Human Rights Commissioners appointed

11 Nov 2020 12:35 PM

Minister for Women and Equalities appoints four new EHRC commissioners.

Today (11 November 2020) the Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has appointed four new Commissioners to the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Jessica Butcher MBE, David Goodhart and Su-Mei Thompson have been appointed to the Board for a period of four years. In addition, the former President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Lord Ribeiro, has been appointed to the Board for one year, to help ensure that the EHRC has medical and public health expertise, strengthening its work on equalities and human rights during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement follows the recent appointment of Baroness Kishwer Falkner as the new Chair of the EHRC, subject to the formal scrutiny process.

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, said:

“The appointments of Jessica Butcher, David Goodhart, Su-Mei Thompson and Lord Ribeiro are a positive step forward for equality in this country.

“Their combined expertise and experience will help the EHRC carry out its important work of upholding and advancing equality and human rights at this vital time for the United Kingdom.“

The new Commissioners will have an important role to play in assisting the EHRC fulfil its role as the country’s expert body on equality and human rights issues.

Notes to Editors

  1. These appointments were conducted in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, which makes clear that the three principles governing public appointments are merit, fairness and openness.
  2. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It is an independent body responsible for protecting and promoting equality and human rights in Great Britain. It aims to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex.
  3. Jessica Butcher MBE, David Goodhart and Su-Mei Thompson have been appointed to the Board for a period of four years from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2024.

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