Ealing Council announces Race Equality Commissioners

The Council has announced 12 commissioners for the new independent Race Equality Commission. Selected from a range of backgrounds and young people, who reflect the diversity of the community.

The Commissioners first meeting took place on Thursday, 21 January to discuss how inequality can be addressed in education, employment, crime and justice, health and housing. 

A call for Evidence
The Commission is inviting members of the public to share their views over the next few months to help them with their work.
They are seeking views on experiences of inequality and what the impact of race inequality has been on residents in Ealing, their family, friends and others.

The commission will report its initial findings to the council later this year. 
(See below for details on how you can get involved.)

This will allow the 12 commissioners to collectively carry out a review to understand the impacts of racial inequality in the borough and how it can be reduced.

Meeting the 12 commissioners
The commission is led by chairperson Lord Simon Woolley, and vice-chairperson Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for community safety and inclusion.
A further 10 commissioners have been appointed from within the borough’s diverse community:

Ami Kourouma

Youth commissioner

Lawand Omar 

Youth commissioner

Edmund Akeju

From West London Equality Centre, working on hate crime projects and dealing with general case work, especially housing and family matters.

Nicola Flash

Local secondary school biology teacher, passionate about racial equality and combating racism.

Rev Mark Poulson

Former secondary school teacher, vicar of St John’s Church, Southall, and adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Convenor of Southall Faiths Forum and has lead responsibility for inter-faith awareness training in London. 

Denise Charles

Head of Curriculum for Service Industries, West London College and member of management committee for local charity Descendants who work with children and young people (4-16) primarily of African and Caribbean descent.

Edmund Yeo

Chairperson of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre in central London

Mohan Luthra

Public policy consultant with experience of working in the voluntary sector in Ealing, national and local government.

Laura Forrester

Local government lawyer specialising in adult social care, working in Brent.

Callum Anderson

Chairperson of Dormers Wells Learning Trust and governor at both Dormers Wells High School and West London College. He works as a government relations manager for a FTSE 100 company.

Lord Simon Woolley said: “We had an excellent first meeting: Full, frank, but nevertheless, ambitious. Above all the Commissioners like myself want to engage and deliver an action plan that will bring people together, unleash talent, and break down persistent barriers. The work starts now”.

Youth commissioner Lawand Omar, 19, who lives in Northolt, said: “I’m really excited to be involved in the Equality Commission for Ealing. I plan to make sure the voice of young people in Ealing is heard. What I really what to bring into fruition is the experience of young people in the British education system, and to have real conversations about racism. I did a bit of research into other race equality commissions. I also looked at the Lammy report and I really want to bring the youth aspect into the commission.”

Councillor Camadoo-Rothwell said: “We have a dynamic set of Commissioners, including Ealing residents from a range of backgrounds and young people, who reflect our diverse community.

Collectively, they have a strong balance of experience and skills which will ensure a robust assessment of local, structural inequalities and how these can be tackled. 

“Combined with the unrivalled expertise of the independent Chair, Lord Simon Woolley, the Race Equality Commission will be instrumental in developing a new understanding of race inequality in Ealing and transforming residents’ lives.” 

For more details on calls for evidence check out the information online

Write to us at: raceequalitycommission@ealing.gov.uk