- Peter Lewis, Chair of LECG
I represent Equality Action Leicester.I recently retired following 18 years of being an elected member of Leicestershire County Council and I was awarded the lifetime title 'Honorary Alderman'. I was recently elected Chair of the Leicestershire Equalities Challenge Group (LECG) in March 2018.
- Lucy Smith, Vice Chair of LECG
Since my retirement as a tutor, I have done voluntary work on a variety of projects, forums and programmes in health and social care in Leicestershire, the East Midlands and nationally. My predominant interest is in the health and well being of older people and I am also passionate in believing that bringing the young and older generations together to share interests, learn from each other and have fun together will help to break down barriers of negative attitudes.I am the Chair of the Leicestershire Older People's Engagement Network (OPEN). The personal contact reach of the network throughout Leicestershire is over 3000. In partnership with Leicestershire Police, AgeUK Leicestershire & Rutland and Voluntary Action South Leicestershire, OPEN has hosted intergenerational events called 'Bridging the Years' in 2014, 2015 and 2017, which were attended by over 100 young and older people at each event. My current involvement includes serving as the Vice Chair of LECG. I am also an executive member of the East Midlands Later Life Forum and I serve on the national AgeUK Services Sounding Board.
- Ajay Aggarwal
I am a solicitor, practicing in Leicester. My specialization is UK Immigration and Family Law.I am also a member of Leicestershire Aging Together, Voluntary Action Leicestershire, Leicestershire Law Society, Leicester City of Sanctuary, Madani School, Leicester University and the Leicestershire Interfaith Forum.
- Alison Adams, Leicester Cathedral
I am the Sub-Dean,Canon Pastor and the Diocesan Social Responsibility Enabler. I chair the strategic Fair Finance Committee and am involved in partnership work around issues e.g.homelessness, poverty, dementia and modern-day slavery.
- Samantha Smith, Transactive
I am an activist and support worker. My mission is to create new services for transgender people in the East Midlands. I work with Leicester police and am a member of the CPS Hate Crime & Community Involvement Panel. I am dedicated to supporting marginalised transgender individuals and advocating on their behalf.
- Michael Smith, Healthwatch
I am the local manger for Healthwatch Leicester & Healthwatch Leicestershire and I work closely with the NHS & Social Care Providers to help them understand what the real patients/carers experience is of their services.
- Colin Norman
I have been Chair of a wide range of organisations e.g.Ratepayers Association, Parish Council, Local Council Committees, Tenants' Federation, Supporting People Service Users Forum. I served for 5 years as Chair of Three Oaks Homes, 3 years as a Shadow Board Chair and 9 years on the parent Board of emh group. Skills and experience include Diversity, Asset Management, Governance, Risk Management, Audit, Housing Management, Direct Labour Organisations, Care and Support, Customer Service, Finance, Welfare Reform, and Strategy. I was the Chair of Leicestershire Equalities Challenge Group (LECG) from March 2016 to March 2018 and Trustee Board member of Age UK Oadby & Wigston in October 2016.
- Liz Blackshaw
I combine my passion for science with a refusal to accept social inequality and injustice. I have campaigned for legal changes in the issuing of birth certificates as I was determined to seek the right for both parents to be included on birth certificates, regardless of gender. I have trained to be a Breastfeeding peer supporter and advocate and was instrumental in developing the first 'Returning to work or study' workshop for breastfeeding parents. I also created an effective network of breastfeeding advocates, health professionals and services users, which convinced the NHS to reconsider their proposals. I have advocated against the closure of the Children’s Centres and have set up ‘Sorrel Stones’ a local arts project with the intention of sharing happiness and promoting outdoor exercise for adults and children of all ages.
- Dr Iris Lightfoote, The Race Equality Centre (TREC)
TREC delivers services to individuals, communities and organisations. Services to individuals include Discrimination Casework (for those complaining about racial harassment or discrimination); Integration Service (for new arrivals to Leicester with refugee status); and, Employment and Enterprise - supporting clients into jobs and training.
Services for communities and organisations focus on influencing policy development, public education and supporting community development, including facilitating the Racial Minority Voluntary Sector Assembly. TREC also delivers some specialised training and consultancy on a fee basis.
- Vicki Kainth, The Bridge
The Bridge is a registered charity which has a strong reputation throughout the region. It delivers a number of housing related advice, support and assistance services to homeless and vulnerably housed people in the Borough of Charnwood, Leicestershire and Rutland, and has gained national recognition for developing best practice in a number of areas.
- Better Care Together (BCT)
Better care together [BCT] is a significant programme of work which will transform the health and social care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) by 2019. BCT forms as part of the STP for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).
- John Catt, Leicester Secular Society
Leicester Secular Society is the leading organisation in the Leicestershire advocating and campaigning for an inclusive and plural society free from religious Privilege, prejudice and discrimination.
- John Catt, Loughbrough & District Cycle Users' Campaign
The campaign promotes cycling as the sustainable personal transport of the future, aims to improve ease and safety of cycle use and secure the changes necessary to enable cycle use to fulfil its maximum potential within Loughborough and the surrounding area.
- Roland Hilton, Action Deafness
"Now operating as a charitable company, Action Deafness is a leading provider of cost effective, bespoke service solutions for all people who are Deaf or who have hearing loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and many locations nationally.
Our service mission is to deliver support, empowerment and equality for all our service users."
- Pamela Sly & Anne Lawrence, Leicester Deaf Forum
Leicester Deaf Forum is a voluntary organisation lead by Deaf representatives of local Deaf Community groups. L.D.F meet monthly to share information, discuss issues and access support for the Deaf Community where possible. L.D.F are always working hard to find solutions and also to encourage other organisations to make their information accessible and break down barriers. We also work closely with the regional representative of t he British Deaf Association (BDA).
- Veronica Mickleburgh, LOROS
Loros Hospice is a local charity and every year we care for more than 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We deliver free, high quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.
- Helen Whittington, Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia support and research charity, here for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and we invest in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.
We also campaign to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it's taken seriously and acted on by our governments.
At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
- Julian Harrison
After working in academia and then in rugby league development and promotion, Julian Harrison has spent the last sixteen years working in community engagement, development and in the specific areas of equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights. He was Lead Officer in this field at Leicestershire County Council until September 2015, when he left to pursue a new career as an independent consultant.
His identity as a passionate campaigner for human rights stems from his own mental illness (he has clinical depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). He devotes a lot of his time to encouraging a greater awareness and understanding of mental ill health and addressing accompanying issues of stigma and discrimination. He has spoken in the media, to organisations and in public on these matters.
He is also an acclaimed writer, recently publishing a new book on the Holocaust.
- Troy Young, AgeUK Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (LLR)
AgeUK LLR is a voluntary organisation that exists to promote the well-being of all older people by helping to make life fulfilling and enjoyable. We are committed to the welfare of older people to maintain their dignity and recognise their value as individuals. We believe that dignity, privacy and independence can be preserved by providing opportunities for older people to develop new skills and knowledge, form and continue friendships and to have their views listened to, accepted and be made known. Our main aim is to develop sufficient and relevant services that reflect the needs and wishes of older people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
- Emma Southern & Peter Colley, The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, we help 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Many of the young people we help are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The Trust has returned £1.4 billion in value to society through our help for disadvantaged young people over the last ten years alone. Our free programs give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilize their lives. We help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation.
- Laura Horton, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL)
LCiL is a User Led Organisation based in Leicester city that works in innovative ways based on the social model of disability to support disabled people at a local, regional and national level to exercise choice and control for independent living. All our work is underpinned by the social model of disability and as a user led organisation we are run and controlled by disabled people. We positively promote equality in the workplace and in our services on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We provide a range of professional disability services in Leicester and Leicestershire that empower disabled people and their family and friends and organisation to positively respond to disability and equality issues and contribute to achieving independence, inclusion and equality for disabled people.
- Lynne Woodward & Jackie Newcombe, Leicestershire Police
Embedding equality and diversity principles within Leicestershire Police is pivotal to 'protecting our communities' as well as providing an equitable workplace for all our staff. The Equality Unit provides specialist advice and guidance on all issues of diversity and equality which includes age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and transgender identity. The unit is responsible for the management and review of the Equality Scheme and producing the annual reports and has specific responsibility for consultation and monitoring of the scheme.
- Resham Sandhu, The Interfaith Network
Our network works with faith communities, inter faith organisations, educators and others to increase understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths and to widen public awareness of the distinctive religious traditions in the UK. We achieve this through: supporting and encouraging inter faith initiatives and sharing good practice between these; helping create opportunities for mutual learning and tackling prejudice; and offering opportunity for engagement between faith communities and Government and other public agencies on relevant issues.
- Sue Langley, LAMP
Focus is primarily on those experiencing mental health issues and their carers in the community. This entails advocacy with elements of social return on investment and well being measures in order to make a difference to those who are vulnerable and excluded.