Advisory Roles

Experienced advisor and non-executive director to government and not-for-profit sector.

Non-Executive Advisory Roles and Directorships

February 2000 - July 2002:
Community Advisor, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Race and Homophobic Crime Task Force. Vice-chair of LGBT Community Advisory Group, chair of Human Resources sub-committee and member of cross-advisory training scrutiny group. Advised on development of policy and practice across all MPS disciplines, to ensure inclusion of concerns of LGBT people including Best Value Reviews, acted as strategic conduit between community and police and provided advice on customer impact of everyday policing.

July 2000 to June 2008:
Board Member of Transport for London, responsible (with board colleagues) for the strategic and financial direction and scrutiny of TfL's delivery of transport systems on all modes of transport across London, setting priorities and multi-billion pound budgets, recruiting top staff, chairing committees and panels, agreeing major service developments and consulting and engaging with stakeholders. Initial vice-chair of Finance sub-committee, member of Underground, Rail and Surface (bus and roads) panels, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee, Board Champion on inclusion and on workplace mentoring.

July 2002 to January 2012:
Independent Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, responsible with colleagues for oversight and scrutiny of MPS priorities, multi-million budget and performances, recruiting top staff, chairing committees and panels, agreeing major service developments and consulting and engaging with stakeholders. Chair of Equality and Diversity Board, Equal Opportunities and Diversity Sub-committee; co-chair Domestic and Sexual Violence Board, where I led detailed, extensive reviews, scrutinies and inquiries into all areas of police delivery. Served as a member of the MPA Standards Committee and on the Police Appeal Tribunal Board.

June 2004 to November 2011 and January 2012 onwards (voluntary position):
Consortium of LGBT Community and Voluntary Organisations. Vice-chair of Board, Chair of the Human Resources sub-group and Board Trustee for this national second-tier voluntary organisation, working to build an inclusive voluntary sector.

February 2006 to December 2006:
Member of the advisory group to government setting up UK Advisory Network on Disability Equality (now known as Equality 2025): developed terms of reference and memorandum of understanding, structure and process for recruiting members to represent disabled people's issues.

December 2006 to December 2009:
Member of Equality 2025, UK Advisory Network on Disability Equality, a Non-Departmental Public Body advising the government on how it can deliver equality for disabled people by 2025. As the group's first facilitator, developed policies and practices to embed good practice and support the network's role, chaired large public meetings, met with and gave regular advice to ministers on the disability implications of government work programmes.

March 2009 to March 2014:
Inclusion London (a London-wide infrastructure Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations Community Interest Company). First Chair of this new-style social enterprise second-tier organisation, concerned with championing the voice of Deaf and disabled people to decision-makers, building capacity of the sector and an enterprise culture, responsible for set-up, building governance structure, and developing strategic and business plans.

December 2009 to March 2011:
Arts Council England. Member of Independent Disability Equality Advisory Group. Advising on the Council's Disability Equality Scheme, three-year strategy and policies.

February 2009 to June 2012:
DWP Office for Disability Issues. External member of the Disability Equality Delivery Board. Advising on disability equality strategy to Ministers.

February 2010 to December 2015:
Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Committee member and vice-chair, advising on disability equality law, human rights and social justice.

December 2012 to December 2017:
Independent Member of the Parole Board, assessing risk and determining the release of offenders.

2014 to 2017:
Disabled Passenger's Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC): Strategic advice to government on transport and   disability equality issues for disabled passengers.


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