Can Trevor Phillips really be trusted on diversity?

I was amazed by the Personnel Today article regarding the Commission for Racial Equality’s (CRE) poor record on equalities (Personnel Today, 2 October).

As a public sector manager trying desperately to keep in line with new legislation and regulation, I am staggered that the CRE was unable to complete a single race equality impact assessment over a six-year period.

How on earth can Trevor Phillips stand up and preach to us as the new chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission when his previous organisation failed in such a spectacular way?

Is this why Phillips believes diversity is not core  human resources (HR)? Is it a knee-jerk reaction to his own internal experience and, therefore, his own responsibility?

John Murphy, Medway Council

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