Equalities and Human Rights Commission gains two more commissioners

Women’s minister Harriet Harman has appointed two more commissioners to the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Former Refugee Council chief executive, Maeve Sherlock, and general director of the Evangelical Alliance, Joel Edwards, have joined the 14-strong team of commissioners already appointed to the body, which was formed in October.

The EHRC was established under the Equality Act 2006, and acts as the central point of advice and guidance on all equality and human rights issues.

Under the Act, the secretary of state can appoint between 10 and 15 commissioners to the EHRC, as well as a chair and one or more deputy chairs (also acting as commissioners).

The commissioners already in place are:

  • Trevor Philips (chair)

  • Baroness Margaret Prosser (deputy chair)

  • Kay Allen

  • Baroness Jane Campbell

  • Kay Carberry

  • Baroness Sally Greengross

  • Francesca Klug

  • ZIauddin Sardar

  • Ben Summerskill

  • Neil Wooding (Wales commissioner)

  • Morag Alexander (Scotland commissioner)

  • Jeannie Drake (transition commissioner)

  • Professor Kay Hampton (transition commissioner)

  • Sir Bert Massie CBE (transition commissioner).

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