Gurbux Singh, chief executive of Haringey Council, has been appointed
chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, replacing Sir Herman Ouseley
who stepped down last month.
A pioneer of controversial equal opportunities policies, Singh made his name
as an arch-moderniser who abolished Haringey’s specialist equality units. The
policy has been widely emulated by other local authorities and central
government departments It involved taking responsibility away from the units,
which he considered had become marginalised.
Singh, who is multilingual, takes up his new post in April.