Meet the trustees

Our management committee oversee our long term strategic and project planning, monitoring spending and recruitment decisions, and ensuring that our work programmes have our core values at their centre.

Constantia Pennie

Chair/Trustee

Constantia Pennie

Pennie has been a social worker for over 25 years working in a range of areas including children and families, child protection and the elderly. Her specialist area was adoption and fostering. Pennie worked at all levels from basic grade up to assistant director. She is also a qualified teacher. She decided to change careers and retrained as a barrister being called to the Bar in 2008. She is also qualified as a solicitor.

She presently works part time for an HIV charity doing a mix of social work and advocacy including providing legal advice and legal services. She also undertakes independent social work assessments for families at risk. In addition, she works voluntarily at a local solicitors firm. Pennie was a founding member of the Race Equality Foundation and has been a member of its committee since its inception. She has two daughters, and loves sport, having played netball to county and regional national level.

Jane Lane Trustee

Vice Chair

Jane Lane Trustee

Jane is an advocate worker for racial equality in the early years. She works to ensure racial equality is embedded in the early years policies, procedures and practices of national and local government and in early years settings. She has commented on and contributed extensively to government documents on the early years for many years.

She was formerly an education officer at the Commission for Racial Equality, working to counter racial discrimination in education, and was involved in setting up the Anti-Racist Teacher Education Network, the Working Group against Racism in Children’s Resources and Early Years Equality, where she was the Policy Director. She has campaigned for racial equality in her local community, including helping to establish an Asian women’s refuge and being involved in anti-deportation cases.

She has written widely about racial equality and young children including: Young children and racial justice – taking action for racial equality in the early years – understanding the past, thinking about the present, planning for the future (National Children’s Bureau, 2008).

Razia Karim

Trustee/Secretary

Razia Karim

Razia Karim is a qualified solicitor specialising in equality and human rights law. Her expertise spans employment law, positive action, community cohesion, the public sector equality duty, socio-economic and children’s rights.

Razia has worked with government departments on the development of the Equality Acts of 2006 & 2010 to improve protection from discrimination, making the UK’s equality law one of the most extensive systems of legal protection against discrimination. She also led the production of the statutory codes of practice under the Equality Act 2010 and drafted the first guidance on the Public Sector Race Equality.

Razia has extensive experience of advising employers and service providers on how to avoid discrimination and on positive action. Recently, Razia provided written and oral evidence to the Inquiry into Discriminatory Electoral Conduct by the Anti-Semitism APPG as a result of her work on maintaining good race relations during elections using the Human Rights Act and the race equality duty. She is currently assisting the Home Office with the West Midlands pilot project on the ‘right to rent’ checks under the Immigration Act 2014.

Razia has contributed to several publications including:

  • European Network against Racism (ENAR): Comparative Report on Racial Discrimination in Europe 2013
  • Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010
  • Black Letter Law, CRE/BLD publication 2006
  • Making Rights Real: a hand-book on challenging racism and racial discrimination using the Human Rights Act
  • Discrimination Law: International and European Perspectives’ – a JUSTICE publication
  • Beyond Civil Rights: developing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the United Kingdom’ (Karim & Ruxton) – an Oxfam & JUSTICE publication

Razia was previously the Head of Legal & International Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality and a senior lawyer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She now works as a freelance equality law consultant and is a co-founder of Race Equality Matters – a network of local and national race equality specialists and campaigners. See Linked In for full profile

Zenobia Nadirshaw

Trustee

Zenobia Nadirshaw

Zenobia is the Head of Psychology at Kensington and Chelsea PCT. She has 35 years of clinical and management NHS experience of health and social care services in learning disabilities and mental health care and has influenced service planning, provision and delivery at local, national and international levels.

Zenobia is chair of several health and social services groups/committees providing advice to Health Authority Commissioners. She is a professor at the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of West London (Thames Valley University) and Dublin Metropolitan University. She is chair and member of several national inquiries and committees, the latest being the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) Inquiry into health inequalities for people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.

Zenobia has recently won the Honorary Life Fellow Award from the Br Psychological Society (BPS ) for her contribution to Psychology for the past 40 years.

Brenda Parks

Trustee

Brenda Parks

Brenda is a trustee at the Race Equality Foundation.

Judi Dumont-Barter

Trustee

Judi Dumont-Barter

Judi is currently studying a Masters in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck University (due to complete in 2014). Whilst studying she is setting up a Coaching / Mentoring consultancy working on the following issues: weight loss, building self confidence and self-esteem in young adults and addressing negative ideation that can lead to increased performance.

Judi is Deputy Chair of Governors at Chestnut Grove Academy in south west London and have been a governor with the school since 2008.

Previously she worked part time with the Mental Health Providers Forum, MHPF (umbrella & membership charity) from 2007-12 as the Partnerships and Projects Manager. The focus of her work was leading on Department of Health Strategic Partnerships, Employment Network, Psychological Therapies, and Human Resources and Learning & Development for mental health voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.

Alongside her work with MHPF Judi was employed part time in Education at Wandsworth Inclusion Service (2007-12). She developed and delivered training to Learning Mentors in both primary and secondary schools on raising aspirations for vulnerable girls at risk of teenage pregnancy.

In 2004-07 Judi began a BA at Roehampton University where she gained a 1st class degree in Education and Psychology (BPS accredited). Though studying full time she worked in a local Wandsworth primary school as a learning mentor supporting young people one to one and in groups, using Solution Focused Brief Therapy to address school disaffection, emotional and behavioural issues; and support year 6 pupils with concerns about transition to secondary school.

In 2002-04 prior to studying Judi embarked on a career in personal development and transformational change for a not-for-profit organisation, More to Life (MTL) with whom she had been working voluntarily since 2000. She continues to provide coaching to support the development of leaders through MTL.

Her previous work experience spans various sectors and service areas: civil service, local authority, voluntary and health: working with adults and children with physical disabilities, carers, mental health service user empowerment, children in after school care and unemployment benefit.

Angela Smith

Management Committee member

Angela Smith

Angela works as Youth Induction and Progression Worker for a London borough disability charity. She is a disabled rights activist and service user, with over 20 years’ experience of facilitating service user groups, negotiating rights and benefits and providing advocacy.

Angela has lived independently as a tenant for more than 20 years. She has appeared on Greater London Authority publicity, has a Black Belt in karate, enjoys travel abroad and spends her spare time on activities such as sponsored walking and parachute jumping.

Jenny Jean-Jacques

Treasurer, Finance Committee

Jenny Jean-Jacques

Jenny joined the National Health Service in October 2002 having worked in the private sector for 20 years.  She brings with her a wealth of marketing/communications experience and exposure to national and international projects.     Prior to that Jenny accumulated over 10 years experience in various marketing roles for well-known corporate organisations in the City of London.
In 1999 Jenny gained a Diploma in Marketing and Communications at the London Guildhall University.
Jenny was at the forefront of setting up RENET a Race Equality Community Network in South East London NHS.   Moreover she was also Head of Communications for the former South East London Strategic Health Authority.
Jenny was the Project Manager for Mosaic, the Department of Health Commissioned project integrating race equality into the procurement process from January 2004 – December 2008.
Jenny’s most recent employment in the NHS is Deputy Head of Health Records at London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust. Jenny was the Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trusts Equality & Diversity Staff Network where she was awarded the Chairman’s Award for promoting Equality & Diversity throughout the Trust (employment of 10,000 staff) in 2009.
Jenny is an accredited Action Learning Set Facilitator for the NHS.

Jenny sits on various steering groups:

  • London Black Minority Network for Allied Professionals
  • NHS Chief Nursing Officer BME Strategic Advisory Group

Jenny’s first introduction to the Race Equality Foundation was in 2009 as a member of the Advisory Group on health and housing projects.  Jenny joined the Management Committee in February 2012 and became a Trustee in 2014 and is the current Treasurer for the Finance Committee.

 

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