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 is a non-practising solicitor and expert discrimination policy lawyer. Razia worked as a lawyer with the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). During her career, she has been instrumental in promoting compliance with the race equality duty (now the public sector equality duty), implementing EU equality directives, and she worked with local councils, community groups and lawyers on defeating racial hatred using the race equality duty and human rights law. She also collaborated with civil servants on the creation of the EHRC, advising on its powers and duties.

Razia also led the CRE’s response to a single equality law and contributed to the development and drafting of the Equality Act 2010. She led a team of lawyers at the EHRC to produce the statutory codes of practice and developed the EHRC’s public position on counter terrorism policy, a Bill of Rights for GB, children’s rights and economic, social and cultural rights. She has experience of preparing reports for UN Treaty monitoring bodies and is an expert on parliamentary legislative procedures. She has worked as a legal expert to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee.

Razia is currently employed as Head of Regulatory Reform Policy at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

She is an accredited mediator, former Financial Services Ombudsman and a former lay panellist of the NMC Fitness to Practise Panel. Razia is also a contributing author to Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010.

Judi Dumont-Barter

Trustee

Judi Dumont-Barter

Judi currently works for Inclusion Barnet as the VCS Representation Lead, where she started in May 2021. The role enables the voice of the voluntary sector to be heard across a variety of forums: EDI strategies for health and social care, ICP development, Violence Against Women and Girls partnership board, Vaccine Oversight, Community Safety, Health & Well-being Board input, Refugee and Foodbank Support. She previously worked as an Event Manager from 2014-2021 with a personal development charity with bases around the world. In 2013-14 Judi worked within the Barnet VCS infrastructure organisation as a Membership Officer.

She has worked in mental health and education for the previous 20 years, starting in 1992 with the first Mental Health User Empowerment Project in Ealing, which went on to be run by a project officer with lived experience. She has also supported the VCS as lead through the Department of Health, Mental Health Strategic Partnership Programme from 2008-2012 through MHPF, where she partnered with REF.

Judi is Chair of Governors for a secondary academy and Co-chair for a primary academy within a south London Multi-academy Trust. This voluntary support spans from 2007 to the present. Judi is the mother of two adult children who attended the secondary academy.

Judi has a first class BA in Education and Psychology (2007) and a Masters in Occupational Psychology (2014).

Her passion is psychology and diversity and continuing to understand how to support humanity to flourish in all aspects of their lives, especially through positive and rewarding work and contribution.

Dr Melvina Woode-Owusu

Trustee

Dr Melvina Woode-Owusu

Melvina has an academic background in medical anthropology gaining a First Class (Hons.) from Durham University in 2006 and a PhD in Translational epidemiology from the University of Manchester in 2011. She is passionate about reducing health and social inequalities and creating more equitable opportunities for groups often left behind. Over the past 15 years, her experience has spanned national surveillance, health promotion & research management in international (WHO, ECDC, UNAIDS), national (PHE, HQIP, NHS England) and local (CNWL Trust) projects and organisations.

Currently, Melvina is a Senior Research Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Population Research in Sexual Health and HIV, where she is the Programme Manager and Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) lead on SEQUENCE Digital and is pioneering a cross-study initiative to embed coproduction, and broaden and improve community experiences of research. In 2016, Melvina founded Purple Pen Research and Evaluation Consulting, through which she provides independent research and evaluation management services and equality, diversity and inclusion reviews to organisations seeking to embed inclusive working practices and increase community reach and impact.

Melvina has been part of the Race Equality Foundation since February 2020, has three children and enjoys yoga and interior design.

Clenton Farquharson MBE

Clenton Farquharson MBE

Clenton Farquharson is the Chairman of the Think Local Act Personal partnership. He has extensive knowledge of health and social care and other social policy areas – particularly in relation to equality, diversity and co-production. He is an expert in accessibility issues working in a variety of sectors and disciplines with theoretical knowledge and training, combined with personal experience and practical insights. He holds a number of key positions as a member of the Coalition for Collaborative Care Co-production Group and a Trustee of In Control.

He is the Director of Community Navigator Services CIC, a user-lead organisation for people with disabilities, and acts as an ambassador for their programme ‘Skills for Care’. His work emphasises the importance of supporting our overall health and well-being in society, and how inequality limits human potential. His aim is to use Co-production to join up central and local government, health services, the voluntary sector and housing to deliver more human services. In 2014, Clenton was awarded an MBE for services to people with disabilities.

Twitter handle: @clentonF

Professor Gurch Randawa

Professor Gurch Randawa

Gurch is a Professor of Diversity in Public Health and the Director of the Institute of Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire.

His research is focused on the development of patient-centred care pathways to manage a range of long-term conditions amongst diverse communities, such as mental health, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, transplantation, cancer and end-of-life care. Currently, he is involved in healthcare improvement projects related to social prescribing (access for gyms, befriending services for elderly people), telehealth, culturally-competent robots, and implementation science in health and social care.

Gurch has been commissioned by the NHS Blood & Transplant to develop the Faith and Engagement & Organ Donation Action Plan which was published in partnership with Faith Leaders. He has also received grants from other organisations for his research such as the Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research, Kidney Research UK, Big Lottery Fund, European Commission, and the King’s Fund.

He has extensive experience in a number of policy and practice positions:

  • Co-Chair of the European Working Party on Public Issues in Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Chairman, Transplant 2020 Stakeholder Group
  • National Member, National Black and Minority Ethnic Transplant Alliance
  • Expert Advisor, National Institute for Clinical Excellence Centre for Guidelines

Formerly he has served on the UK Donation Ethics Committee; Organ Donation Taskforce; and as Chairman of various NHS Boards for 12 years.

Tajinder Gill

Tajinder Gill

Tajinder Gill has worked in the field of education for over thirty five years. An area of specific interest to her is coaching aspiring leaders from black and minority ethnic backgrounds after she completed a Diploma in Executive Coaching in 2015.  She is currently establishing her own business in this field of work.

She formerly worked at local authority level with schools, support agencies, parents and communities to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people.  This was particularly in relation to encouraging healthy and happy participation at school, and growing their confidence to better communicate their needs and contribute to society.

For the past fourteen years Tajinder has held several roles with the National Education Union.  In the first two years she worked in the race equality department contributing to forming policies in this area of work.  For the past twelve years she held the role of Learning and Development Officer, where she has lead and developed the national professional development programme for teachers.

Tajinder now sits on the Board of Governors at Strood Academy and has contributed to the work of the Education Standards Committee since 2011 to improve teaching, learning and equality of opportunity.

Abdul Chowdry

Abdul Chowdry

Abdul’s professional background has been in capacity-building initiatives in the third sector, health service governance and local government. He has worked in complainant aid and strategy development in advancing race equality. He has an interest in learning and development in areas such as recruitment and selection, transformational leadership development, meaningful policy-making, and other governance areas. He supports collaborative approaches to refreshing behaviours and change capabilities.

 

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