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Race Equality Foundation appoints new Chief Executive

The Trustees of the Race Equality Foundation are pleased to announce that Jabeer Butt OBE has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. Jabeer has worked for the Foundation for 26 years and has served for the last 12 years as Deputy CEO.  During that time he played a key role in developing the highly acclaimed Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Parenting Programme, and most recently spearheading work exploring the needs of black and minority ethnic people living with dementia. Despite the financial constraints on small charities and the low priority given to race equality, the Foundation continues to secure improvements for black and minority ethnic and other poorly served communities in the health and social care sector and to be a strong champion of equality and human rights. Jabeer has taken the lead role in helping the Foundation navigate an increasingly difficult funding environment, which has led to the organisation continuing to be awarded contracts and grants to deliver the highest quality work.

Jabeer replaces Ratna Dutt who retired as CEO in September 2017 after successfully leading the Foundation for thirty years.

Constantia Pennie, Chair of Trustees said: “Jabeer is passionate about challenging racism and has demonstrated his commitment to standing alongside Black and Minority people experiencing overt and unconscious racial inequality.

The Trustees look forward to him leading the Foundation into its next and we believe exciting phase of its development.”

Jabeer Butt, Chief Executive Officer said: “I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive and very much look forward to continuing the success and dedication that the Foundation has delivered to the communities we serve”.

For more information and to arrange interviews contact

Samir Jeraj – Race Equality Foundation: 0207 428 1886 or Samir@racefound.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Race Equality Foundation was founded in 1987 as part of the National Institute for Social Work (NISW) and was known as the Race Equality Unit. The Foundation became an independent charitable organisation in 1995, and in 2006, changed its name to the Race Equality Foundation.
  2. Jabeer has gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage. For example, with Sukhwant Dhaliwal, he carried out the research for and wrote the award-winning guide to better practice in housing for disabled people, Different paths. His studies have been used to inform government thinking as well as interventions such as Sure Start. He presently provides leadership for the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme. This has seen widespread adoption of an effective parent education programme because of its success in reaching parents from all communities. He is also leading the work of the Foundation to increase the use of evidence in developing better health and housing support. In addition, he leads the Foundation’s work on better engagement of the third sector by the Department of Health’s Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Jabeer has been on a number of committees and is presently a member of the NHS’s Equality and Diversity Council, Family Lives’ Instructions Not Included Stakeholder Reference Group and the National Stakeholder Forum. He continues to write and most recently produced a guide on effective engagement of parents for the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He received an OBE in 2013 for his work promoting race equality.
  3. The Foundation’s award-winning parenting programme Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities was recently awarded £1.5m to evaluate its effectiveness in a Randomised Control Trial – considered the gold standard in evidence-based practice. http://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/health-care/nihr-public-health-programme-provides-1-5-million-funding-to-carry-out-an-rct-of-strengthening-families-strengthening-communities-parent-parenting-programme/