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PM marks centenary of women’s suffrage

The Prime Minister Theresa May today (6th February 2018) marked the centenary of women’s suffrage with a speech that celebrated the heroism of the suffrage movement which transformed British democracy, and “the enormous strides we have taken as a society” over the past hundred years. She warned that ‘intimidation and aggression’ on social media is coarsening public debate,… Read More »

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Diversity UK honours race equality pioneers

Diversity UK yesterday honoured two race equality pioneers, Simon Woolley, Director of OBV and entrepreneur Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Mr Woolley was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for this work on race equality and inclusion at Operation Black Vote and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his championship of inclusive entrepreneurship,… Read More »

New Board appointments for Ofcom

The Scottish Ministers today (1st February 2018) appointed Bob Downes as the first Ofcom Board Member for Scotland. This follows the appointment of Tim Suter as a new Ofcom Board Member on 29th September 2017. Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. As Ofcom is a UK-wide public body, the appointment is… Read More »

New members announced for Ofsted board

The Department for Education yesterday (31st January 2018) announced two new appointments and a re-appointment to the Ofsted board. Dame Kathryn August and Pamela Scriven QC have been appointed to serve on the Ofsted Board for 3 years. John Hughes has been re-appointed to serve for an additional 3 years. The appointments were conducted and agreed in accordance… Read More »

Pay and Equality at the BBC

Today the BBC has published a review of on-air pay carried out by PwC, and set out a five-point plan to help create a fairer and more equal BBC. The review, which covers correspondents, presenters and on-air editors in news and news-related areas, found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making, but identified a number of issues… Read More »

OBV launches its 2018 MP shadowing scheme

Operation Black Vote (OBV)  launched its 2018 political shadowing scheme for talented BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) politicians on Thursday 18th January at The Speaker’s House, House of Commons, London. Speakers at the launch event included Simon Woolley, Director of OBV; The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, Helen Grant MP and Lib… Read More »

Diversity Action Plan for Public Appointments

The Minister for the Constitution Chris Skidmore has today (18th December 2017) launched a Diversity Action Plan for Public Appointments that includes a commitment that by 2022, half of all public appointees should be female and 14% should be from ethnic minorities, bringing representation on public boards in line with the wider population. The 10-point Diversity Action Plan… Read More »