Equalities charity appoints leading Covid expert as executive director

A member of Covid advisory group of experts, Independent SAGE, has been appointed to lead the Equality Trust.

Dr Zubaida Haque takes over at the Trust from today after a stint as interim director of the Runnymede Trust.

She is currently a voluntary member of Independent SAGE, which was set up by a number of scientists and independent experts in 2020 to be a shadow version of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Her role in Independent SAGE is to advise policy makers and the public on equality issues amid the pandemic.

As an expert on gender, race and socio-economic inequalities she is also a commissioner on the (Lewis) Hamilton Commission, looking at improving diversity in motorsports.

“As we enter the third year blighted by a global pandemic, our fight against inequality remains as critical as ever,” said Equality Trust chair Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Zubaida Haque to The Equality Trust, bringing her experience to bear on that fight. Zubaida will stand with an incredible and dedicated team, and we look forward to seeing what 2022 brings.”

Haque, who is also a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform, added: “I feel honoured and very privileged to be taking up the position of Executive Director of The Equality Trust.

“We have some significant challenges ahead: Covid-19 has exposed the consequences of structural inequalities in our society, but we are also faced with increasing levels of poverty in the UK as working families face the triple whammy of higher energy prices, higher taxes and rising inflation in 2022.

“We still have far to go with addressing inequalities, but I am very excited to be leading The Equality Trust in this next phase, and I am looking forward to working with a dedicated board and an inspirational team.”

Haque replaces Dr Wanda Wyporska, who has been appointed chief executive of the Society of Genealogists after leading the Equality Trust for five years.

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