Equality, Diversity& Inclusion.

We are fully aware of our responsibility towards customers
falling within the protected characteristics covered by the
Equality Act 2010 and are committed to ensuring that no
the group receives less favourable treatment from us when accessing services.

There are nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment (we also include gender identity and gender expression)
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

Why it is important

By law, we must make sure that we do not discriminate against anyone for any reason. It is also morally wrong to discriminate against someone.

As a successful organisation, we encourage diversity because if we have a wider range of people working for us, we are more likely to have someone who understands your specific needs and can provide the particular service you want.

Everyone is responsible

All our staff have a responsibility to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is put into practice. We expect a commitment from everyone to ensure that their action does not lead to unlawful discrimination.

Andrew Lawrence

Board Member since December 2014, also Chair of the Board and on the People and Governance Committee.

Amanda Owen

Board Member since March 2021.

Craig Nowell

Board Member since December 2017, member of the People and Governance Committee.

David Michael

Board Member since December 2014, also Assurance Committee.

Hilary Drinkwater

Board Member since September 2018 also on the People and Governance committee and the Service and Performance Committee.

Joanne Oak

Board Member since December 2017, member of the Assurance Committee.

Mandy Eddolls

Board Member since November 2015, also Chair of the People and Governance Committee.

Patrick Harkness

Board Member since January 2014, also Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Services and Performance Committee.

Peter Jackson

Board Member and member of the Assurance Committee and Service and Performance Committee.

Stephen Lodge

Board Member since December 2017, member of the Assurance Committee and also the Services and Performance Committee.

Veronica Crick

Board Member since February 2014, member of the People and Governance Committee and also the Services and Performance Committee.

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