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Equality and Human Rights Commission

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an equality and human rights body in Great Britain which was established by the Equality Act 2006 . The chair of the Commission is Trevor Phillips who was previously chair of the Commission for Racial Equality. It has taken over the responsibilities of three former commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission. It also has responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief, as well as human rights.

The Commission came into being on 1 October 2007. It only has responsibility for England, Scotland and Wales as a separate Equality Commission exists in Northern Ireland which was established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement. It is classed as a Non-Departmental Public Body, meaning that it is separate and independent from Government but still accountable for its public funds.


The Commission is made up of fifteen commissioners who are experts in various fields of equality and human rights:

  • Trevor Phillips OBE (chair)
  • Baroness Margaret Prosser of Battersea OBE (deputy chair)
  • Dr Nicola Brewer CMG (chief executive officer)
  • Kay Allen
  • Baroness Jane Campbell DBE
  • Kay Carberry
  • Jeannie Drake CBE
  • The Baroness Greengross OBE
  • Professor Kay Hampton
  • Francesca Klug
  • Sir Bert Massie CBE
  • Ziauddin Sardar
  • Ben Summerskill
  • Dr Neil Wooding
  • Morag Alexander
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