Creu Prydain Decach
14 January 2010
This appointment follows Mike’s engagement as a Commissioner on 3 December 2009. As well as chairing the Disability Committee, Mike is also lead champion for disability matters on the Commission's board.
The Commission’s Disability Committee is a statutory, decision-making Committee with wide-ranging powers and responsibilities set out in the Equality Act 2006 by Parliament. These include duties to promote equality, human rights and good relations in respect of ‘disability matters’.
Mike was one of the first appointees to the Disability Committee (2007 to date) where he has led on legal matters, including the Equality Bill, and social care reform. Mike has previously chaired the Oral Evidence Panel for the Commission’s formal inquiry into sex discrimination and the gender pay gap in the financial services sector.
Commenting on his appointment, Mike said:
'The Commission has done a lot of work over the last few years in relation to disability, but there is much more to do. We want to work and communicate with our stakeholders much more effectively to make sure we do our job as well as we can, and that we address disabled people's concerns as best we can.
'We are making good headway on the Disability Committee's current work plan, which is available on our website, and will soon start planning for our 2010/11 programme of work.
'A key aspect of this work will be our formal Inquiry into disability-related harassment. Far too many people are subjected to abuse and sometimes they are not taken seriously or supported by the public authorities who are meant to help them. We hope as many people as possible will contribute to the Inquiry, starting with commenting on the terms of reference which will be published shortly.'
In addition to his work for the Commission, Mike is currently a freelance consultant focusing on equality and board governance issues working with private, charity and third sector organisations. Mike has been involved in equality and diversity organisations for the last 10 years, starting off with his involvement in the disability movement in Tower Hamlets, London.
Mike is Chair of the National Centre for Independent Living (2005 to date). The Centre is a national umbrella organisation that works with government and other stakeholders to help realise independent living for all disabled people. He is also a member of the board of Stonewall (2006 to date), the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.
Prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 19 years, qualifying as a chartered accountant and specialising in company tax advice. After working in risk management his most recent role was Director of Policy, Compliance.
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The Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.