Chief Executive takes role as a visiting professor

26 September 2011

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been appointed as visiting professor in Public Administration at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The position at the University, which has 20,000 students and five campuses across Kent and Medway, recognises Mr Hammond’s 25 years of public service in central and local government and his current role at the Commission.

Mr Hammond will also be taking part in the University’s Public Lecture Series. On December 7, he will examine the development of individual rights in Britain, starting from the Magna Carta in 1215, through the Barons’ revolt against King John, to the Human Rights Act of 1998.

Commission Chair Trevor Phillips, said:

'We are very pleased for Mark that he has been offered this role. It will be a great opportunity for students to learn from someone with Mark’s public sector experience; and it is a welcome recognition by an academic institution of the growing importance of these issues in delivering excellent public services.'

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin said:

'Mark has an extraordinary wealth of experience in leading public service organisations and we are delighted he is going to join us. He will be able to provide our students with a real insight into the professional world.'

'We also look forward to his public lecture on the history of human rights in Britain, later this year in Canterbury.'

Mr Hammond said:

'Canterbury Christ Church University has a tremendous record in public administration and government. I hope to be contributing to its work in developing courses and training for the future managers of the public services. I am honoured to be appointed to this role.'

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Notes to editors

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 reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act.  It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.