Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board

Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board

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Every policy, every service and every economic initiative is measured against our commitment to deliver a fairer and more equal city region.

We know that in order to create opportunities for each and every person in our city region, the decisions that we make at the Combined Authority must be underpinned by the principles of social justice and fairness.

That’s why Steve Rotheram set up the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, to ensure that every policy, every service and every economic initiative is measured against our commitment to deliver a fairer and more equal city region.

Established in 2017, the board is the first of its kind in the country and brings together people from a cross section of our local communities, reflecting the diversity of the city region. It acts as an independent sounding board, ensuring that issues of fairness and social justice are considered in every decision that we make as a Combined Authority.

Who are the board members?


Lynn Collins – Chair

Liverpool

Lynn has headed up the Trades Union Congress in the North West since 2013, the first woman to hold that position, representing the region’s 800,000 unionised workers in over 50 different trades unions. Prior to her appointment as TUC Regional Secretary Lynn worked as an IT specialist in Manufacturing Industry and as a senior trades union official, playing an active role promoting equality and tackling disadvantage and poverty. Lynn has served on the Women’s National Commission, and Poverty Commissions in both Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region. She lives in Liverpool City centre with her two teenage children.


Paula Barker

Knowsley and Halton

Paula is Regional Convenor for North West UNISON representing 200,000 members covering local government, health, education, energy, community, police and justice, water, environment and transport.  Paula has been involved in the trade union movement for three decades. She is a member of the North West TUC Regional Executive and an active campaigner on social justice at regional and national levels. She is also the full time Branch Secretary for Halton Borough Council representing 2,500 employees. She started her career in local Government in Liverpool and prior to becoming a full time trade union official she held a variety of roles working with some of the most vulnerable people and communities in Liverpool, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley where she is also now a resident.


Jeanie Bell

St Helens

Jeanie has known the challenges of caring responsibilities from a young age, for her disabled mother, for a partner, and for three daughters. She returned to education at the age of 28 and developed a career working with offenders to address severe mental health and moderate learning disabilities, leaving care services, young people who are NEETS (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and as a lecturer in further education. Jeanie also serves as a St Helens Borough councillor.


Debbie Brannan

Sefton

Debbie began her career in local government prior to becoming a trade union official. She now works for unite the union which represents union members across all sectors. As a Regional Campaigns Coordinator she is a senior member of the North West management team. Along with her team of Regional Officers she has particular responsibility for the public and not for profit sectors. Debbie is also a foster carer.


Miro Griffiths MBE

Wirral

Miro is a distinguished human and disability rights campaigner, academic and expert who has advised the UK government, non-governmental organisations, and has worked at a European level. Miro also represented the UK at the signing ceremony of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Anthony Griffin

Sefton and Liverpool

Anthony Griffin is a multi-national and international award winner for innovative practice across his specialisms of equalities and human rights. Anthony has worked for over forty years in some of the most challenging inner city communities across Merseyside. He was the responsible for the community enterprise blueprint for the Granby/Toxteth triangle which brought economic, education and housing opportunities to the communities living there. In recent times Anthony has worked as a consultant across the NHS and as a specialist advisor to the CQC. Anthony is a much sought after lecturer and trainer who delivers customised training across the public sector especially around the Hate Crime agenda and Dignity at Work/Human Rights violations especially for people who identify as LGBTIQ.


Lesley Martin-Wright JP DL

Knowsley

Lesley is Chief Executive Officer of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce and a founding trustee of the Knowsley Foundation, in which capacities she has been involved in the pioneering work being done by the local authority to capture social impact and social return on investment in their approach to procurement. Lesley is also engaged in the work of the city region Social Economy Panel and serves as a member of the LCR LEP Enterprise Board.


Gill Moglione MBE

Liverpool

Gill is chair of the Women’s Organisation and runs her own training business. Previously she worked for the TUC education service and the Workers Education Association, pioneering women only courses for women trade union members in the 1980s. Gill was closely involved in the Merseyside Objective One process and chaired the informal advisory group on equality. She became Deputy Director of the Women’s Technology Scheme which trained socially and economically excluded women in ICT, and was integral to the £5m redevelopment of Blackburne House Women’s Centre in 1994.


Mo Mohammadi

Sefton

Mo is a Chartered Building Surveyor and NRAC Consultant with 35 years’ experience in the built environment accessibility and inclusive design. He is a Trustee Director of the Dyslexia Foundation and Board Member of Level Playing Field, an advisory national organisation promoting inclusion and accessibility of sporting venues.


Tracey Gore

Liverpool

Tracey has been Director of Steve Biko Housing Association since March 2003.  SBHA is a community based housing association, providing quality, affordable homes and services primarily, though not exclusively, for Black & Racial Minority (BRM) people in housing need. SBHA also provide managing agent services for Granby Community Land Trust, an organisation that was developed by local residents who campaigned against the wholesale demolition of their area.

Tracey is an advocate for young people and has been campaigning to rid the community of guns and knives following the murder of 18 year old Yusuf Sonko.

Tracey previously worked in the Regeneration Portfolio of Liverpool City Council having started her career in the Social Housing Sector in 1978 at Neighbourhood Housing Services (A Secondary Housing Co-operative) working there for 7 years, then 13 years at Riverside HA.


Dr Shyamal Mukherjee MBE

Wirral

Shyamal is now retired after a long and widely respected career as a Wirral GP and NHS medical director serving the peninsular. In addition he has a distinguished record of community and charitable service, for example as a founder member of Wirral Multicultural Organisation, and a founding trustee of The Reader, which inspires and supports vulnerable people to develop through reading great literature aloud together.


The Venerable Pete Spiers

Knowsley and Sefton

Pete serves as an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Liverpool and has worked as a parish priest in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley, ministering to a diverse cross-section of local communities. In the 1990s he was a founder member of Browside Credit Union in Everton and currently chairs Sefton Faith Forum. He is on the steering group which formed the innovative ‘New Realities’ partnership uniting the local authority and the voluntary, community and faith sectors in a ‘can do’ collaboration.

Having experienced disability through Thalidomide, Pete has a heightened sense of injustice and will also provide an invaluable voice for the perspective of our faith communities.


Dr Gee Walker

Knowsley

Dr Gee Walker’s 18-year-old son Anthony was murdered on 29 July 2005 in an unprovoked racial attack at a park in Huyton, Merseyside. Out of her grief the Anthony Walker Foundation was born, a charity working to promote racial harmony through education, sport and the arts. The foundation works with both the victims and perpetrators of hate crimes, celebrating diversity, challenging prejudice and promoting forgiveness in line with Gee’s deeply held values. Gee is also a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust & Senior Fellow to Hope University.


Eileen O’Meara

Halton

Eileen O’Meara is North West Director of Public Health Programmes for PHE and Director of Public Health and Public Protection for Halton.  She is responsible for public health, environmental health and trading standards. Eileen has over 20 years national and international experience working at a senior level for the NHS, WHO, UNICEF and as an independent consultant. She is the Association of Directors of Public Health North West representative, the Chair of Cheshire Local Health Resilience Partnership, the CHAMPS lead DPH for children and young people and the lead Mersey DPH for the Liverpool City Region Commission for Child Poverty.  She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.


Stuart St V Fitzgerald

Liverpool

Stuart is CEO of Veterans HQ, a local charity which supports the 87,000 former armed forces community across the LCR. Stuart owns 2 SMEs: The JUST Group which tackles bias, prejudice and discrimination in business, schools and prisons through anti-hate crime training; and Socialised Ltd which provides social consultancy and impact reports to global businesses & charities seeking social investment. In 2014, Stuart architected the 10% More for Liverpool initiative and authored and launched the City’s Social Value Charter.

In 2018 Stuart founded and Chairs MANWELL, a men’s health charity dedicated to tackling some of the holistic physical and mental health inequalities facing men across the LCR & beyond. He is married with 5 grown-up children; is a MAT Board Governor on the Wirral and is a passionate advocate for the local and social economies of the LCR.

Jane Eme-Power

Liverpool and St Helens

Jane has over 25 years’ experience of working within a HR capacity, within both the voluntary and public sector.  She has worked in both operational and strategic roles, and has led on organisational change initiatives that have been instrumental in delivering successful outcomes for companies.

More recently Jane has been working within the education field delivering a range of Human Resources related programmes, including Leadership and Management Development. Within this role Jane has developed a strong appreciation of the value and importance of continuing professional development. She has been a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 1992, is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, and an active member of the Liverpool CIPD branch.

In 1999 Jane was appointed as a lay member of Employment Tribunal Service, hearing and adjudicating on a range of employment related matters.

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