Trevor Phillips

President & Deputy Chair, John Lewis Partnership Council & Deputy Chairman, National Equality Standard

Biography

On 8 September 2006, Trevor was announced as chair of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, which inherited the work of the previous equality commissions on disability, gender and race in October 2007. The Commission also has responsibility for the new areas of age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, and the promotion of human rights.

Trevor’s previous appointment was as Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) from 1 March 2003.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor attended secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana, and then studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He then went into broadcasting, becoming Head of Current Affairs at LWT in 1992. Trevor received awards from the Royal Television Society in 1988, 1993 and 1998.

He was elected as a member of the Greater London Authority in May 2000, and became chair of the Assembly later that month.

Trevor is a director of Pepper Productions, founded in 1995, and was the executive producer on Windrush (which won the Royal Television Society Documentary Series of the Year award in 1998), Britain’s Slave Trade, Second Chance and When Black Became Beautiful. He is a vice president of the Royal Television Society.

At present, he is a board member of Aldeburgh Productions and The Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham. He is a patron of The Sickle Cell Society. Between 1993 and 1998 Trevor was chair of the Runnymede Trust.

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