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Job Title Equalities Commission Independent Chair
Working hours 4 meetings per year, plus associated events
Contract 1 year Fixed Term
Allowance £1,325 per annum

Job Description

Are you passionate about Stevenage?
Are you equally passionate about Equality?
Would you like to shape change and improve life chances?

Following a council resolution in July 2020, following the tragic death of George Floyd in the USA, the council has agreed to establish a commission to understand the inequalities facing black communities across Stevenage.

We are now seeking an individual with the expertise and leadership skills to act as the Independent Chair for the Equalities Commission. The commission will work closely with communities across the town and a range of public bodies to make clear recommendations for change.

These appointments are unpaid but there is an allowance of £1325 per year.

About you

You will have the skills to drive this agenda forward and influence others.

Knowledge of equality and diversity is essential along with an awareness of the public sector.

You will be a resident or work in Stevenage or the surrounding area, or be able to demonstrate a personal commitment to the town and have an understanding of the inequalities that exist in the area.

You should be available for 4 meetings of the Equalities Commission, associated pre-meetings and up to 2 associated events.

You cannot be an Independent Chair if you are:

  • currently, or have been in the last 5 years, a Councillor or an employee at Stevenage Borough Council; or
  • closely associated with anyone who is now, or has been in the last 5 years, a Councillor or employee of Stevenage Borough Council.

Person Specification and Application form

We are unable to accept CV’s.

Download the Person Specification and Application form.

Applications must be returned by 11pm on 20 December 2020.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Rob Gregory, Assistant Director for Communities & Neighbourhoods, on 01438 242568.


Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for all.

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

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