Race Equality Panel

Race Equality Panel

About Greater Manchester’s equality panels

The Greater Manchester Equality Panels have been established to advise, support and challenge Greater Manchester’s political leaders and policy-makers to tackle the discrimination and disadvantage that cause injustice and inequality in society, and champion Greater Manchester as an inclusive city-region. They do this by working together with the GMCA and partners to:

  • Provide insight into Greater Manchester’s diverse communities, enabling political leaders and public bodies to listen and engage in a more targeted and effective way
  • Communicate key messages to our communities as trusted sources
  • Codesign policies, programmes and strategies to ensure they work effectively for communities
  • Support an asset-based approach, highlighting new opportunities (and challenges) for positive collaboration that build on the resources and strengths within our communities

The Race Equality Panel is one of seven equality panels established and funded by the GMCA. Other equality panels include:

Aims of the Race Equality Panel

Greater Manchester’s Race Equality Panel was established in December 2020. The Panel work to promote racial equality, tackle racial discrimination and foster positive relationships between ethnically diverse communities, and embed the Public Sector Equality Duty in polices, processes, procedures, practices and people development. The aims and objectives of the Panel are to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation (and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty)
    • Public agencies tackle all forms of racism and discrimination within their organisation and the structure they contribute to. Priority area:
      • Discrimination in policing and criminal justice
    • Public sector bodies are proactive in their approaches to meet their Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
    • Hate crime and community cohesion
    • Health and wellbeing inequality
    • Employment and labour market inequalities
    • Educational inequalities and achievement
    • The Greater Manchester Strategy tackles inequality and increases equity for ethnic communities. Priority areas:
    • The diversity of the public service workforce, including volunteers and senior leadership, is increased. Priority area:
      • Diversity in leadership, especially in the public sector and political systems
    • Positive role models, particularly in leadership positions, public services, civic society and with the business community are promoted
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
    • Greater Manchester’s cultural heritage and history of community inclusion and social justice is championed

The priorities for the Panel have been identified by residents through a series of listening exercises that took place in 2020. The priorities are:

  • Educational inequalities and achievement, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM)
  • Employment and labour market inequalities
  • Financial inclusion and poverty
  • Hate crime and preventing discrimination
  • Health and wellbeing inequality
  • Housing and homelessness, including hidden homelessness
  • Discrimination in policing and criminal justice
  • Ethnic diversity in leadership, especially in the public sector and political systems

Furthermore, it is felt that all issues are the consequences of structural racism, and this is a focus for the Panel throughout its work. 

Race Equality Evidence Base

Reports by Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and GMCA Research Team provide a comprehensive understanding of the current issues facing racially minoritised communities in Greater Manchester. The GMCA report uses the Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) as its framework – assessing each of the indicators it contains to identify which can be disaggregated by ethnicity. It aims to draw out the key issues for racially minoritised communities across Greater Manchester. The Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at University of Manchester highlights the broader issues relevant to race equality across the themes of education, employment, health and criminal justice.

Thematic groups

The Race Equality Panel also has several thematic groups that tackle specific pieces of work, these include:

  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Employment, training and leadership
  • Health and wellbeing

They also consider cross-cutting themes of:

  • Housing and homelessness
  • Young people

Panel members

Lawyer and transformational leader with 21 years of global experience, dedicated to amplifying refugee perspectives for racial equality in Greater Manchester.

Shar is a director of a youth/community worker aiming to raise awareness and make positive changes in my community working as volunteer health champion, Blood pressure Champion and connector I am known for my organisation and the dedication we have given to communities that has saved lives even raising money with 15k sky dive to raise money for “Christie’s” which has encouraged others to follow my steps in facing their fears and be inspired to be involved to community we live and to make change for the future of our youth. 

I reside in the Wigan borough, and I am passionate about inclusiveness within the workplace and issues relating to health inequalities. I am an experienced Social Worker with a primary interest in adult services.

Alyson Malach is a distinguished figure in the realm of equality and diversity within the United Kingdom. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Alyson has been steadfastly devoted to fostering inclusion, equity, and social justice across various sectors.

I represent the Jewish community and want to build links between the Jewish community and other communities.

Born in British Hong Kong, Alex is an employment advisor serving Hongkonger communities across the UK, and a regional outreach coordinator for Northwest England. 

Award Winning Health and wellbeing Consultant, Cognitive behaviour Therapist, Coach and is passionate about driving equity for all in particular Health, racial and gender equity.  Martina is a mental health advocate and has worked in the mental health and Wellbeing Sector for over 20 years (private and public). 

Passionate about celebrating multiculturalism and diversity; supporting CEE communities to live fulfilled lives in post-Brexit Britain. 

Extensive experience of championing change within communities experiencing isolation and disadvantage, helping drive improvements and lasting change. 

Chief Executive Officer with over 20 years’ experience working within local communities of Tameside. I am highly passionate about tackling inequalities for racially minoritised communities, always striving for justice and transformational change.  

I am a Mancunian born and bred, and I am very passionate about the city I live and work in. I have a vested interest in Race Equality having my own lived experiences regarding race discrimination and I am a Project Manager working on initiatives to improve the outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I believe to address the inequalities across Greater Manchester, you must get involved and getting involved is something I do. Therefore, now is time to not just talk, but put words into action! 

My culture, rooted in North Africa with a blend of Arabic and Middle Eastern influences, resonates with passionate commitment to justice. 

Community leader, academician and entrepreneur who is passionate about making a contribution to society to make people realise their full potential and live a positive harmonious life.

I have worked in housing for over 20 years, and my passion is to seek justice and to protect the community from injustices. I am the chair of the Independent Scrutiny Panel for GMP South, and we scrutinise how Police officers deal with stop and search of black and Asian people within my local community. 

Contact the Race Equality Panel

The Race Equality Panel is facilitated by the Caribbean and African Health Networ (external website) . To get in touch with them, please email: gmracepanel@cahn.org.uk

Follow the Race Equality Panel on Twitter (external website)

Key Documents

New Race Equality Panel meets for the first time (news article)

Developing a Race Equality Panel for Greater Manchester - We Asked, You Said, We Did

Race Equality Panel - Six Month Report June 2021 (PDF, 85KB)

GM Race Equality Panel - Action Plan 2022 (PDF, 236KB)

Race Equality Panel Terms of Reference November 2021(PDF, 176KB)

GM Race Equality Panel Annual Report 2012-22 (Docx, 193KB)

Greater Manchester Strategy: Ethnicity Evidence Baseline June 2022 (Word, 444KB)

Race Equality in GM July 2022 CoDE (PDF, 2MB)

GM Race Equality Panel Annual Report 2022-23 (docx,