Trevor Philips OBE

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Trevor Philips OBE

Trevor Philips OBE



On 8 September 2006, Trevor was appointed as chair of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission and was appointed for a second term of office on 11 September 2009.

 The Commission inherited the work of the previous equality commissions on disability, gender and race in October 2007 and also has responsibility for the new areas of age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, transgender and the promotion of human rights and good relations. 

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

Trevor is a director of Pepper Productions, founded in 1995.  Amongst the long-running series he has presented are the London Programme (LWT), and The Material World (BBC Radio 4). He is a vice president of the Royal Television Society.

At present, he is a board member of Aldeburgh Productions and a Trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation. He is a patron of The Sickle Cell Society, The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children and the North London Hospice.  He is an advisor to the Washington based think-tank The Migration Policy Institute and a member of its Transatlantic Council.  




In addition to many lectures, essays and  newspaper articles and comment pieces, Trevor has co-written Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multiracial Britain (with Mike Phillips), published in 1998, and Britain's Slave Trade (with S.I. Martin) published the following year.

In 2004 he published "The Best of Intentions:  Race Equality and Delivering Today's NHS" (with Dr John Reid); and in 2007 "The Equalities Review" an independent review commissioned by the then Prime Minister.