The EWG is a well-established consortium of local third sector organisations and individuals united by a shared vision to develop a “rights based” culture in Guernsey.
The inclusive and collaborative ethos of the EWG ensures that a wide range of interest groups, charities and sector leaders are aware of the progress of the equality agenda in Guernsey. The group have mobilised to support the development of the forthcoming Equality Rights Organisation and aim to both inform and appreciatively challenge the Committee for Employment and Social Security (ESS) in the successful development of the new legislation.
The group chaired by Alan Brown and meets bi-monthly for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan moved to Guernsey in 2001 having worked in a range of roles as a teacher in mainstream and special schools and Local Authority support services in and around the West Midlands.
He was Headteacher at Oakvale, Le Rondin and Le Murier before moving to the Education Department, finally retiring from the post of Director of Education at the end of 2017.
His passion for ensuring that all people in society are treated fairly and with respect no matter their background and personal circumstances led to him applying for the voluntary position as Chair of the EWG, a position he took up in February 2018. He is pleased to be working with such committed and experienced colleagues at this critical time in Guernsey, in the development of the equality agenda and the rights of all Guernsey people.
Alan also works as a civil, commercial and workplace mediator.
Natasha has a wealth of legal experience in discrimination and human rights cases, having, before moving to Guernsey, provided advice and representation to various individuals and organisations on such matters. She holds a diploma from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and previously volunteered for the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture in London.
Natasha joined the EWG because she feels strongly about raising awareness on the island about the importance of equality and fair treatment. This is an exciting time for Guernsey when the introduction of new equality legislation and an Employment Rights Organisation (ERO) are imminent. When shaping the new legislation, Guernsey can benefit from lessons learnt by other jurisdictions which have already implemented equality laws. The EWG is committed to working alongside the States in achieving its aim of implementing the equality agenda and ensuring the timely establishment of an ERO.
Karen returned home to Guernsey in 2014 after spending much of her working life in Europe, Australasia and North America. Having a young family Karen chose to give up consulting (lots of travel) and started a new life in the 3rd sector, firstly with the Disability Alliance. Whilst working and volunteering in the sector she felt a need to pull together a wider group of like minded people on the topics of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and in 2016 formed the Equality Working Group. It’s first role being to provide input into the Government and Disability & Inclusion Strategy board on broader equality issues, findings and guidance, with specific reference to the Equality Rights Organisation (ERO).
I would be pleased to contribute in whatever way I can to promote the equality agenda. I feel passionately that everyone should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, with no exceptions. For me, it is about raising awareness and empowering any of us to challenge the everyday injustices that make people feel insignificant and isolated: being ignored, talked over, avoided, patronised; the institutional red tape, budget and process driven systems unable to respond to human problems and that make it difficult to access help, or sometimes foster outright bullying and discrimination. We can be so much stronger together, coordinating effort to change cultures and challenge inequality in any guise: and challenging ourselves not to be a bystander when we see injustice in action.
Carers Guernsey is a registered charity with a mission to make life better for people caring for someone with a disability, illness, addiction or mental health issue in the Bailiwick by providing emotional and practical support and expert advice and information.
Over the last 30 years, Paul has worked in various roles including arboriculture and the management of Les Cotils Conference Centre. More recently he worked for the Committee for Home Affairs writing, developing and implementing the Bailiwick’s Restorative Justice Strategy. Paul has also been involved in a number of charitable projects. He travelled to Ghana in 2001 and subsequently helped to establish a fair-trade movement in Guernsey with the Co-Op. He visited Tanzania addressing the Aids pandemic with regards to patenting laws. Paul served on the Management Group of Greenbelt Festival, a social justice-based music and arts event, travelling to Palestine to look at human rights issues, and is currently sitting on the Equality Working Group. Paul has now been appointed as the new CEO of Citizens Advice Guernsey.
Working with vulnerable people has been a fundamental aspect of Paul’s work over the past 20 years. In all of his roles he has never been afraid to influence policy and practical change so that the voices of those who have no voice at all can be heard. “The best way to tackle any problem is at its source, treating causes rather than symptoms. It saves people from suffering the same problems over and over again”.
Having studied social policy and qualified as a community social worker, Kate’s first role in Guernsey was with learning-disabled people and involved planning and then opening the first of what became a series of community homes. She feels passionately that everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Equality is at the heart of Citizens Advice, ensuring a free and friendly advice and information service to anyone who needs it. Kate initially trained as an advice volunteer and has worked in various roles since including CEO. After many years she has retired to concentrate mainly on developing the research side of the work. Annual statistics on all issues are distributed to the relevant government departments and other organisations and detailed reports are prepared including evidence of discrimination and harassment against individuals in the Islands at work or in our community. She sees the Equalities Working Group as a fantastic opportunity to influence the development of a fairer society.
Carol Le Page
Carol was brought up and educated in Guernsey at St Martin’s School and the Grammar School for Girls. She came back to Guernsey having studied in London to work in the States graduate trainee scheme. Carol stayed in the States for a further 28 years mainly working in Departments relating to social policy, including Social Security, Health and Social Care and the Policy Council. Carol has worked on the States equality and rights agenda including the disability and inclusion strategy, supported living and ageing well, same sex marriage, and other projects. Carol is currently working for a charity helping victims of domestic abuse.
Carol joined the Equality Working Group as she wants to help move forward the equality and rights agenda in the Bailiwick and sees this as an exciting and positive way to achieve this.
Lilita was born in Riga, Latvia then brought up and educated in the historical spa town of Baldone. She joined the Latvian State Railways in the early ‘80s and for 14 years travelled extensively working on the transcontinental rail network. She left work to bring up her family of three children.
In 2001 Lilita moved to Guernsey as one of the early Latvian migrant hospitality workers. Over the last 18 years she has worked in the hospitality and retail sectors and latterly in Health and Social Services as a Support Worker for those with learning disabilities.Lilita is founder of the Guernsey Latvian Association and Honorary Consul of Latvia in Guernsey. She has been instrumental in promoting the interests of the local Latvian Community through personal liaison with States of Guernsey Departments, United Kingdom Latvian bodies and the media. She is renowned in the local Latvian community as a problem solving adviser and mediator.
Lilita feels passionate about equality and fairness and believes that we all deserve to be treated equally and given the best opportunities to achieve our potential.
Kerstin Neason is the Equality Guernsey Project Manager, she believes in the rights of every individual to live free from discrimination and inequality.
This is a very exciting time for Guernsey and it is a privilege to be involved in the delivery of such an important project.
Originally an artist and teacher, she has worked with a range of third sector organisations including Barnardo’s as Assistant Director managing the operational services in the Peninsula and Channel Islands and Regional Lead for Equality and Diversity, as the Strategic Third Sector Partner to the Department of Education and latterly as the Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney.
Now working as a voluntary sector consultant Kerstin supports organisations to develop their business models, systems, policies and processes and communicate the impact their organisations make.