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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s purpose is to assure the Advance HE Board on the integration and promotion of matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The committee has a dual function with oversight of and responsibility for both the internal EDI practice of Advance HE and the integration of EDI within Advance HE’s products and services. This includes the effective operation and strategic development of both Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter.

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Committee Members

Professor David Richardson (Chair of Committee and Board member)

David Richardson is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park.  He joined UEA in 1991, and held positions of Executive Dean Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014. 

He has served on a number of Boards, including as a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board and as President of the AURORA European University Network. David is currently chair of the Universities UK Advisory Group to tackle racial harassment in higher education and he was a member of the UUK Taskforce that authored the ‘Changing the Culture’ report that provided recommendations for a whole institution approach to tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. He is also co-chair of the Advance HE Race Equality Charter Governance Committee.

David’s research has been recognised through a number of awards, including the Microbiology Society Fleming Medal and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellowship. He also holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Queensland.

Kevin Coutinho

Kevin is an equalities practitioner within higher education, currently working at University College London as its Athena SWAN Manager. He is also the Co-Chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), a sector wide body that promotes race equality, an Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter chair/panellist for Advance HE and a member of the Advance HE EDI Committee.

He previously was the Head of Equality and Diversity at the University of Oxford, an Equality and Diversity Consultant at the University of Cambridge and EDI lead at Birkbeck College. 

Kevin is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Windsor Fellowship, a race equality and diversity charity that promotes education, citizenship and employability, is a member of Linnean Society Council and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is also an adviser to the Faraday Institution, an organisation promoting battery technology in the UK. He was awarded The Guardian Public Service Leadership Excellence Award in 2019.

He is a keen proponent of intersectional and the inclusion of professional services perspectives in the sector, especially in Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter work.

Sarah Guerra

Sarah Guerra (She/her) is the Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at King's College London.  Sarah spearheads the College’s strategic vision for equality, diversity, and inclusion for the whole campus community. 

In partnership with King's senior leadership, she has instigated a suite of strategic projects to revolutionise attitudes, championed the use of data, building an evidence base for all activity and is supporting King’s in realising its 'inclusion journey'.  

In addition to her work at King's, she sits on the Research Excellence Framework's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel as well as the Advance HE's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee,  sits on the board of Chestnut Grove Academy and is the Chair of the Nuffield Council for Bio-Ethics membership committee and a recently appointed Athena Swan Panel Chair. 

Sarah is also the daughter of Mauritian, Trinidadian parents, a born and bred black Londoner and mother of four daughters in a blended family, Sarah’s career started in public policy and legal compliance. She is a recognised thought leader and has worked in several organisations across public and third sectors. 

Professor Janice Kay (Board Member)

Professor Janice Kay is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter.

She is a Professor of cognitive neuropsychology, first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship. Her research, which has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory.

In the role of Provost, Janice is deputy to the Vice-Chancellor. She provides strategic leadership for the overall corporate plan and oversees the portfolio of University strategies, ensuring their delivery as part of a coherent institutional schedule of activity. She holds specific accountability for the University’s strategic planning and budgeting processes as well as the University’s Global Advancement function. The Provost is responsible for the management of the University’s six Colleges, through the six Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Janice is Deputy Chair of the institutional level Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise and is Chair of the TEF Subject Level Pilot. Janice is an inaugural Board Member of Advance HE. 

Janice has been prominent in widening access initiatives, nationally and regionally. She played an integral role in the establishment of the highly successful Exeter Mathematics School, the new Education Campus at Cranbrook, Exeter, and the South Devon University Technical College.  She is a non-executive director of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Janice was recognised in the 2017 Queen's New Year honours with a CBE for services to Higher Education.

Pradeep Passi

Pradeep is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Lancashire and is responsible for leading its EDI work. He chairs the university’s EDI Taskforce and is also Director of the Global Race Centre for Equality, focussing on trans-disciplinary research in relation to racial inequalities. Pradeep has also had extensive experience both as a panel member and chairing race equality charter panels. His research and professional interests lie in organisational approaches to creating change through inclusive approaches, drawing on his extensive experience in working across the public sector to enhance approaches in the advancement of inclusion. Pradeep also has research interests relating to awarding gaps and is a founding member of the North West Awards Gap Group. 

Professor Randall Whittaker

Professor Randall Whittaker is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic at Leeds Arts University where he has strategic responsibility for academic, international and research development.

Born in South Africa, he studied music and his professional career was launched after being awarded the Charles Brayrs Prestige Scholarship on four separate occasions. He was appointed as a lecturer at the Konservatorium of the University of Stellenbosch in 2001, before relocating to Europe.

He has extensive experience in the strategic development of specialist creative institutions. He has a strong interest in Higher Education policy development and frequently writes and delivers talks on the topic.

Parveen Yaqoob

Parveen Yaqoob is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Reading. She is a Professor of Nutritional Physiology, manages an active research team and serves on a number of research funding panels.

As well as being a member of the EDI Committee, Parveen is also the Chair of the Athena Swan Governance Committee.