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Former Castlepoint BC mayor Charles Smith and Dexter Hutt have been ...
Former Castlepoint BC mayor Charles Smith and Dexter Hutt have been

appointed as part-time commissioners to the Commission for Racial Equality.

And Sarah Spencer and Kay Hampton have had their appointments as deputy chairs

to the CRE extended for a further 12 months to 31 March 2005, having been

initially appointed in April 2003.

Kamaljeet Jandu has had his appointment as commissioner extended until 31

May 2005.

These appointments complete all the appointments to be made to the CRE in



1. Sir Dexter is currently the headteacher of Ninestiles school. He is

also executive headteacher of the Ninestiles Federation which

comprises Waverley school and the international school. He began his career

at Handsworth inner city schools as a teacher before moving onto Sidney

Stringer school, Coventry as a deputy head and acting head. He was educated

at Birmingham University and attained a Bsoc. Sci, economics and politics,

before going to Aston University and is currently studying for an MBA. He is

a founder member of the Caribbean Teachers Association in the 1970's and

currently secretary of the West Indian Federation. Between 2002-2003, he was

a member of DfES headteachers focus group and now member of the Specialist

Schools Trust national council. He was knighted in the 2003 New Years


2. Charles Smith is currently the chairman of the Gypsy Council which

he joined in 1978. Before becoming chair in 1990, he ran his own antiques

shop in Leigh on Sea, Essex. Between 1995 - 2003 he was a councillor at

Castlepoint BC, Essex. His personal focus during his time as a

councillor was around conservation, recycling, and equal opportunities. He

also set up a working party to discuss local gypsy issues. He was deputy

mayor between 2001-02 and then mayor between 2002-03. Charles represented

the borough at various events including the Stow Fair, the Lord Mayor's Show

and the World Anti-Globalisation Forum in Florence.

3. Commissioner Kay Hampton has been a commissioner since 1 April 2002

and was appointed to represent Scottish interests. She holds two degrees in

Sociology, and is currently a lecturer in sociology at Glasgow Caledonian

University. As former research director of the Scottish ethnic minorities

research unit, she researched and published papers on racism, ethnicity and

discrimination. She is closely associated with the voluntary sector in

Scotland and chairs three bodies including Community Fund Scotland. She was

previously employed as a researcher/lecturer by the University of

Durban-Westville, South Africa for 11 years.

4. Commissioner Sarah Spencer has been a commissioner since 1 April

2002 and holds two degrees, one in Sociology and another in Planning. Sarah

is director of policy research at the Centre for Migration, Policy and

Society, University of Oxford. She is chair of the equality and diversity

orum and a visiting professor at the Human Rights Centre, University of

Essex. A member of the British Council's law and governance committee, Sarah

is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sarah served as a member of

the Home Office human rights taskforce between 1998 and 2001, and of the

Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain from 1998 to 2000. She was

a consultant to the Cabinet Office and Home Office on migration policy, and

general secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties from


5. Commissioner Kamaljeet Jandu has been a commissioner since 1 June

2000. He chairs the CRE's London board and is in charge of their work in

London. These regional boards have only been set up in the last 6 months and

are seen as an important way of involving external stakeholders in the CRE's

work. Mr Jandu has worked with the Trade Union Congress' Equal Rights

department since 1995 as a policy development officer having previously

worked at the Transport and General Worker's Union developing it's policy on

tackling racism. A trained economist, he advises the European Commission economic

and social affairs committee on the 'Action Plan against Racism' and works with local

community groups including the Southall Rights Legal Advice Centre. Mr Jandu

also co-ordinated trade union support for the Stephen Lawrence Family

campaign and is currently involved in initiatives to identify and challenge

institutional racism in the workplace.

6. Commissioners are appointed on the basis of a minimum of 20 days per

annum with remuneration of£3,145 per annum.

7. The Commission for Racial Equality is a non-departmental public body

set up by the 1976 Race Relations Act. Its duties are to work towards the

elimination of discrimination: to promote good race relations and to keep

under review the workings of the Act. The CRE has recently acquired new

powers under the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000.

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