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NEW ADVISER ON DIVERSITY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

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Former Worcestershire Racial Equality Council chief executive Waqar Azmi has been appointed as a key adviser on div...
Former Worcestershire Racial Equality Council chief executive Waqar Azmi has been appointed as a key adviser on diversity in the civil service.

Home civil service head Andrew Turnbull said:

'Increasing diversity across the civil service is crucial to us. An

open and diverse civil service enables us to achieve excellence in

policy development and service delivery. Waqar Azmi's appointment

will enhance our efforts to create a civil service that is truly

representative of the society we serve, including at the senior

levels.'

The role will be key in supporting departments' progress towards new

targets for increasing representation of women, ethnic minorities and

disabled people at senior levels in the civil service announced as

part of the 2004 Spending Review. Mr Azmi will also help

departments to ensure that, in implementing the commitments arising

from the Gershon Efficiency Review and the Lyons Review on

relocation, the civil service meets its commitment to maintain a

workforce that reflects the society it serves.

The adviser on diversity will also support the head of the civil

service and the Civil Service Management Board diversity champion,

Martin Narey, in their leadership roles and work with them to

revitalise and increase awareness of the diversity agenda across the

civil service, as a key element of civil service reform.

Notes

1. Waqar Azmi has recently worked as an adviser to the Zahid Mubarek

Inquiry. He was the head of equality and diversity at TMP Worldwide,

an HR communications business and HR solutions provider. TMP are the

sister company of Monster.co.uk. He received an OBE in the Queen's

Birthday Honours in 2002. Mr Azmi was a member of the Oldham Riots

Enquiry Panel and has founded and helped to establish a number of

voluntary organisations.

2. Civil service staffing figures for October 2003 and cabinet

office data (October 2003) indicate that:

* 23.9% of those in the very top management posts are women

* 27.5% of the senior civil service are women

* 3.2% of staff at senior civil service level are from minority

ethnic backgrounds

* 1.7% of staff at senior civil service level are disabled.

3 As part of the Spending Review 2004, the government set new

targets for representation in the senior civil service, as part of a

wider commitment to build the capacity of the civil service to

deliver the government's priorities by improving leadership, skills

and diversity, by achieving by 2008 the agreed targets of:

* 37% of the SCS to be women

* 30% of top management posts to be women

* 4% of the SCS to be from ethnic minority backgrounds

* 3.2% of the SCS to be people with disabilities

4. These targets are underpinned by an aspiration to work, in the

longer term, towards a civil service that reflects the diversity of

the population at all levels.

Waqar Azmi, chief executive,

former Worcestershire Racial Equality Council chief executive

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