Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt said:
Opportunities Commission. I am certain they will support Julie
Mellor, the chair, in achieving the aims of the commission, helping
the government to bring about a society which promotes opportunity
for everyone, and where diversity is a source of competitive
advantage and high productivity'.
Ms Mellor said:
'Mothers and fathers struggle in private to do a good job looking
after their children and working to earn money for their families.
The Equal Opportunities Commission works for public action by
employers and governments to give parents real choices about how they
do both jobs between them.
'I'm really pleased that Sue Ashtiany's reappointment as a
commissioner means we will continue to benefit from her employment
'Duncan Fisher, director of Fathers Direct, will bring great passion
to the EOC's work to encourage both mother- and father-friendly
employment practices and family services. I'm thrilled that Patricia
Hewitt has appointed Duncan as a commissioner for the Equal
Sue Ashtiany is a solicitor and a partner in the firm of Nabarro
Nathanson where she heads the Employment and Discrimination Law
Group. She is also a non-executive director of Channel 4, an honorary
fellow of Harris Manchester College and a member of the Court of
Oxford Brookes University. Sue has already served one three-year term
as a commissioner and has been appointed as a result of an open
Duncan Fisher is director and co-founder of Fathers Direct, which
promotes shared parenting/caring roles between women and men.
Duncan's work with Fathers Direct has already involved him in working
with the EOC on work/life balance issues. Duncan is also a founder
Trustee of the Travel Foundation, which promotes social and economic
development and environmental protection in international tourism.
1. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, that established the Equal
Opportunities Commission (EOC), allows for a body of between eight
and 15 commissioners, including a chair (currently Julie Mellor)
and one or two deputy chairs. These appointments will bring the
present number to 13.
2. Commissioners are appointed by the secretary of state for the
Department of Trade and Industry, usually for a three-year period.
They are expected to work a minimum of 12 days per annum for which
they receive a daily fee of£134.
3. Three commissioners terms of appointment end this December (Sue
Ashtiany, Sylvie Pierce and Tesse Akpeki). Sue Ashtiany has already
served one term of three years and has been appointed as part of the
recent open recruitment process.
4. The new appointments will last until December 2006. Neither of the
new commissioners declared any recent political activities.