Equality committees

In line with PCS national inclusion strategy the DWP has 4 equality advisory committees.

They are: the group equality committee (GEQC), group black members committee (GBMC), group women’s advisory committee (GWAC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender committee (LGBT).

Committees meet 3 times a year and consist of 12 members each. The current committee members were elected at group conference.

The aims of the committees are:

  • to increase activism within under-represented groups in order to create a union reflective of its membership.
  • to inform the GEC of work related issues pertinent to members who share a protective characteristic.
  • to support and work together to ensure the success of DWP campaigns and organising agenda.

DWP group equality officer:

  • Carrie Anne Watkins

DWP group assistant secretary:

  • Angela Grant

Group equality advisory committee

  • Christine Clarke - Liverpool
  • Bridget Corcoran - Tyne View Park
  • Pauline Crawford - Highlands and Islands
  • Lesley Crowden - HQ Leeds
  • David Cunningham - Durham
  • Steven Finch - Tees Valley
  • Josie Green - Birmingham South
  • Michelle Howlett - Nottingham
  • Liz McGachey - Glasgow
  • Katya Lawder - DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services
  • Christine Oliver - City of Sunderland
  • Colin Turner -  Wirral

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender committee

  • Jeremy Bedford - Cambridgeshire
  • Bridget Corcoran - Tyne View Park
  • David Cunningham - Durham
  • Stephen Finch - Tees Valley
  • Colin Turner - Wirral

Group women's committee

  • Saira Afzal - East London
  • Grace Bellerby - Durham
  • Christine Clarke - Liverpool
  • Bridget Corcoran - Tyne View Park
  • Pauline Crawford - Highlands and Islands
  • Lesley Crowden - HQ Leeds
  • Stacia Hills - Essex
  • Katya Lawder - Fylde Central Benefits and Services
  • Christine Oliver - City of Sunderland
  • Liz McGachey - Glasgow
  • Viv Perkins - Nottingham
  • Sian Thomas - West Wales

Group black members' committee

  • Jeremy Bedford - Cambridgeshire
  • Vipin Dattani - Hertfordshire
  • Levoy Getton - Avon
  • Sapna Ruperelia - Middlesex
  • Mohammed Shafiq - Trafford

 

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