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
  • Josie Green - Birmingham South
  • Michelle Howlett - Nottingham
  • Liz McGachey - Glasgow
  • Katya Lawder - DWP Fylde Central Benefits and Services
  • Grace Bellerby - DWP Durham
  • Colin Turner -  Wirral
  • Gerry Mooney - DWP Ayshire, Dumfries & Galloway

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender committee

  • Jeremy Bedford - Cambridgeshire
  • Bridget Corcoran - Tyne View Park
  • David Cunningham - Durham
  • Colin Turner - Wirral
  • Carl Bowkett - DWP Birmingham South
  • Claire Keogh - DWP Longbenton
  • Gordon McDonald - DWP South West Thames
  • George Richardson - DWP Fylde
  • Alexis Russell - DWP South Humber
  • Graham Soulsby - DWP Northumbria & Tyneside
  • Saorsa Tweedale - DWP Bradford
  • Sarah Valentine - DWP Glasgow

Group women's committee

  • 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
  • Liz McGachey - Glasgow
  • Viv Perkins - Nottingham
  • Sian Thomas - West Wales
  • Emily Boucher - Nort East & Mid Wales
  • Rachel Heemskerk - DWP Essex

Group black members' committee

  • Jeremy Bedford - Cambridgeshire
  • Vipin Dattani - Hertfordshire
  • Levoy Getton - Avon
  • Sara Afzal - East London
  • Mohammed Shafiq - Trafford
  • Michelle Bassy - South London
  • Davina Camadoo - Avon
  • Ratnam Maheswaran - HQ London
  • Barbara Tulloch - South West Thames

Page last updated 6 September 2018

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