The Equality Trust Announces Dr Zubaida Haque as New Executive Director

Dr Zubaida Haque will join The Equality Trust as its new Executive Director on Thursday 6th January 2022. 

Dr Haque is currently a voluntary member at the Independent SAGE and was Interim Director at Runnymede Trust. Zubaida is a leader in the field of equality and human rights, a leading social scientist and researcher, and an expert voice on issues around gender, race and socio-economic inequalities.

Her senior experience spans sectors such as education, employment, housing, social security, criminal justice and public health, with a portfolio of contributions to national commissions and working groups including as a voluntary member for Independent SAGE, on how to address inequalities in the pandemic, creating a gender equal economy and improving diversity in motorsports and STEM subjects as a Commissioner on the [Lewis] Hamilton Commission. 

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock, Chair of The Equality Trust Board, said:

“As we enter the third year blighted by a global pandemic, our fight against inequality remains as critical as ever. We are delighted to welcome Dr Zubaida Haque to The Equality Trust, bringing her experience to bear on that fight. Zubaida will stand with an incredible and dedicated team, and we look forward to seeing what 2022 brings.”

Talking about her appointment, incoming Executive Director of The Equality Trust, Dr Zubaida Haque said:

“I feel honoured and very privileged to be taking up the position of Executive Director of The Equality Trust. We have some significant challenges ahead: covid-19 has exposed the consequences of structural inequalities in our society, but we are also faced with increasing levels of poverty in the UK as working families face the triple whammy of higher energy prices, higher taxes and rising inflation in 2022. We still have far to go with addressing inequalities, but I am very excited to be leading The Equality Trust in this next phase, and I am looking forward to working with a dedicated board and an inspirational team”

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Note to editors: 


2. The Equality Trust is the national charity that campaigns to improve quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality. The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and evidence shows that in countries with higher levels of inequality, we see higher rates of mental and physical ill health, higher rates of imprisonment and violent crime, worse educational outcomes and lower levels of trust. Inequality is not inevitable.