FCE is governed by a Board of Management who regularly to oversee the management of the organisation. Current members are:
Andrew Barker, Chair
After 34 years of service, Andrew retired from the Police Service as Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary in March 2013. He served in a variety of roles in operational and corporate fields in Central Scotland Police and Fife Constabulary, including the role of Commander for the Open Championship, and chaired a number of multi-agency partnerships across Fife. Andrew was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
Dave Davies, Vice Chair
Dave has over 40 years’ experience in the Scottish voluntary sector, covering project work, management and governance. He currently works as a self-employed consultant and trainer with extensive experience of equality training and auditing in the public and voluntary sectors.
Sid Akbar, Board Member
Sid was raised in Bannockburn, a village steeped in history on the outskirts of Stirling. Sid suffered bullying during his early school years and this sparked a deep desire in him even as a child to combat all forms of hate and to help spread more knowledge and understanding. His journey has led him to working for many organisations and groups promoting equality and diversity.
Some of these include, Director of his local race equality council, public speaker, training law enforcement agencies, public and private sector companies and also working on a national Radio ‘live’ show which invited members of far right parties to debate with him.
He has worked as a senior government advisor. Sid has developed many programs for various organisations over the years and carries on using his knowledge and passion to help create a better world, as he constantly reminds people “many people are in need of a software update”. Meaning education and knowledge are the key to tackling ignorance and hate.
Dr Fiona A. Kumari Campbell, Board Member
Dr. Fiona Kumari Campbell is a disabled person, social scientist and disability studies scholar working in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. Dr. Campbell is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She has written many papers about inequalities, also the idea of the ‘optimum human’, technology and disability. The primary focus of Dr.Campbell’s research concerns the idea of ableism and the impact of compulsory abledment on notions of health and the measurement of wellbeing. Her book Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability and Abledness (Palgrave, 2009), has become a canonical text in the field of studies in ableism.
Lee Ryan, Board Member
Lee has over 20 years’ experience in human resources in various public sector organisations, including the Police, higher education and local authorities. Within these organisations she has worked to help shape outcomes and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. She believes FCE’s values, aims and outcomes can make a real difference to people in Fife.
Lorraine Scott, Board Member
Lorraine has over 17 years experience in the voluntary sector recruiting, supporting and training volunteers. Her expertise is supporting families with young children in the Kirkcaldy area. She was drawn to Fife Centre for Equalities as it is their mission to make make Fife a fairer, more equal and inclusive place to live and work. Her personal interest is to ensure people with a disability are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day to day lives.
Kerrie Friel, Board Member
Kerrie worked for over 20 years, in various admin and managerial roles (and as an au-pair in California), before she became a lone parent to 4 children, one of whom has additional support needs. Kerrie has been a volunteer and activist for a number of years with an interest in supporting lone parents, carers and anyone facing mental health issues. She speaks at various events and is also involved with Fife Gingerbread, The Poverty Alliance, European Anti Poverty Network and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation amongst others. She is the founder of “Keeping Up with the Karmatians” where she promotes those doing good in our communities which is especially important in this day and age. Kerrie believes in equality, wellbeing and social justice for all, and that kindness goes a long way, so Fife Centre for Equalities is a perfect fit for her.
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