FCE is governed by a Board of Trustees 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.
Lee Ryan, Vice Chair
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.
Sid Akbar, Treasurer
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. 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.
Dave Davies, Board Member
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.
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.
David Law, Board Member
David is from Liverpool but has lived in Fife for 30 years. He is both a qualified Social Worker and a Lawyer with significant experience in Social Work with Children and Families. David started his Social Work career in Scotland before working in the south of England for 10 years. He returned to Scotland to become a Training Officer with Fife Council before moving to Central Region/Falkirk Council with responsibility for Child Protection. David is also an academic having taught on the Post Graduate Certificate in Child Protection at University of Dundee for several years and, more recently, teaching both Undergraduate and Post Graduate students on Social Work Law and Policy modules in both the University of Dundee and the University of Stirling. In addition, David is also currently working as an Expert Consultant drawing on his social work and legal knowledge and skills.
Steven Piercy, Board Member
Steven has over 20 years experience working across the voluntary, private and public sector in roles ranging from business sales, volunteer recruitment and support, training development and latterly organisational development and continuous improvement within the Police Service of Scotland. Having been born and raised in Edinburgh, Steven chose to relocate to Fife in 2008, where he and his family now live and work. He has been involved in delivering equality outcomes within the public sector, and was drawn to FCE by a desire to support other organisations achieve real equality of access, service provision, and together making Fife a fairer and more equal place to live.
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