Member Equality Champions Appointed for Mole Valley District Council – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council

At its meeting on Tuesday 8 February 2022, Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet confirmed the appointments of Councillor Raj Haque as Member Champion for ethnic minority groups and Councillor Elsie Rosam as Member Champion for people with disabilities.

Following agreement at Cabinet in November last year and a nominations process, Councillors Haque and Rosam have been appointed to the roles of Member Champion for ethnic minority groups and Member Champion for people with disabilities respectively.

Both Members will act as symbols of Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC’s) commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion for individuals and groups with the ‘protected characteristics’ they represent. There are nine protected characteristics under the Equalities Act 2010.

Councillor Jehangir – or Raj – Haque, moved to England in 1971. He has been a councillor since 2010 and was Chairman of the Council from 2018-19. Councillor Haque said of his appointment: “It is an honour to have been chosen as MVDC’s champion for ethnic minorities, a role I will perform to the best of my ability. I look forward to representing and promoting the interests of all ethnic minorities on this council, which has been so welcoming to me during my time as a councillor.”

Councillor Elsie Rosam trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and has volunteered for both MyTime, which supports young carers, and Dorking Minds, a charity which aims to help young people take control of their mental health. Councillor Rosam said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to this important role which reflects the commitment of the whole Council to support and include people with every kind of disability, both mental and physical. I look forward to working with community groups and the council to put that commitment into practice”  

Councillor Paul Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Internal Services, which includes responsibility for equality and community relations, said: “These two roles confirm our collective commitment to being diverse and inclusive as a Council and our ambition to secure equality for all. I am delighted that Councillors Haque and Rosam have agreed to support us in that work and, in particular, to help develop stronger relationships with people from ethnic minorities and those with disabilities.”

 

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