Guild Member Su-Mei Thompson appointed as EHRC Commissioner

We are delighted that Guild member Su-Mei Thompson (Chew, 1979-1984, Bunwell House/Elizabeth) has been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as one of four new Commissioners by Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss.

Su-Mei joins Jessica Butcher MBE, David Goodhart and Lord Ribeiro as the four new Commissioners who will play an important role in assisting the EHRC to fulfil its role as the country’s expert body on equality and human rights issues.

Su-Mei is CEO of Media Trust, a not-for-profit organisation in the UK and was previously CEO of The Women’s Foundation and a board member of the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong. Her role as an advocate for women’s advancement has been recognised through numerous awards. Su-Mei is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and empowering young people to reach their full potential. She was named one of Cranfield’s 50 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women to Watch 2019. She is a former pupil of CLC and was elected to College Council in 2013. 

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, said: “The appointments of Jessica Butcher, David Goodhart, Su-Mei Thompson and Lord Ribeiro are a positive step forward for equality in this country. 

“Their combined expertise and experience will help the EHRC carry out its important work of upholding and advancing equality and human rights at this vital time for the United Kingdom.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body responsible for protecting and promoting equality and human rights in the UK. It aims to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and promote and protect human rights.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Commission at a time when inequality in Britain is under the spotlight,” said Su-Mei, who takes up her position on the Board on 1st December 2020.

We would like to congratulate Su-Mei on this important appointment. We are certain she will make a positive and lasting contribution through her role.