Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes two new Trustees

We are thrilled to welcome two new Trustees to Esmée’s Board: Professor Claire Alexander and Dr Wanda Wyporska. Both bring the wealth of their experience, expertise, ideas, as well as constructive challenge, to help us achieve our mission.

Esmée's two new trustees

Professor Claire Alexander is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has researched and published on racial and ethnic inequality in Britain for 30 years, with a particular interest in young people, South Asian migration and Muslim identities. She is also Associate Director of the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and a trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation and Active Communities Network.

Dr Wanda Wyporska is Executive Director of The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of ACEVO, Redthread Youth and Vice Chair of Equally Ours. She is a regular keynote speaker and currently sits on the Mayor's EDI Advisory Group, the London Recovery Board, the Inclusive Data Taskforce, and the Fight Inequality Alliance Steering Group and was a member of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Social Power Review, the NUS Poverty Commission and the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group.

Professor Claire Alexander said:

“I am excited to be joining Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and supporting its work at this time – particularly around children and young people, and racialised communities. The Foundation supports so many amazing organisations working at the front line of social justice and social change, and their work is even more crucial now, as we face the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a privilege to be a small part of this collective endeavour.”

Dr Wanda Wyporska said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Esmée Fairbairn's board of trustees at such a crucial time for society, our sector and for social justice. I have long admired the Foundation's work and its recently invigorated strategy chimes with the structural changes we need to see and to support. It's an honour to join an organisation with such impact and reach.”
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