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Dr Richard Stone is a medical doctor who also has extensive experience working against social exclusion, homelessness, and in the grant making charitable sector. He is a leading expert in social cohesion, anti-racism, and Islamophopia, and is a regular speaker around Europe at conferences on these topics.
Richard was a panel member of the 1997/99 Home Office inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. He served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and spent 5 years on the Runnymede ‘Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia’, from 2000 to 2004 as chair. He has also been a trustee and vice-Chair of the Runnymede Trust and a Council and Board member of Liberty. His work bringing together British Jews and Muslims includes being a founding trustee of the Maimonides Foundation in 1985, and of Alif-Aleph UK in 2003.
Richard was Chair and Trustee of the Lord Ashdown Charitable Settlement, the Stone Ashdown Trust, and a number of other grant making charitable trusts. He was for four years vice-chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, and has funded an extensive range of projects in the field of social exclusion, homelessness, and social cohesion. Richard was Founder of the Bayswater Hotel Homeless Families Project, and through charitable grants and advice, a supporter to many of the homelessness projects in West London.
He is a patron and honorary fellow of the Cambridge academic ‘Centre for the study of Muslim-Jewish Relations’ (CMJR) and a Visiting Fellow in the criminology department of the University of Westminster.
In 2010 he was awarded an OBE for ‘public and voluntary’ service.
Dr Richard Stone OBE, author of The Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal reflections.