Press Release: October 2010

Dr. Elizabeth Henry joined ROTA (Race on the Agenda) in October 2010. Following a successful stint as Interim CEO, Dr. Henry will lead a member-driven organisation in ROTA that delivers voice and policy support to London's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Elizabeth said: "I am delighted to be joining ROTA. Now, more than ever, is the time for a revitalised effort on the part of the voluntary and private sectors to provide a proactive social voice to disadvantaged BAME communities."

"Lately, equality has come to be seen as an approach that either privileges certain groups or stymies their development. Contrary to both, I genuinely believe that only by confronting racism and tackling inequality will we create an environment that we can all benefit from."

Dr. Henry boasts extensive strategic management experience, serving as Director of Public Health at Fortbend Family Health Centre in Texas, USA, and Assistant Director/Public Health Specialist of Enfield and Haringey Health Authority.

Elizabeth's philosophy is informed by her passion for achieving public health for all. She has applied this enthusiasm in delivering equality, diversity and capacity building programmes in local, regional and international settings.

She is a Chair of Selby Trust.

Ali Ahmed, Chair of ROTA's Board of Trustees said: "We are very pleased to confirm Dr Elizabeth Henry as the CEO. In her short time as Interim Chief Executive Officer, her achievements have been unparalleled. Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of experience across continents and an unrivalled commitment to achieving race equality."

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Notes to Editors

  1. ROTA is an independent research and social policy charity which focuses on the issues facing Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) communities.
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