Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Suffolk: Charities and public sector firms ‘stuck in 1970s’ with not enough women and ethnic minorities in boardroom – claim

07:24 27 March 2014

Phanuel Mutumburi, business development director at ISCRE, said the research made for uncomfortable reading.

Phanuel Mutumburi, business development director at ISCRE, said the research made for uncomfortable reading.

Archant

Leading charities and public sector firms in Suffolk are stuck in the 1970s because they fail to represent modern communities at boardroom level, it has been claimed.

shares

Urgent action is needed to address the under-representation of woman, young people and ethnic minorities in senior positions at civil society organisations in the county, the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) and Big Society Funding Community Interest Company (CIC) said.

They studied the makeup of board members at charities and publicly-funded bodies and found that, despite the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) community comprising 11% of Ipswich’s population, only 4% (six out of 142) charity trustees came from BAME backgrounds. Only 34% are women.

It said none of the New Anglia LEP’s board members come from a BAME background, with only 15% being women, while the least gender-diverse body was the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, with all eight board members being men and none from a BAME background.

It found 18-to-24-year-olds make up only 4% of charity trustees in the east of England, while only 8% of charity trustees identified themselves as having a disability, despite 23% of people using their service being disabled or experiencing a long-term health condition.

A spokesman for the Big Society Funding CIC and ISCRE said: “We look back at the some of the attitudes in the early 1970s and like to think how far we have come in our attitudes to gender and race equality.

“Yet in terms of diversity, Suffolk’s leading charities and public sector organisations appear closer to society as it looked in 1974 rather than in 2014. Does modern-day Suffolk really want to look so out of date? If not, urgent action is needed now.”

Phanuel Mutumburi, business development director at ISCRE, said the research made for “uncomfortable reading”.

He said: “There is a growing awareness nationally of the importance of diversity amongst the directors of charities and in boardrooms, not just for the sake of fairness, but in terms of tangible benefits to our economic growth.

“Within our increasingly diverse county, ISCRE seeks to engage with organisations to help them develop a more diverse and representative body of trustees and board level members that properly reflects modern Suffolk.”

Mark Ereira-Guyer, director of Big Society Funding CIC, said: “The apparent lack of diversity in the commanding heights of Suffolk’s civil society is not a dry academic issue.

“It impacts very negatively on the health and wellbeing of how we work together as communities, on how we allocate public money, make decisions and how we see ourselves as having a shared and equal stake in the future of county.

“It is important we move forward to create more inclusive ‘Big Society’ communities in Suffolk, and across the east (of England).”

The research will be discussed at today’s ‘How to Succeed in Suffolk’ conference at Marriage Hall in Ipswich.

Speakers include Lisa Nandy MP, the Shadow Minister for Civil Society, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, Deborah Cadman, chief executive of Suffolk County Council and other guests from business and political backgrounds.

shares
The victims lived in Park North, off Westerfield Road

An elderly woman woke at night to find two burglars in her bedroom, a court has heard.

An artist's impression of the street scene at Wolsey Grange.

A rejected bid to create almost 500 homes on land near Ipswich is to be reconsidered – following allegations a district councillor was handed a note during the original hearing.


A trolley bus at the junction of Duke Street (right) and Fore Hamlet (behind the bus) in April 1963. (Photo by Alan Valentine).

It is more than 50 years since the last trolley bus service ran on the streets of Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

Jo Harris worked at the B&M store in Copdock until 2013, and despite being an employee there was issued two fines of £70 for parking.

A group of former employees at a store in Ipswich have been left distraught after car park fines mistakenly issued more than two years ago has left them facing a court appearance.

Two charged over cannabis factory

A78-year-old Ipswich man is one of two people to have been charged after police raided a cannabis factory near Stowmarket.

Bucklesham Grange care home, Ipswich celebrate shrove Tuesday with a pancake race and pancake tossing 
Debbie and John with Daniel rowark

Flipping good fun was had by all at Bucklesham Grange Care Home this afternoon as a range of games and activities were put on to mark Shrove Tuesday.

High water at Felixstowe Ferry. Archive image. Photo: Stephen Squirrell/citizenside.com

Flood alerts are in place tonight along the Essex and Suffolk coastline.

A wanted man was arrested in Stowmarket today – after being spotted in the town’s library by a PCSO.

Mendlesham Pancake Races. Pictured is Frazer Skilling.

There was fun and laughter in a Suffolk village this afternoon as the traditional pancake race took place.

The BP garage on the A134 in Sudbury has been ram raided in the early hours. Reports suggest the ATM has been removed.

A cash machine has been stolen in a ram raid at a petrol station in Sudbury in the early hours of this morning.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24