Professor Surinder Sharma

Professor Surinder Sharma

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Room: Bankfield House, 132 New Walk, room 3.15

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 1025





Surinder was born in Nairobi, Kenya and arrived in Leicester with his parents in March,1965 and has lived in the city ever since then. He attended Westcotes Secondary and Gateway Grammar Schools in Leicester and went on to study Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Surinder was appointed as the first National Director for Equality & Human Rights at the Department of Health and the National Health Service in October, 2004. He has worked in the Diversity & Inclusion field for over 35 years, gaining a reputation for innovation, success and excellence. He began his career with the Commission for Racial Equality in March,1978, gaining the strategic knowledge base on which his later career was built. He was elected as a Councillor at Leicester City Council, where he Chaired the Housing Committee, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1983, now Chairs, the Leicester Racial Equality Council and was appointed as an Alderman for the City of Leicester in September, 2013.

Surinder's career has taken him to a variety of different organisations where he has won many awards for his work: BBC Television, the Littlewoods Organisation and Ford Motor Company (Europe), where he managed a European Team during a period of radical transformation. He was a Commissioner at the Equal Opportunities Commission, where he Chaired the Legal Committee.

He Co-Chaired of the Conference Board European Work-Life & Diversity Forum, is a Trustee of UNICEF UK, a Trustee of the National Space Centre, appointed as an Independent Person at Leicestershire County Council and Chairs the National Governing Council of the Health & Social Care BME Staff Network. He is a Member of the Ministry of Defence Diversity Advisory Panel, Member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Equality Advisory Group, Council Member of Aston University (where he is Chair of the Ethics Sub-Group, a Member of the Audit and Nominations Committee), was a Member of the Global Advisory Council at Novartis AG in Switzerland, where he was also a consultant to the company on Diversity and Inclusion.

For his pioneering work Surinder has been awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Birmingham City University, De Montfort University and Honorary Professorships from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Manchester Business School.

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