Commission on Race Equality (CORE)

Commission on Race Equality (CORE)

The purpose of Bristol's Commission on Race Equality (CORE) and its members.

What is the Commission on Race Equality (CORE)

The Commission on Race Equality (CORE) has been set up by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees to look at race and ethnicity discrimination in Bristol. 

Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the city experience significant inequalities in:

  • education
  • employment
  • health, including mental health
  • housing
  • criminal justice

View the current race equality statistics.

What the Commission on Race Equality will do

The Commission will: 

  • work with Bristol's communities and organisations to improve and prioritise race equality to achieve an inclusive, cohesive, thriving and representative city
  • guide Bristol’s policy and strategy developers to make sure race equality is included in all of their work
  • hold public, private and voluntary sectors to account in relation to race equality to uphold the Bristol Race Equality manifesto (pdf, 166KB) (opens new window)
  • report on progress on race equality and the general impact of inequality and discrimination on the BAME communities of Bristol

Read full terms of reference (pdf, 420KB) (opens new window)

Find out more about the work undertaken by CORE since 2018. Read the full council report. (pdf, 379KB) (opens new window)

Members of the Bristol Commission on Race Equality (CORE)

  • Professor Olivette Otele (Chair)
  • Sandra Gordon
  • Vernon Dowdy
  • Sandra Meadows
  • Maya Mate-Kole
  • Cllr Asher Craig
  • Ann DeGraft-Johnson
  • Esther Deans (Chair of Race Equality in Education Group)
  • Cllr Carole Johnson
  • Sumita Hutchinsons 
  • Alex Raikes

Anyone working for or with the Bristol Commission on Race Equality will have to follow The Principles of Public Life (Nolan Principles) (pdf, 175KB) (opens new window)

Contact us

If you have any questions about CORE, email