Commission for Race Equality (CORE)

Commission for Race Equality (CORE)

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

What is the Commission for Race Equality (CORE)

The Commission for 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
  • housing
  • policing and the law

What the Commission for Race Equality will do

The Commission will: 

  • Develop an action plan to make sure what is in the manifesto gets delivered 
  • Hold public, private and voluntary sectors to account in relation to race equality, work to improve the current race equality statistics
  • Work with policy and strategy developers  in the council and other organisations to make sure race equality is included in all of their work
  • Talk to organisations such as the Police and Criminal Justice System about how their work impacts on our BME communities
  • Work with Bristol’s BME communities to get them involved in the work of the Commission
  • Provide independent scrutiny  with groups such as the Strategic Leader’s Group for Race Equality and Race Equality in Education Group
  • Support the development and recruitment of suitable BME individuals onto boards of organisations and other positions of power and influence
  • Support the work of the Race Equality Network 

Read full terms of reference (pdf, 204KB) (opens new window)

Members of the Bristol Commission for Race Equality (CORE)

  • Sandra Gordon (vice chair)
  • Vernon Dowdy (vice chair)
  • Sandra Meadows
  • Maya Mate-Kole
  • Cllr Asher Craig
  • Nishan Canagarajah
  • Ann DeGraft-Johnson
  • Esther Deans
  • Cllr Carole Johnson
  • Sumita Hutchinsons 
  • Marie Annick (co optee)
  • Alex Raikes (co optee)
  • Khalil Abdi (co optee)

The role of chair is currently vacant. The role is being covered by the vice chairs.

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

Organisations working with the Commission

Meeting dates

Tuesday 9 July
6pm to 8pm
City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Tuesday 10 September
6pm to 8pm
City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Tuesday 12 November
6pm to 8pm
City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR