Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips OBE

Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer.

He is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He had previously been the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Equality Standard, and acts as an advisor to several companies and not-for-profit bodies. He is writing a prequel to his successful book Windrush, to be published in 2015.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor was educated in London and in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students.

He joined London Weekend Television as a researcher, rising to become Head of Current Affairs, before leaving to found Pepper Productions. Trevor won two Royal Television Society journalism awards (for The London Programme) in 1988 and 1993. Pepper took the RTS Documentary Series of the Year Award (for Windrush) in 1998. He was a weekly columnist for the Independent and has presented several series for BBC's Radio 4, including the long-running science series The Material World. He became a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society in 2000.

Trevor retains an active interest in the arts and music, having been Chair of the Hampstead Theatre and of the London Arts Board. He is a member of the Council of Aldeburgh Music, and a Board member of the Barbican Arts Centre. His other voluntary activities include serving as a board member of the Social Mobility Foundation, and of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

He is an Associate of the non-partisan UK think-tank Demos, a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute (Washington DC) and a Director of the New York-based Centre for Talent Innovation.

He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, the OBE and is a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.


The following image links to an article entitled "We're all fallible, says the Pope of PC", published in The Sunday Times from 19 May 2013:

The Pope of PC: from The Sunday Times, 19 March 2013


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