The Equality Trust has appointed Zubaida Haque as its next executive director.
Haque, who has spent the past six years at the race equality think tank Runnymede Trust, where she has latterly been interim director, succeeds Wanda Wyporska, who stepped down in October after five years to become chief executive of the family history charity the Society of Genealogists.
Haque is a voluntary member at the Independent Sage group of scientists that advises the government on Covid-19. She has also held senior research positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Energy and Climate Change over the past eight years.
The Equality Trust, which works to dismantle structural inequalities in the UK, said Haque had expertise in areas including criminal justice, public health, education, employment and housing.
Fran Darlington-Pollock, chair of The Equality Trust, said: “As we enter the third year blighted by a global pandemic, our fight against inequality remains as critical as ever. We are delighted to welcome Dr Zubaida Haque to The Equality Trust, bringing her experience to bear on that fight.”
Haque said the pandemic had exacerbated social inequalities.
“We still have far to go with addressing inequalities, but I am very excited to be leading The Equality Trust in this next phase, and I am looking forward to working with a dedicated board and an inspirational team,” she said.
She joined the organisation on 6 January.