Arun is widely recognised as a leading authority on equality, diversity and inclusion. Arun's specialism is using sport to build more integrated communities, and engaging under-represented race and faith communities in sport and physical activity.
Arun has worked in equality and inclusion for over twenty years. After starting his career as a youth worker and then BBC Radio producer, Arun followed his passion for social change and completed an MA in Promoting Equality and Managing Diversity. Roles since have included Head of Equality and Diversity at a local authority, CEO of a Race Equality organisation and now CEO of the charity Sporting Equals.
Arun has transformed Sporting Equals to become the 'go to' organisation for BAME inclusion in sport. Arun is the founder of the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards and created the Leaderboard programme to diversify the boardrooms of sport. Arun has pioneered bringing the faith sector and sport sector together at a community level – taking sport directly into faith centres.
Arun's wider commitments include sitting on the Board of the Breaking Boundaries programme, Director of London Marathon Events Ltd. a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, lead member for sport for the World Entrepreneurship Forum and a Mentor for the European Social Innovation Academy.
Arun is a passionate speaker and has significant experience in engaging high-level influencers and decision makers including government ministers, corporate directors and faith-sector leaders.
Shaheen Bi - Director of Projects
Shaheen graduated from Sunderland University in 2000 with a Business Studies Degree, and began her career in the housing sector working for the National Housing Federation and the Birmingham Social Housing Partnership supporting housing policy in the midlands region.
Beverley Mason - Trustee
Beverley has seen first hand how heritage, sports and the arts are vital engines that inspire, fuel and sustain individuals to be their very best, transforming lives and communities. Her father, a former WI forces boxing champion in the Caribbean and her mother a budding pianist provide the bedrock to her values.
Lorraine Deschamps MBE - Trustee
Lorraine was educated in three different continents giving her a unique perspective on cross-cultural matters. Born in Kenya, she spent her early childhood in East Africa, her teenage years in Brazil and pursued her college and university education in the UK, where she still lives.
Alister Mitchell - Trustee
Alister was appointed a trustee of Sporting Equals in early 2018 and looks forward to making a valuable and lasting contribution in assisting the charity to progress towards its goals. Alister has spent over 30 years in the automotive field honing his legal skills as a commercial lawyer.