Arun is widely recognised as a leading authority on equality, diversity and inclusion and secured his status having graduated with a Masters in Promoting Equality and Managing Diversity. Arun has worked in equality and inclusion for over twenty years and previous roles include Head of Equality and Diversity in the public sector and Director of Race Equality organisations. He began his career in the media, working as a producer for the BBC winning several awards and has several years experience as a youth worker.
During his time at Sporting Equals Arun founded the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs) and pioneered the faith centre engagement model as well as securing a six year partnership with Age UK to deliver the Fit as a Fiddle project.
Arun chairs the Department of Health Responsibility Deal Network and the Public Health England National Physical Activity Implementation Framework for Inclusion. He also chairs the Leaderboard National Steering Group that focuses on diversifying senior leadership in sport.
He is a visiting lecturer for the University of Birmingham, 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.
Shaheen Bi - Head of Research and 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.
Lorraine Deschamps - 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.
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.