New commissioner for human rights appointed

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has appointed Dr Lesley Sawers as its new Scotland commissioner

Dr Lesley Sawers has been appointed as the new Scotland Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). She will join the commission’s board for five years to oversee and steer the work of the commission

Welcoming the new appointment, EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said: “We are very pleased to welcome Lesley Sawers as a new member of the EHRC’s Board of Commissioners. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will strengthen the commission's board and provide a powerful voice for greater fairness in Scotland. I look forward to working with her.”

Dr Sawers said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Scotland Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights. Equality and diversity are key elements in achieving a fair and just society and in delivering sustainable economic growth, not just in Scotland but across the UK. I look forward to working with government, stakeholders and partners to ensure we maximise the talents of everyone and provide opportunity and support to those most in need in our society.”