Sandra Kerr CBE
Business in the Community , Race Equality Director
Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Equality Director
Business in the Community
Sandra is the National Campaign Director for Business in the Community’s Race Equality campaign, a business led network of organisations from the private and public sector working and committed to race equality as part of their good business practice. Sandra works together with the Business in the Community Race Equality board to set the agenda for race diversity in the UK as a business imperative.
Before joining the Business in the Community race equality campaign (formerly Race for Opportunity) Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and policies on race, disability, gender, and work life balance across Whitehall. Sandra has also managed very large teams in a frontline delivery role and also spent some years as a personal development and IT skills trainer.
In January 2012, Sandra was awarded an CBE in the Queens New Year’s honours list for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People.
From 2012 - 2016, Sandra chaired the Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group (EMESG) sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. Providing advice to Government on issues related to the disadvantaged individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds face in relation to the Labour market regarding employment and progression.
In 2014 she became Chair of the Trustee Board for Elevation Networks, an award-winning youth employment charity that seeks to develop the leadership potential of young people to increase their employability. June 2015 saw Sandra join the Royal Society Diversity Committee by invitation and in April 2015 Sandra won the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Equality Award.
Sandra spearheaded the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards (formerly Race for Opportunity Awards) in 2007 which celebrate their 10thyear Anniversary in 2016.