Shift Lab Speaker Series: Trevor Phillips


“Equality and Integration: Why We Can’t Afford to Fail”
Thursday, November 29 2018 at 7pm
Hyatt Place Edmonton (9576 Jasper Ave.)

Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is co-founder of Webber Phillips Ltd, a data analytics provider and consultancy. He divides his working life between the US and the UK, serving as the Chairman of the New York- based business leaders’ think-tank, the Center for Talent Innovation; and as President of the Council of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest private company. He is a senior board adviser to the leading executive recruitment company Green Park.

He is the founding chair of the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission and the author of “Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain.” He had previously been the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor Phillips was educated in London and in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He joined London Weekend Television as a researcher, rising to become Head of Current Affairs, before leaving to found Pepper Productions. Trevor won two Royal Television Society journalism awards (for The London Programme) in 1988 and 1993. Pepper took the RTS Documentary Series of the Year Award (for Windrush) in 1998. He has been a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society since 2000. His most recent films include Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True and Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Trevor is a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute (Washington DC); and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates; and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1998, and the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government in 2007.

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