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Equality Commission appoints interim director general

11 May 2009

The new interim director general of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has pledged to make an impact during his tenure at the body.

Neil Kinghan, who was formerly director general at the Department for Communities and Local Government, will take up his new role later this year for a six-month period.

He described this as "very exciting" opportunity, as he is relishing the chance to lead an organisation in which equality and human rights are the central values.

Mr Kinghan commented: "I have every intention of making the most of the short time I'm here - contributing my experience to the work of the Commission."

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the group, added that he is "delighted" to welcome the new interim director general at this point in time.

Mr Kinghan's appointment follows the publication of the government's new Equalities Bill, which has been designed to reduce discrimination against certain demographics, such as women and ethnic minorities.

This could potentially have an impact on areas such as executive recruitment, as boardrooms may be required to become more diverse and representative.

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