Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Standing Invitee
Are you from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background with a track record of championing equality and inclusion and a demonstrable commitment to anti-racism and racial equality?
We’re looking for someone who is from any ethnic minority group(s) to join us as a standing invitee, with full speaking rights, on the council’s key decision-making committee. This is an opportunity to sit at the heart of Brighton & Hove’s democracy and enable the lived experience and diverse perspectives of BME people to be heard.
The successful candidate must live or work in Brighton & Hove and not be actively involved in party-politics. They will be expected to attend meetings of the Policy & Resources Committee where they will have full speaking rights.
This important and influential position is a voluntary role, but the successful candidate will be provided with training, IT equipment and ongoing support. The council will cover any expenses incurred in connection with the role.
If you want to discuss the role you can contact Abraham Ghebre-Ghiorghis, the council’s Executive Lead Officer for Strategy, Governance & Law on 01273 291 500 or send an email to Abraham.Ghebre-Ghiorghis@brighton-hove.gov.uk.
Welcome message from the council’s political leaders
We’ve made a public pledge to become an anti-racist council and work towards Brighton & Hove becoming an anti-racist city.
As political leaders we recognise that the council must be actively anti-racist and use our privilege, platforms and resources to challenge and remove structural racism and injustice wherever we can, both within the council itself and throughout our city.
We’re united in wanting our actions to reflect our anti-racist commitment and include our Black, minority ethnic and faith communities. One of the areas we looked at was the representation of BME people not only in the council’s workforce, but also in our local democracy.
The next local elections are not until 2023 and therefore we’re proposing appointing a person who is BME to sit on the most powerful decision-making committee of the council.
The Policy & Resources Committee makes important decisions on the most important issues of policy, public finance and city development. This will ensure that our democratic decision-making process has the benefit of insight from and reflect the perspectives and lived experiences of someone from a BME background.
We recognise this work has to go hand in hand with efforts across the council to improve BME representation. One representative will not be expected be the voice and lived experience of every single BME person in the city, but the idea forms part of an overall push to take immediate and longer term actions to include BME people in every part of the council’s work. It follows the example of similar positive action for equality taken by other councils.
It will give the successful candidate the opportunity to make a difference to the city and influence decisions in the council. We’ll make sure the successful person will be provided with the necessary support to perform the role and will be welcomed by all councillors.
This initiative, among many other actions we are taking, will hopefully help in ensuring that council decision-making is more inclusive and contribute towards our aim of being a fairer and more inclusive employer and public service provider.
We hope we get as many applicants as possible and look forward to working with the successful candidate in tackling racism and promoting equality.
Thank you for your interest in the role and your time in considering this position.
- Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of the Council and Convenor of the Green Group
- Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of the Labour Group
- Councillor Steve Bell, Leader of the Conservative Group
Purpose and role
To inform the considerations of the Policy & Resources Committee by bringing a perspective that reflects the lived experience of BME people in Brighton & Hove.
To assist the council in addressing issues of interest and importance to people from a BME background, including work around the internal race equality review recommendations.
To attend meetings of the Policy & Resources Committee as a permanent invitee with speaking rights.
Appointment and term
The appointment will be made by the council’s Chief Executive following expressions of interest and on the recommendations of a selection panel consisting of elected Members and a BME community representative.
Council officers and persons active in a political party shall not be eligible for appointment.
Candidates must live or work in the Brighton & Hove.
The appointment shall be for an initial term of one year but may be extended by mutual agreement.
There will be an induction and training provided on how the council and the decision making process works.
There will be a regular point of contact at a senior officer level and mentoring may be provided if needed.
The invitee will have all their expenses incurred in connection with the role (such as transport) reimbursed. They will also be provided with a laptop.
Review of arrangements
The arrangements will be reviewed after one year and any modifications undertaken as necessary.
How to apply
To apply for the role please send your CV and covering letter outlining your experience and why you are applying to Abraham Ghebre-Ghiorghis, the council’s Executive Lead Officer for Strategy, Governance & Law by emailing Abraham.Ghebre-Ghiorghis@brighton-hove.gov.uk.
Deadline for applications
Week commencing 7 September
Week commencing 21 September
Appointee takes their seat at the