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College of Policing appoints diversity expert to its board

One of the country?s leading psychologists is joining the College of Policing to advise on diversity.
Published - 11/05/2020 By - Chris Smith

Dr Robina Shah MBE will take a lead role in supporting the development work on diversity, equality and inclusion training.

She is brings experience as a non-executive director from a range of high profile organisations including the Department of Health, NHS, Ministry of Justice, General Medical Council, Health Education England, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr Shah is a consultant chartered psychologist specialising in psycho-social medicine, clinical communication and person-centred care. She was awarded the MBE in 2003 for academic research with disabled children.

Two of her other roles are based in Manchester: she sits on the Manchester Football Association Board as a non-executive director and last year became the first female British-Pakistani woman to be personally appointed by the Queen as High Sheriff for Greater Manchester.

Christine Elliott, interim Chair of the College of Policing Board, said: "Robina is a highly experienced senior leader who has a proven track record of championing diversity, equality and inclusion throughout her career. Her extensive experience of working with international partners as well as public and private sector organisations will be of great value to the College and support our ambitious agenda.

"Robina's unique insight and experience will support us in continuing to strengthen our connection with the frontline and ensure the College is best able to support the service."

Dr Shah said of her appointment: "It is vital that police officers and staff work closely with the communities they serve to ensure everyone recognises the importance of inclusion and plays their part in creating a diverse and equal society. I particularly welcome the opportunity to support the College at this time, especially in achieving its ambitions for the service."

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